Some restaurants have a vibe that says "linger", even when you're in a rush.
Such is the case at Mangiacake Panini Shoppe, an Italian eatery along McCaul. It is a relaxing, offbeat downtown spot made in the image of a Milan Café, offering a casual atmosphere and a basil-bright tomato sauce that can soothe the most tightly wound customer.
The menu is heavy on pressed sandwiches, and although it's not the biggest panino out there, it's perfect in its simplicity.
"...a casual atmosphere and basil-bright tomato sauce that can soothe the most tightly wound customer"
Besides the blackboard menu, Mangiacake also serves daily specials. Sometimes that's a delicate lasagna built around grilled vegetables. Other days, it's arancini, perfectly fried balls of pesto-enriched risotto built around a melting heart of provolone. Most food is on display, so just go by what looks good.