Jim Weaver, owner and manager of Panino.
Jim Weaver, owner and manager of Panino.

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Mallery Rockwell

“I can make a panini from scratch in about eight minutes and it’s done,” said Jim Weaver, owner and manager of Panino, the newest panini place to come to Jamestown. Located at 212 Pine Street, Panino is the place to go to grab a quick bite of mouthwatering panini during lunchtime.

Panino opened its doors September 14 and is a spacious rustic diner, with brick wall paneling lining the open-concept kitchen. Weaver completely renovated the building, from inserting the floors to renovating the walls. He designed the kitchen himself and built the wooden bar where orders and meal prep take place. Sandwiches are wrapped in tin foil and placed in brown paper bags. “It kind of adds a working class type of thing to it,” Weaver said.

“I don’t like to go into a restaurant and have 20 different options because I’m looking at it for a half an hour trying to figure out what I want,” Weaver said. The menu is simple, with five delicious panini options to choose from. Panino serves panini, coffee, soups and salads. Weaver has two commercial panini presses and can make up to eight panini at once.

The Don Vito
“I love “The Godfather.” I grew up watching those movies,” Weaver said. “My mom would play a game with me where I would be in one room and she’d be in the other room. She would turn “The Godfather” on and ask me which film it was–and I would pick it out every time.” The Panino sign is made from the original Genco Olive Oil sign, a front company formed by Vito Corleone in the 1920s. Weaver had a friend replace the Genco label with the Panino label.

Each Panino is named after a character from “The Godfather.” Three of the selections include turkey, roast beef or salami. The other two options are vegetarian: “The Connie” is made by melting fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil pesto between bread; “The Carlo” (Connie’s husband) is made with mozzarella, provolone, sun-dried tomato and pesto mayo. “The Fredo” is currently the top-selling panini, and is made with turkey, provolone, sun-dried tomato and pesto mayo. The current special, “The Don Vito” is made with pizza sauce, salami, mozzarella, banana peppers and black olive spread.

Jim Weaver, owner and manager of Panino.

A Quick Bite
Weaver has lived in Jamestown for nearly his entire life. “I worked in the social work field for years, and when you do that and want to come downtown and get something to eat, I noticed for a long time that there wasn’t some place that you could just come in and get something to eat and then leave,” Weaver said. “I always said to myself, that’s the way to go, that’s what Jamestown needs.”

Panino is primarily intended for people to pick up their panini and go, but tables are available for people who have the extra time to sit down and enjoy their sandwich. “I see downtown growing and I want to offer people something that’s different,” Weaver said.

People may walk in or call and order their sandwiches ahead of time for pickup. Panino is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit Panino’s Facebook page to find out more information or leave a review or call (716) 708-6610.

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