La Panetteria: Is this Italy?
A bit off the beaten track, the dishes are so authentic one might think they were dining along Rome's Piazza Navona! The soups were good, particularly the "Pasta e Fagioli" chocked full of delicious white beans. The "Antipasto alla Panetteria" composed of cold cuts, cheese, and vegetables is a healthy mélange of colors, textures, and tastes. I passed on a pasta, but with a main plate of grilled leg of lamb, which had been marinaded in olive oil, garlic, and herbs — it was tender, so much so one only needed a fork to consume this succulent dish— "molto deliziosa!" As is increasingly the case I was much to full for dessert, so I have no suggestions that category. However, be prudent when parking as the Bethesda enforcement is very vigilant.
7/18/2012 4:00:00 PM
Your mama and papa's restaurant!
I'll be honest, we ended up at La Panetteria almost accidentally. My boyfriend's father is in town from Spain and wanted pasta for dinner so I looked on Yelp and saw the Olazzo had good reviews. Unfortunately that had a long wait which brought us to La Panetteria which I like to refer to as, "little old Italy". It's very cute and cozy, a great place for family dinners. The food is also fantastic, best spaghetti alla carbonara I've ever had in the States! I highly recommend this restaurant, especially to those who love mom & pop styled eateries.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
we have always enjoyed dining
we have always enjoyed dining at this restaurant. The quality of the food is good as well as the service. Never disappointed.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful meal.
We had a wonderful meal. The food was great and the service, without a doubt, the best we've experienced. The ambiance was perfect and we recommend it without reservation to anyone seeking a nice intimate yet inexpensive meal in the Bethesda area.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and our service was great considering that there were son many of us. Looking forward to going there again soon!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent veal stuffed shells
Excellent veal stuffed shells and sauce, and rissoto and pork tenderloin. Only down side was bread.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food as always was very good
Food as always was very good with attentive service. Only downside was a very noisy nearby table of four that made conversation very difficult.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had brought my parents
We had brought my parents there for their 60th wedding anniversary. I had made the reservation on line and made that as a comment. I never mentioned it to our waiters when we came in but sure enough after dinner they brought a couple cannollis out with candles for their anniversary. The food was very good and filling. No one left hungry, that's for sure. Thank you so much,
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is always good. The
Food is always good. The waiter left something to be desired. We were not sure he understood English. He never returned to the table to ask if we needed anything. Therefore, we were straining to look for him. He didn'know the menu therefore. we had to ask Harry for his imput. The service was disappinting
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food and tremendous
Fantastic food and tremendous service. My waterglass never went below half. They didn't hover, but were always attentative to our needs. We live in Virginia and went to La Panetteria because it was convenient on the way back from a trip out with the kids. We will be driving back especially to go to the restaurant.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the second time we
This is the second time we have been to La Panetteria and the food was excellent both times. From the pizza, to the eggplant parm, to pasta and meat dishes, everyone enjoyed the food. The house wine was good as well, and, although they do have a good wine selection, it is slightly on the expensive side. The service was good, but a little slow (but not to the point of being annoying). Overall, we really like this restaurant and will definitely go back as soon as we can.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Great service.
I rarely go to Bethesda for dinner, so I can't compare it to other Italian restaurants in the area, but I thought the food was excellent and the service outstanding. Great food. Great service. Great company.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
this was our second trip. not as good as our first occasion. food was awesome, drinks were perfect. I believe the waitress might have been new hence our moderate service. she was very pleasant but not as attentive as she could have been. the restaurant wasn't full so certainly she wasn't being over taxed. it was brought to her attention that it was my sons birthday but no attempt was made to arrange a special dessert which was the case during our first visit. had trouble placing items on the table. all in all we will most certainly return.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stupendous Italian Cuisine
Wonderful, authentic Italian cuisine in an cozy setting!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, fabulous neighborhood ambience! The mushroom ravioli with crab and lobster was outstanding!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved this place!
Dined here for a graduation luncheon celebration. Party of 8. Found this place on Open Table as we are from out of town. It's on a side street so it was not crowded, no problem getting a reservation as a lot of other places were booked solid. I am so glad I found this. The service was wonderful, the full menu was delightful, everyone enjoyed their meal, wine list was good and reasonable. The only downside was finding a place to park. Two parking garages across the street that were full on Sat. afternoon. Kept driving around and around waiting for a spot to open up. But once you're inside it's worth it! Enjoy!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took a big group to this restaurant after my wife's graduation and couldn't be more impressed with this restaurant. The staff was great, the food was delicious and portions were perfect. Will definitely go back again.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a celebratory meal.
