Originally posted by MiamiDon
I have been working my way through Simple Italian Sandwiches, by Jennifer and Jason Denton, the owners of 'Ino, in NYC.
I made a panino using a ciabatta with the crown cut off, split in half, with hot mustard, prosciutto cotto (cooked prosciutto), baby arugula leaves and sliced fresh mozzarella. It was quite good.
Obviously, substitutions could be made. I went out of my way to find the prosciutto cotto, but even Publix has fresh mozz. of sorts, these days.
Thank you, Miami Don, for using the correct word, namely, Panino
Unfortunately, restaurants and appliance makers have made most of the American public into unwitting dunces in their usage of Italian. When someone says "I would like a panini" that person is actually saying, "I would like a sandwiches". Now doesn't that sound silly?
And, for those who say that they have enjoyed several paninis (sic), they are using a double plural, in effect. So, for those whose Italian is rudimentary--One grilled sandwich is a panino. If you are referring to more than one, then the term is panini.
We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.