The “Stanley Tucci” Italian sandwich

Stanley Tucci recently described his absolute favorite sandwich combination and if it’s good enough to Stanley Tucci it’s good enough for me. This is all about the quality of the ingredients: crispy bread, prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and a classic homemade pesto. This absolutely is the ultimate grilled cheese.

Here’s how to make this one:

The “Stanley Tucci” Italian sandwich

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For the pesto:

  • 3/4 cup basil leaves (arugula or spinach)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

The rest:

  • Fresh baguette
  • Prosciutto
  • Buffalo mozzarella
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Olive oil for toasting


  •  In a food processor, blend pesto ingredients and season to taste.
  • Preheat oven to 350. Add pesto to baguette and top with shredded mozzarella, followed by prosciutto, then buffalo mozzarella.
  • Close sandwich and add some olive to a large oven safe skillet. Cook on medium to low heat for about 2-3 min to get bread crispy. Transfer to oven for about 7 more min or until cheesy is super melty. Enjoy!

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.