Tramezzini are thin sandwiches, which are traditionally served throughout Italy at elegant wine and espresso bars. This very simple tramezzini is one of my favorites; I like the fresh crunch and bright peppery flavor of the radish. Serve this as a light lunch or cut the sandwiches into strips to serve as an appetizer.

Bread

Mayonnaise, as desired

Minced garlic, as desired

4 slices of white sandwich bread, crusts removed

Sandwich filling

2 hard-cooked eggs, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices

Dash of salt

Dash of freshly ground pepper

2 large radishes, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

Snipped chives, thin strips of green onion (green parts only), or sprigs of watercress, thick stems removed, as desired

Stir together the mayonnaise and garlic in a small bowl. Spread one side of each bread slice with the mixture.

Top 2 bread slices with a layer of half of the egg slices; lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top each bread slice with half the radish slices and chives, green onion, and watercress, if using. Top with the remaining bread slices. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally once or twice.

Variation

Substitute cucumber slices for the radish slices.