Originally Posted by oldcoot
Good, certainly, but darned if I know what all the excitement regarding panini is all about. It's just a good grilled sandwich, no?
Well... your picture doesn't show the interior structure of the ciabatta. It's supposed to be a combination of crusty crunch with soft, airy interior structure with tons of bubbles. I think Trader Joes carries the Il Fornaio ciabatta. How did yours compare in crust, structure, and texture?
The main thing ciabatta adds to a sandwich, IMHO, is texture. I like the taste too, but for me it's 80% texture.