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Panini in Arlington/DC/Alexandria

jodik Dec 4, 2006 02:41 PM

I haven't been able to think of any place that does a real Italian panini. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'd like something outside of grocery stores that may press sandwiches. I'm looking for something pretty authentic.


  1. m
    mai Dec 4, 2006 02:47 PM

    JUST got this email from Bebo:

    Galileo Grill Sandwiches Now Available at Bebo Trattoria
    Chef Roberto Donna's Popular Panini Sandwiches Are Back!
    Panini Sandwiches and more will be available for carry out or dine at the bar from Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Bebo Trattoria da Roberto Donna
    2250-B Crystal Drive
    Arlington, VA 22202

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    1. re: mai
      jodik Dec 4, 2006 02:50 PM

      Wow! What timing. And this is perfect. I've been wantin to try Bebo.

    2. t
      Tugboat Dec 4, 2006 08:57 PM

      2 Amy's always has one on their menu.

      1. w
        wayne keyser Dec 4, 2006 09:57 PM

        Somebody who actually knows Italy please fill me in: is a panini something Italians eat, or an American invention?

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        1. re: wayne keyser
          dcs Dec 5, 2006 12:19 PM

          this may help answer some of your questions:


        2. kiwijen Dec 5, 2006 12:21 PM

          How about "The Italian Store" in North Arlington. Great pizza and sandwiches. Really the only pizza worth eating in Arlington, in my experience.

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          1. re: kiwijen
            Steve Dec 6, 2006 12:07 AM

            The red and yellow tomato pie at Pie-Tanza is extremely delicious.

          2. s
            svt Dec 5, 2006 01:48 PM

            There's a place on I street right near Farragut Square--Dickey's custards, I think it's called--that does some pretty good panini. It's not incredibly authentic, but it's definitely not bad, compared to other places I've been to around here. The Italian Store does great Italian subs, but I'm not sure about panini.

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            1. re: svt
              dcs Dec 5, 2006 01:54 PM

              I believe that the word "panino" is Italian for a stuffed bread sandwich. The plural is panini. Although sometimes press grilled, a sandwich need not be to qualify as a panino. Whatever you call them, the Italian Store makes some great ones.

              1. re: dcs
                svt Dec 5, 2006 04:52 PM

                They definitely make good ones. Their menu describes them as 'subs', so that's what I call them. In the US, I usually see the 'panini' moniker attached to only the press-grilled sandwiches. Does the Italian Store make these?

            2. j
              jodik Dec 5, 2006 02:19 PM

              I'm definitely thinking of the pressed/grilled version. I love the Italian Store and am there frequently. I agree on their pizza.


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