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Pensare Italian Bistro
Pensare Italian Bistro

Pensare Italian Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.pensareitalianbistro.com
  • Phone: (727) 786-2222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
    Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ciro Mancini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can arrange catering for special events, ranging from $20 - $40 per person...in some cases Chef Ciro Mancini will be there in person
  • Special Events & Promotions: Coming soon:
    Wine pairings with dinner
    Theme dinners (i.e. seafood, pasta night, risotto)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample Free Parking next to restaurant
A word from Pensare Italian Bistro
Pensare brings expert Italian culinary technique and impeccable service to Main Street in Dunedin, FL. Under the careful eye of Chef Ciro Mancini, the food served at Pensare combines old world traditions and creative genius into an unparalleled epicurean experience. Whether you are looking for a place to relax and meet up with some old friends for a glass of wine, or treat yourself to a stellar meal, Pensare offers it all.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was wonderful as always. We recommend the burratina and the pasta florida. Sitting on the bar was not great however. These takes should be given to people without reservations"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service - we felt like real VIPs!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The Salmon Tartare with dried shrimp and Black Caviar was an excellent start to a wonderful meal. It was a generous portion and the addition of dried shrimp provided a burst of sweet flavor which propelled the dish from good to excellent. The host staff were friendly and my waiter was proficient and professional. Despite being a single diner on a Friday night I was given a nice table in the main dining room without any problems."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Pensare' continues to be an excellent dining experience. The quality of the food never disappoints. The owners are hands on and always there to make sure your Pensare' experience is excellent."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Had a night out to celebrate my daughter's birthday - turned 15! The food was amazing - homemade ravioli's, delicious Chicken Marsala, and Chicken alfredo. Then, on to dessert. Surprise birthday cake was a heavenly lemon cake and then we also ordered the Chocolate Souffle - AMAZING. Great atmosphere, not too noisy, and not too "stuffy", great for all ages. CAn't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Dinner was great and Michael was wonderful. From the greeting at the door to birthday candles in dessert, everything was perfect! Love this place!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Waitress was a gem. Great food. Our only complaint was not the restaurants fault but did put a damper on our romantic outing. The two ladies at the next table were extremely loud and whiny. They had to be the center of attention."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Pensare is our new find. In the past, we had only one restaurant in Dunedin fit to bring friends and out of town guests to. Now we have a choice. This weekend, we brought friends with very discerning taste in food/dining. We enjoyed the outdoor dining, had great dinners and were very impressed with the comfort and enjoyment of the evening. The wine selection was excellent, the evening specials were varied and delicious. We are late diners, but the staff and servers did not seem to mind that we were there late and did not make us feel uncomfortable. The owner personally greeted us and assured that we were well taken care of. Also, we love that on some occasions, we can bring our pet without issue and still enjoy a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A favorite in the area. Authentic flavors of Italy and outstanding service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Thanks for making my birthday memorable - such a lovely place for a romantic dinner with my hubby! This is our favorite restaurant - love the owners, love the chef, love the food! Thanks again! This is the BEST Italian Restaurant around!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a dinner at Pensare. We would not hesitate to dine there again and highly recommend for excellent food."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "High class Italian restaurant with classic cuisine. Excellent service.prices are reasonable in view of the high quality."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We love Pensare! The food is delicious, service is great, prices are reasonable. Perfect Sunday Dinner. One of my favorites!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The service was attentive, but most importantly, the owner came over and asked us about our meal. It seems small, but this gesture is a great touch."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We are visiting from Miami and have tried to make a reservation on several occasions but we're not able to get in This time we were lucky! We were with great old friends so all we needed was good food and good service. We certainly got what we came for!!! Our wine selection was superb, our waiter was delightful and every dish was outstanding. To top it off, the owners greeted us on our way out the door. Pensare will now become a tradition for us on every visit. We have already recommended it to our friends... Thanks for a fabulous evening"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great meal, great menu choices, very accommodating to our special request for a quiet table to celebrate a special anniversary. The service was impeccable."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Went with a group of guys on a golf vacation whose tastes ranged from simple meat and potatoes to more sophisticated italian cuisine. Everyone was pleased. Service was excellent, although the waiter oversold in his enthusiasm to attempt to get everyone to have an appetizer, or dessert."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food and service at Pensare was great - four of us each had something different and they were all delicious. The only issue was the noise level. It was extremely loud in the restaurant and we had to yell to hear each other across the table. Not good for talking with friends."