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“A Step Above Panera Bread”
Review of Pane Rustica

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Ranked #66 of 2,380 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: South of MacDill and Bay to Bay
cagedmonkees
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Step Above Panera Bread”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

When you first step into Pane Rustica you immediately are reminded of Panera Bread. Baked goods and sandwiches. But the comparison ends there. Panera doesn't offer shrimp and scallop risotto or baked salmon. Soups at Panera are good, but not of the quality you get at Rustica. Even the desserts are that much more interesting than Panera Bread.

So, if you are in the mood for a sandwich served at a higher level, go to Pane Rustica.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank cagedmonkees
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Tampa, Florida
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116 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great Place for Coffee or Meal”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

Love the comfy seating and the fresh food. The service has always been excellent, whether I was grabbing coffee or eating a meal. Love the bakery selections!

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank TravellingMom M
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Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“most loved bread!”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Quality & fresh, little pricey for Tampa great value for New York or LA!
Service can be slow, even for carryout. I do blame the 12 ingredient mock coffee
drinkers. With a name like Pane Rustica they should limit it to beans, water and hand you the the cup.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank NoVaTampa
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very nice surprise”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

Found this place by way of tripadvisor and we were very pleased. Had a 6:15 reservation. I had the chicken dish and my wife had the spinach fettuchini with seafood. Both were very good....although a little heavy on the garlic. The bread was nice and fresh, the service was good and the wait staff was attentive. The only criticism I have is that it was very loud......we all could have done without the high noise level. Seems you will get a good meal here, and I recommend it.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank Travelertoplaces
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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“WORST service EVER!!!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

I simply wanted to buy a box of cookies to take to a Christmas Party. What I experienced next was mortifying. After waiting 10 minutes to even be acknowledged and watching the couple in line in front of me being flippantly spoken to, a different smug woman behind the counter took my order and acted as though she was doing me a favor by waiting on me. I would have turned right around and left but I was desperate. It was as though a prerequisite to work here was a PhD in pretentiousness. I honestly have never seen a place of business allow such rampant boorish behavior by its employees. I will never frequent this overrated establishment again. The management needs to gain control over the staff and remind them they are in the service industry...not in their ill-mannered homes where that type of behavior obviously is acceptable.

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6 Thank dogdiggity
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