Panino Giusto

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Panino Giusto

Milan chain serves up not-so-humble panini in unexpectedly classy surroundings...

Let’s talk about sandwiches. Specifically, panini, the Italian sandwiches that have become such an international favourite that you can even get them in Wetherspoons. But to enjoy a proper panino, you need to head to Italy and have one prepared by a proper eye-talian, and there’s nowhere better equipped to service hungry sandwich tourists and a lunchtime local than Milan. Panino Giusto (trans: proper sandwich) started in 1979 and now has 17 shops in the city and its surrounding areas. We’ve stopped by the latest branch in San Babila, and discovered that in addition to serving right good sarnies, the secret to Panino Giusto‘s success lies in its classy interiors.

“How classy can a sandwich shop be?” we hear you wonder, and the answer, thanks to Sandra Tarruella Interioristas, is pretty damn classy. Forget the wipe-clean plastic horror show that is your local Subway, and think Milanese design school circa 1950-1970, delivered in the company’s colours of red and olive shades with notes of cream and brown. The Spanish studio somehow managed to achieve this interior while keeping costs low, recycling a lot of the premises’ existing fixtures and fittings including the tables and ceiling lighting, using porcelain stoneware tiling on the floors, and adding in more expensive touches such as oak and a backlit onyx wall to bring up the overall swank levels.

* If you can’t justify a trip to Milan for a sandwich, there is also a very nice branch in London, three in Tokyo and one in Yokohama, so no excuses…


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