I love on Saturdays where you have enough stuff to do that you can just skip breakfast and go straight to lunch. I know it's the most important meal of the day, but to me, a really enjoyable breakfast always seems like a meal for a lazy Sunday morning - with the newspaper and lots of refills of my coffee cup - but Saturday seems the perfect day of the week for lunch.
We avoided the grocery store all week long, so on Saturday we called ahead to Cupini's and ordered some sandwiches for carryout. I love having a Cupini's downtown. The location on Westport Road is great, but I like having a Cupini's within a 5 minute drive of my front door (I do hate the downtown traffic situation, but I'm trying to look at the big picture and not be one of those people who is indignant at the smallest inconvenience). I like knowing that there will be bags of frozen Pumpkin Ravioli that close for when I'm feeling like melting a little butter and sage and indulging in someone else's pasta handiwork. Cupini's has excellent everything, but my favorite is the fresh turkey panini, which gets a little added zest from the artichoke spread. The gangster also gets rave reviews for the creaminess of the garlic aioli and the roasted eggplant mixed in against the thin slices of prosciutto and salami. The thing that makes any sandwich memorable, however, is the bread - and Cupini's baguettes are crisp and chewy. They're good on their own, but they make the sandwiches just that much better.
25 East 12th Street or
1809 Westport Road