The Press Artisan Cafe: Delicious Panini!
A few weeks ago, Troy and I stopped by The Press Artisan Cafe, a panini cafe, in Pleasanton. We had such a great time hanging out and speaking with Rebekah & Marshall (creators & founders of The Press). We are so excited that Pleasanton has opened one of these! Heading east on Highway 84, Pleasanton is about 10 minutes before Livermore. A lot of us are familiar with Livermore for their shopping outlet called San Francisco Premium Outlets (previously known as Paragon Outlets Livermore Valley). After shopping, we used to head to the outlet food court which serves your typical food-court-style fare. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad when you want to grab something really quick. However, since we discovered The Press, we have been huge fans!
Rebekah has 15 years of high-end corporate food service and catering experience where she was highly praised for her passion to serve fresh, quality food and her excellent customer service. Her dream has always been to own her own cafe. Last year, her opportunity came and she took it. It has only been 3 months since the cafe opened and from the abundance of happy customers, they are doing great. At The Press, it is important to Rebekeh that 80% of the ingredients used are sourced locally (no further than 150 miles away). Some of her delicious choices are The Acme Bread Company, McLaughlin Coffee Company, Zoe’s Meats and many San Francisco specialty produce shops.
The cafe is extremely spacious and comfortable with an incredible decor, modern yet industrial. We love the simplicity! They have indoor and outdoor seating. It’s one of those spots where you can bring a friend for brunch or coffee, a laptop to do work for a couple hours or even just stop by just to enjoy some toastini with a cup of chai latte.
Rebekah and her staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. They kept coming back around to the tables to make sure everyone was enjoying their meals.
Choices choices choices … For the full menu, click here but here’s what we ended up getting:
- Great beginnings (appetizers): And what caught our eye was the coddled egg + cheese grits! Whenever I’m having a press panini, I have to get their tomato soup for dipping especially since theirs is housemade.
- Toastini: I love ricotta so when I saw the two toastinis that include ricotta, I had to get them … ricotta + tomato + basil toastini and ricotta + fresh fruit + honey toastini.
- Panini: Anything with jalapeño usually gets me so we had to get the triple grilled cheese + jalapeno + bacon panini … Troy loves salami so we also got the saucisson salami caprese panini. The sandwich and name are a both a mouthful!
- Sammies: We didn’t try any this time but we will be back!
All paninis and sammies come with a mixed-greens salad topped with fresh fruits which is nice and refreshing. Note: You can also “mix and match” halves from two different types of sandwiches for the price of one.
So creamy and eggy. If you like egg and cheesy grits, it’s a great dish for you. We certainly loved it especially on our toast.
The panini came on a wood block serving tray. Each panini was double stacked. The flavors were bold and blended together perfectly. The bread was perfectly crisp.
What an amazing panini! The saucisson salami caprese was out of this world … The brie and salami were the perfect combo.
Like we said previously … Jalapeño! The triple grilled cheese + jalapeno + bacon panini was yet another breathtaking panini.
And for dessert, we ended up trying Marshall’s artisan marshmallows. Flavors included maple bacon, s’mores and coconut.
Look at the colors on these; ricotta + fresh fruit + honey toastini and ricotta + tomato + basil toastini!
Overall, we enjoyed the atmosphere and will definitely return to try the rest of their menu in the near future.
The Press Artisan Cafe
1987 Santa Rita Rd, Ste H
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(at Morganfield Rd)