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "First visit. Wide menu choice. Great veal piccata and arugala salad. Attentive service. Will return!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food never disappoints. Service great, people great. Nice food selection and food always served hot and fresh."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. It was an authentic italian place and I would go back a million times. The atmosphere was very beautiful, they even had a lady selling roses from table to table. It was a perfect start to our date night."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food is always excellent and the Chef (Ciro) knows customer service. Not only does he walk through the dining area to interact with his customers ; he always remembers his past guests and gives them a warm welcome back. The arugula salad with shaved Parmesan is always fresh. I had the snapper and would highly recommend it; fresh, well seasoned but not to the point that the seasoning overtakes the dish."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We celebrated two birthdays with a great dinner and great service. Aldo was wonderful and was his wait staff. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dinner at Pensare, especially if it's a special occasion. I would make one suggestion, however. I know we live in Florida, but the attire that some people wear to such a nice place as Pensare is unacceptable. When we were there on July 24, two females walked in with shorts that didn't leave much to the imagination. There was also another man who looked like he just walked off the beach. It would be so much nicer if there was a dress code of some sort; for example, no shorts. I'm not asking people to wear formal attire, but at least make an effort if they are going to a sophisticated place like Pensare. Many of my friends agree, and before you think that we're of the older generation, we're not!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Had a great selection of appetizers, pastas, and meat/seafood course. Very adequate wine list with interesting selections at various price points."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great service, large creative menu, heavy on the Italian wines and some good reasonable prices. Worth checking out. Probably need a reservation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Loved the food. All of the veal dishes were wonderful. The lemon dessert is a must have. Our waiter, Aldo, was exceptional. Highly recommend. Great location."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great AUTHENTIC Italian bistro. Chef Ciro has one of the best kept secrets in Dunedin. Great food, superb service and extensive wine list! It's a hit!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Wonderful food and excellent service from Aldo. Relaxing dinner, never felt rushed. Recommend it highly!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is a small little treasure in Dunedin, the food was excellent, the atmosphere good - a little noisy, but the AC isn't cold. we were given a table in the corner by the bar, and although mentioned several times how warm it was - we asked for the AC to be cooler, we ended up leaving early because it was just too hot to sit and enjoy. its a shame because the food and service were very good. I would probably not go back because of this."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is one of the few places that gets it all right. We had an outstanding dinner. The food was so fresh...the seafood was great...and Everything about our dinner was great. Mike and his wife have done a great job. One of the best places in Tampa Bay area."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food was great, waitress didn't seem to know much but everything else was perfect."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Pensare is the best Italian Restaurant in the Tampa Bay Are. Their pasta is always fresh and "al dente" we love it!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We just moved to the Clearwater, FL area and have been searching for a great Italian restaurant. We found it! The food was absolutely amazing, the service was second to none, and the atmosphere was a lively Italian restaurant family. We had the calamari and the caprese salad as appetizers, which were outstanding. The caprese salad had no balsamic vinegar, which I was concerned about at first, but trust me when I tell you it did not need any vinegar - the cheese, basil, tomatoes, olive oil were incredible. Our meals were outstanding. Our waiter Aldo was fabulous. He took care of every detail at the table, the entire evening. We will absolutely be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was magnificent. Server was very professional."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was very, very good!! The manager was very attentive, making sure everything was okay. We sat inside, it's very cozy. I would have preferred a booth but they only have tables. Our waiter was the worst part of our experience, he was horrible! He was more focused on speaking Italian than us understanding him or the specials. He was leaning on the back of my chair while taking the order, very uncomfortable and unprofessional. It's definitely worth trying again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Upscale and outstanding food!! We love this place. A little pricey which is why it's a special occasion restaurant but worth every penny."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food and service were very good but we were seated very close to people that were very loud. That put a negative spin on our over-all experience."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Having enjoyed Pensare on previous occasions, we recommended the restaurant to our visiting relatives for a "memorable" Italian dinner. Memorable indeed! The food was less than mediocre as well as the service, and the sangria we ordered was overpriced and undrinkable. What we had considered a neighborhood gem has deteriorated into a neighborhood fiasco."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great Italian Food right in the heart of Dunedin. I would highly recommend the restaurant. Very extensive menu."
    Dined on 6/30/2014