Pani câ meusa

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Pani câ meusa served in Palermo

Pani câ meusa (Sicilian for 'bread with spleen'); pronounced [ˈpaːnɪ kaː ˈmɛʊsa] (listen); also spelled pani câ mèusa or less correctly pani ca meusa) is a Sicilian street food. Its Italianized name is panino con la milza. It is a dish typical of Palermo and it consists of a soft bread (locally called vastedda or vastella) topped with sesame, stuffed with chopped veal lung and spleen that have been boiled and then fried in lard. Caciocavallo or ricotta may also be added, in which case the pani câ meusa is called maritatu (Sicilian for 'married'); if served without cheese, it is called schettu ('single') instead. It was created by Jewish butchers in Palermo, Sicily. [1] It is sold mainly by street vendors (specifically indicated locally as meusari) in Palermo's main markets such as the Vucciria and the Ballarò.

Brooklyn, New York[edit]

Among Sicilian-Americans in Brooklyn, New York, especially in Bensonhurst, pane ca meusa has influenced other hero sandwiches, especially the "roast beef hero".[citation needed] In 1968, The Original John's Deli opened on the corner of Stillwell Avenue and 86th Street by Sicilian immigrants John and Maria Cicero.[citation needed] There was now easy access to roast beef and therefore, they decided to use roast beef in their business, preparing roast beef heroes adding mozzarella, gravy and onions to the hero, becoming a Brooklyn staple and would eventually be renamed the "Johnny Roast Beef" after a character from the movie GoodFellas.[citation needed] Other places took note of this sandwich and added them to their menu or created their own variation to the sandwich including Roll N' Roaster, Brennan and Carr, and Defonte's.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Simon Majumdar (19 May 2009). Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything. Simon and Schuster. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-1-4165-7602-0. Retrieved 9 June 2012.

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