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Panino's

179 Main St., Monroe, CT - (203) 452-5557
"Old fashioned and gourmet," is how the menu describes Panino's cuisine, meaning that the kitchen's repertoire ranges from wraps and grinders to whole hot meal of chicken Marsala or veal Parmigiana. Pizza possibilities include classic sausage, peppers, etc. as well as such luxuries as baby clams and sundried tomatoes.
87% Approval Rating (8 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
pizza
Panini sandwich
homemade bread
Chicken Parmesan
Calamari Balsamico
Louie Primavera

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (10)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Here's proof, once more, that Route 25 from Bridgeport to Newtown is a golden path of good eats through southwestern Connecticut. Panino's is a strip-mall restaurant that doesn't look all that special when you drive past, but inside, the pizzas, grinders, and specialty ..."   [Read More]
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Leslie A. Howard
March 01, 2007
"I cannot say enough WONDERFUL things about this Panino's. As soon as you enter, you no longer feel like you're in a strip mall. It's cozy and warm, with beautiful colors, just the "right" amount of lighting (even the light fixtures are pretty), and there's some ..."   [Read More]
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February 14, 2011
"My new favorite restaurant. I first visited Panino's in Dec of '09 and have been back three times in less than two months (even though I live 35 miles away). The food is excellent. The eggplant appetizer is the best I've ever tasted! They are extremely ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

179 Main St., Monroe, CT
(203) 452-5557

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Panini's Ischia: grilled chicken, avocado, greens, and tomato with honey mustard on house-made panino bread
"Panini's Ischia: grilled chicken, avocado, greens, and tomato with honey mustard on house-made panino bread"
Michael Stern





Regular, crisp-fried calamari is available, but Panino's also offers this tantalizing gloss on the recipe, for which the little fried squid hoops are sopped with a syrupy balsamic vinegar reduction. Powerful stuff, and good!
"Regular, crisp-fried calamari is available, but Panino's also offers this tantalizing gloss on the recipe, for which the little fried squid hoops are sopped with a syrupy balsamic vinegar reduction. Powerful stuff, and good!"
Michael Stern


Louie Primavera is a bounty of vegetables, including garlic, atop angel hair pasta.
"Louie Primavera is a bounty of vegetables, including garlic, atop angel hair pasta."
Michael Stern


The 'Parma' is leaves of proscuitto, slices of fresh mozzarella, and roasted red peppers drizzled with zesty balsamic vinegar. What a nice sandwich!
"The 'Parma' is leaves of proscuitto, slices of fresh mozzarella, and roasted red peppers drizzled with zesty balsamic vinegar. What a nice sandwich!"
Michael Stern


Looking like an ordinary strip-mall restaurant, Panino's is easy to miss as you drive past. Inside, it's a surprisingly good-looking place with mighty good-tasting food.
"Looking like an ordinary strip-mall restaurant, Panino's is easy to miss as you drive past. Inside, it's a surprisingly good-looking place with mighty good-tasting food."
Michael Stern


Before the meal is served, tables are presented with a basket of tender-crumb panino bread and a dipping bowl of olive oil laced with briney slices of black olive.
"Before the meal is served, tables are presented with a basket of tender-crumb panino bread and a dipping bowl of olive oil laced with briney slices of black olive."
Michael Stern


This lovely salad is made of baby spinach leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, lots of chevre, and slices of smoky grilled eggplant, all dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.
"This lovely salad is made of baby spinach leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, lots of chevre, and slices of smoky grilled eggplant, all dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette."
Michael Stern


The Ischia sandwich is presented in quarters on a plate spangled with herbs and grated cheese.
"The Ischia sandwich is presented in quarters on a plate spangled with herbs and grated cheese."
Michael Stern


Unless you are really, really hungry, this chicken parmesan is enough for a couple of main courses.
"Unless you are really, really hungry, this chicken parmesan is enough for a couple of main courses."
Michael Stern


Mea culpa! I was so hungry, and Panino's bread is so excellent -- still oven-warm -- that I cleaned out the basked and sopped up the last of the delicious olive slurry that comes for bread dipping. Only then did I remember my duty to take a picture: bad journalism, but a wonderful way to begin a meal.
"Mea culpa! I was so hungry, and Panino's bread is so excellent -- still oven-warm -- that I cleaned out the basked and sopped up the last of the delicious olive slurry that comes for bread dipping. Only then did I remember my duty to take a picture: bad journalism, but a wonderful way to begin a meal."
Michael Stern



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