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May 25, 2011 03:37 AM

Is a Panini a glorified Grilled Cheese?

My husband constantly gives me crap about my love for paninis, he calls them glorified grilled cheeses and therefor are not real sandwiches.

Do you think they are glorified Grilled Cheeses/Cheese Toasties???

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  1. Given that a panino can have all kinds of toppings (not necessarily cheese, tho it certainly makes it better), I'd say no. And I like panini, grilled cheese sandwiches, and toasties.

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    1. re: linguafood

      Say, if a restautrant offers a half panini with a cup of soup or salad, do you get a panino?

      1. re: junescook

        You get half a panino with a cup of soup or salad. Or maybe I didn't understand your question.

        1. re: junescook

          one is a panino
          more than one is panini

          1. re: sunshine842

            I know that. But on a lot of menus you see them advertised as above. That's why I'm asking, capisce?

            1. re: junescook

              But what more do you want for an answer? The fact that they are advertising half a panini with a cup of soup simply indicates their unfamiliarity with the Italian language. Doesn't say anything one way or the other about whether they know how to make a good panino, just that they don't know what it's called.

                1. re: BobB

                  in english panini has come to mean the singular. words change when they migrate from one language to another.

                  but to the OP - i don't understand the assertion that a grilled cheese is not a real sandwich, nor why they should be disparaged in the 1st place?

                  cheese panini are grilled cheese sandwiches of a type. so what?

        2. Well I suppose it is. It's a sandwich that's got cheese in it and grilled.

          I guess it bothers you so this is what you do. First of all, you tell your hubby to look up the definition of "Sandwich."

          Secondly, simply agree with him. Honestly, who cares if it is or isn't?? If you like it, eat it.


          1. and since panino/panini refers to the bread itself....nope.

            Ham, turkey, and cheddar panini are the favorite at the Cafe Mom around these parts...

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            1. re: sunshine842

              no, it's a pressed sandwich, not the bread.

              1. re: fara

                not according to the bread items I've seen in Italy.

                1. re: fara

                  Not necessarily pressed, just a sandwich.

              2. It depends on the proportion of cheese to the other fillings - if the cheese is the star, then a panino could be considered a kin to a grilled cheese sandwich.

                1. And FYI, a good grilled cheese doesn't need gloriifcation. It stands on its own glorious merits. Your husband needs to develop a little more sophistication in his appreciation of food.

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