Panini’s Italian Cucina
8544 Jasper Avenue
Located on the main level of a new high-rise, Panini’s space is relaxed yet elegant and bright. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a scenic view of the neighbourhood and across the avenue the River Valley. The space is open concept with the kitchen very visible. You seat yourself and orders are taken at the counter.
Whether you just want to stop in for a coffee or you’re looking for a multi-course meal, Panini’s caters to many tastes. They have a full menu, and are also licensed. As long as you enjoy savoury tomato sauces, pizzas, calzones, or create-your-own pasta, you’ll be glad you stopped in.
They are a family-friendly eatery and very welcoming. Having been open just two years, this café is truly bursting with taste.
I chose to have the homemade gnocchi with spinach, onion, and fresh tomatoes. A heavy rose sauce and rich cheese flavours made each bite more satisfying than the last. My date enjoyed a light and fresh tomato salad and wonderfully flavourful minestrone soup. We split the bruschetta like always and noted the right blend of garlic and tomato. The coffee for dessert was well-brewed.
Plates run from $5-$45 with a lot of choice at any size. They’re open 11 a.m. until late and are closed on Mondays. There is plenty of street parking, but my recommendation is to take a stroll over as I always like a little River Valley walking to settle a good meal.