I LOVE Panettone, and I always have. Never heard it called "Italian Raisin Cake," though. To me, that would not be accurate, as there are other fruits in it..almost a fruitcake type mix... It seems to be only available around the holidays, though. Too bad. I love having it for breakfast.
I enjoy this type of italian cake. Its usually only available at Christmas time here and there is a fruitless type available called Pandoro that you sprinkle icing sugar over and dunk in espresso coffee, yumm!