Find out how this authentic Italian panini vendor, Pisillo, is winning over New Yorkers hearts and stomachs. These huge sandwiches are perfect to share with a fellow coworker or to tackle all on your own. Antonella Silvio, the owner, sat with me last Wednesday to talk about Pisillo and how we can bring these paninis to your office.
What sets you apart from all the other restaurants in your cuisine?
This is a new concept of “Fast Food”, we only use fresh and high-quality Italian products. The bread we use comes from on of the finest bakeries in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, which has been in business for 30 years. It is delivered to us every morning, right out of the oven, still warm, and with its fresh fragrance.
We only use high quality Italian cold cuts and all the ingredients and condiments are imported directly from Italy, like our buffalo mozzarella delivered fresh every week.
We do not make hot paninis and we do not use a press, because by using only fresh bread and the best products we want to preserve the quality of the Italian cold cuts being served so that we may offer our customers the very best tasting paninis.
What is your favorite dish on the menu and why?
No.26 is a customer favorite because of the 2 types of meat. It is not a traditional Italian sandwich but everyone seems to love it.
What is the background story behind the opening of the restaurant?
Pisillo opened almost three years ago, as a white-tiled homage to my home town in Italy, Sant’Agata de’ Goti, an arresting stone bastion nestled in the hills above Naples.
What is your secret to keeping customers coming in?
Meat lover? Vegetarian? Dairy enthusiast? Pisillo has something for everyone. From sweet to spicy selections, the combinations are limitless.
Critically acclaimed, Pisillo has been raved about for offering massive-sized panini sandwiches and giving customers bang for their hard earned bucks.