Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Italian sandwich made usually with vegetables, cheese, and grilled or cured meat.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Short for Italian panino (imbottito), stuffed bread, sandwich : panino, diminutive of pane, bread + imbottito, past participle of imbottire, to stuff.

Examples

  • Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal This panino is prepared with rucola, sun-dried tomato pesto, red onion and fontina.

    Cozy Italian Lunch

  • The prawn club sandwich delivers an even more pleasant surprise, though it would more rightly be called a panino - no boring double-decker, pre-sliced bread here, just one chewy ciabatta smothered with rich avocado that envelops smoky bacon and thick, lime-infused shrimp.

    Home/News

  • And yep, it was: the steak panini (or "panino" as they say it in Italy and Anima).

    ClintonHillBlog

  • Stefano Stefani, a lawmaker with the Northern League, a formerly separatist party, recently snacked on a zucchini and provolone panino inside one of the Chamber's wood-paneled cafes.

    Italy Budget Scrutiny Hits Close to Rome

  • The owner, Hans Pauli used to joke with me when I asked for their wonderful olive oil in which I would drown my panino, " Would you like to have some olive oil in your cappuccino as well?"

    Mara Gibbs: Everybody Eats Where? In New York, Sant Ambroeus Madison

  • The menu includes bruschetta ($3), with butternut or spaghetti squash and a panino made with Macintosh apples, Taleggio cheese and walnuts ($11).

    Seasonal Italian in an Intimate Setting

  • Usually, half of a restaurant or deli panino would be a portion.

    The Small Change Diet

  • In Lazio, the region surrounding Rome, the officer in charge for registering the candidates for the upcoming elections for Silvio berlusconi's party failed to do it on time because he was "a mangiare un panino" -- eating a sandwich -- as he tried to justify.

    Iginio Gagliardone: Comedy of Errors Damages Italy's Democratic Institutions

  • The felino panino is made with felino salami, provolone cheese, arugula, horseradish and extra virgin olive oil.

    Paninis, Unpressed

  • The felino panino, shown at left, is made with felino salami, provolone cheese, arugula, horseradish and extra virgin olive oil.

    Panini Without the Press

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