A Sicilian marketplace built for wine-sipping and panini adoration.We're not exaggerating when we say that Ballaro is almost always the right answer. It doesn't matter what you're after, Ballaro fits the bill: it's a good date spot, a perfect place for happy hour, the ideal joint to grab a cappuccino on the way to work (or on the way home), and a great go-to cafe for conversing and sipping Italian whites deep into the night. Modeled after Sicilian markets that specialize in cured meats, fresh bread, panini, and wines by the glass, Ballaro is an unassuming gem that outpaces its rivals in the neighborhood in terms of flavor. Everything here makes the case for the power of simple dishes done incredibly well; pick a panini and a glass of wine at random, and you're practically guaranteed to discover a new favorite by accident.
Parma Panini, $8
Mondello Panini, $10
Val D'Ostano, $10
Build-Your-Own Panini, $2 per ingredient
Five-Flight Wine Tasting, $20
MondayFriday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
SaturdaySunday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. or later