Picnic on South Beach: Healthy and Easy Alternatives for Your Basket
If you're not a market person and yearn for something fatty and sugar loaded, but still want the homemade picnic factor, Panizza Bistro fits that mold. Right around the corner from Epicure, Panizza Bistro is an Argentinian family owned sit-down or to-go joint. Offered as a grab and go are Argentinian style empanadas of many flavors: beef, ham & cheese, spinach & ricotta, caprese, cheese & mushroom, chicken, and Arabian (spicy beef) ($2 each). They also have quiche, sold by the slice ($5) with similar flavors that vary from day to day, and sandwiches de miga ($2), which are akin to the English cucumber sandwich, a typical tea-time food. So English tea-time equals South Beach Picnic. Ham and cheese is the flavor and wheat is an alternative offered to regular butter bread. But enough of salty, let's talk sweet. Facturas, or Argentinian sweet pastries are up for grabs at less than a dollar a pop.
Americans love their sandwiches. So do Italians. So will your picnic basket. This salad and sandwich shop serves up skinny but stretched, cut-in-half, and perfectly put together sandwiches that are easy to share and won't fall apart. Very important for a picnic. They have about 24 different sandwiches ranging in ingredients and in price from $5.35 to $8.25. For the occasion at hand, we suggest the Girotondo (turkey breast, fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomato, arugula, and balsamic vinegar) Biancanieve (carpaccio, avocado, lettuce, mayonnaise, and salt), or Capitan Spaventa (tuna, green olives, eggs, lettuce, and mayonnaise).