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“Food good, service, not-so-much....” 4 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
Tampa Bay, Florida
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Food good, service, not-so-much....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We dined at Pensare for the first time recently. My expectations were met as far as the food goes. Everything was very good, especially enjoyed the caesar salad. I had the eggplant appetizer as an entree and needed a to-go box! My husband had the veal piccata which he said was very good as well (although he would've preferred pasta to mashed potatoes for his starch, but the server never offered this option).
Now for the service...our server NEVER introduced himself to us. He only spoke with us very briefly during the entire meal and that was to take our order. He did attend to drink refills as needed (without asking) and brought the pepper grinder around for us when our food came. However, he WAS VERY PREOCCUPIED the entire time he served us and rushed us through every course. We wondered if he was on drugs!
Also of note is this place is small, cramped and loud. Not conducive to quiet intimate conversation...
For this reason, I cannot give a higher rating. We will return to Pensare for the FOOD, but hope and pray we have a decent waiter next time. The guy who served us should not be working in an establishment like this!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Dunedin, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great meal & service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had my retirement dinner here and it was great. The meal was enjoyed by everyone and we sat out on the porch. It was hot in May (the one day this year it was hot in May), but the owner brought out fans. Food was good, service was good and I was with my friends. This is now our primary go to restaurant in downtown Dunedin for a more upscale dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
“Awesome Italian restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Called around 5 PM and made a reservation for two to sit outside on their patio for dinner. Glad I made the phone call since it was Saturday evening and very busy. I had the classic Veal Piccata dish which was truly exceptional. Laura had the Chicken Marsala over linguini pasta which was awesome too. If you order these dishes make sure you get it over the linguini not with the potatoes.

The chocolate dessert was exceptional as well. Finally, the owner Mike stopped by and introduced himself. Kudos Mike!

Bon appetite

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg, Florida
1 review
“BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

My husband and I dine at Pensare often , This is a experience of true Itailian cuisine, coming from a true Italian family !! Just returned from Italy and Pensare is like dining in the Mother Land !! Don't pass up this experience of fine dining !! Excellent service !!!!! Arrivederci !!!!!

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