Signature Series: Sandwiches & Wraps

Operators share customers' favorite deli-inspired items.

Tuscany Panini
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.

At Robert Wood Johnson, paninis are all the rage, the most popular being the Tuscany Panini, according to Tony Almeida, director of food and nutrition.

“We run four standard paninis every day,” Almedia says. “Our most popular is our Tuscany panini. It’s got grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese and fresh pesto.”

Almedia thinks the way the paninis are displayed is part of the reason they are so appealing. The station goes through about 200 to 225 paninis a day.

“Signature items bring customers back,” Almedia says. “If it’s a good quality sandwich, people will keep coming back. We’re bringing them items that they can’t make at home.” 

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