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“Great Atmosphere, Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pani's Cafe Bar

Pani's Cafe Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Pani's Café opened January 1995 and run by a family of brothers and sisters. It was one of the first Italian style café in Newcastle. As authentically Italian as you can get without actually going to Italy. In Pani's Café you can find a different menu for day and night and a constantly updated special board. We offer you the chance to experience Italian home cooked food and to savour an authentic Italian coffee in a convivial atmosphere. A little piece of Italy in the heart of a beautiful city!!!
Newcastle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere, Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2010

Have just taken my partner for her birthday as well as going in December for a Christmas meal. It did not dissapoint on both occasions. It has a great atmosphere and was busy, which say's it all. The food was delicious. Fast efficient service.

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“Just shy of awful”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2009

Looking forward to some nice food after reading positive reviews on here, however the food was really not great. No, it was worse than that. The mixed platter starters consisted of a mean selection of poor quality ingredients - cheap salami, soggy olives, tasteless cheese, average sun-dried tomatoes all served on a bought bread.
The lasagne tasted exactly like a microwave meal. There is little that would convince me that it wasn't (it obviously wasn't prepared in the dish it was served in) and the square lasagne (in a round dish) was swimming in a tin of tomato soup.
The malloreddus was almost totally grey and one of the least appealing dishes I've ever seen. The taste matched the presentation.
I am no chef, but I would struggle to make such a bad meal at home. The staff seemed obsessed with turning tables, and although the place had a good atmosphere, the service was charmless.
There are so many Italian restaurants in Newcastle that I would never return to this place unless it completely turns itself around

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North Yorkshire, England
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Keep going back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2009

We have been going to Panis over the last couple of years or so and everything has always been perfect.
The subtle flavours of their dishes are so fresh and satisfying.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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“Echoing - "how the mighty have fallen"”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2009

I'm echoing Durham Diner's post about Pani's.
I've often commented (on the forums) that this was the best Italian in town, but on my last visit, I was left with disappointment and will now eat else where. It was a bust Tuesday night and we were escorted to our table, given lukewarm food by unattentive staff - having to stand up to ask for black pepper and the oils is unacceptable. Once we finished our meals we had some drinks to finish, and instead of allowing us to enjoy them in peace the harassed us until we vacated the table. I know that they have to turn tables but the way they did it was unacceptable.

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“Superb Italian eatery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2009

This must be the best Italian restaurant in Newcastle.

I had their speciality, Sardinian pasta & it was delicious.

Authentic surroundings made this a fine afternoon.

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