Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


April 29, 2017


Loving Lucca

  Yes, I’ve arrived In Lucca and of course the first thing that I am sharing here on the blog is a┬ápanino. I discovered this spot on Piazza San Giusto last year and since then have been dreaming of sitting on their patio and having a bite to eat. Anyone who knows me would admit […]

October 21, 2014



Right off the bat let me say to my good friend MKM, sorry about the picture of the pig. That being said, porchetta is one of my favorite food finds in Italy. It’s a pile of seasoned (fennel, thyme, rosemary) pork that’s salty and crispy tucked into a roll. You’ll find porchetta panini in some […]

April 28, 2012


Panini Love

You knew it had to happen. I had my eyes open from the moment I got to town for the truck selling porchetta. Imagine my thrill when I walked around a corner and there was the porchetta man. Of course I was hungry and even if I hadn’t been, I was still going to buy […]

October 11, 2011

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Crazy For Calzones

A few months back we initiated our Thursday night pizza ritual and every Wednesday I whip up a batch of the overnight dough that we love. It’s fun having a tradition and I enjoy the challenge of creating new pizzas each week. Last week we skipped our pizza meal when we had company for dinner […]

August 15, 2011


Perfectly Portable Picnic Food-The Muffaletta

I love sandwiches. No big surprise there, after all I am Panini Girl. I could eat sandwiches every single day. Whenever I visit a new town or city I immediately start searching for a great sandwich spot. Unfortunately for me, my town does not have even one place where I would go to buy a […]

February 7, 2011


Porchetta For Beginners

I’m a fool for pork. There I said it. If we’re out for dinner and there’s a choice between a pork and a beef entree, I always go for the pork. Right now I have a rack of pork in the freezer, destined for the next dinner party. Want to come over? I need an […]

December 14, 2010


What’s For Lunch On Your Birthday?

What would you eat for your birthday lunch if you were given a choice? Would you go to a fancy restaurant and order four or five courses? Would you spend time researching the best places in the town you’re visiting? Or would you make the decision to eat exactly what you love best, even if […]

November 26, 2010


The Day After

I just opened the fridge and realized that since I didn’t cook the grand Thanksgiving meal, we have no leftovers. In fact, we don’t have much of anything as I’ve made a point of avoiding the crowds at the grocery store all week long. I know that at some point in the not too distant […]

August 2, 2010


Feed Me

I am a woman of simple tastes. I don’t need fancy bags or designer shoes and I’m even satisfied with not dining at the restaurants of famous chefs. It doesn’t mean that I don’t think it would be nice to have these things, it just means that I can live without them. Maybe one of […]

June 28, 2010

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A Summer Sandwich

The first weekend of the summer and even though we were entertaining at home, I was thinking picnic food. Our vegetarian friends were coming for dinner and not having a lot of time for preparation, I decided that we’d have a simple supper of sandwiches and salad. I went back and forth on what type […]