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“BEST UNEXPECTED FIND IN A LONG TIME!”

Panaretto Italian Bistro
Ranked #208 of 1,340 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cordova Road
Description: Panaretto is proud to offer delicious italian food in East Fort Lauderdale.Established in in 2008, this is a REAL ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA. Panaretto has always received recognition and praise for the quality of ingredients, the service and the satisfaction of its customers. Our kitchen uses the freshest ingredients for the preparation of our food,including homemade pizza dough made daly,with the best selection of Italian and American flours,fresh pasta and desserts. Panaretto is the name of the wooden serving plate. It is a traditional serving plate in the Venice area, usually to serve polenta. Our pizzas are served on the panaretto to make the process of cutting the pizza easier and to preserve the crust by eliminating the condensation that a common plate generates.
Reviewed April 13, 2012

We literally stumbled upon this place by accident. We had checked out of our Marriott timeshare but still had one night left before our flight, so we stayed at the Renaissance on 17th Street for one night. It was Easter Sunday, and we took a list of area restaurants from the hotel and started walking. We were with our 7 year old who was hungry and not a happy camper. As we walked along, we realized lots of places were closed since it was Easter....we spotted a restaurant with outdoor seating and as we walked toward it a very friendly host was outside and greeted us, told us to come over and said come in, this is the best Italian in Fort Lauderdale. We loved the the freshly baked pizzas and the salad. They brought sliced fresh white mushrooms with olive oil and cheese, too. They had lots of small serving desserts which were excellent and the we ate the Naughty Nella which was delicious! They even brought us some homemade Orangecello to finish! The host and our waitress were so pleasant and friendly. We would have gone back again if we had more time. I would highly recommend this place. It's easy to miss as its located at the end of a strip mall, behind a gas station, and across the street from Winn Dixie. Family friendly or couple friendly.

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

I had a really wonderful experience at this restaurant following a not so wonderful experience at another restaurant in the area. I was trying to place a "to go" order and they couldn't have been nicer, friendlier, or more prompt with their service. The pizza I tried was fantastic, and very reasonably priced,

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Reviewed April 10, 2012

A great little Italian Restaurant in a strip mall by Harbor Town. Check it out! Reminded my of a place straight from Italy. Simple warm and friendly, the owners and wait staff are inviting you into their home for evening of great food and conversation, whats not to like about this? The menu covers all the classics, the pizza is wonderful as are the pastas. I'll be back!

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We had lunch twice here on our stay and my friends were impressed with the wine choices and prices. Lovely, friendly waitresses made us want to come back

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Reviewed March 8, 2012

We first tried PANARETTO's about two and a half years ago. The interior reminded me of a Sint Maarten restaurant (where we lived for several years) along the beach - lots of tile, simple decor, no fuss, not fancy, no tablecloths. The menu focusses on fresh pasta and pizza and both are spectacular. Good salads too ...
The staff is pleasant and Chef Fabio is outstanding. Previously a yacht Chef, he understands the importance of first quality ingredients, excellent fare and how to make his guests feel welcomed.
One visit I tried the lasagna and commented to my husband that it was amazingly similar to a wonderfully memorable lasagna I had in Venice. He laughed and told me that Fabio is from Venice. Needless to say then, that the fare honors the traditional recipes of the homeland. We dine there about once every four or five weeks, but have been known to be there a few nights in a row when we just can't get enough of this great homestyle cooking. I have booked a dinner for more than a dozen, and a company luncheon for at least that many folks and both parties were handled very, very well and the guests LOVED the fare - most of them returning independently. We were again impressed last week, when our favorite waitress remembered the wine we had ordered in January and attempted to get us the same.
Not least, there is live music most nights. On Tuesday-Thursday a talented pianist entertains with all styles: Broadway favorites, classical, jazz and loves to fulfill your request for a special song.
Dining is inside or along the sidewalk of this plaza ... there is passing foot traffic but it's hardly noticable. We truly enjoy every aspect of PANARETTO's.

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Thank ButterflyGalFlorida
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