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Panaretto Italian Bistro
Ranked #213 of 1,331 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Laval, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Very good food but...”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

We love that restaurant. We always eat there once or twice when we come down to Florida. The staff is usually very nice and polite, the food is always good, the tableclothes are white (not grayish!!!) and everything is clean.

The terrasse is nice, they offer a 50%off on wine on wednesdays, they also have a great pianist a couple of nights a week. It's a great experience.

BUT,... they started adding a 20% gratuity on every check without notice. It's not written on the menus (we've checked that after we got our check) and nobody mentionned it at any moment. It was a surprise! And we don't like surprises!!!!!

It kinda pissed us off because the service tonight was not as good as we are used to. Mario took our order, got us a glass of water and two diet sodas, brought the cesar salad, then came back with the pizza and the lasagna that my husband and I wanted to share. He left everything on the table and got back inside. Never saw him again!!! No soda refills, no nothing!

Now, I don't believe that kind of service deserves a 20% gratuity... The restaurant was empty. We were the only 2 clients almost until the end of our meal. We did not get desert nor coffee.

Let's pretend tonight was just a bad night. We will go back before the end of our vacation and see how things go.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“BEST Pizza in town!”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We ate here last week based on the reviews. My husband is pretty picky about thin crust pizza and he absolutely loved it!! The crust was cooked to perfection, the ingredients were fresh and the sauce was wonderful. Definitely the best pizza we have eaten in a long time. The only downside was that we went back on Sunday evening and they were closed. The service was outstanding and the place is spotless! We loved it!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank buffettsgirl
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florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“delightful birthday celebration”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

picked this restaurant because it was central for a number of folks and it seemed to be favorably regarded on trip advisor. our experience was top notch. the staff is very friendly and took time to explain details about sizes and content of various dishes on the menu and the special board. our party had a good variety of dishes - the eggplant parm and special polenta appetizers were outstanding. wines by the glass were very nice. all of our entrees were creatively conceived and carefully prepared to order. and then there was the surprise dessert - a calzone made from panaretto's pizza dough, stuffed with nutella and ricotta - wow - not overly sweet and very satisfying. we will be back!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank rosehips
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London
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“Superb italian food”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We live in Ft Lauderdale and have been going to Panaretto regularly for two years. My colleagues recommended this place for their fantastic pizzas and we totally agree that they are the best in town. We have also tried some of their dinner specials and they are also very good.

Staff is always very friendly and it has become my family's favourite place for a 'Italian night out'.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Jarfalla
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful traditional northern Italian food, served both indoors & outside”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stopped @ this local establishment near my daughter's home in Fort Lauderdale and were very pleasantly surprised at the innovative traditional Italian dishes. The taste was unbelievable. So memorable we went back at couple days later.

  • Visited June 2013
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