Tramezzini: The Elegant Italian Sandwich

published by Maria Liberati on Oct 4, 2008

The Tramezzin is the elegant Italian version of the club sandwich. Served in all the elegant coffee bars of Rome and Milan for appetizers or a light lunch. Recipe from the bestselling book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Celebrity Chef-Maria Liberati.

You have heard of the pannini, the rustic, grilled or fresh sandwich made on crusty Italian bread or roll. But have you ever heard of the elgant Tramezzini, Italys’ elegant version of a club sandwich. Served at cocktail hour in the coffee bars of Rome


(4 persons)


  • 12 slices thinly sliced white bread (with crusts removed)
  • 3 tblsps of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb of fresh mozzarella (sliced)
  • 3 grape or cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • ½ cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly grated parsley to decorate plate


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off crusts of bread then cut slices in half, then slice in half again till each slice has been cut into 4 small triangles. Place slices of bread on baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Use about one half of quantity of olive oil. Place in oven for about 4-5 minutes until golden brown.

*Prepare 16 mini tramezzini. Start with one small triangle of bread, then a slice of mozzarella, tehn top with tomato slice and then 1 basil leaf, top with a mini triangle and repeat with cheese, basil tomato and then top with one mini triangle. Place small shihskebab stick or cocktail stick through tramezzini to hold it together. Place al tramezzini on baking sheet. Drizzle rest of olive oil on top. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is beginning to melt. Garnish with a basil leaf on top and dust plate with grated parsley.

One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Elen merloni
    October 5th, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    I had these when I was in ROme last year, I loved them. Thanks for these!

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