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Panino at ‘Ino – Firenze

Panino is the Italian word for sandwich.  Whenever I go to Tuscany I can’t help myself to crave a good one. Tuscany is full of good things to feast on, but if I haven’t got the time for a complete and relaxed meal, then it’s the panino that I go for. I also tend to have this tinsy issue, being that I don’t settle for just for the regular panino you get at any train station, ohh… I have to get a good one. This previous week I went to Firenze for some PhD classes, I didn’t have that much spare time and it was screaming hot outside, but that didn’t get in the way of me getting that great panino. ‘Ino was founded by chef Alessandro Frassica which is a recognized panino passionate and a reference in the Italian street food scene. He is also the author of two great panino books, Il Pan’ino and Panini Gourmet, the last one released this year. I had been hearing about this place for a long time, as one of the best places in Italy …

Gourmet Panini in Florence – Semel

In Florence, panini are kings of street food, usually sold in small vending places that don’t have much more than a counter. Each place uses it’s own kind of bread and has its own special combinations of ingredients that give them their identity, the panini are traditionally accompanied by a small glass of wine. Semel is a small panini selling place located just across Sant’Ambrogio market that is only open during lunch times. These are very particular in terms of combinations, you can find panini made with wild rabbit, donkey, pork, deer, wild boar,duck, anchovies,octopus, tuna, or even codfish, all of these paired with particular and amazingly flatering combinations of sauces and vegetables. I have to say that donkey I refuse to include in my diet, they are such gentle animals (not that the others are not) and also, nowadays, in Portugal we tend to promote their protection instead. I ended up chosing a tuna panino with artichokes and mustard salsa that was heavenly. You really can understand the craft that they put in these, when you taste the perfectly balanced ingredients and …