Paninoteca [Cranberry Pecan Salad]
I learn something new just about every day. Sometimes I’m better off not knowing what I learned, sometimes what I learned is useful, and sometimes what I learned is just trivia. Today’s bit of added knowledge falls firmly into the third category. Today I learned that the word “paninoteca” means “sandwich bar” in Italian. At least that’s what I was told when I stopped in at Paninoteca this morning. Maybe someday I’ll go to Italy and see if that’s true.
On a Bit of a Cranberry Kick, Lately.
I’ve been on a bit of a cranberry kick lately. Is there an echo in here? Anyway, cranberries and their related products (cranberry juice, dried cranberries, cranberry sauce, etc.) go well with just about everything. Salads. Turkey. Vodka. I’ve had cranberry related meals and drinks at Spats (a Turkey Cranberry Wrap), Good Company (a Poppyseed Cranberry Salad), and Copper Rock (the Ex-Girlfriend). Today’s salad at Paninoteca was very similar to the Poppyseed Cranberry Salad, but I would have to say if I were to compare the two side-by-side the Paninoteca one would win out. Partly because it came with a very tasty dinner roll rather than garlic toast and partly because I enjoyed the flavor combination of pecans and Swiss more than the cashews and mozzarella found on the Good Company offering.
So here’s the menu description. The Cranberry Pecan Salad comes with grilled chicken, pecans, sun dried cranberries, red onions, shredded Swish cheese, and poppyseed dressing on the side. I had poppyseed dressing recently at Good Company so I decided to mix things up a little bit and opted for the honey mustard dressing. As you can see, Paninoteca delivered a generous portion of everything. You can’t really tell in the photo, but there was a fair quantity of sun dried cranberries and nuts hidden in the bottom of the dish.
Also, as a bonus, you get crayons and can color on the table cloth (which is basically a big sheet of butcher’s paper). If you look closely, you can see a bit of my artwork peeking out from behind the dish on the right. And they said art school wasn’t going to pay off.
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