Some of us are using our summer vacations to travel the world, the rest of us are sitting around wishing we were too. Well, the next time you want a taste of Rome, head over to A.M. Shoppe with a group of friends and order a platter of sandwiches and some plates of antipasti for a simple Italian-inspired meal. After walking through the streets of the culturally diverse Adams Morgan neighborhood, A.M. Shoppe is truly the perfect place to settle for an afternoon bite to eat.
For those lucky ones who are above 21, Justin Abad, co-owner of A.M. Shoppe, has created an atmosphere ideal for quality wine-tasting. With a selection of about 70 labels, Abad wants his patrons to sample only the finest wines and for his staff to know the taste of each and every one. Each bottle is only $10-$20, making it a great deal for quality wine seekers.
But do not fret under-21ers! Wanting to share his love of all things Rome, Abad offers a selection of cheeses and cured meats, either filled in sandwiches or assembled in an artisanal platter. A.M. Shoppe offers a variety of cheese, sandwich, and meat & cheese platters for parties of 8-15 or 16-24 people. These platters are great for catering a simple, but fancy afternoon picnic.
Another option is to order their sandwiches individually. Priced at about $8.50 each, these artisanal sandwiches include delicious cured meats and quality cheeses. Here is a sample of their award-winning sandwiches:
Admorghese Finocchino Mortadella,Prosciutto, Cotto, Provolone, Spicy Pickled Vegetables and Olive Oil
Tipperary Prosciutto di Parma, Cashel Irish Blue Cheese and Fig Paste
A.M. Cubano Pork Confit, Cuban Mustard, Prosciutto Cotto, Comte and Pickles, Grilled on the Press
For your own simple Roman fare, try making this Prosciutto Sandwich at home:
- 1 6-inch piece baguette, halved horizontally
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Thinly sliced Prosciutto de Parma
- Cured olives, for serving
Drizzle olive oil over cut sides of the baguette.
Place a few slices prosciutto on cut side of one-half of baguette; cover with the remaining half to make a sandwich.
Serve with cured olives.