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The Best Panini in Toronto

The best panini in Toronto are the perfect cafe fare. Fresh off the press, these warm grilled sammies come with veggies, meat, or both, sandwiched between two delicious slices of Italian bread. 

Here is the best panini in Toronto.


Forno Cultura
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Forno Cultura

This Italian staple has multiple locations across the city, but their King West bakery is definitely still the favourite. Loaves of foccacia and sourdough are all made in-house, so it’s no surprise their panini selection with provolone, prosciutto, and the like are all good.

Sud Forno
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Sud Forno

This bakery offshoot of Terroni delivers with some amazing Italian food at both bakeries on West Queen West and Yonge, right off of Temperance. They have a handful of different panini with all the classic fillings like eggplant, farinata, house-smoked salmon and artichoke spread.


Vinny's Panini
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Vinny's Panini

Everything is made fresh at this no-frills spot on Dupont. Red checkered table cloths are the vibe here, where owner Vinny Pennella deals in chunky, hearty sandwiches with veal, giant chicken cutlets and breaded eggplant.

Fusaro's Kitchen
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Fusaro's Kitchen

This rustic neighbourhood spot by Spadina and Queen (and another on Richmond Street) has a list of eight panini, all of which come with delicious mayonnaise on ciabatta buns. Plus every order comes with a side of mixed green salad.


Dante's Inferno Paninoteca
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Dante's Inferno Paninoteca

It may be tiny, but the sandwiches at this St. Clair restaurant pack a delicious punch. The panini here are a one-way ticket to Flavourtown, and come with tasty fillings like marinated pork belly or pan-fried breaded pork cutlets.


Mattachioni
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Mattachioni

Head to the Junction Triangle for this stellar yet low-key restaurant, which serves up house sourdough bread, addictive focaccia, and a slew of ingredients, from basil pesto to house-poached salmon, house-cured bressaola, or pickled sicilian eggplant.

Speducci Mercatto
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Speducci Mercatto

Cured meats are the main speciality of this butcher in the Castlefield Design District, so don't be surprised that your panini is filled full of ingredients like prosciutto or porchetta. There’s even one sandwich stuffed with a pile of shaved New York steak, yum.


Mangia & Bevi
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Mangia & Bevi

From a plain sandwich bar to sit-down affair, this restaurant on King East has come a long way, but their paninis are still killer. Using bread from the popular Toronto bakery Petit Thuet, these sandwiches make the ideal lunchtime meal.

Nook
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Nook

It’s easy to mistake this subterraneous spot for a design store or something (the bright green logo gives it an ad agency feel) but this King West cafe is a lunchtime hotspot. They offer a whole slew of chicken panini styles, plus turkey, fish, and veggie options, with good combos too.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Forno Cultura, @aishm22 of Vinny's Panini, @sunhawkflamesprite of Fusaro's, @foodscoopto of Mattachioni, @eatlikerichierich of Speducci Mercatto, The Nook

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