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Paninoteca -- Scarpetta's New Sandwich Shop

Paninoteca is now serving sammies for lunch.

Porchetta with broccoli rabe pesto and a fried egg ($9) is calling my name!

Paninoteca
255 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills
310 860-5832

http://www.montagehotels.com/beverlyh...

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  1. great find!

    1. Awesome sounding. I am going to be all over this; same price as I pay just about everyday for uninspired lunchtime sandwiches during the work week in the same neighborhood.

      1. How can you say no to house made pastrami?

        1. Just had lunch there. Very elegant operation at such a low price! I had the porchetta and was very pleased. Alas, not nearly as good as Bucato's version on the truck.

          1. Thanks for the tip. I just picked up lunch there 5 mins. ago. Great chicken parm, w/ burrata, sandwich, on their really good bread. Very reasonable, esp given it's the kitchen that turns out $24 spaghetti w/ simple tomato sauce. I will be a repeat customer fo' sure.

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            1. re: Wayno

              What size are the sandwiches? Are they small like Ink.Sack?

              1. re: wienermobile

                Nope. Not small. Standard sub-size. 8 - 10 inches. Hold the snide remarks, girls; that doesn't really mean only 4 - 5.
                And it comes with a box of chips. They way overdo the packaging. The sandwich is wrapped; the chips are boxed; and then both are placed in a large shopping bag with a handle - large enough to hold a weekend's worth of clothing.

                1. re: Wayno

                  Thanks. Is the chicken parm served hot?

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    It is served hot (or at least warm by the time I walked back to the office), with the burrata slightly melted and the bread slightly toasted. Anxious to try the porchetta sammie w/ the fried egg as well as the sides, like the faro salad. The people there are molto friendly.

                  2. re: Wayno

                    LOL about the package(ing)

                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      maybe they listened to you guys...chips in bag, sandwich wrapped in paper...still shopping bag with handle, but I did have a lot of sandos to schlep.

                    2. re: Wayno

                      Eggplant parmigiana heroes too ?????

                      1. re: kevin

                        Nope.

                        1. re: Wayno

                          Damn. Any veggie friendly or
                          Fish or seafood varietals ?????

                        2. re: kevin

                          They do a grilled eggplant with mozzarella. Close?

                          1. re: Bob Brooks

                            Close enough for me. Thanks BB.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Kevin, I just picked up the eggplant sandwich there. Thought I might catch you there in the act. Anyway, if you're jonesing for something akin to an eggplant parm, be advised that this - and it was a surprise to me when I opened it - is a cold sammie. Not fried eggplant, no breading and, as I said, cold. But still really good. With burrata and a pesto spread.

                  3. Great place for lunch!!
                    Had the Porchetta Sandwhich. Delicious.....
                    the silkiness of the yolk, the flavors of the pork belly, the pesto was tasty, and the bread is fresh.
                    All combined amazing.

                    Also, Great Prices for exceptional food. :)

                    The one thing I would change is their packaging. The Sandwiches are wrapped in paper then put in a cardboard box. It would be more appealing and easy to eat if Sandwhich placed in a clear plastic container.

                    I will be visiting again soon.....

                     
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                    1. re: greyes09

                      Are they open weekends?

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        according to their website, only M-F unfortunately.

                        1. re: TailbackU

                          Darn!

                          1. re: TailbackU

                            double darn, that's going to make it seriyusly difficult for me.

                            maybe one friday i can play hooky and make it there.

                            :)

                            1. re: kevin

                              Let me know if you do that, Kev, I'll walk over and meet you. I'm going to be hitting this place up repeatedly. And great space to eat outdoors in the "park."

                              1. re: Wayno

                                Cool, sounds good, Wayno.

                                1. re: Wayno

                                  but "park" ???

                                  is it like 5 sq feet of greenery which constitutes said "park" ????

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    No it's a nice courtyard with fountains tables chair and lawn.

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      At the risk of overexciting Kevin, I'm also gonna disclose that the scenery in that park is also pretty nice. But with that porchetta and a egg on housemade bread, who gives a rat's ass about scenery.

                                    2. re: kevin

                                      It is a decent park, as jessejames say. It was part of the deal that the city of BH made with the Montage; they could build the hotel there (and parking structure), but had to provide that open space for the public. It's almost the size of a football field.

