Lunch Italian Style

Panino Now Open On Pine Street

Panino owner Jim Weaver hosted a grand opening ceremony culminating in a ribbon cutting Wednesday at 212 Pine St. in Jamestown. The new soup and sandwich shop specializes in authentic, Italian-style pressed sandwiches, as well as soup du jour, and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Panino owner Jim Weaver hosted a grand opening ceremony culminating in a ribbon cutting Wednesday at 212 Pine St. in Jamestown. The new soup and sandwich shop specializes in authentic, Italian-style pressed sandwiches, as well as soup du jour, and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Taking his business name from a derivation of the Italian word for “many sandwiches,” that’s exactly what Jim Weaver is hoping to sell at his new location.

Weaver was joined by city, county and state dignitaries, and their representatives, Wednesday for a ribbon cutting announcing the official grand opening of Panino at its new home, 212 Pine St. in Jamestown.

The new soup and sandwich shop specializes in authentic, Italian-style pressed sandwiches, as well as soup du jour. Diners can chose from a variety of panini, including the “Fredo” — with turkey, provolone, and sun-dried tomato flavored with pesto mayonnaise — and the “Santino,” featuring layers of roast beef, salami, and cheddar topped with a horseradish mayonnaise. Vegetarian options are available, as are soup and sandwich combos.

Having just recently began renting the space, Weaver quickly set about renovating the room all on his own and transforming it into a small, convenient food service shop geared toward a downtown Jamestown lunch crowd on the go. He said his mission is to offer amazing service quickly.

“I do have some seating, but I do try to get people in and out in a reasonable time frame, because sometimes 60 minutes is not enough time to have a sit-down lunch,” Weaver said.

Weaver said his menu options have been inspired by the classic movie “The Godfather,” and his sandwiches bear the names of characters from the movie.

“I thought that was good route to go because that movie has been around for such a long time, and I think a lot of people can identify with it because they’ve seen it,” he said. “So by combining an iconic Italian sandwich with an iconic Italian film, it was easy for me to visualize that theme and go with it.”

Panino is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and take-out is also available. For more information, or to place an order by phone, call 708-6610.

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