Six Flat-Out Awesome Panini Spots Around Phoenix

Panini's anyone? Several Valley spots feature the hot, pressed sandwich.
Panini's anyone? Several Valley spots feature the hot, pressed sandwich. Jacob Tyler Dunn
Listen up, Phoenicians. The weather is a lot cooler and, finally, there is the opportunity to enjoy a hot, pressed panini with your favorite soup and salad. You'll find these panini spots in town will be your go-to sandwich place year-round. Here are six panini spots in the Valley you shouldn't miss:

The Panini People

Multiple Locations

Lyndsy Maechtle and Chris LaBarre decided to pursue the American dream by investing in a food truck, The Panini People, dedicated to (you guessed it) — paninis. All paninis are pressed on fresh sourdough bread and served with seasoned fries. Choose the "Green Machine," which includes green-sliced Roma tomatoes, baby spinach, basil pesto, and melted mozzarella cheese, or the "Jive Turkey" showcasing sliced turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, mayo, basil pesto, and melted mozzarella cheese. Dip your panini in The Panini People's version of chipotle ketchup. Find out their next stop by visiting the schedule on their website.

Panini Bread & Grill

3510 West Bell Road, #4, Glendale

Pair your favorite panini sandwich with a salad at Panini Bread & Grill. There are 10 paninis to choose from — some of the selections include chicken chipotle, panini Caprese, avocado BLT, and more. The paninis are reasonably priced from $5.95 to $6.39. Those who aren't craving paninis have options like nachos, fruit and cheese plates, and a wide selection of salads.

Postino Wine Cafe

Multiple Locations

Postino Wine Cafe is known for its bruschetta, but its paninis are also a hit. There are several selections from the vegetarian to the roasted turkey on its menu. For those who may be feeling adventurous, try the prosciutto with brie — a medley of prosciutto di parma, brie, fig jam, arugula, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Pair with a glass of wine, and you have the perfect lunch or dinner.

click to enlarge Enjoy people watching as you indulge in your panini at Postino Wine Cafe. - POSTINO B-SIDE
Enjoy people watching as you indulge in your panini at Postino Wine Cafe.
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The Lunch Lounge

501 North 44th Avenue

The Lunch Lounge highlights several sandwiches. Those who enjoy paninis may like to bite into an Albuquerque turkey panini — a combination of turkey, pepper jack, cheese, and bacon grilled on sourdough with sourdough lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, and green chile mayo. There is also the Southwest chipotle chicken panini for those craving a spicier sandwich.

Great Harvest Bread Company

1730 East Warner Road, Tempe

The Great Harvest Bread Company takes their paninis seriously. Specialty panini selections include spicy apple bacon grilled cheese, roasted chipotle cheesesteak, and Tuscan chicken. Combo meals include chips and a drink. Sandwiches cost less than $10 dollars — so it's a perfect lunch on the go.

Pomo Pizzeria

366 North Gilbert Road, #106, Gilbert

The classic Italian restaurant, Pomo Pizzeria, serves pizzas, pastas, and of course, paninis. The menu includes meatball, Capri, Nisida, and Positano paninis. All paninis come with a side of greens. If you'd like appetizers before you enjoy your panini, choose from burrata, Caprese, or eggplant parmigiana.
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Rudri Patel is a lawyer turned writer and editor. She is the co-editor of the online literary journal The Sunlight Press and on staff at Literary Mama.
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