Mici (credit: Mici)
A panini isn’t your typical sandwich. Grilled using breads such as ciabatta, michetta or baguette, a panini is filled with a variety of delicious ingredients. Those craving a panini in Denver are in luck. These five restaurants serve up some of the best paninis in Denver.
Parisi
4401 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 561-0234
www.parisidenver.com

Parisi is a fast-casual Italian restaurant that makes 17 different paninis but they are only available for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whether you’re a meat-lover or vegetarian, one of Parisi’s decadent paninis will sate your appetite. From more traditional paninis such as the Salciccia E Pepperonta (grilled sausage and peppers on a toasted baguette roll), to the less conventional, like the Firenze (roasted turkey, avocado, salsa verde, grilled peppers, lettuce, tomato), Parisi has created a fantastic variety to taste. Enjoy your panini lunch on Parisi’s outdoor patio during a beautiful Denver day. In the colder months, order a cup of truffle mashed potato soup to accompany your sandwich.

Mangiamo Pronto
1601 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-1229
www.denveritalianrestaurants.net

In the heart of LoDo, Mangiamo Pronto (which means “Let’s eat now”) is an Italian cafe with a large menu to order from when you require more than some espresso. Available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Mangiamo Pronto serves up different panini options for each meal of the day. Start your morning off with a Hero Panini (fried eggs, capicola ham, bacon, roasted peppers, and mozzarella). Or grab a quick bite to eat after a game at Coors Field (only three blocks away from Mangiamo Pronto) with their five dinner panini options.

Maci Cafe
1575 Boulder St., Suite B
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 855-7585
www.macicafedenver.com

You want panini variety? Then go directly to Maci Cafe in Denver’s Highland neighborhood. Maci Cafe’s menu includes more than 20 paninis. Try the Tuni, a panini made with tuna in olive oil, fontina, sauteed onions, capers, mayonnaise and lettuce. There’s also the Fumo, a panini packed with  turkey, smoked mozzarella and lettuce, spiced up with Sriracha. Extra hungry? Order a side of gorgonzola potato croquettes to enjoy before the main corse.

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Mici Handcrafted Italian
3030 E. 2nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-6424
http://www.miciitalian.com

With four locations throughout the Denver area, it’s easy to grab a panini to-go if you’re craving one while out and about for the day. Four of Mici’s six panini varieties can be ordered as a box lunch (with half of a panini and a side option), however patrons can only order whole versions of the Salsiccia Parmigiana and Polpetta Parmigian paninis. Mici’s paninis embrace traditional Italian cuisine with ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, capicola, salami, and many others. If you’re hosting an event, Mici offers a panini tray with five varieties to serve to guests.

Osteria Marco
1453 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5855
www.osteriamarco.com

A very trendy Italian restaurant in Larimer Square, Osteria Marco prides itself on roasting its own lamb, beef, and pork that is used in its paninis. With an exclusively Italian wine menu, enjoy a night out on the town with friends at this hotspot eatery. Diners can choose to have either an arugula salad or potato salad with their panini. The Short Rib Panini with Fresno Pepper aioli, grilled red onion, and smoked provolone should not be missed.

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A Denver native, Alli Andress has been a writer for over a decade. Over the course of her career, Andress has written about topics ranging from indie music, animals, health issues and the best of the Mile High City. Her work can be found on Examiner.com