History of the Panini

Posted by Aybla Grill Greek Mediterranean Food on Monday, February 4, 2019

Aybla Grill_History of the Panini

The word “panini” as we know it comes from the Italian panini, meaning “small bread or bread rolls.” Sometimes also known as a panino, a panini is a sandwich made with Italian bread (such as ciabatta, and michetta), usually served warm by grilling or toasting.


However, in many English-speaking countries, a panini has come to be known as a grilled sandwich made from many types of bread. Examples of bread types used for modern panini are baguette, ciabatta, and michetta. The bread is cut horizontally and filled with deli ingredients such as cheese, ham, mortadella, salami, or other food, and often served warm after having been pressed by a warming grill.


Although the first U.S. reference to panini dates to 1956, and a precursor appeared in a 16th-century Italian cookbook, the sandwiches became trendy in Milanese bars, called paninoteche, in the 1970s and 1980s. Trendy U.S. restaurants began selling panini, with distinctive variations appearing in various cities.

Paninis had a big impact on youth culture in Italy some decades ago. During the 1980s, the term paninaro arose in Italy to denote a member of a youth culture represented by patrons of sandwich bars such as Milan’s Al Panino and Italy’s first US-style fast food restaurants. Paninari were depicted as right-leaning, fashion-fixated individuals, delighting in showcasing early 1980s consumer goods as status symbols.


For a delicious local panini, come on down to Aybla Grill. Aybla Grill boasts some of the best Greek food in the Portland area. Satisfy your craving for quality Greek and Mediterranean food in Portland at one of Aybla Grill’s locations!

Visit Aybla Grill soon! Our new Greek Mediterranean restaurant is open 6 days a week for both lunch and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating. Satisfy you craving for Greek and Mediterranean foods at Aybla Grill. Contact or call us at 971-328-2041 for catering.


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