Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Toast Paninoteca

Last night I met a bunch of bloggers at Toast Paninoteca, an Italian sandwich shop that recently opened at Five Points, in downtown Durham. The brightly lit cafe was a very pleasant place to meet and choose from a wide array of interesting sandwiches. The very friendly owners, Billy and Kelli Cottler, also contribute to the cheerful atmosphere.

This chicken sandwich may have been monotonic in color, but it was by no means monotonic in flavor. I rather enjoyed it. It was a tramezzini, which is a cold crustless sandwich. Their on-line menu has definitions for the different types of sandwiches. There are many others that I'd like to try and the soup looked very good. They also have a nice selection of soft drinks, including IZZE.

Two gracious food bloggers allowed me to photograph their crostini plate, which I thought was rather beautiful.

Note that as far as wheelchair accessibility goes, there is one step at the front entrance. To the rear of the shop, they have a ramp and a door that is flush with the ground outside. There is no curb cut to the parking lot in the back, but the curb is very low and is certainly manageable with assistance. An alley leads to Chapel Hill Street.

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