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Pensare Italian Bistro
Pensare Italian Bistro

Pensare Italian Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.pensareitalianbistro.com
  • Email: pensarebistro@gmail.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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Diner Reviews
  • "We've been to Pensare 2 times and have been pleased with our meals. The pasta dishes are a great choice and was sorry I didn't choose one the last time. I chose a steak and was disappointed in not being able to substitute pasta for mashed potatoes. I was told management decided to no longer allow any substitutions but I could have double vegetables. Although the steak was prepared well , the choice of plain mashed potatoes or steamed broccoli was pretty pedestrian. Shame on me for choosing that meal!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Authentic Italian flavors and inspired specialties. Very good service. Excellent Antipasto Misti with a delicious assortment of meats and cheeses. Very tasty and tender Veal Parm accompanied by what tasted like homemade pasta. Impressed for our first visit and a second is looked forward to."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Very good food professionally served in a comfortable setting."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful visit....amazing food....good drinks( I had too much,but heh!!). The service was really good, and the owner even came by to say hello. I have been before, and I will go back again."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I always enjoy Pensare. The food always delivers and the service is always wonderful. Would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The wife and I try to experience new restaurants on a weekly basis. We both agree, the best Italian meal in the area!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I described the pricing and dining experience to my guests beforehand as upscale however they were still surprised by the high prices. My wife ordered Salmon and was surprised how dry it was and not to her taste, she does not usually order fish. My guests found the noise level was surprisingly high for an upscale dining environment. I was not surprised by my experience as I knew it would be loud due to the lack of soft surfaces to absorb the noise and I ordered veal which, as it has been in the past, outstanding. The service was professional and efficient however, since my guests were picky and sending drinks back, a little icy. I will come back occasionally as I have enjoyed /Pensare however my guests will probably not return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As always, Pensare continues to impress. I was there with my wife and two friends from the DC area. The meals were fantastic. Service was great. Chef Ciro delivered a meal that had the taste buds dancing. My friends said this has set the bar for Italian dining in their area."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Pensare restaurant is a wonderful place to eat either with friends or just as a couple. The food is deliciously fresh and prepared when you order it. I ate the veal parmigiana . It was barely breaded ( which I like) with mozzarella cheese and flavorful marinara sauce. It was accompanied with a side of spaghetti. I also ordered the arugula salad. Very tasty and fresh! I have visited Pensare at least six times. Every meal has been wonderful! My husband and I love this place. We will return!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The noise level was over the top due to several large parties, however the food was excellent. Best meal I have had in a very long time - from appetizer to dessert."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. We can't wait for our next visit to Dunedin to return to Pensare. The grouper dish I had was to die for. My cousin had a seafood Linguini he is still talking about 2 days later. We would highly recommend this establishment"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Pensare is a wonderful boutique restaurant in downtown Dunedin, FL with an extensive menu, absolutely delicious entrees and friendly, attentive waiters."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We have a group of 12 that meets for dinner every Wednesday and we took them to Pensare last week. Everyone was very pleased with their dinner and felt they were dining at the "in" place in Dunedin. We would have enjoyed sitting outside so we could hear each other a little better, but the weather didn't cooperate in spite of the heaters and plexiglass awnings."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent experience --- across the dinner selections and appetizers. One area for improvement would be in keeping wines (red and white) stored at the proper temperatures prior to serving. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I took my wife and two young sons here last Sunday and we had a very nice family meal. The good and the service was great. The portions large that I could not finish my meal. The wine was reasonably priced also."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Chef Ciro and the team at Pensare have never let me down nor do they cease to amaze me. The food is incredible and the presentation 5 star. The servers are always right there ready to make your dining experience memorable. Pensare is the type of place that set the example, and bar for excellence. The team at Pensare is friendly, the food and service is fantastic, and the feeling you gett is one of being in their home. This is the place to be for great Italian dining in Dunedin."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This came highly recommended and was excited to try. After arriving the waiter was rushing us through everything and we finally had to say slow down. We ordered Red Wine that was hotter than room temp, Calamari was good but not thrilled with Bruschetta. Ordered the special which they ran out of.......how do you run out of pasta at an Italian Restaurant? Would give it another try but hopefully experience will get better."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Great food and excellent service. Will be back many times!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great dinner. Ravioli Pensare is excellent, and the veal parm as well. Priscilla, our server, was quick with refills and helpful recommendations, without hovering. We are never disappointed with the food or the service. Glad we found you again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "everything is done well. I recommend highly. can't go wrong"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "You can always expect the best from Ciro. The food and wine compliment each other. The service is friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This place was packed, definitely make a reservation. Our food was excellent. We tried the antipasto, the arugula salad, the soup of the day(lentil), the cannelloni tampa and the chicken saltimbocca. The service was excellent. