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The Best Panini in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 28, 2014

panini torontoThe best panini in Toronto are superior examples of Italian deli sandwiches that aren't exclusively served grilled and warm, as most of us have been conditioned to think. Some of these sandwiches do benefit from a final turn on the griddle or press but the most defining characteristic of this Italian-born specialty is the attention to fine ingredients layered onto a base of fresh crusty bread like focaccia, ciabatta or Swiss triangles.

Here are the best panini in Toronto.

See also:

The best sandwiches in Toronto
The best grilled cheese sandwiches in Toronto
The best veal sandwich in Toronto
The best peameal sandwiches in Toronto
The best BLT in Toronto

Fusaro's Kitchen

Fusaro's Kitchen

This casual spot with locations on Spadina and Richmond East offers 10 different pressed sandwiches ($8-$10) layered with tasty combinations like arugula, mozzarella di buffala, fresh tomatoes and pesto or Italian tuna with red onion, capers, roasted peppers, house mayo and asiago. More »

Forno Cultura

Forno Cultura

The Italian bakery on King West does a pair of panino del giorno ($9.50) that are best had fresh (not pressed) for full appreciation of their ultra fresh house-baked breads. Choose from porchetta with capicollo and banana peppers on sourdough filone or a prosciutto with fior di latte on ciabatta. More »

Caffe Doria

Caffe Doria

The menu at this cafe and paninoteca in Rosedale includes everything from the humble grilled cheese ($8) to a fancy prosciutto panini ($11) on focaccia paired with gorgonzola, pear, walnut and arugula. More »

Bar Buca

Bar Buca

Schiacciata ($9-$12) is a favourite at this Italian cafe and bar situated just off King West. The sandwich stuffed into a whole round of focaccia then cut into wedges comes filled with delicacies like bresaola, buffalo ricotta and melanzane, or pistachio motradella, green tomatoes, stracchino cheese and pesto. More »

San Remo Bakery

San Remo Bakery

This Italian bakery and hot table on Royal York builds sandwiches on giant crusty baguettes that are then cut into individual (yet still enormous) servings. The selection rotates through options like eggplant parmigiana, roasted vegetables, assorted cold cuts, or roast beef with crispy fried onions. More »

Cafe Fiorentina

Cafe Fiorentina

The chalkboard menu at this Danforth cafe changes frequently, though a selection of toasty sandwiches is always on offer. Recent features have included panini loaded with combinations like meatball and havarti ($10), fried green tomato ($9), and beef tongue dressed with salsa verde ($10). More »

The Annex Hodgepodge

The Annex Hodgepodge

Gourmet grilled sandwiches ($8.85) come stacked with toppings on Ace Bakery olive bread or Swiss triangles. Choose from seven sandwiches like the The Huron, loaded with beer-braised pulled pork and coleslaw, or The Admiral with cheddar, gouda, caramelized onions and bacon. More »

Rapido

Rapido

Giant Italian panini ($5.95) at this Bathurst and Dupont cafe are built on focaccia, petit baguettes or ciabatta buns with entirely house-roasted meats. A lineup of six pressed sandwiches includes options like the turkey provolone, roast beef with caramelized onion and sharp cheddar, and corned beef with horseradish mayo to name just a few. More »

Mangia & Bevi

Mangia & Bevi

The list of lunch specials at this Italian eatery on King East offers a choice of eight pressed sandwiches that are made to order. House specialties include the Mangiacake ($8) with ham, friulano cheese, sauteed mushrooms and horseradish mayo, or the BLT Italiano ($8) layered with crisp pancetta, tomatoes, avocado, friulano, arugula and bomba sauce. More »

Discussion

8 Comments

Mussolini / May 28, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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All wrong. 1.Sinopoli 2.San Francesco 3. Bitondo
Etobicoke's more than just Rob Ford... / May 28, 2014 at 04:28 pm
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Nice to read San Remo's getting some well-deserved coverage in blogTO! First for their apple fritter, then for their butter tart, and now for their panini :) Next up, their meatball sammies!!

A fan / May 28, 2014 at 08:51 pm
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Finally, Fusaro's getting the recognition it deserves. I don't like that they changed their menu recently (fewer pastas on offer), but still by far the best lunch place near Queen and Spadina.
Blogtoisusuallywrong / May 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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How can this list not possibly include Vinny's Panini on Dupont?
Utter Blasphemy.

Most of these lists seem like they written by people who have never tired the food they are rating!
Commentersoftenbelieveblogtocomesupwiththeseliststhemselves replying to a comment from Blogtoisusuallywrong / May 29, 2014 at 11:40 am
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If you feel that way, maybe you should vote in their frequent surveys where they ask readers to choose the top contenders. Get informed!
Warren / May 29, 2014 at 05:20 pm
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Main photo looks no different than Tim Hortons Extreme Italian, js
Forex Brokers / June 10, 2014 at 02:42 pm
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delicious!...
I like these sandwiches-:)
Bill's panini press / July 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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Fusaro's Kitchen's panini sandwich looks so divine and uber-delicious! I can imagine it literally melting in my mouth.

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