In the continuing casualization of D.C. restaurants, Alba Osteria launches a new grab-and-go counter called The Grill today. The first 50 customers at the Italian restaurant beginning at 11:30 a.m. today will get free paninis.

The Grill will operate every Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chef Amy Brandwein and Roberto Donna‘s paninis—all $12 normally—include pulled pork shoulder with broccoli raab, provolone, and salsa verde as well as grilled  lamb sausage with arugula, taleggio, and mostarda. Vegetarians can opt for a fried eggplant with smoked mozzarella, tomato, and basil option. All paninis come with potato chips and a soft drink. For dessert, grab chocolate-pistachio biscotti for an extra two bucks.

Alba Osteria, 425 I St. NW; (202) 733-4454;

Photo by Jessica Sidman