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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Due to the large number of eating places in the area, we thought it best to have our minds made up before visiting for the day. Luckily, we chose this restaurant. The beef lasagna and the chicken parmesan were both wonderful. Would highly recommend to...anyone looking for great Italian food in Panama City.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overpriced food, frozen burrata on pizza. Frozen cheese on appetizer. The place looks lovely and stylish but the food is just horrific. Overpriced with a pizza of 20 dollars plus expected 20% tip. The antipasto has fried sausage on it that have nothing to do...with Italian food and the cold cuts are low quality for a supermarket. If you love real Italian food this is not the place to go.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very good Italian food. They have a very large menu. I had salmon with a cream sauce and fettuccine noodles . It was piping hot and delicious! My partner had spaghetti Bolognese and he loved his as well. My only complaint is the wine pours...were very small. The restaurant only has 8 tables and it has a very European ambience with beautiful stone walls.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 24, 2022 via mobile

Upscale small italian restaurant in an old building in historic Casco Viejo; serving true Italian food at its best. Quality of ingredients is top, prepararion is fantastic. Try the eggplant parmigiana! Best we have eaten. Seefood spaghetti was also a delight. This is a no...brainer. Great evening.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

Food is not what you expect. We order the lobster. It was very dry. No good really. Calamari as. Octopus as entry and very so so. Not really good. Service was very good and the place is very nice.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022

Things started out a little shakey - we had made a reservation which no one seemed to know about. They did take the initiaitve to check with another staff member and in short order they had a table set up for us. The service was...attentive - the beer and wine was good and so was the lamb with vegetables cooked in the oven. Then came the shock in a restaurant that is marketing itself as a higher class establishment? My wife ordered Lasanga with chicken. The server brought it to the table and said, "be careful the plate is hot." Yes, the plate was hot, but the contents were not. Luke warm on the outside and cold on the inside. It took them 20 minutes to cook muy lamb in the oven - what's the deal with using a microwave to reheat lasanga. LAZY, LAZY, LAZY - and no care for quality. No excuse exept the owner allows them to get away with that #!#$%!#$%!. My first job cooking in a restaurant, I was told if I ever used the microwave to heat food that went on a plate, head to the door and don't come back. I cannot believe that we paid a good price for microwave reheated service. On that alone, because it brings into question a lot of other bad kitchen habits, we will not recommend this restaturant to anyone or go back. Very disappointed Mr. Owner - this is your fault. And, my wife was so disappointed, I could not even order a dessert..More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022 via mobile

We made reservations online and were seated outside next to the pool. The pool had fake lotus flowers of which many were upside down. We ordered calamari appetizer that came on a big plate with a small portion and no tentacles. It was cooked nicely...and served on top of a small bed of baby arugula. After this and 3 slices of bread we received our main dishes. The plating of the risotto was void of any garnish but a healthy portion. Same of another pasta dish. The imported skirt steak I ordered was heavily salted for my preferences. The side vegetables were very nice. We also had a Cesar salad that I didn’t find very authentic. The dressing had no taste of anchovies or lemon and was overloaded with croutons. I’d say they need a refresher course from a true Italian chef as they might have started to lose some authenticity.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 28, 2021 via mobile

Low rating based on excessive wait time for food. Lunch for two, arrived and were only customers. A simple order of one pizza Margherita and on boscaiola pasta dish took about 45 minutes wait. Pizza was good, same as other nearby restaurants, pasta mediocre (too...much sauce/cream so soupy.). It seemed like the larger party that was seated after us got all the attention while we just sat and waited. In 3 days in Casco Viejo, this is my only low rating. Don’t recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed March 9, 2021 via mobile

Great atmosphere with amazing food if I ever return to Panama I would definitely return staff will make you feel at home 5 stars!!

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed March 14, 2020

The atmosphere is wonderful and relaxed, and the food is really high quality fresh Italian ingredients, extremely well cooked! We are Italian so we know :-) will come back in these days!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020

Was in the mood for something simple. Got the spaghetti bolognese and it was terrific - al dente home-made pasta! My wife had a risotto that was also wonderful.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020

Our second trip to Pastissima in the past few months and we are ready to back again. Great food and outstanding service. Suggest you try the calamari as a starter and then anything off the mains list. We've found asking for wine recommendations paid off...- great wine at a good price.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020

Waiter was so rude, condescending, and annoyed that he had to do his job. Basic menu questions "what side does that come with" were met with eye rolls. I was asking for bread for the table and he walked away while I was in mid...sentence! The place wasn't even crowded!!! You could sense he didn't even feel like taking our order. He did not want to be bothered...BUT he did have time to stand at the door with another waiter and ogle and say crude comments about the women walking by. By the time the food came (by the way he screwed up the order) I had enough and didn't even feel like eating.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

Excellent Italian Food. Excellent Service We had the lobster special $35. A bit pricey. It was fantastic served in a light sauce with light breadcrumbs. A side of spaghetti with house made red sauce. Excellent as good as any sauce as I’ve had in Italy....Friends had a Margherita Pizza. With real cheese. Fresh Italian bread rolls. I had a glass of the house red wine $7. Chianti style. The best part was when looking for a ride back to our hotel the bartender ordered us a local private driver using a local app for $4. Traffic was horrible due to a movie being filmed nearby. One of our travelers has a cane. The bartender helped us so much. He kept looking at the app and walked us across the square to pick up the car. Thank you! Thank You!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

We strolled along this place walking around the Casco Viejo... What can I say? The pasta is spectacular... Fernando was such a wonderful waiter... The owner Simone is a great guy that has done an incredible job with this cozy yet inviting space... Don't even...think twice... If you want the best Italian food in Panama come to Simone's place.. it's unbelievable...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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