We have been to Antico Panada 3 or 4 times previously and we tried it once more in late June while in Trieste for business. After a little disagreement with the owner regarding wanting to eat at a table outdoors along the canal, we started to walk away when magically, the owner "found" an available table. The meal started out on this bitter note.
Once seated (and exchanging angry looks with the owner) a young waitress appeared with menus and drink orders. I must say, outdoor seating on a cool summers eve makes for a nice way to dine, but the atmosphere was already damaged upon our arrival.
We started with a mixed seafood salad served on top of a bed of lettuce. The seafood seemed to be fresh and there were no apparent frozen items in the salad. This was followed by ravioli with a seafood filling, topped with crustaceans and shellfish. It was tasty though the dish lacked in presentation, as several of the ravioli were served broken. For an entree we had the monk fish prepared the Venetian way, roasted with shrimp and served with a side of polenta.
While the food was adequate, I will not return to Antico Padana as there are many other choices to eat at in Trieste. Check out my review for Antica Trattoria Le Barettine.
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