RECIPES: Italian Combo and Herbed Cheese Panini Sandwiches

08/26/2014 at 04:00 PM ET

U.S. Open Italian Sandwich Recipe
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Chef Mario Carbone
Heineken House at the 2014 U.S. Open

Zesty Italian Combo
Serves 1

1 Italian hero roll, toasted and cut in half
3 thin slices pepperoni
3 thin slices sopressata
3 thin slices Genoa salami
4 thin slices ham
3 thin slices mortadella
3 thin slices provolone cheese
3 tbsp. sliced sweet peppers
2 thin slices tomato
¼ cup shredded iceberg lettuce
2 oz. Italian red wine vinaigrette, divided in half

1. Build the sandwich on the bottom half of hero roll with sliced meats, cheese, and tomato slices. Dress the shredded iceberg lettuce with 1 ounce of vinaigrette and add to sandwich, finishing with sliced sweet peppers.

2. Brush the top half of the roll with the rest of the vinaigrette and assemble sandwich. Cut in half to serve.

The Godfather (Herbed Cheese Panini)
Serves 1

1  ciabatta roll, cut in half
2 tbsp. garlic butter
2 tbsp. grated parmesan
4 slices fresh mozzarella (approximately 3 to 4 oz.)
1.5 tbsp. mixed chives and parsley, chopped
2 fresh basil leaves, torn in half

1. Spread both sides of the roll with the garlic butter. Top both sides equally with grated parmesan and chopped herbs.

2. Top the halves with 2 slices of mozzarella each. Add tomato slices and torn basil leaves and assemble sandwich.

3. Heat panini press and cook sandwich until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Cut in half to serve.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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