This was a celebratory meal. Our daughter had just graduated form college and all our family was in town for the event. We let our daughter choose the restaurant and she chose La Panetteria because she thought it would be like her favorite restaurant in Rome. Everybody had a good meal and the service was fine.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Long Time Favorite
Have been here many times over the years. Always excellent food, moderately priced, and warm, efficient service. Ambiance of a family run restaurant with Old World charm is hard to resist.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant with great food!
My boyfriend and I went on a romantic dinner to La Panetteria, and we had amazing evening! We were sitting in their 'garden' and the ambiance was so romantic. Especially around 8:00 p.m. the place became a little bit darker and there were candles on tables, and the music was very romantic. The entire place was beautiful! There were few couples, a family, and a group of four people so it was not too crowded and loud. Moreover, the food was delicious and portions were pretty big. Since I love desserts, we decided to share a chocolate mousse cake. That cake was, honestly, the best cake we've had in a few months. On top of all of this, the waiter was very friendly, respectful, and the service in general was excellent. Will definitely return!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and the serving staff gave us an excellent service. We felt very comfortable and special. If we can we will go there again.
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant was very quiet, but the service was friendly and efficient and the atmosphere was charming and cozy. I loved the Veal Saltimboca that I ordered and my friend enjoyed her linguini. We had a lovely evening and were able to talk for quite awhile without feeling any pressure to leave.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good. Two of us had veal and shrimp and we both enjoyed the meal. Vegetables were fresh and the unique house salad dressing was excellent. Very pleasent atmoshere and I would say the price was excellent for the location. Service was a bit slow at times but we would not hesitate to go back.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Liked it except for a things...
Overall, I would come back here especially for their chocolate mousse, which was absolutely delicious. The food was very good, but not the best. It was how I expected it to be. Their fried calamari is a must-try. For the entree, I got linguini with shrimp. I liked it, but I would probably try another dish when I come back to this restaurant.
The service was okay. It felt like the waiters were rushing us because they kept on checking back to see if we're done with our meals, and the server asked twice if we want to take our food home when clearly we're all still eating. Seeing the server too much is just as bad as never seeing him/her.
The place looks better at night, especially with the lights hanging on the walls and the ceiling.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
All of the food arrived piping
All of the food arrived piping hot. The chicken marsala and veal parmagiana were wonderful. The pasta with a requested spicy sauce was also great.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been here on several
We have been here on several occassions with large groups and never had a bad meal! The prices are very moderate compared to area chains that are over-priced for pasta dishes. Our wait staff is always very attentative and considerate of providing the meal early for our kids.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Paneterria has become my favorite Italian restaurant to enjoy the many dishes that I would normally prepare at home. The ambience of the garden setting and the great friendly service adds to the enjoyment of a night out from the kitchen.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a small surprise party dinner. Everyone in our group of 8 raved about the food. The staff was so nice and accommodating. We will eating at La Paneterria again soon!
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Home style cooking!
Delicious, authentic Italian food. There were 3 in our party. We got the mussels in the red sauce as an appetizer--- amazing! Our entrees were the tortellini with amore sauce-- wow, tortellinis were stuffed with ground veal and the amore sauce is a pink sauce that is creamy and delicious! We also had lasagna-- OMG it was to die for, ground beef, ricotta, perfectly cooked lasagna noodles smothered in a homemade red sauce and melted cheese...yummmmmy! And the third entree was the melizane (it was spinach and cheese wrapped in eggplant) served with linguini, very good vegetarian dish! Then for dessert we got Tiramisu... Homemade, creamy deliciousness. The service was also magnificent, our waitress smiled the whole time! C u soon!!!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have enjoyed the cuisine,
Have enjoyed the cuisine, ambience and service for many years. Highly recommended.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love, Love, Love this restaurant.
