Sandwich of the Week: Panini Pete’s Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Panini

This week’s sandwich comes to you from the tiny coastal town of Fairhope, Ala.

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato panini

Located in the French Quarter of downtown Fairhope, Ala., Panini Pete’s knows how to make the perfect sandwich.

The Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato panini perfectly combines house-made mozzarella with ripe tomatoes. Add fresh torn basil leaves and balsamic vinaigrette, and wrap it all up in a pressed homemade focaccia roll for the perfect caprese sandwich.

It may not sound all that different, but it truly is. The mozzarella comes out at the perfect, melt-in-your-mouth temperature. The fresh basil leaves cut through the acidity of the tomatoes. And the vinaigrette ties it all together with a taste that’s not too tart but not too oily. 

Not into tomatoes? Try the Rosemary Chicken panini made with creamy goat cheese on multigrain bread. Or try the Black and Blue burger made with gorgonzola spread.

Shoelace fries or homemade potato chips accompany each sandwich, burger, or dog. Order yourself a sweet tea, and sit and relax in the warm Southern summer heat. 

Pete’s tiny indoor seating area and newly renovated outdoor "greenhouse" seating are usually bustling. Round tables with umbrellas circle the front of the restaurant, and be sure to check out the tiny shops located on either side. 

Open for breakfast and lunch, Panini Pete’s is the best way to enjoy a lazy morning or afternoon.

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