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Panza's Restaurant

510 Route 9p, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-7252
+1 518-584-6882
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Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: In a city steeped in tradition, from its historic healing spas to the horses, there is only one family owned restaurant that has endured for over 75 incredible, edible years - Panza's Restaurant. Panza's bakery opened its doors in Mechanicville in 1897. That was the first time Upstate New York experienced the delicious Neapolitan style brick oven baked pizza and other secret family recipes our relatives brought with them from the old country. Ma Panza and her husband Joseph were unable to speak English when they first arrived from Napoli, so they allowed their cooking to do the talking for them, and did it ever. Everyone in the neighborhood was talking about this new baking sensation called, "pizza." Ma Panza's authentic brand of home style Italian cooking became a staple in the Capital Region, and has continued in their tradition spanning more than five generations and still using the same brick oven Ma Panza cooked in. Today, we still offer the same authentic Italian fare Ma Panza made back in the late 1800s, serving guests in our restaurant and providing extensive catering services for banquets, weddings and events.
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: In a city steeped in tradition, from its historic healing spas to the horses, there is only one family owned restaurant that has endured for over 75 incredible, edible years - Panza's Restaurant. Panza's bakery opened its doors in Mechanicville in 1897. That was the first time Upstate New York experienced the delicious Neapolitan style brick oven baked pizza and other secret family recipes our relatives brought with them from the old country. Ma Panza and her husband Joseph were unable to speak English when they first arrived from Napoli, so they allowed their cooking to do the talking for them, and did it ever. Everyone in the neighborhood was talking about this new baking sensation called, "pizza." Ma Panza's authentic brand of home style Italian cooking became a staple in the Capital Region, and has continued in their tradition spanning more than five generations and still using the same brick oven Ma Panza cooked in. Today, we still offer the same authentic Italian fare Ma Panza made back in the late 1800s, serving guests in our restaurant and providing extensive catering services for banquets, weddings and events.
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English first
Saratoga Springs, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We've been to Panza's about 12 or so times. We have literally never had a bad meal. The food is simply amazing. I've tried many things on the menu, sausage, steak, chicken and veal. They were all great. However the best thing I tried was the Ma Panza pork chops with peppers, its perfection. I've been to 50+ restaurants in... More

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Anthony P, Owner at Panza's Restaurant, responded to this review

That's quite a few meals with us! We're so glad we've never let you down -- "simply amazing" is music to our ears. If you're ever craving perfect pork chops, you know where to find us. Until next time, Tony, Owner More

Albany, NY
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

A mainstay of the area for 75 years, this restaurant is located across the street from Saratoga Lake (no view from within), a short 30 minute drive fom our house. We dine here several times a year with the food and service always good. What I noticed is, if I don't purchase a Groupon or use the Entertainment coupon, it... More

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Anthony P, Owner at Panza's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're happy to hear that the food and service never disappoint! It's great that you and your wife make the trip our here several times a year for the food. While we know our prices can be more expensive than your average restaurant, we always use the freshest high-quality ingredients we can get our hands on to make sure you... More

White Plains, New York
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Panza's Restaurant was a disappointment. We chose Panza's because they told us they use all fresh ingredients and could easily accommodate special dietary requests. And because its good TripAdvisor ratings led us to believe we'd experience "fine dining." Some of the disappointments were small. It started with the non-existent view. Their website describes Panza as "on the lake." Saratoga Lake... More

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Syracuse, NY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Atmosphere is great. Service is great. Food is good but not extra-special. The appetizers we had, greens and beans, regular calamari, and their special spicy calamari were smaller portions than most restaurants. Dinners were average, however, a their chicken tuscany was very good. Food on average is good but not sure if we would re-visit.

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Anthony P, Owner at Panza's Restaurant, responded to this review

Just average is never what we like to hear, Sharon! Thanks for sharing your honest feedback with us. I'm disappointed that you didn't love everything you ordered last year. Have you had a chance to come visit us again recently? I know we can show you that we go above and beyond your average Italian restaurant. Hope to have you... More

Clifton Park, New York
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149 reviews 149 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Our friends wanted to revisit this place as they had gotten engaged here 27 years ago. A coupon made it seem more appealing. Very impressed. Wife's linguine with white clam sauce had 5 large fresh clams in it, and was quite tasty. My salmon had a delicious topping which made me skip my normal lemon garnish. Friends enjoyed their meals.... More

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rhode island
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Our friends live about 90 seconds from this restaurant by foot,and since we had all been cocktailing liberally that day,this was the place for us!!! Had a chicken in angel hair pasta,excellent. Bridey had a steak,good,but about what I can do at home. Extra spicy calamari and clams casino apps were also very good. Met a local character or two... More

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Saratoga Springs
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We have been three times to this restaurant and each time have been served delicious food and had brilliant service. The pasta dishes are really tasty and not just the same old, same old. While they have all the classics they also have interesting out of the ordinary dishes. The pizzas are great. All the food is great. The restaurant... More

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Albany, New York
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Went to Panza's with my wife and mother-in-law for their birthdays. Had a 6:30 reservation and arrived @ 6:20. We were asked to take a seat at the bar as the table wasn't ready. We sat at the bar until 7:15 and it's NOT August. The wait staff was very pleasant, informed and attentive. We all enjoyed our meals. The... More

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Anthony P, Owner at Panza's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to share your honest feedback with us last year. While we always try our best to honor reservations as promptly as possible, it can be hard to predict how long other parties will be with us. We would never want to rush anyone's meal! That said, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the rest... More

New York
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We tried their "famous pizza", the thing I found famous was the lack of cheese and toppings. I could not beleive the pizza they claim to be famous for had so little cheese on it. Pizza Hut and Domino's both have a better pizza. My wife had a Cheesburger , the Cheesburger was excellent and so were her fries. The... More

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Niskayuna, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We used to go here with my parents but had not been in about 20 years. The owner has retired, and unfortunately his wife (the boss!) passed away. Luckily, their son Tony continues the family tradition for superior quality meals and outstanding service. The recipes are the same ones passed down and prepared by his parents with some of Tony's... More

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