A Sandwich a Day: Caprese Sandwich from Pane Bianco in Phoenix

A Sandwich a Day

A different sandwich profiled every single day.

In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year--so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. --The Mgmt.


[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Pane Bianco is the sandwich shop sibling of Pizzeria Bianco, the legendary (especially around these parts) Phoenix pizzeria where Chris Bianco's pies have people queuing up for a dinner reservation way before they open at 5 p.m. Well, that was before they opened for lunch too, starting this week!

But back to sandwiches. When Robyn and I were in Phoenix on a book research trip (read: the great cross-country scarfing fest of 2010), we stopped at Pane Bianco before our dinnertime pizzas. The caprese sandwich sounded unnecessary in theory given our tomato-cheese-starch-based meal in just a few hours, but that was so entirely false. The slices of bright tomato slices from a local Arizona farm are paired with crisp basil leaves and freshly pulled mozzarella. And no matter which sandwich you get, the bread is one of the best parts: the straight-from-the-wood-fired-oven circular loaves have just the right chew, dotted with charred crispy spots on top. There are caprese sandwiches, and then there is THIS caprese sandwich.

Pane Bianco

4404 North Central Avenue # A, Phoenix AZ 85013 (map); 602-234-2100