I have been ordering Panino’s pizza for about a year and a half now. But I had yet to actually sit down and eat inside the restaurant. Thursday night I didn’t feel like cooking and of course.. had the urge for pizza, so I said “What the hell, let’s go to Panino’s!” It’s located at 3702 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613.
The restaurant itself had a nice atmosphere. For some reason I was very entertained by the little mini salt and pepper shakers on our table because they were just too cute. It kind of made me feel like a giant. First things first, we ordered drinks. I was excited to see a wine menu on the table where every bottle of wine listed on there was only $15. And lucky for me, I happen to love wine. We ordered a bottle of 2008 Santa Ana Cabernet Sauvignon and I have to say, it was REALLY good. The waiter brought over bread for the table and to my surprise, it came with a little bottle of olive oil for dipping and a small bowl of parmesan cheese. Just the way I like to eat my bread. Makes sense to me, but not all Italian or pizza places do that so I often have to ask for them to bring it. They had some really good foccacia bread included in the bread basket that tasted like it had just came out of the oven.
On to the pizza.. We ordered a medium sized pan pizza with sausage, bacon, and pepperoni on it. Now granted I have had Panino’s pizza delivered several times before, but I was very excited to try their pizza fresh out of the oven in their restaurant for the first time. And when the pizza came, I enjoyed every bite! For some reason, the size of this pan pizza seemed so much larger than when we usually get it. I even looked over at the table next to our’s and our pizza looked gigantic compared to their’s. Oh well, we had lots of leftovers for dinner the next night, which is always nice. There was lots and lots of cheese covering the pizza and it oooozed in a good ‘ole ooey, gooey fashion like a pizza should when you pull a slice away from the pan. Love that! I love the sauce they use too. It wasn’t too sweet and had a distinct tomato taste to it. They also put a good amount of sauce on the pizza. I like when there’s lots of sauce on a thicker pizza to compensate for the extra dough. Otherwise I feel like all you taste is the dough. The crust had a great flakey, crispiness to it that seemed very light and airy too. Seems like they had the cooking tempurature just right on this pizza.
So I have to say, I reheated this pizza the next day for dinner and was pretty happy with it. I know a lot of people love their leftover pizza cold, but I always like to reheat mine. I really wanted to reheat the pizza in the oven, but I was looking forward to it so much that I just quickly reheated it in the microwave. The cheese melted evenly and all the flavors melded together wonderfully. All in all, I would give this pizza a solid 4 rating! This is one of my favorite pizza places to order from in Chicago and I can now say it is even better getting it fresh in the restaurant if you get the chance!