North End-style pizzas have made their way further into Jamaica Plain with the opening of Il Panino Express, the newest member of the Il Panino family. Down the street from its older sibling, Il Panino Cafe and Grill, this newest restaurant is take-out only and offers thin-crust pizzas.
Located at 172 South St., near the Arboretum, Il Panino Express has a concentrated menu of pizza and calzones, plus salads, subs and wraps, and some sides.
The restaurant is an affiliate of Frank DePasquale's North End domain (Trattoria il Panino, Bricco, Umbria Prime, Mare, etc.). DePasquale helped owner Lakis Vlahoulis expand the Il Panino brand in JP, as previously reported.
Il Panino Express is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.