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Antico Ristorante Pagnanelli

Via A. Gramsci, 4 | Lago Castel Gandolfo, 00040 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
+39 06 936 0004
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (28 reviews)
“lamb” (5 reviews)
“truffle” (10 reviews)
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12:00 PM - 11:45 PM Hours
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Via A. Gramsci, 4 | Lago Castel Gandolfo, 00040 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband, my son, his wife and I had the most amazing lunch at this restaurant after visiting the Pope's summer palace in Castel Gandolfo. The location is beyond beautiful with the best view of Lake Albano (a must) and only a 5 minute walk...More

Thank Mally G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

100% recommend! For wonderful homemade food with charm, style, atmosphere, service.. Thanks to the owner! They are doing wonderful job!

Thank Alena K
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

We visited Castel Gandolf (the Popes vacation residence) and at the foot of the Castel we discovered this ristorante. We had made a booking but a chance mishap with the Rail trip from Rome we did not have to climb steep hills to the Castel...More

Thank glendon1954
Reviewed August 5, 2018

This restaurant is very popular, so be sure to book a table in advance! And they have the biggest winecellar You have ever seen, so if possible book a winetasting.

Thank brithaskyum
Reviewed August 1, 2018

This restaurant is a beautiful oasis in Castel Gandolfo. It has a large amount of balcony space, where you have a stunning view over Lago Albano. It is upscale, the interior is classy, and the balconies are romantic beyond belief. However... We paid 77 euros...More

Thank Therese S
Reviewed July 27, 2018

This restaurant has a bit of a Dolce Vita feel to it, and although it's overlooking a lake, it would make a very good home on any riviera. Great food.

Thank nejoudy
Reviewed July 26, 2018

Fresh cooked pasta, local wine, lovely bread and no rush, just the place fora very warm July evening

Thank Janet W
Reviewed July 23, 2018

first of all the location: spectacular. one of my best ever. overloooking the lake. excellent refined food. extraordinary wine cantine

Thank MauMaf
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

This has it all. Location overlooking the lake is beautiful and the 100+ years of family tradition here makes it more special. 30,000 bottles of wines to choose from and great choices across the price spectrum. If you are a wine elitist this is a...More

Thank CliveWatkins
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Wide choice of amazing food and wine. Excellent on both fish and meat, great canteen. Great tastes and some discoveries of ancient recipies. And also a fantastic view on the lake.

Thank starax1965
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November 15, 2017|
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Response from tcpEire | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are several menu translations including English. The waiters, in our case, conversed in very good English. Dress was smart casual. Ask for a window table inside the balcony if the weather is inclement. Although... More
March 19, 2017|
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Response from RistorantePagnanelli | Property representative |
For lunch we start at 12.00 until 15.00 for dinner we start at 18.00 until 22.30. I think last train are at 23.00. Best Regards Matteo Mariani
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via A. Gramsci, 4 | Lago Castel Gandolfo, 00040 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Province of Rome  >  Castel Gandolfo
  • Phone Number: +39 06 936 0004
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Today Pagnanelli offers the experience as restauranteurs of four generations. Still the same family running the restaurant founded by Giovanni Pagnanelli in 1882. A client recently commented “the formula of Pagnanelli’s success is a cocktail of passion and creativity with every family member giving his contribution”. In the sixties Aurelio Mariani (son of Lucia Pagnanelli) marries Jane Williams who leaves her career as an actress in classical theatre in Australia. For Jane and Aurelio their constant dedication along with their four sons encouraged them to constantly improve. Jane says that Pagnanelli is like a theatre, and as Shakespeare wrote: “ All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”.
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