Panino Giusto, Nr. Bank

Italian paninis – or paninos – are not as we know it. They are tall, not flat. They are cold, not hot. The cheese is solid, not melted. Or so I’ve been told…

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Newly launched Milanese restaurant Panino Giusto serves 30 different types of panini to the people of London. You’ll also find less ‘bready’ dishes on the menu, along with a substantial list of organic Italian wines.

I was there for a panini dinner last week, starting with the Giusto (£5.80), filled with 24 month aged, cured Praga Ham (specially made for the restaurant), anchovy, mozzarella, tomato and mustard.

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It was a far cry from the warm, oozing panini I’d grown accustomed to, but I was open to change and couldn’t deny the fresh, fragrant flavours of the Giusto.

Next up was the Garabaldino (£6.80), featuring a lean Braesola from Valtellina, flat and large leaf rocket, our old friends tomato and mozzarella, black pepper and a good drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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This panino certainly had gusto, due to the aromatic rocket that permeated all other ingredients. Clearly the large and flat rocket combo was working.

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The best was definitely left ’til last. Two year aged Proscuitto, tomato, rocket, brie and Alba truffle oil made up the Tartufo (£7.80), the smell of which filled my nostrils with every bite. It was the panini for the greedy Londoner. It was the panini for me.

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After three paninis, came Tiramisu (£5.80)…and a hot chocolate. It wasn’t the prettiest pudding I’d seen, but it was light as air, with a well thought out coffee to cream, chocolate and sponge ratio. The hot chocolate was divine. Possibly the best I’ve tasted. I’ll definitely be back for more.

If you’re a fan of paninis, paninos, sandwiches (dare I say it) or hot chocolate, this is the restaurant for you. They also do takeaway, making it a perfect pitstop for a lunchtime bite.

Panino Giusto, 1-3 Royal Exchange Building, EC3V 3LR

2 responses to “Panino Giusto, Nr. Bank

  1. Quality at a resaonable price!

  2. They look delicious and made my mouth water.

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