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“Wonderful”
Review of Panciuto

Panciuto
Ranked #6 of 59 Restaurants in Hillsborough
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 8, 2014

Hard to believe that this jewel is found in the small town of Hillsborough! I'd expect quality of this nature in a much larger city. It felt like I had finally found a farm to table that matched that found in Philly or NY here at home. Everything from the eclectic ambiance to the menu reminded me of wonderful places I've been through the years. Bottom line, great food at reasonable prices.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal on Friday evening prior to "last Friday" celebrations in Hillsborough but there are a few things to know before you select Panciuto as your dining choice: (1) On Friday and Saturday nights, ordering (or at least paying for) an entree is mandatory, so if you're not very hungry and plan to just order an appetizer, this restaurant is not the best choice, (2) there is a $10 charge to share an entree, (3) the menu is very limited...just a few choices each evening (but excellent choices!), (4) vegetarian and gluten free options are extremely limited (or non-existent).

Having said that, if you know the "rules" before going, the meals are outstanding. The restaurant has a nice ambiance, service is good (albeit not particularly welcoming) and the meal options are very creative.

This is a small restaurant and the management and staff are clearly interested in maximizing income (not satisfying diner whims), so they look for parties interested in ordering it all: appetizers, entrees, drinks, dessert. If that's not your thing, consider other options before committing to Panciuto.

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited Pancuito on a Saturday night. Most tables were occupied, but the service was still prompt and friendly. I agree with some other reviewers that the choices are a bit limited, and they could do some more for vegetarians, but the summer plate appetizer was all veggies and very tasty. Both our entrees were fresh, delicious, and large enough that we had no room for dessert. When we said that we were too full for dessert, our waitress promptly brought us two glasses of Muscato on the house as we were celebrating an anniversary. I would go back the next time I'm in Hillsborough!

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

We're proud of Panciuto. We live in Hillsborough and love to brag about our world class restaurant. The food, presentation and atmosphere are all worthy of that special occasion. We go there for birthdays and anniversaries and the like. Now, if your thing is a big old plate of lasagna or spaghetti, don't go there. This is high-brow Italian food. The chef does wonderful things, but he doesn't do the kind of bistro Italian food that folks may be used to. This place prides itself on the use of local ingredients. The service is wonderful; they pretty much hover out of sight, waiting to serve you. And, the restaurant is lovely as well. Don't just show up here expecting to get in. Reservations are a must. And, expect to spend some money. With wine, we never get out for less than a hundred dollars a person.

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Reviewed June 25, 2014

I have posted many critiques of restaurants, but this one is exceptional. The mixture of unique seasonings, coupled with wonderful fresh ingredients, plus great service and reasonable prices for what you get - just a delight. See why it is rated #1.

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