                                      1. re: Wayno

                                        got it, that makes sense and cents for them.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          That Italian hoagie looked great too. So did the roast beef. I'm looking forward to returning.

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            with horseradish mayo oozing out othe sandwich ????

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              They actually care about their customers like Burger King not fathers office and are very accommodating. The beef was pink and juicy looking. I sat next to some folks photographing their sandwiches and saw some others. The parm is money, great crisp cutlet. Porchetta, juicy unlike most dried out roast pork preparations I've a seen recently.

                                              Asked why they can do so inexpensively compared to say jersey mikes and answer is all done in house bread meat toppings chips.

                          2. great find, $9 incl fresh chips....cheaper than jersey mikes and subway essentially. chicken parm sub was outstanding. ill be back often.
                            no line, friendly service...a few bar stools and outside park area for hossing on site.

                            1. Met a friend there for lunch today. Beautiful day and we felt like eating outdoors and she wanted to bring her small dog.
                              At 1:00 there was a short line. We ordered 1 chicken parmesan sandwich, 1 poached tuna in olive oil salad and 2 iced teas.
                              Service was friendly and efficient. Lots of people working there.
                              Chicken Parmesan Sandwich was really delicious. Bread, cheese and chicken all worked together beautifully.
                              Unfortunately, the same can not be said about that tuna salad. Was very small, about a teaspoon of what appeared to be canned, olive-packed tuna, some radishes, greens. A real disappointment and I was hungry for more food after that salad.
                              All things considered, for a hot sandwich Paninoteca is the place to go if one wants to picnic in that nice pocket park. For a cold sandwich, walk across the park and buy a sandwich from Bouchon Bakery. Always good.
                              Venue is really really nice.

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                              1. re: maudies5

                                is there an online menu for the sandwiches here ????

                                also, was the tuna sandwich just small or not very good too ???????

                                thanks maudies.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  just found the menu. sevrog would be quite proud i think,

                                  And that ain't a fucking joke. :)

                                  http://www.montagehotels.com/beverlyh...

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    The website contains the menu.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      There is no tuna sandwich, only a salad with a bit of tuna. That is what I had

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Bouchon Bakery has a good, not great, tuna sandwich. Best of all worlds: hot sandwich from Paninoteca and cold from Bouchon Bakery.

                                        1. re: maudies5

                                          I like the sweets at bouchon. Did u hear another ice cream and pastry joynt opening up in that courtyard on north side?

                                      2. re: maudies5

                                        I was there at the same time today, Maudie. But having already eaten one lunch at my desk, I had only the farro salad - nicely seasoned faro w/ olive oil and roasted cauliflower and peppers. Pretty good-sized portion (though mostly farro and light on veggies), but at $6, not cheap (but not crazy for that 'hood). Very tasty. I may try the salad and half sandwich option ($14), since the sandwiches are so healthy-sized.

                                        1. re: maudies5

                                          I was standing behind you in line, Maudie. Nice to meet you. The porchetta sandwich was very nice, and quite filling. Very nice deal for $9.00. I work in the area and am planning to work my way through the small menu.

                                          I found the grilled chicken and arugula salad to be a bit slender when I had it last week. As one might guess, simple. tasty, but in the future I think the half sandwich / salad combo might be a more satisfying lunch.

                                          The vanilla budino very tasty, and something to resist.

                                          1. re: Capybara

                                            Was there too today and got the padrino (salami mortadella procuto cheese). Great chips too.

                                        2. hmm, sounds like a nice addition.

                                          1. Jeez was today an informal Chow "almost" meet?

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                                            1. re: jdwdeville

                                              I love that spot. Lemme know!

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                well, i might be there tmrrw though super early.

                                                lunch in BH.

                                                1. re: kevin

                                                  Word.

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    Hours are 11-3

                                                    1. re: maudies5

                                                      that works. since i'll be there before 12.

                                                      that works nicely.

                                                      by super early i guess i meant around 11 or so, rather than say 730 or whatever. :)

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Don't get suckered in to valet parking on Canon. There are City of Beverly Hills Parking lots on Beverly Drive and on Canon Drive. 2 hours free parking. Beverly Drive lot is right in front of Scarpetta. Canon, in front of Bouchon. Both lots connect underground, so don't sweat getting into one or the other. The big issue is finding a space. The valets have co-opted all of the good spaces on the first 2 parking levels.

