Pane & Vino
Happy New Year! Being a Canadian native, Lynn has headed home for a white Christmas but she left me this review she did a couple of weeks ago to upload in her absence. She’ll be home very soon to start a big year of cheap eating.
So here’s what she thought of Pane & Vino:
I took my young daughter and her friend for dinner early on a beautiful summer evening and we were immediately welcomed like long-lost family. We opted to sit outside (still under cover). The girls each ate lasagne al forno ($19) while I ordered the fried calamari rings (calamari fritti $11) and a delicious ravioli dish called Quadrati Ai Carciofi ($20).
We were promptly served fresh bread to eat with our meal (at no extra cost – other restaurants take note!) and we used it to mop up every speck of the lasagne sauce. I did not manage to get much of a taste of the lasagne. What I did manage was good, although not the best that I have had. I had to fight the girls for my share of the calamari. It was lightly floured and fried and had a hint of lemon.
The ravioli dish was excellent. Artichoke (and parmesan) stuffed ravioli with prawns, black olives and freshly chopped rosemary served in a light white wine sauce. Different and delicious.
A few of the meat mains are beyond the budget of cheap eats but since that only affects around nine out of over 100 menu items, this is still definitely a very reasonably priced eating experience.
The wine list is very short and the glass of red wine I ordered was only mediocre. Those in the know bring their own wine or walk next door to Il Vino wine shop and purchase something to their liking. There is a $5 corkage fee.
I brought home a serving of Tiramisu ($11) – purely for research purposes – and once again had to fight for a tasting. It was light, creamy and very good.
Pane & Vino does have prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) served in various apertifs, and this would be a lovely way to start a leisurely meal or even just to have with some Antipasti.
The wide-ranging menu has an interesting variety of Antipasti (such as Polenta pasticciata $14), fresh pastas, pizzas, mains (mostly seafood but one each of meat, chicken and sausage) and contorni (side dishes). Desserts include the usual suspects, but also more unusual offerings such as Baba al Limoncello ($11).
Go with friends or family and enjoy warm Italian hospitality.”