An artisan pressed sandwich with working class appeal, the panini is in a class of its own. Produced from high quality durum wheat and often hand kneaded, panini dough is baked to perfection in brick ovens. Here are some great spots for panini dining or takeout. As you eat heartily, thank John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, for creating the sandwich. But the sandwiches the fourth Earl of Sandwich consumed were not paninis.
The Spot Panini & Wine
220 W. Lincoln Ave.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: (218) 998-2551
Hand-crafted soup, freshly tossed salad and oven fresh paninis are on the table. For a romantic touch to your robust repast, pair with your favorite wine. Romantic and family friendly, this dining hideaway has versatile panini fare. The muffuletta, crafted from sourdough bread, hails from New Orleans. The Monte Cristo, named after the swashbuckling count in an Alexandre Dumas novel, is a gourmet crowd pleaser with roast chicken, ham slices and Swiss cheese on Italian bread. A powdered sugar topping and raspberry sauce make this panini a rare dining treat.
818 24th Ave., SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (651) 789-0040
To Paul Damico, owner of Panini Creations, the panini is inspirational. His bakery produced gourmet specialties from focaccia, a round Italian bread. Then he discovered the signature Tuscan flat bread during a business trip to Italy. Panini Creations makes affordably priced artisan sandwiches, homemade desserts, salads and owner-inspired pastry delicacies. Having a party or dining at home? Panini Creations delivers homemade meals and desserts and caters events. Every order of Tuscan flatbread sandwiches helps community food pantries.
857 Village Center Drive
North Oaks, MN 55127
Phone: (651) 486-0296
Family owned and operated, everything at Panino’s is fresh and made to order. Full of lean meats, fresh vegetables and low-fat cheeses, these paninis incorporate flavors from around the world. For the exotic, try the fajita or Hawaiian. Go continental with the Sicilian. Or savor comfort ingredients in The Cowboy or the Southwestern.
5325 Lyndale Ave., S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Phone: (612) 827-7376
An intimate Italian bistro in south Minneapolis, Prima has sophisticated urban fare with fresh country ingredients from the Waconia family farm. Good food and a romantic ambiance pack in the customers. Menu favorites are roast beef on ciabatta, BLT on stirato bread, Italian rosemary ham on focaccia, Portobello mushroom on pullman bread, Angus burger grilled to order, focaccia Tuscan chicken salad and grilled chicken breast on stirato. All sandwiches come with mixed greens and Caesar or artisan salad.
4204 S. 28th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: (612) 729-0911
A rustic gastro pub, Buster’s is renown for its gastronomic burgers. But this Twin Cities beer and ale pub also has paninis on the menu. One is a pressed reuben sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. A turkey panini, called the Rachel, comes with Swiss cheese, tomato and a special sauce on toasted sourdough. Around Twin Cities, folks are saying Buster’s pressed sandwiches are two of a kind among the best paninis. Enjoy with a quaff of good ale or beer on tap. Oenophiles can order wine with their panini. Domestic and imported wines are made from the best crush of grapes.
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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.