Italian Sandwich Shop La Panineria Opens UES Storefront

La Panineria

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Another player has joined the growing number of sandwich shops on the Upper East Side. La Panineria recently opened its doors at 322 East 81st Street between First and Second avenues – sandwiched between upscale resale shop Designer Revival and florist Art in Flowers.


La Panineria is owned by Mario Pesce and has operated from its location at 9 East 8th Street, just north of Washington Square Park, since 2014. At the opening of that location, Grubstreet reported that Pesce is a Naples native who dreamed of opening a panineria (which means “sandwich shop” in Italian) like his father had back home. The business is a family affair, with Pesce’s partner, uncle and brother all filling roles at the restaurant.

The food business is certainly in the family’s blood. Pesce’s great uncle, Domenico Magliulo, owns Buon’Italia, the Italian importer in Chelsea Market; and Magliulo’s brother, the late Tony May, ran multiple restaurants, including the lauded San Domenico.

The menu features fresh cut Italian meats and cheeses (which are also available by the pound) on house-made baguettes and ciabatta. Guests can customize sandwiches with a variety of ingredients, choose a pre-made combo from the regular menu, or sample one of their featured sandwiches of the month. The menu also offers salads, pasta dishes, soups and a variety of Italian pastries like bombolone, canoli and tiramisu.

La Panineria joins other sandwich newcomers La Sandwicherie and Regina’s Grocery.


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