The perfect panini requires bread that’s crusty and chewy at the same time, grilled and pressed to perfection and stuffed with fresh veggies and fine meats. Most paninis are made on ciabatta, michetta or a baguette and traditionally filled with deli meats and cheeses. While you can find amazing classic Italian paninis in Atlanta, culinary sandwich seekers can also find some unique creations and twists on the traditional panini in The ATL. Here are a few eateries offering the perfect panini. 
Toscano & Sons Italian Market Atlanta
1050 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404)-815-8383
www.toscanoandsons.com

It’s been nearly a decade since this Italian market made its debut in Atlanta. The panini served here has been named “the best in town” by local publications and is very popular among neighborhood residents. Toscano & Sons is solely dedicated to serving authentic Italian foods, spices, and cheeses and meats, as well as Italian wines. Pressed panini options include porchetta (roasted pork loin and fontina cheese), caprese (mozzarella, tomato and pesto) and viola (mortadella, speck, genoa salami, tapenade and salami).

Vespucci’s Pizza & Pasta
1389 Peachtree St., Suite 105
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404)-733-5500
www.vespuccispizza.com

Vespucci’s Pizza and Pasta offers Georgia panini lovers two locations: one in Atlanta and one in Marietta. Regulars know that the chicken pesto bleu is the best panini served here—it’s a ciabatta loaf pressed with grilled chicken, Italian pesto, bleu cheese and tomato. Other varieties of panini include smoked turkey bacon ranch, Italian and portobello veggie. 

Ocean Market
1394 N. Highland Ave.
489 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 6651495
oceanmarketatl.com

This downtown eatery is the perfect lunch spot for those looking for a break in between meetings or shopping. In addition to fresh salads and savory crepes topped with fresh fruit, Ocean Market also serves up paninis “like your mama used to make!” Try comfort food offerings like the grilled cheese panini, made with smoked gouda, triple creme brie and homemade spiced pimento cheese; or the PB&J panini with pear, Brie, Jambon, Creole mustard and arugula. 

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Pressed Panini Bar
30 S. Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 485-3759
www.pressedpaninibar.com

Creator, owner and Chef Scot Kinsey has been creating food compilations for nearly 20 years, and enjoys sharing his passion with his guests. The panini menu is perfect, offering the right amount of variety without being overwhelming. Of the 11 paninis offered, the peanut butter and banana honey and Nutelle and Brie melt are must-tries for those who crave savory-sweet sandwiches. Vegetarians will love the summer vegetable panini, made with cilantro hummus, zucchini, piquillo peppers, caramelized onions and goat cheese on French bread.

Little Azio
749 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 624-0440
www.littleazio.com

Panini patrons can find Little Azio at one of three locations in Vinings, Atlanta and East Atlanta. Carrying the traditional pasta, pizza and salad, the restaurant also offers four kinds of panini, including the salmon panino for seafood lovers made with bacon, tomato and jalapeno mayo. The patio is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch and nosh on a delicious panini while you enjoy the summer weather.

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