Love, Love, Love this restaurant. Service is topped only by the deliciousness of the food
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Food with attentive service
As always the restaurant provided fine food with attentive service. It is one of a few restaurants that includes a salad with most meals. Healthy meal well prepared is a hallmark of this restaurant.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Panetterria isn't one of these new pretentious places. It serves classic Italian food in a lovely setting. You don't feel like you're in busy downtown Bethesda as you dine in a classically decorated and airy space. The service is prompt and courteous without being overbearing. The food was delicious. They give you a complete meal for a good price. The eggplant parmigiana and pasta were tasty and my dining partner's trout was quite flavorful and served with crisp vegetables. Bravaissimo!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant has been around for many, many years, and that's because it is really, really good. Can you believe, their entrees come with a nice house salad? Where can you get that! Plenty of vegetarian options as well. This is a gem of a restaurant.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
So glad we checked this place
So glad we checked this place out - it was delicious! Great spot to bring my Italian mother. :)
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service!! Decent food!
We truly enjoyed the ambience in the room in which we were seated. It made us feel like we were in Europe for the time we were there. We were served a basket of nice breads with a bowl of fresh parmesan cheese and olive oil. Our dinners also came with a tossed salad. The eggplant florentine was very good and served with a side of spaghetti. The gnocci was decent as was the chicken parmesan. The portions were manageable... We were sated but didn't take home any leftovers. Honestly, we've had better tomato sauce at other Italian restaurants so, as much as we did like it, we will probably not rush back. The service was fantastic. We never felt rushed or like we were waiting too long.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress was extremely efficient, and at the same time not intrusive. The atmosphere of the restaurant was casual, yet it had a sense of a small Italian neiborhood. The food was excellent, the service great. It was a great experience.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice quite family place
This place reminded do much of small town italy restaurant. Nice Italian food snd goid service. Hoise eines are excellent.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Panetteria delivers again
We've been to La Panetteria several times for dinner, and have enjoyed each visit. But this week was the best -- excellent service, and my braised lamb shank over asparagus/mushroom risotto was delicious and comforting on a cool rainy night. My GF got the seafood combination over pasta -- it was delicious, too. I had planned on getting veal, but that lamb special was irresistable. I'll get veal on our next visit, which will be soon.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the pleasure of dining at La Panetteria this past Friday night. My boyfriend and I dine later than most and arrived about 9:15 pm. Restaurant had a a crowd in the front dining room, but only a handful of diners in the side room. Seated promptly and greeted warmly by our server. Started off with two well-made vodka drinks. Nex came two entrees, both accompanied with salad and vegetable. Chicken Parmigiana, my go to Italian entree, was exceptional!! Lightly breaded, fork-tender chicken topped with superb sauce and cheese. Simply delightful! Boyfriend had the Fruiti De Mar Special that included lobster. He chose his in a white wine sauce. Again - Superb!!! Fresh, light, perfectly presented and prepared. We will return!!!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the eggplant parmigiana
I had the eggplant parmigiana which was very good. My dinner companion enjoyed her chicken marsala. We both
agreed that the salad was particularly good and we appreciated getting the dressing on the side.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Panetteria has been a consistently good to excellent restaurant over several years that I have dined there.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had another terrific experience
We had another terrific experience at Panetteria. Guillermo, our waiter, was professional and attentive, and Harry, the owner, was there, which was nice. Great Trota Al Almafitana (trout in a garlic and caper sauce) preceded by a salad that could have been a little more room temperature but had lots of (pitted!) olives and a great dressing. The entrees (other than pastas which come with only salad) come with a vegetable and pasta which makes them good deals. The dessert, a new one, dark chocolate mousse cake, was delicious, with flavorful decaf. coffee.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and a great experience!
My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary dinner. We both adored the ambience and the service, and the food was outstanding. It's a little on the pricey side but the food was worth it. We'll definitely be back!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently good, classic
Consistently good, classic Italian food with nice sized portions and friendly service.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Great Visit
Panetteria never fails to deliver. From the Fruita de mare, to the veal dishes, to the chicken dishes, all entrees were up to their normal standards. The consistency of service and food in addition to the owners personal welcome ( and in this case personal rendering of Happy Birthday) is always guaranteed. Dishes are not overdone with excessive schmaltz- just very good northern and southern Italian offerings.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant in Bethesda
This restaurant has reliably good food & service. Definitely recommend La Panetteria.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good in Bethesda
Good Italian food in Bethesda and very homey and great food and wonderful service.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM