A bread roll is a piece of bread, usually small and round and is commonly considered a side dish. Bread rolls are often used in the same way as sandwiches are cut transversely, with fillings placed between the two halves. There are many names for bread rolls, especially in local dialects of British English. Originally, these originated with bakers terms for different forms of bread roll depending on how the dough was made and how the roll was cooked. However, over time, most people have come to use one name to refer to all similar products regardless of whether it is technically correct or not. Bread rolls are common in Europe, especially in Germany, in Italy (called panino or panini) and in Austria. They are equally common in both Australia and New Zealand, and very common in Canada.
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