By: ShaQuindra Savage

What's a Panini?

  • A panini is a pressed sandwich made from Italian bread, which is toasted on a heavy two sided cooking press that compresses and grills the sandwich until it is hot and heated.
  • A panini is an Italian version of a pressed sandwich.


  • The panini originated in Italy, during the early 20th century in sandwich shops called panintecas. The singular name for a panini is panino. The word panini is the Americanized version of the word panino which means "little sandwich".
  • Panini's originated in Lombardy, Italy, in response to the demand among Milanese office workers for a quick lunch without sacrifice in flavor and quality.