New Restaurant Space in NoMad: All’Antico Vinaio Opens June 26

June 20, 2024

NoMad’s newest culinary gem, All’Antico Vinaio, is scheduled to open June 26th. This famed Italian sandwich shop is set to bring its renowned flavors to 7 West 25th Street, just west of the NoMad Piazza. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring Tommy Mazzanti of the founding family, will take place on June 26th at 11:00, with All’Antico Vinaio NoMad giving away 1,000 sandwiches.

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What is All’Antico Vinaio?

All’Antico Vinaio, which translates to “ancient wine merchant,” is a celebrated Italian sandwich shop that began in Florence in 1991. Founded by the Mazzanti family, it quickly became a beloved spot for locals and tourists alike, known for its delicious and authentic Tuscan schiacciata sandwiches. The shop has since expanded to multiple locations, including Rome, Milan, Turin, Los Angeles, and now, several locations in New York.

The Secret to All’Antico Vinaio’s Delicious Sandwiches

The secret behind All’Antico Vinaio’s sandwiches lies in its signature schiacciata bread. Unlike focaccia, which is taller and can be gummy and soft, schiacciata is slightly crispy on the outside and has a delightful chewiness.

All’Antico Vinaio prepares their schiacciata fresh every night, proofing the bread dough in the shop. Proofing, a crucial step in bread-making, allows the dough to rise at its own pace before baking, resulting in a superior texture and flavor. The final heating of the sandwich completes the cooking process, ensuring it arrives to customers fresh and piping hot.

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All’Antico Vinaio signature schiacciata bread

In addition to the exceptional bread, All’Antico Vinaio uses authentic Italian ingredients. They import Italian cheeses, make all spreads in-house, and use the freshest produce. Even the pistachios are hand-chopped in the kitchen. This commitment to quality and tradition is a cornerstone of their success.

All’Antico Vinaio’s Must-Try Sandwiches

I met with Roberta Nibbi, who oversees operations in New York City, to try some sandwiches myself. As promised, the schiacciata bread was deliciously chewy with a hint of crunch. Thinner and lighter than focaccia, its chew makes you pay attention to the fresh flavors of a sandwich that you don’t want to rush through.

La Paradiso’s mellow mortadella, smothered in creamy stracciatella cheese and sprinkled with finely chopped pistachios is, well… paradise. It’s not to be missed. L’Inferno has a bolder flavor with just the right amount of heat to complement the flavorful house-made porchetta without overpowering the fresh, peppery arugula and grilled veggies. For the accompanying wine, Roberta recommended a Sangiovese, which was the perfect pairing.

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La Paradiso (left); L’Inferno (right)

Other bestsellers include La Summer, with prosciutto Toscano, mozzarella, tomato, and basil, and La Toscana, which features salame Toscano, pecorino Toscano, and truffle honey. Vegetarian options are also available, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Roberta, originally from Florence, has been with All’Antico Vinaio since it first opened its doors in New York City. She raves, “It smells like home. It tastes like home. And the ingredients are things I recognize from Italy.”

Why Open the New Restaurant Space in NoMad?

Expanding into NoMad is a strategic move for All’Antico Vinaio, which already has successful locations in the West Village, Times Square, and the Upper East Side. NoMad is filled with a lively mix of locals and tourists, making the new restaurant space in NoMad an ideal spot for All’Antico Vinaio’s next venture.

In addition, being situated on the NoMad Piazza allows customers to enjoy their Italian sandwiches in a communal setting al fresco. Roberta is thrilled about opening in NoMad. “I absolutely love the NoMad Piazza, sitting outside and enjoying all of the interesting people.”

Kew Management, NoMad’s premier commercial real estate company and owner of 7 W 25th Street, has provided the expertise, partnership, and incentives that have allowed All’Antico Vinaio’s expansive vision to come to fruition.

Concept and Approach to the Space

The concept and approach to the restaurant space in NoMad blends the charm of an old Italian bakery with a modern, industrial vibe. Located in the beautiful, historic Townsend building, the space has an original marble balcony. The new location will be one of their larger stores, providing ample space for an expanded concept.

The shop features an extensive bakery component with a spectacular oven. Highly trained bakers will be proofing dough and making fresh mozzarella on-site. The bread for all New York locations will be baked in NoMad.

All’Antico Vinaio will also be serving breakfast sandwiches from this new location.

 International Acclaim

All’Antico Vinaio’s reputation extends far beyond Italy. The shop has received rave reviews internationally, with features in prestigious publications like The New Yorker, Saveur Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Their sandwiches are celebrated as some of the best street food in the world, making each visit a culinary experience to remember.

An Unforgettable Experience

The charm of All’Antico Vinaio is undeniable. For Americans who have traveled abroad, it offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Even Italians visiting New York City seek out All’Antico Vinaio for an authentic taste of home.

As the opening day approaches, excitement builds for this new restaurant space in NoMad. Whether you’re a local, a tourist, or an Italian food enthusiast, All’Antico Vinaio promises a sandwich experience you won’t soon forget.