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Delicious Panini at Fiasco Gelato (Cgy)

John Manzo | Apr 5, 2007 02:29 PM

Here's a resurrection of the "Calgary sandwich" thread-

I've quickly become a big fan of the grilled sandwiches at Fiasco Gelato (the 17th Ave store; I'm retty sure the one on 1st downtown is only open May-Oct and not sure about the one in Kensington). They used to have something similar- I can remember having at least one grilled panini at the old location in the now-demolished-and-replaced Mt Royal block, but don't recall a thing about it. So it was as a last-ditch, what-the-heck-they're-open-Sunday decision to throw them a bone (nobody else in the shop) and try a sandwich.

I had the roast beef- asked about cheese pref, cheddar or provolone- what, no processed "white cheese" a la Peppinos? I asked for provolone, always a treat, and the kid behind the counter proceeds to saute me beef with onions and a very aromatic sauce- I rocked out to The Streets ("she's fit and don't she know it?") and other tunes on the absolute best restaurant soundtrack in the city while he actually, well, cooked. He puts the nice juicy aromatic sliced beef onto an honest-looking ciabatta with a slice of prov and then slaps it in a panini press- I get the combo with a bag of Miss Vickie's and an orangina and munch away- first impression- HOLY HELL this is good bread. Crispy and chewy, perfect for a panini, much better than the horrid focaccia you saw everywhere in Calgary when panini grills first started showing up a few years ago (focaccia, from my experience, gets too brittle and dry in a press).. second impression- MAN this beef is tasty and tender. It's also decadently, well, oily- but not in a bad way; more in the "this would be awesome with melting gorgonzola and maybe arugula" way. As it was, the sauce- a sort of tomato based thing- was more than adequate and the prov lovely. I moaned through the whole experience. Seriously.

Today I had a chicken version- this time, for cheese, do I want cheddar, provolone, swiss or goat cheese? Seriously? I get swiss because it's made for grillin', and the rest is the same- nice savoury sauce, perfect bread, a treat. I find out the ciabatta rolls are "from Canmore"- Valbella? Good choice.

I know this must sound like an absurd exaggeration but I haven't had a sandwich this good (aside from some of my own) since Wild Sage disappeared. And this has been happening under my nose since last summer- I'm ashamed. Spread the word- about the panini, not my shame.

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