Panino Giusto @ Royal Exchange, Bank

ミラノに本店を置くイタリアのサンドイッチ・チェーン、Panino Giustoが4月22日、ロンドン一号店をバンク駅近くにあるRoyal Exchange Buildings(旧王立取引所)内にオープンさせた。1979年にミラノに最初の店を構えたPanino Giustoは、現在ミラノを中心にイタリアに22店、東京・横浜に計5店を展開。多様なパニーニ・サンドイッチの他、Stuzzico(アペタイザー、食欲をそそるの意)、サラダ、ハムやサラミ、チーズ、数は少ないが肉料理、そしてセレクトされたイタリアンワインが楽しめる(イタリア語メニュー)。

地上・地階計140席有する、この高級感漂うレストラン、月曜から金曜まで、朝11時半から夜中12時まで開店している。金融街のど真ん中という場所柄、スーツ姿の人たちが多い。でも、そのいかにも高そうな外観にも関わらず、お値段はリーズナブルで、パニーニは大体£8以下。注文した、ローストビーフがたっぷり入ったMontaguパニーノが£6.80、モッツァレラチーズとドライトマトのカプレーゼは£5.80(写真下)。それに比べると、カモミールティー£3がちょっと高過ぎるように感じてしまう。

Milan-based Italian sandwich chain, Panino Giusto opened its first restaurant in London on April 22 at Royal Exchange Buildings near Bank (Panino Giusto blog). Panino Giusto now has 22 restaurants in Italy (17 in Milan) and 5 in Japan (I didn’t know that), after 30 years of opening its first restaurant in Milan in 1979. You can enjoy a wide range of toasted panini sandwiches, cold & hot dishes such as Stuzzico (appetiser, stimulate an appetite in Italian), charcuteries and cheeses, salad, and few meat dishes as well as selected Italian wines (menu in Italian only). 

This elegant two-floor restaurant can host 140 diners, and opens from 11.30am to midnight, Monday to Friday. Located in the heart of the financial heart of London, the restaurant obviously targets city business people. But on contrary to its posh look, their freshly made food is rather reasonable, and their panini cost no more than £8 except few. Montagu panino with roast beef cost £6.80, and generous portion of Caprese with Mozzarella cheese and san dried tomato is £6.80 (photo below). So chamomile tea for £3.00 seems pricey in compare.

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