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“Fantastic food, service and greeting needs work!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pensare Italian Bistro

Pensare Italian Bistro
799 Highland Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
727-786-2222
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Ranked #2 of 140 Restaurants in Dunedin
Price range: $16 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main Street
YORKSHIRE, UK
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, service and greeting needs work!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

This place has such great potential. The food is excellent but the ambience and service, particularly the greeting system does not work. Where is the great Italian welcome and music? It would be great to see more sincerity from the owner walking around the tables and a better greeting system than heading inside to ask for a table but that aside they have a very gifted chef!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Mostly Enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had dinner at Pensare with expectations of good food and a great time, and they were mostly met. Our appetizer was the special -- a layered eggplant parmesan, delicious. The atmosphere was lively and fun on a Saturday night. We enjoyed a great bottle of wine, a Barbera, at about $40/bottle, which is very reasonable. We had finished our bottle of wine before completing our dinners, so we asked for another glass, to split, of a similar wine. Our server complied, and it was indeed a very good glass of wine. It was only when we saw the check that we found we had purchased a glass of wine at $25. Truthfully, the air went out of the balloon on the evening -- not that this was an extravagantly large amount of money, but we felt we had been dealt with in an unfair manner -- altho the dinner was good, we will not return.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dunedin, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful Pensare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

Superb food. Excellent service and Ciro is very personable. Its all about the sauces. Always a good experience! Never had a bad meal there. Best restaurant in Dunedin!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“FANTASTIC!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

The previous review pretty much covers it all! Love the modern decor and jazz. Service was perfection. A bottle of Zonin Pinot Noir ($24) to start with the calamari, shrimp appetizer ($14). We took 1/2 the appetizer home to save room for the rest! We had the lobster ravioli ($22). Large pieces of shrimp and scallops, plus you could really taste the lobster in the ravs. We also had the chicken parm ($20) and both came with a choice of 4 salads - spring green, arugula, caesar, or spinach. The arugula and caesar were wonderful. Oh, how can I forget the Italian bread fresh from the oven with crunchy crust and warm center, served with the best pesto ever! We live right across the street from Ceasare's on the Beach and enjoy it, but plan on many trips to Pensare's. It doesn't get ANY better!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tarpon Springs, FL
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125 reviews 125 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“A very nice Italian addition to Dunedin's mix of restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Went for dinner with my wife and a group of friends and had a great dining experience. We each had the veal picatta which was excellent and this came with a choice of three differenct salads, mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes. Even with the size of the group (20), everyone was served quickly with a hot meal. Others in the group reported that their dinners were also excellent. Service was very good and our waiter was very professional and even spoke Italian. Everyone enjoyed the linen tablecloths, large napkins, and elegant wine glasses. The house chardonnay was one of the best I have tasted and the pour was very nice. They have a nice bar area and the entire restaurant was decorated with a classy elegance. The menu is quite extensive and should provide something to please everyone. There is a patio in the front for outside dining that looked very inviting. A free public parking lot across the street is available as is on street parking. We look forward to our next visit to this fairly new restaurant in downtown Dunedin.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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