A Sandwich A Day: Panini at Tria Cafe, Philadelphia
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Many years ago (okay, four), back when I was a spry young undergraduate, I called the wonderful city of Philadelphia home. As a fledgling serious eater, it was quite a place to explore—BYOB restaurants! Epic brunches! Food carts! Admittedly, I ate a lot of late night pizza, and curly fries, and Wawa hoagies (though, for better or worse, maybe four cheesesteaks over four years). But when I wanted to class it up with some good cheese and a good glass of wine, Tria was the spot I would go.
The cafe has an ample by-the-glass wine list with pithy categories (Sociable, Zippy, Lighthearted) and a nice selection of sandwiches featuring their serious cheese selection. On a recent trip back to the city of Brotherly Love, I was happy to find that my good memories of Tria were well-founded. The smoked chicken panino ($9.50) paired salty, tender chicken breast with a pleasantly sharp Caciocavallo cheese. Piquillo peppers and balsamic onions lend sweetness and a nice, vinegary tang.
Another excellent option is the truffled mushroom panino ($8.50), pressed with buttery Brie de Nangis and spinach. More creamy than funky, the brie was a rich match for the meaty mushrooms—a great sandwich for a grey Philadelphia day.
About the author: Lauren Sloss is a bicoastal food-lover who splits her time between New York (where she is finishing graduate school) and San Francisco (where she does most other things). Some of her favorite things include The Black Keys, goat gouda, and guacamole. You can follow her on Twitter @laurensloss.