In these dog days of summer, abandon your own hot kitchen for a sidewalk spot at West Seattle’s Quadrato, an Italian pocket cafe that debuted in The Junction last October.

Just larger than a walk-up window, Quadrato offers a petite selection of grilled sandwiches and pan-style pizzas for the casual drop-in.

Stop in for a quick bite on the go, or settle in for an Italian lunch hour (or two) of Roman fare and midday espressos. Be warned that, with just eight bar stools indoors and a smattering of outdoor tables, seating is not guaranteed.

The menu: A lover of cured meats should head for the grilled sandwiches, such as the D.O.C., with prosciutto, mozzarella and arugula on Grand Central Bakery’s focaccia ($8.95), or the meatier Quad, with salami, spicy sopressata, prosciutto and pepperoni ($9.50).

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Pizzas, in Sicilian style, are baked on large sheet pans and dished out as six-inch squares with a variety of toppings. Try the “Quad” Classic with Cascioppo Brothers sausage, mushrooms and Mama Lil’s peppers ($4.75 a slice, $24 for half sheet pan), or the Quattro Formaggio, with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, pecorino and Parmesan ($4.25 a slice, $22 for half sheet pan).

Vegetarian sandwiches and pizzas are available, along with a full espresso bar.

What to write home about: If you like thick, bready pizza, this is your Consumption Junction. The “Quad” Classic, in particular, is a winner.

The setting: A tiny Italian eatery that doles out the casual (paper plates, plastic utensils) with the vogue (locally supplied toppings and house-pickled vegetables).

Summing up: An Inferno sandwich ($8.95), a slice each of the “Quad” Classic pizza ($4.75) and Quattro Formaggio pizza ($4.25) and a cappuccino ($3.45) came to $23.43 after tax, and fed two.

Katrina Barlow: