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“Best Italian restaurant in Port Townsend”
Review of Lanza's Ristorante

Lanza's Ristorante
Ranked #18 of 98 Restaurants in Port Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Port Ludlow, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Best Italian restaurant in Port Townsend”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We've eaten at Lanza's often - this time we were there for the Calabrian Salad and Pizza. As usual, the service was impeccable, the atmosphere warm and welcoming and the food excellent. THe not too thin pizza crust was perfect, slightly crunchy but chewed, the cheese and the add ons (kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes, and peppers) were perfect. The Calabrian salad, included salami, garbanzos, red onion, bell pepper, olives and romaine lettuce with a complementary house made dressing, and was larGe enough for us to share. While today was just for Pizza, we've enjoyed many of Lanza's other entrees in the past, and they usually outdo themselves in this wonderful family owned restaurant.

  • Visited June 2014
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Seattle
Level 6 Contributor
201 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We had supper here on a cold, windy weekday in April and the food and atmosphere warmed us immediately. The staff was friendly and helpful. Though it was a Thursday evening, the restaurant filled quickly. We were glad we got in without a reservation.

  • Visited April 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
693 reviews
426 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
“Old style average”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

The ambience at Lanzas is simple old fashioned Italian minus the plastic grapes and Chianti bottles with candles. There is a piano player and the service is good. The food, however is average in every way. I had spaghetti with meat balls. The tomato sauce was acidic and the meat balls were best described as meat by-product balls. The salad was underwhelming. All in all, the price seemed reasonable given the quality of the food.

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Port Townsend WA
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lotsa pasta - not so much meat!”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

This family-owned restaurant's ambience is classic old-style Italian - walls painted red, lots of candlelight, family photos on the walls - so quite charming. There was even live piano music.

That said, the food left a lot to be desired. The salad - which is included with the entrée - was good with fresh crispy veggies and a nice dressing. However, my pasta main - which was described as penne with mushrooms, sausage and spinach - was about 98% pasta, with perhaps half a sausage link sliced into it, 2 cremini mushrooms, and a few spinach leaves When a restaurant skimps on the more expensive ingredients, to me it shows a lack of regard for its customers. I would rather be charged more and get an ample helping of ALL of the described ingredients. The best part of the meal was the spumoni ice cream dessert -the helping was substantial and there had been no skimping on the ingredients - it was rich and delicious.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank WanderingP
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Port Townsend, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

This Italian family does a great job with real Italian food. I love the feel of this place, and people frequent this place for all kinds of occasions. The pizzas are great for take-out too.

  • Visited December 2013
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