Restaurant Name: Panini Deli
Location: 11 North Earl Avenue Lafayette, IN (map it)
Phone: (765) 446-0016
Cuisine: American, Deli
Review: Someone on our Facebook wall suggested we should try out Panini Deli, so I headed over today to try it out. It’s in the strip mall at Earl and SR 26, on the east side of Earl. Just a little place next to a nutrition store and across from where Little Mexico used to be. It’s not a fancy pants place, with vinyl table cloths and more basic decor.
When you walk in, there’s a large chalkboard with all the items on it. And for being a deli, there was a surprising amount of pasta. I don’t know about other people but when I think deli, I think sandwiches, maybe some soups and salads, and that’s it. They had a large menu of pasta, sandwiches (both hot and cold) and more. The chalk board makes me think that maybe they change the menu regularly, but as this was my first time, I can’t say for sure.
I’m a sucker for the special, and today’s was a baked pasta dish of some kind. It came with garlic bread and a drink. You order at the counter, pay there, and pick a place to sit and they bring it out to you. It’s not really a sit down restaurant with servers, but its not exactly fast food either.
I sat down and waited and before long, my food came out. And the portion was HUGE. As was the garlic bread – I was curious as to what kind of loaf that slice had been cut off of. It was really big.
The pasta was good, as was the toast. It was definitely way too much food for me, but I ate as much as I could. As far as pasta, I can say that it’s head and shoulders above Toscana’s pasta and that’s a place that claims to be an Italian restaurant.
All in all a nice lunch. I think next time I really need to try one of the sandwiches to evaluate the “sandwich” part of menu. If you’ve eaten their sandwiches, leave a comment about your experience below!
Kid friendly: Yes.
Cost: around $6-$9 per person