Italian Panini

How to Make Italian Panini

Indulge in the taste of Italy with this irresistible Italian Panino recipe. This sandwich is a crowd-pleaser that combines the most delicious ingredients you can find at your local deli, packed between a freshly baked focaccia roll. The mouth-watering flavors of the cured meats, cheese, and vegetables all come together to create a satisfying, savory bite.

To fully appreciate this simple favorite, try it in a picturesque setting, like underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. The stunning views of the harbor complement the delicious flavors of the sandwich, making it a truly memorable experience.

Don’t miss out on this Italian classic that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or a tasty snack, this Italian Panino is sure to impress. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to indulge in a delicious and authentic Italian sandwich experience.

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How to Make ITALIAN PANINI Like an Italian

Vincenzo’s Top Tip To Make Italian Panini

Spread condiments evenly

If you’re using condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, or pesto, make sure to spread them evenly on both sides of the bread. This will help to prevent the sandwich from becoming soggy.

Layer ingredients carefully

When layering the ingredients, make sure to place the meat and cheese closer to the bread, so they melt and get heated up properly.

Don’t overload the sandwich

Be careful not to overload the sandwich with too many ingredients, as this can make it difficult to press and cook evenly.

Let it rest before cutting

After cooking, let the sandwich rest for a few minutes before cutting it. This will help the cheese to set and prevent the sandwich from falling apart.

Italian Panini

Vincenzo's Plate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1


  • knife
  • Paper towels for excess oil


  • 1 Fresh focaccia roll or pick your favourite type of bread, just make sure its fresh out of the oven!
  • 100 grams Freshly sliced Prosciutto di Parma or San Daniele
  • 1 tbsp Marinated mushrooms
  • 2 slices Grilled eggplant You can also buy them from the deli
  • 3-4 slices Fontina cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil EVOO


  • Cut the focaccia into smaller pieces and then slice each of them in half..ready to be filled!
  • Slice the pieces of cheese into smaller pieces so you can line them up inside the yummy panini!
  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over each side of the italian panini and then squash the pieces together so help the oil absorb into the soft dough.
  • Open up the italian panini again with the inside facing up.
  • Layer the 2 x slices of eggplant on the bottom half.
  • Add at least 2 x slices of prosciutto on top.
  • Get a spoonful of marinated mushrooms and put them on the paper towel to get rid of the excess oil, then add them on top.
  • Place as many pieces of cheese as you wish on top, to cover up the rest of the ingredients.
  • Put the other slice of bread on top, and squash it down so that the panino and all its yummy insiides start to stick together.
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


Keyword Authentic, Classic, crowd pleaser
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How to serve Italian Panini

The versatile Italian Panini can be enjoyed in various ways. You can wrap it up tightly using foil and take it on a picnic, or serve portions of it on a chopping board as an antipasto at a party. Some people prefer to eat it as is, like the writer of this statement, who reminisces about their Nonna’s delicious Italian Panini.

This sandwich holds a special place in their heart as it was a favorite snack when arriving home from school. Despite having the same ingredients, they believe that no one can make it like their Nonna did.

The Italian Panini is a timeless classic that brings people together with its delectable combination of meats, cheese, and vegetables packed between two slices of bread.

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