While the turkey sandwiches of my youth were riddled with mounds of dry, barely-swallowable turkey, The Little Pecorino at Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe is propelled forward by a great blend of pesto, mayo, roasted red peppers, and, of course, pecorino.
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Though most restaurants can't seem to produce a proper cured ham sandwich, the Jamon, Jamon ($7.50) at Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe in Kenwood absolutely nails it. From the crackly bread to the thinly sliced and perfectly proportioned Serrano, this sandwich should stand as a model for how to do things right.