Thursday, May 06, 2004
Just to set the record straight: the word "panino" in Italian (the plural being "panini") does not of necessity refer to a grilled sandwich. It means "little bread" or "roll." In cafés or bars, there will be a wide selection with a variety of fillings, beautifully stacked. Some will be on the equivalent of a coarse textured white sandwich bread, some on ciabatta type bread, some on crusty ("Italian") bread. Most bars and cafĂ©s have what we call panini presses, and can warm the sandwich if it's appropriate, and if you want it that way. In the US, it seems that the general accepted wisdom dictates that 1) panini is a singular word, and 2) it MUST be grilled. Wrong on both counts!