Caffè Florian’s Tramezzini

Inspired by those served at Venice’s iconic cafè on San Marco square

The omnipresent Italian snack food, tramezzini are small, crustless sandwiches made with white milk-based bread, and stuffed with anything from tuna and hard-boiled eggs to porchetta and radicchio depending on the season and the region. Born in Torino in the 1920s—allegedly at the gilded Caffè Mulassano—tramezzini were the Italian answer to the English tea sandwiches, made immediately more appealing by replacing vegetables with things like prosciutto and tea with alcoholic beverages.

Interestingly enough, the tiny sandwiches weren’t actually dubbed “tramezzini” until the 1930s, when writer and philosopher Gabriele D’Annunzio supposedly coined the word, which is meant to sound like a combination of triangolo (triangle), tra  between), and mezzo (middle). Milk-based bread was not traditionally prevalent in the Italian diet, but became a café staple post-WWII, thanks to American and English influences.

Ingredients

Servings

  • 6 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 large hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices parma cotto

Directions
  1. Spread three slices of white bread with the mayonnaise.
  2. Top 1 with a layer of egg slices.
  3. Place the second piece of bread, mayonnaise side up, on top, creating a new layer.
  4. Add a layer of parma cotto and layer the last slice of bread, mayonnaise side down, on top of that.
  5. Slice into 4 triangles and assemble, 2 each, on a large skewer.
  6. Repeat with the remaining three bread slices, parma cotto, and egg.