                                                        1. re: maudies5

                                                          m, one more thing, there's nowhere to eat inside, right ???? so just grab a park bench and go to town ???? thnx.

                                                          i'm cheap, yeah, i'll be parking in the 2 hour parking lots.

                                                          thanks for the tip.

                                                          it's funny how BH has so many free parking lots, which is great, but weird that other supposedly less affluent areas which are still quite super hard to find parking i.e. echo park or silver lake don't.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            There's a nice marble bar w 6 seats or so inside but early for that.

                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                              i think i'll just grab a park bench. hopefully it don't rain tomorrow for crying out loud.

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                This is a very user-friendly park. Plenty of tables and chairs Lots of greenery and pet-friendly. I love it.
                                                                My friend and I sat for nearly 2 hours quite comfortably at an outside table with our lunch from Paninoteca. She lives nearby and walked over with her dog.
                                                                Prior to the opening of this restaurant, we would frequently meet for lunch at Bar Bouchon (where her dog could sleep under the table). Bar Bouchon is great, but it is a real restaurant with waiters and table service. The combo of Paninoteca and Bouchon Bakery separated by that expanse of lawn is so appealing. Also appealing is that this is a public park. I saw people eating at tables with food which they had clearly purchased elsewhere or brought from home. Props to BH for this lovely venue.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  Kevin, it is not a park bench. There are actual tables and chairs!!

                                                                  1. re: maudies5

                                                                    Yeah, i did hit up that grilled, or rather sautéed eppglant, with buffalo mozzarella and pesto sauce, not half bad, not half bad at all, though it was severely heavy.

                                                                    those homemade potato chips were quite good, but the whole meal talken together was a gut-buster, as well as adding a chocolate croissant from bouchon bakery being passable at best, the MG is head and shoulders better. but then again maybe i wasn't supposed to order a chocolate croissant there.

                                                                    like the guy below me stated there was no real shade to speak of there, though i did like the faux-romana style better than those pale iterations in vegas.

                                                                    shit, i'm sounding like a sourpuss, oh, well.

                                                                    i'll have to check out nespresso next time.

                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                      That's exactly why I shied away from ordering the eggplant -- it sounded gloppy and heavy -- and your description confirms it. So I thought the pastrami might be a better choice, but just ended up with fatty, gloppy, saucy pastrami.

                                                                      For a so-called sandwich shop, they don't have a large variety of sandwiches and almost everything seems to be on the gloppy side.

                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        I enjoyed the eggplant sandwich, but I thought it was really messy and I didn't love it because it prefer breaded and fried slices of eggplant like in the parm for which you probably were hoping. I still really like the place because it is generally very good food at a value price point in that area. Then again, I also like to sit in the sun on a nice day and enjoy the people watching that that plaza offers.

                                                  2. Porchetta with broccoli rabe pesto and a fried egg ($9) is calling my name!

                                                    OMG yumm!!! Wishing I worked in BH...

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                                                    1. re: loreeLB

                                                      Christ on a rubber crutch, I need to get over there.
                                                      That sounds so good right now!

                                                    2. I hate to be a dissenter, but I hated the place.

                                                      I don't eat pork, so that eliminated 2 of the six sandwiches. I would normally go for chicken, but chicken and cheese is not a combination I like, so the chicken burrata sandwich didn't sound too appealing.

                                                      Decided to try the pastrami sandwich, which is described as braised cabbage, horseradish aioli and mustard seeds. I hated the sandwich. Fatty pastrami with way too much of this very gloppy, gooey, saucy topping. Perhaps there is a person who likes this kind of pastrami sandwich, which is quite different than a deli pastrami sandwich, but not I.

                                                      I could have sat inside at the counter, since there was only one other person at the counter, but the counter did not look very inviting, so I elected to sit outside. I found the "park" space quite uninviting because of the lack of shade (there are a few sparse trees here and there, but none that give shade) and it wasn't even a super hot day. I couldn't imagine wanting to sit out there except at night or on a non-summer day.

                                                      All in all, I left quite grumpy bemoaning the lack of good food in Beverly Hills.