Day 336: Italian Panini and Espresso Truffle

(At YVR.)Knowing I’d be at the airport over dinnertime, I stopped at my favourite Italian sandwich shop (funny that I actually have one) on Commercial Drive – although I’ve been in plenty of times, I still can’t recall the name of it, except that “Grotto” is in there somewhere, and “fromaggi”, probably in reference to the cheese display at the front of the shop.

Wait, I have the receipt. La Grotta del Formaggio. Sounds a little sleazy/cheezy. 1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

The Italian ladies behind the counter are true sandwich artists – they split open an Italian loaf the size of a small boat and drizzled both sides with olive oil, then balsamic vinegar (as per my request) and spread one side with pesto mayo. A difficult choice of meats, cheeses and toppings, but I would up with salami, provolone, smoky roasted peppers, chunky sun-dried tomatoes, salty pickled eggplant and fine bits of purple onion. My breath on the flight home is going to be stellar. It was pressed for a good long time in the panini grill, but didn’t hold its heat through rainy rush hour traffic between the Grotto and the airport.

R and J and I ate it in the food court waiting for my boarding call, cut into salty, messy pieces with a plastic knife.

To wash it down, an espresso truffle from Starbucks (hot chocolate with espresso shots). yum.


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5 comments on “Day 336: Italian Panini and Espresso Truffle

  1. Laura
    December 2, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Yum! La Grotta is one of my fave sandwich places. Next time check out JN&Z Deli for their in house smoked meats which is 3 stores away and if you go a little further the Little Nest makes the best apple almond ricotta muffins!

  2. Lana
    December 2, 2008 at 6:35 am


  3. Erica Bell
    December 2, 2008 at 7:04 am

    That panini is a work of art. Killer on the breath though. 😉

    I made your Peppermint Patties from OSC for foodbank night. Another hit Thank you! I’m playing with a mint chocolate ganache to turn them in to sandwich cookies. Not exactly low fat but deeelicious.

  4. Lisa
    December 2, 2008 at 7:04 am

    So I google-mapped El Grotto, and it turns out it’s literally two blocks from my brother and sister-in-law’s place. Commercial Drive has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to take out, but I’ll have to try this place the next time I’m out, I’m a sucker for a good sandwich!

  5. robyn
    December 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Thanks again for the sandwich!! I can still taste it…..


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