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. There was a bit of a dust-up between the tables next to us that served as interesting dinner theater. A great meal overall."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My steak was very chewy - characteristic of a lower quality of meat. My wife's seafood dish was enjoyable. They delivered a vintage of the wine other than the one shown on the wine list and then acted as if that was not important."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Pensare has become our favorite Dunedin restaurant . The food is always delicious and the service very professional. Veal saltimbocca is my absolute favorite and the eggplant appetizer is over the top. If you visit Dunedin don't miss Pensare."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Pensare has never disappointed and always meets or exceeds my expectations. My wife and I had dinner there and as always, service, food, and atmosphere were excellent. I highly recommend the Sacottini…. Chef Ciro ensures all his customers are happy with their meals and service. It is very common for him to come by your table to check and make sure everything is good. The mark of a great Chef who takes pride in what he creates."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great Italian food with that neighborhood vibe. Boisterous with a family feel. Staff is friendly and let's you linger over coffee. Everything on the menu is good and prices are reasonable. Great for group dinners or a romantic date."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Nice addition to Dunedin. Sat outdoors - very pleasant. It was a lovely night - four for dinner - first time. We all enjoyed our meal. Will return."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Found a wonderful little gem Italian Restaurant that I am so looking forward to returning to!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant three times and found the dining experience worthy of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The presentation, quality, freshness, and flavor of the food was first class and consistent on each visit. The service however ranged from excellent to fair depending on which server we got. Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant and intend to go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "When you're planning to dine on Italian food in a Florida resort town during MLB spring training, you don't expect food this outstanding. Everything, from appetizers to salads to main courses was spot on, and could have been served proudly in any Tuscan restaurant. And we've eaten at dozens of restaurants in Tuscany. We were visiting from Spokane, WA -- a much larger city than Dunedin, FL -- but can't find an Italian restaurant within 50 miles with food this good. When I yelped the restaurant before making our reservations, we laughed about how "over-the-top" the rave reviews were about the food. After eating there, we agree totally with those raves."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "A Monday night Biz was slow. They were out of too many is the menu items. Server was not knowledgable. What we are was fine. An OK place."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very nice. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. we didn't feel rushed. Thought it was odd that they were out of mozzarella. the waiter suggested the antipasto for our appetizer, it was very nice. The Caesar salads and entrees were very good. Overall dining experience was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Service was good until it got busy,but when we finished dessert, the plates were not cleared and the check was long in coming. Then we asked another server to get our server's attention. When she brought back our receipt, she practically threw it at us, she was running so quickly. Not a gracious end to our dining experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My friend and I were dining before the theater and had decided to eat in Dunedin. Pensare had received many fine reviews. We were not disappointed! I had the Linguine Florida and my friend had the Pasta Special, a seafood mixture of calamare and clams. The food was delicious and the waiter very helpful and informative. We will certainly be back again."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Pensare's is s lovely place to eat the service and food was wonderful. The only complaint I have is the noise level. It was loud for such a fine restaurant. I would go again and I would recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We chose Pensare for its food & atmosphere and previous superb experiences ... this was a special dinner with great friends ... Ciro handled our special requests and then some!! From greetings to goodbyes, Ciro and his staff couldn't have done better to make our evening a great one. AND the menu continues to absolutely shine. We relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed each course, accompanied by wine from a pretty extensive list. For a great dining experience in Dunedin, Pensare tops the list!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Since discovering this gem in the fall we have come back several times. Great for date night away from the kids. The lobster ravioli is fantastic (my wife's favorite). I like to try the specials and have not been disappointed. The Osso Buco is not to be missed. Our visit last week we dined outside, it was quiet and great to eat outside in February. Great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very authentic Southern Italian food. I felt I was back in Napoli. Chef Ciro makes everyone feel welcome. Special requests are never a problem. Buon Appetito."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our first time dining here. We tried to get reservations a few times before, but we were unsuccessful until we tried a Sunday night.....(Note.....make reservations a few days in advance). The food was wonderful. We had the Shrimp appetizer, as well as the Anchovies appetizer. which were quite substantial portions ---so share with a friend. The pasta entrees were delicious. Would recommend you be careful of the spicy tomato sauce since it had somewhat of a heavy kick to it. The rack of lamb was wonderful. Had a wonderful time and would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We were two couples with 7:30 pm reservations on a Saturday night, the restaurant was packed inside and out. We waited a couple of minutes for our table which turned out to be right in the middle of the main dining room with hard surfaces everywhere. The food and service were good, staff is friendly and accommodating, but the noise level was so loud that we couldn't hear our server telling us about the specials for the night. We would definitely go back, but not on a weekend and we would request a table in a corner, perhaps, or outside."
    Dined on 2/22/2014