Pane e Vino
Italian Restaurant - Scottsdale
For the past eight years
(which is a lifetime in the restaurant business) Pane e Vino has been a
popular haunt of diners in North Scottsdale, as well as those smart enough
to make the drive.
This refined yet comfortable Italian restaurant uses cherry wood and white
linen to create an ambiance that’s perfect for dates, family gatherings,
and celebrations. Seating is comfortable, music is appropriate, and the
separate bar is a great place to hang out with friends before dinner or
during happy hour.
Service is top-notch. In a land of transient waiters, the staff at Pane e
Vino intimately knows the restaurant, the menu and the wine list. Given
the restaurant’s name you’d assume they put a lot of focus on the wine,
and they do. In addition to an extensive wine list with varietals from all
over the world, they also offer great half-bottle and by-the-glass
selections. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine list, and when
making recommendations, didn’t do what servers often do – suggest the most
expensive one! Instead, he listened to our likes and dislikes and selected
just the perfect wine.
We began with some outstanding, crisp, crusty bread (the pane of Pane e
Vino) partnered with a peppery, garlic olive oil. Our Italian journey
continued with a huge antipasti platter full of sliced meats, cheese and
marinated vegetables. Other appetizers included plump crab cakes, sea
scallops wrapped in Parma ham, and a wonderful carpaccio. Of course, there
are excellent salads and homemade soups bursting with flavor.
Since we’re at an Italian restaurant, we must have pasta. We tried the two
recommended by our server. As with the wine suggestions, he did not steer
us wrong. The tortellini came paired with peas, proscuitto and mushrooms,
and the spaghetti ala carbonara was eggy, silky, and full of smoky bacon
There is a huge selection of main courses -- beef steaks with gorgonzola
or mushrooms, fresh fish flown in daily (I had an exquisite fish served
with butternut squash ravioli in a creamy almond sauce), and an
outstandingly rich veal marsala.
After all that food, we lingered over coffee, after-dinner drinks and
dessert (great tiramisu). Pane e Vino emphasizes the total dining
experience, so you won’t feel pressured to exit quickly.
good to know: the restaurant is located in the courtyard of La
what to wear: resort casual was the most-seen on our night there
must haves: the homemade pasta and any of the beef dishes
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8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd #D-1, Scottsdale