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“Excellent Food and Service” 5 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 #6 of 144 Restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main Street
Clearwater, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Last night we ate at this restaurant and had a lobster ravioli with a vodka sauce that was out if thus world!!! It was the best I have ever had anywhere including in the northeast. It was beautifully presented and the sauce was just perfect. Our waiter could not have been more attentive. Even the bread was excellent. I could have made a meal of the bread and vodka sauce! We also tried a tortellini with sausage and a Marsala sauce which was very good as well but the lobster ravioli was to die for. I have also tried the eggplant appetizer and thought it was delicious-the flavors of the eggplant, cheeses and sauce were perfectly blended. We will be back again

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Ozona, Florida
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Food good, prices are bad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

You don't get much, portionwise and the drink prices are outrageous. The decor is nice and the staff too.

Visited February 2014
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Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Don't miss Pensare!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My wife and I dine here often. Everything is outstanding! My personal favorite is off the menu, but if they have handmade gnocchi, order it with the bolognese. You will be delighted. As an alternate, the seafood and veal are both awesome. For dessert, go for the tiramisu or anything with their lemon sorbet... Wow!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dunedin, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Dinner with Friends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Friends wanted to meet for dinner and go to a restaurant they had never been to. We recommended Pensare.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal, the timing of the appetizers to the salad to the entrée was timed perfectly. We never felt rushed.

Highly recommend. Some may find it pricy but, if you look at other restaurants with the same caliber of food and atmosphere - they are right on target.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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9 restaurant reviews
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“That's what I mean!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Usually, my main reason for eating out is to enjoy a really good meal. Doesn't always happen, but nice whenever it comes close. The meal my wife and I had at Pensare's the other day was spot on. One of the best either of us remembered in a long while. We both had veal dishes (our favorite when doing Italian), her the marsala and the saltimboca for me. Excellent! Cooked to perfection for us. The service was not great, but very good. Although the dining area is nicely set, it is somewhat small and a bit noisy. But we go out for the food, more so than the service or the ambiance. With food like this, we could overlook a lot else. Great place.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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