Cotto Espresso – Longest Panini

Rundle Mall is a bustling shopping precinct that has become home to several food joints, clothing stores, and areas of general public interest.

Of course, walking down the Mall can tickle your fancy in having a nice cup of coffee and some delicious bites that serve as fuel for you to take on the day of exploring Adelaide CBD.

One such place that can be easy to miss but it definitely worth a stopover is the Cotto Espresso & Panineria, which is located a few steps away from the Rundle Mall tram stop, towards King William Street.

Cotto Espresso takes pride in providing their customers with quality premium coffee, healthy Panini, and freshly squeezed juices – all with an Italian touch. The customer service here is fantastic, where you are greeted with a smile and friendly people behind the counter. Whether it is your first time walking in or you’re a regular at their store, you can be guaranteed to feel welcome in their homely looking food joint.

Given that Cotto Espresso looks like ‘just another store’ in the Mall, you will be amazed at how gorgeous their interior architecture looks like. There are copper pipes and beautiful looking light bulbs that add to the natural lighting entering the joint from the outside. There is indoor and outdoor seating available, so you can take advantage of the beautiful sunshine that Adelaide is often blessed with, or you can escape the crazy winds by taking shelter within. There is a market vibe upon entering the joint, which gives it the cozy and ambient feel.


As part of the celebrations around Panini Day (October 7), Adelaide Food Central was invited to participate in making a 3m long Panini, using fresh ingredients that were served up in generous portions.


There was salami, ground beef, shredded chicken, crispy chicken schnitzel, roast pork, thinly sliced ham for the meats, along with options of vegetables such as sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and rockets. For sauces, we were offered truffle mayonnaise, salsa verde, salsa piccante, and basil pesto. For types of cheese (my favourite part), we were to choose between mozzarella and Provolone.


Working with other brilliant food bloggers, we were able to construct a beautifully long Panini that looked mouth-watering beyond belief and was super appetizing to eat. Lunch was sorted, the vibe was energetic, thanks to Mix 102.3, and Adelaide blessed us with a fairly decent weather (for a change!), so all in all, it was a great and fun-filled event.

Special thanks to Girl About Town for organizing this event and to Cotto Espresso for hosting us! We had a ball of a time and cannot wait to be back for more fresh Panini goodness!

Words by Fatema Sitabkhan

WHERE: 6 Rundle Mall, Adelaide


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