Pezzettino's Italian Market and Deli
More surprising was the fact we each had only one glass of wine -- and their wine prices are lovely (a.k.a. very inexpensive).
This is a charming not-huge place and one that others have learned to frequent -- in fact the Mayor was there with a large table celebrating someone's birthday. I'm compelled to add that when they sang, I was glad the song is so short.
But they were having a good time, as were we, sitting at the bar.
I began with an arancini ball, which is just risotto fried up, in this case to be light and fluffy. This came with a marinara sauce that was quite good. I had the broiled veggies and chicken (2 dishes) that paired well together and were more than enough. Bill had a prosciutto panini with fig jam, whipped taleggio and arugula which he would have liked piled a bit higher, but at least it fit in with our eating a lighter meal. His pasta "salad" side was excellent.
We blew our lean philosophy with the cannoli, however. That had the lightest crust/wrapping/roll-about/whatever you want to call it, than I've had in a long, long time. In fact, I thought it might be fried, even though it wasn't greasy, it was so crisp/tender but I was assured it was properly baked. Good creamy filling, obviously home-made.
We're going back to get a combo piatti del salumi and piatti del formaggio with that second glass of wine. Their meats and cheeses in the case looked great, I'm sure a plateful of them with warm bread would be perfect on a winter night.
Their hours are a little funky -- check out their website before you go. http://pezzettinokc.com