This delectable, aromatic pressed sandwich originated in Milan. Like its Italian and Italian-American predecessors, the pizza and the sub sandwich, the panini quickly became an American staple. In Italy, the panini was associated with youth oriented pop culture. Then the Mediterranean artisan sandwich became popular in American fast food chains and sandwich shops. Different cultures have adopted the panini as their own. Served up in many ethnic variations, such as the Cubano, the panini is a dinner and diner favorite. Around metro Twin Cities, epicureans are sampling some of the best at chic panini bistros and restaurants.
While last year’s offerings included a mega meatball, garlic fries and healthier offerings from LeeAnn Chin, this year we’re welcoming food truck fare and a Minnesota favorite.
Growing up in the ‘burbs, it was typical for me to dream about living in the big city — a place with plenty of options, tons of new places and new trends just around the corner. It seemed the old standbys and staples grew weary over the years and I always wanted the bigger and better.