The picture I took of this sandwich was in better days. July 30, 2020, to be exact. It was the first time I'd visited Fausto, the artfully refined restaurant run by brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari inside the Contemporary Arts Center. It's not like I was in the mood for a tuna sandwich, but Tony did a good job of selling me on it. And to this day, it's one of my favorite sandwiches in Cincinnati.
Here, tuna confit gets some added saltiness and brininess when it's topped with olive relish and a tonnato dressing made with tuna, anchovies, mayo, olive oil and lemon juice. It's then topped with fresh, flavorful greens and tomatoes (when they're in season), and served on crusty country bread from local baker, Allez, in Over-the-Rhine.
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While I've missed dining in at Fausto during the pandemic, I have found myself ordering the sandwich as a carryout item whenever I find myself missing Downtown, as well as Tony and Austin, who are pretty swell guys, and reason enough to visit Fausto in the first place.
Sure, it's a little chef-ier than your average Lenten fare. But these days, a little indulgence goes a long way.
Fausto is located inside the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown. 513-345-2979, faustoatthecac.com.
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