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Tramezzino (5268587628).jpg
Place of originItaly
Region or statePiedmont
Main ingredientsBread, various fillings

The tramezzino (Italian: [tramedˈdziːno]; plural tramezzini) is a usually triangular Italian sandwich constructed from two slices of soft white bread, with the crusts removed. Popular fillings include tuna, olive, and prosciutto, but many other fillings can be used.[1][2]


The term tramezzino was coined by Gabriele D'Annunzio, to replace the English word sandwich.[3] It is the diminutive of the word tramezzo "in-between" (formed with the addition of the suffix -ino), meant as a half-way between breakfast and lunch, where to eat a break-hungry snack.


The origin of the tramezzino can be found in the Caffè Mulassano in Piazza Castello, Turin, where it was devised in 1925 as an alternative to English tea sandwiches.[4][5] In July 19, the newspaper La Cucina Italiana wrote the first official recipe for the sandwich. Tramezzini are also sold in Hungary pre-packaged at railway and subway stations, and are a popular food choice of commuters.


The tramezzino consists of soft milk bread without crust in a triangular shape, stuffed abundantly in the center. The peculiarity of this Italian specialty is given by the humidity of the bread, which is conferred by the presence of mayonnaise and, in Venice, also by the humid climate of the city. This makes the bread particularly soft. Among the most common fillings are:

• ham with mushrooms, artichokes, cheese;

• mozzarella and tomato;

• fish: tuna, salmon, shrimps or crab;

• salami and boiled egg;

• rocket and bresaola;

• chicken and salad.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moliterni, Rocco (April 11, 2013). "Qui è nato il tramezzino e si sente". La Stampa (in Italian).
  2. ^ "Tramezzini Recipes".
  3. ^ I grandi imprenditori del XIX secolo: centocinquant'anni di storia di Italia, di scoperte, di invenzioni, di impresa, di lavoro, Italo Scalera, CEDAM, 2011, pagina 406; vedi google books
  4. ^ "Il tramezzino è nato da Mulassano". La Stampa. 5 August 2008. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. ^ Rocco Moliterni (4 November 2013). "Qui è nato il tramezzino e si sente". La Stampa. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.