Who doesn’t love a good panini? There is something about toasted bread, fresh meats and veggies, and some gooey cheese that really awakens those taste buds. Not every eatery has perfected the art of the perfect panini, but below you will find five of the best places in Boston that just do it right. If you choose to head to any one of these locations for a pressed sandwich, you will not be disappointed.
44 Province St.
Boston, MA 02108
This place doesn’t refer to itself at the spot for the “world’s no. 1 sandwiches” for nothing! If you ask people where to go to get the best paninis in Boston, there is no doubt that Sam LaGrassa’s will be at the top of many people’s lists. The eatery offers a wide variety of breads, meats and cheeses sure to satisfy your sandwich craving. For about $13, you can choose from one of their grilled bread sandwiches, most of which can be customized to your liking. The paninis are a good size, and the meats are quite tasty. Several Sam LaGrassa visitors have said that they indeed ate the “best sandwich” of their lives here.
313 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
For about $8, you can enjoy one of the amazing paninis at Temptations Cafe. From the pesto chicken to the mushroom & brie, customers rave about these delicious sandwiches. The size of the paninis is pretty decent for the price, and people seem to love trying the different combinations, like the prosciutto & fig. It’s made with prosciutto, walnut-fig preserves, arugula and gorgonzola cheese.
500 Boylston St.
Boston, MA, 02116
Paninis at Rebecca’s Cafe are made to order. If you ask the regulars, they will likely tell you that there is always a line at the panini counter — but it does move quickly! One of these well-sized and tasty creations will cost you about $7. Most people say that Rebecca’s is a great place to grab a quick bite, especially for those who work in the city (there are also multiple locations, so be sure to check their website to see if there is one closer to you).
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Dave’s Fresh Pasta
81 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144
While you might not think that a pasta shop would be known for their paninis, think again! Many people have tried and loved the grilled sandwiches here, and have returned time and time again for more. A favorite? The Italian ham and Swiss. Most sandwiches will run you about $10 and are made to order. There is even an option to customize your own, so get creative and try new combinations.
289 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
If you’re visiting the North End, and you’re in the mood for a panini, stop into Galleria Umberto. Aside from their great pizza (available by the slice), this eatery has great grilled sandwiches that people really seem to love. The ham and cheese is especially cheesy, and the ham is delicious — it’s a go-to sandwich for many who choose to stop in for a bite.
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Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with all of the latest happenings in her city. She loves eating at Boston’s hotspots, having drinks at the trendiest bars, and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.