Squeeze play – Making an Italian sandwich very, very local

A taste of Italy in Berkley.


It takes a bit of courage in these times to open a locally owned panini shop – considering the number of national sandwich chains in the immediate area that have been serving those trendy toasted, pressed sandwiches for quite a while. But Linda Skoczek, who has been working in the catering and restaurant field for 20 years, should attract business from savvy northwest-siders who appreciate her locavore philosophy.

Skoczek, who opened her Panini Press in July in a storefront in a strip mall on Woodward Avenue just south of Twelve Mile Road, takes pride in the fact that virtually every product utilized in the creation of her meals is of local origin. That is a clear plus for our economy and is also an energy-saver.

The walls of the attractive lilliputian restaurant are painted a mellow yellow, adorned with a handful of photographs of Italian towns and a mercifully muted flat-screen TV. Because of its size, much of the business is takeout. Those who do decide to eat in at one of the eight small tables or along the wall counter are treated to free Wi-Fi.

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