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Picasso Black & White, Via Quadronno and Argo

Yesterday was activity filled.  The itinerary was ambitious but doable.

First there were Milanese paninis at Via Quadronno.  These aren’t the grilled pressed paninis.  Yes the bread is toasted but they’re not flattened out.  There are salads, cold and warm small plates, entrees and other sandwiches but I’ve only ever had the Milanese paninis and espresso.  The other distinguishing factor is the crazy combos of meats and cheeses they contain.  It’s best to go with a friend so you can order more than one and share, more options!

The three we had:

Non Ti Scordar di Me— our award-winning specialty: speck, brie, paté

Cervino— cured wild boar filet, brie, goat & fontina cheeses, romaine, herbs

Lo Spazzino–young roast pork, rucola, provolone, red onion & caper sauce

If you tell them you’re sharing they will cut them in half and taper how quickly they come out so they won’t be cold and all piled on your table.  There are 21 different paninis and a few vegetarian ones.  I’ve tried some of the others but the 3 I mentioned are my favorites.

It can get pretty crowded during the weekday lunch but with some patience you will taste some delicious things and see an interesting slice of the Upper East Side.

Lunch provided a good base to take on the crowds at the Guggenheim where the “Picasso Black and White” exhibition is on until January 23, 2013.

Bust of a Woman, Arms Raised (Buste de femme, les bras levés), 1922. Courtesy Guggenheim Museum, New York

If you want to follow the exhibition chronologically start at the bottom of the ramp and work your way up.  If the order of things isn’t important, take the elevator to the top floor and bring your roller skates.  Okay the security guards would probably stop you from rolling down the ramps, so if you get caught it wasn’t my idea!

There are 118 works to see, 38 have never been in the U.S. and 5 never in public.  It is a lovely show with masterpieces here and there.  It seemed like all the major periods or works in his oeuvre from 1904 to 1971 were represented: the Blue and Rose periods; the sturdy figurative portraits like the Bust of a Woman, above; Cubism; Surrealism; sociopolitical paintings and works inspired by Goya and Velázquez. More