Staten Island nightlife: Panino Rustico, a dining spot with a unique twist in Grant City

May 21, 2019 413

BY: Carol Ann Benanti

Upon entering Panino Rustico (the Italian word for bread roll or sandwich), you encounter a cozy, unconventional dining spot that serves up Italian cuisine and seats some 50 diners comfortably in booths, tables and nooks. Situated in an outdoor shopping plaza on Richmond Road in Grant City, the eatery opened its doors to diners in January, 2018 on the site of the former Alor Café.

Since that time it’s garnered a fine reputation for the unusual, out-of-the-ordinary fare and pleasant surprises that include carefully crafted signature cocktails like its unique Prosecco (a type of Italian champagne) Pop prepared with an ice pop. And though they jokingly won’t divulge its ingredients, they showcase a delightful version of red and white Sangria, chock full of fresh apples, pears, strawberries, peaches and oranges.

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