It’s been a sad year for the closure of some of Hamilton’s most beloved Italian spots, from La Piazza Allegra closing its doors to La Cantina seeing a ‘soft-closing’ of their dining room and shifting exclusively to caterings and private events.
Now, we can add Paninoteca – a longstanding Hamilton Mountain staple known for their classic Italian sandwiches – to the heartbreaking list.
Located at 1660 Upper James Street, the family-owned spot has held a strong reputation for its comforting Italian sandwiches including their famous veal sandwich, frequently rated as one of the best in the region.
Salads, pastas, and homestyle dinners like chicken parmigiana rounded out their menu, served in homey, unpretentious trappings in an unassuming Upper James plaza.
However, after many years serving the community, the sandwich bar’s owners have announced their plans to retire with Paninoteca permanently closing.
“We want to express [our] deepest gratitude for your local support throughout the years. It has been a pleasure serving your and being a part of your lives,” wrote owners Dom, Gina, and Ally in a post on social media.
“The decision to close was not made lightly, and we cherish the memories created within these walls.”
See more on their social media.
Lead image courtesy of @paninotecaupperjames