You might wonder what the thrill is in enjoying a delicious panini – a glorified toasted sandwich made with Italian (artisan) bread and delectable fillings – but it’s all about the taste buds. The warm, fresh bread, the blend of flavors and textures in fillings and sauces, all make for an unforgettable experience. Las Vegas is fortunate to have some of the best paninis around at a variety of establishments, and folks who have come to love this treat rave about it to their friends, who also have to visit. This is how legends are created.
Presto Cafe
4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 130
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 293-3332

Rubens on rustic raisin rye bread or turkey (with Applewood bacon) on toasted rustic cranberry walnut bread, or a veggie lovers vegetarian sandwich stuffed with roasted eggplant and red pepper, goat cheese and more on 9 Grain bread: it’s all about the taste, the texture and the experience. From bacon and cheese bread to brioche, foccacia and so much more, the artisan breads beckon you to try the next taste sensation or even see if you can purchase a loaf to take home with you to attempt to recreate the experience. Presto Cafe is reasonably priced and, in a word, delicious.

Baguette Cafe
8359 W. Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 269-4781

The Baguette Cafe offers tasty fresh bread, delicious sandwiches and organic ingredients all served in a cozy atmosphere. One of Baguette Cafe’s most popular offerings is the Blue Brie, with mustard spread, apple, walnuts, blue cheese brie and your choice of mushrooms or chicken. At under $8burg, it’s also a very affordable lunch with its crisp crust and fresh ingredients. But there is so much more with original beverages, quiche and other treats.

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Panevino Italian Grille
246 Via Antonio Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 222-2400

Featuring homemade pane (artisan Breads), zuppe (soup), dolce (desserts) and, of course, pizza, this is the deluxe Italian dining experience at moderate cost. There are also some excellent pastas, vegetarian/vegan alternatives, salads and entrees, but the panini is what has folks coming back for lunch.

Cafe Zupas
1381 W. Sunset Road
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 978-4444

Cafe Zupas is all about the soup and sandwich experience combined with fresh-made delectable salads. One of the newer Henderson restaurants, the panini sandwich lineup includes a most nontraditional grilled cheese, pesto chicken, Cuban grilled pork, a honey bacon club, crab avocado melt and the unique turkey/avocado/spinach – all toasted on fresh artisan bread. It’s a neighborhood place that wants you to keep coming back to enjoy the combos or your favorites time and again, and after one taste, you will!

The Tangerine Cafe & Espresso Bar
10895 S. Eastern Ave, Suite 100
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 407-8118

Visit the Tangerine Cafe and you can have your choice of a variety of breakfast paninis (made with egg whites) coupled with a delicious cold or hot beverage of choice. Here, it’s all about the taste combinations of pairing of beverage with your entree. The lunch menu offers four different types of panini: The popular Rueben (with its housemade corned beef and sauerkraut on marbled rye bread with Swiss cheese and Russian Dressing); The Four Cheese (featuring provolone, havarti, goat and cheddar cheeses); the Baked Ham & Mozzarella or the popular Italian. There is even an outdoor patio for breakfast and lunch.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at