Williamsville, NY

The Art of Paninis at Romeo and Juliet’s Cafe

J.M. Lesinski

A shot of the front entrance of Romeo and Juliet's Cafe in Williamsville, New York.Photo byPhoto by J.M. Lesinski

The satisfying crunch and melty composition of the panini makes it a wholesome, delicious lunch. Getting the panini just right takes finesse to ensure their structural integrity. At Romeo and Juliet’s Cafe in Williamsville, New York, the panini is done just so, with artful interpretations sure to please any pallet.

The paninis at Romeo and Juliet’s are exceptional creations, full of zesty goodness, and just crafted beautifully. The Rembrandt is an aptly named masterpiece featuring fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, and house oil on ciabatta bread. The Monet is likewise full of earthy, wholesome flavor, topped with marinated artichokes, portobello mushrooms, provolone, and roasted red peppers on olive focaccia.

The Dante is another amazing panini one must try, featuring seasoned fresh Italian ham, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. Likewise, the Cristo features roast beef, provolone, and tomato for an amazingly melty taste experience. The clear crowd favorite though is the Picasso, a work of art topped with soppressata, capicola, prosciutto crudo, salami, and fresh mozzarella.

“The Picasso is so good, you will not believe it,” said local Buffalo resident and Romeo and Juliet diner Janelle Green. “I love a deli sandwich that gives you a little bit of every kind of meat. That way, you get the best sampler of everything they have to offer. Man, this one is one of the best.”

For house specials, the eggplant or chicken parmigiana is about as fresh as they come in Western New York, and always with a side of perfectly al dente pasta. The lasagne bolognese is a fine interpretation of the classic lasagna too, while a personal favorite is the house stuffed red pepper, featuring a large sweet red stuffed full with Italian risotto, mushrooms, and mild Italian sausage and topped with fresh homemade tomato sauce.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

Buffalo, NY

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