I love going to new restaurants – it makes me feel like young and alive and not hungry anymore. Around Lansing, the rate of new restaurant growth is not very fast, so when something bright and shiny appears, it’s very exciting. Or at least interesting.
So my latest victim was Tony Sacco’s in Eastwood Towne Center. Hidden back behind the NCG Theaters, you either have to know it’s there, or hear about it from informative, brilliant food bloggers. I ventured further back that I had ever ventured before – don’t worry, it’s not scary to be back there. In fact, there are beautiful views of the various construction projects.
I had the Italian Mezza Luna sandwich, which was a pizza crust folded like a taco and filled with ham, capicola, provolone, lettuce, and tomatoes. Imagine an Italian grinder without the grinder part. The crust was soft and chewy, and the sandwich was big – I had enough for lunch the next day. It came with a little salad with oil to make you feel better about eating lots of processed meat. Don’t fall for it – just enjoy all the meaty goodness, because good it was.
I also ordered the bread rolls- there was a fancy name for them, but the name escapes me. They were slightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. They were served in a bowl, the bread resting in a pool of olive oil – garlic – basil. I splurge the extra fifty cents and got the marinara sauce.
I am a fan of Tony Sacco’s, a nice edition to the collection of Eastwood. Lots of windows, a clean, bright interior, and excellent food. Brave the wilds north of the mall – it’s worth it.