I discovered Panini Coffee and Cafe in Marina del Rey (in the Marina Villa Marketplace) ten years ago upon going in there to get some hot cocoa during the winter. I remember being impressed that the Cafe was decorated with Christmas ornaments as well as a fir tree standing in a corner. It gave the Cafe a homey feeling and it was also warm in there.
As time went by, I came there more often with family and friends for hot cocoa, and meals that were delicious. I began to come in on my own sometimes to work on my computer or to read a book. Looking around the Cafe, one saw families sitting together talking and eating, people working on their laptops, people having meetings and parties, and many regulars who I've noticed over the years.
The Manager and the Owner are very nice and friendly. The owner of Panini is there quite often and he's a very hands on owner. One of the aspects of Panini that I really like is that one can sit there for a few hours without being asked to leave. It has a nice informal atmosphere to it which attracts the nice informal lifestyle of Southern California.
Recently, Panini offered a new Menu that one sees at the counter offering a yam with cheese and broccoli after 4pm (among other items). I've had this yam many times now and it's delcious. Panini also get their baked goods delivered to them daily from some local bakeries. They have some delicious lemon bars which go like wildfire.
Panini is my favorite place to go to for tea or hot cocoa or a nice meal as well as for family gatherings or outings with friends. I'd highly recommend Panini to people who would like to have a nice coffee/tea/hot cocoa and a nice meal in a relaxing atmosphere.