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Paninoteca Maggio

195 E. City Pl Drive Santa Ana, CA 92705 | Santa Ana | 714-426-8095

Location Description:

Paninoteca Maggio’s espresso, derived from a gargantuan machine out of out of a steampunk novel, but it’s more than a donkey kick to the senses: Maggio’s espresso is creamy, earthy, just slightly bitter, a liquid live wire that rivals Portola and Keán for the best espresso in Orange County. The namesake paninis are a small list that makes up for lack of choices with flavors that play off each other with the ease of a Puccini libretto. An Amalfi features salty prosciutto, musky mozzarella, biting arugula, and the tang of pesto, balsamic, and tomatoes; the Toscana’s slow-roasted porchetta radiates with garlic; a meatball sandwich is so fluffy, so juicy, that you want to barge into the kitchen to see if Barshishat’s nona is there making everything.


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Details

  • Cuisine(s): Deli, Italian, Sandwiches
  • Hours: Mon, Sat 11am-3pm, Tue-Fri 10am-4pm
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Attire: Casual

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