Panini Cafe replaces Pomodoro in Sherman Oaks; Coming to Woodland Hills soon

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carole rosner90BY CAROLE ROSNER

Panini Café recently opened its doors for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Sherman Oaks’ La Reina shopping center, replacing Pomodoro. This “fast casual” multi-location café is sure to please with its hearty portions (that you can share), healthy selections, cozy atmosphere and reasonable prices.

The extensive menu at Panini Cafe takes you on a journey to the Mediterranean and Italy. In addition to a variety of appetizers, salads, meat, veggie entrees, breakfast and pastas, there are 19 choices of grilled paninis (pressed sandwiches)!

Paninis are pressed sandwiches. Photo: Carole Rosner

Hummus and eggplant panini. Photos: Carole Rosner

Each is made fresh with bread from Il Fornaio Bakery and packed with flavor. Top choices include #7—Turkey Club with turkey, pepper bacon, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and light mayo, #14—Hummus Panini with grilled eggplant, hummus, tomatoes, Feta cheese, mint and basil and #2—Caprese di Parma with Prosciutto di Parma, Buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. ($9.95  include choice of pasta salad, couscous or fruit).

All customers receive a small humus as a free starter.

All customers receive a small hummus as a free starter.

Panini Café also serves many delicious and large-sized entrees ($12.95-$18.95) including fresh Salmon, Filet Mignon or Koobideh Kabobs (charbroiled seasoned ground sirloin) served with fresh veggies, Basmati rice or bulgur wheat, and veggie options like the Stuffed Red Bell Peppers–loaded with organic bulgur wheat, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and red onions topped with a rich marinara sauce. This entrée is accompanied by a choice of salad, as well as hummus, tatziki (a dip made with chopped cucumbers in a yogurt base with garlic and olive oil) and pita bread.

Homemade tiramisu.

Homemade tiramisu.

Breakfast options include Scrambles and Poaches ($8.95-$10.95) with everything from Black Forest ham to Chicken Sausage to Brie Cheese. There are also eight different omelets, thickly cut French toast and a Breakfast Combo big enough to share with two pieces of French Toast, two eggs, Pepper Bacon or Apple Chicken Sausage, and roasted potatoes or fresh fruit ($10.95).

Stuffed pepper entree is enough to feed two.

Stuffed pepper entree is enough to feed two.

Desserts can also feed more than one person and include homemade Tiramisu, banana bread pudding and Baklava ($5.95-$6.95).

Panini Café has three other locations in Southern California and will soon be opening in Woodland Hills.Panini Café 14622 Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-3600 (818) 783-1100 www.mypaninicafe.com. Open daily 8am to 10pm Breakfast served until 11:30 M-F and until 3pm Sat. and Sunday. Validated parking in lot in back and metered on street.

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The Panini Cafe is located in Sherman Oaks’ La Reina shopping center.

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

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