Panini are Italian sandwiches.
In Italy, a panino is customarily made from
a small roll or loaf of bread, typically a
ciabatta or a rosetta. The loaf is
cut horizontally and filled with
salami, ham, cheese,
mortadella or other food, and
sometimes served hot after having been pressed in a grill.
Left: Italian sandwich made
with an un-grilled panino,
prosciutto, arugula (rocket), and
A toasted panino,
colloquially called "toast" by Italians, is made out of two vertical slices of
pane in cassetta almost invariably filled with
and a few of slices of
processed cheese, grilled in a sandwich press. In Central Italy, there is a
popular version of panino which is filled with
porchetta, i.e. slices of roasted
pork. It is traditionally served without any kind of sauce or topping.
In the United States and the UK, panini are typically grilled or toasted and
invariably contain cheese.
The word panino is Italian for "small bread roll";
its plural form is panini. The word is the diminutive form of pane