fresh mozzarella, spinach, garlic, kalamata olives, tomato, marinara
macaroni and cheese, marinara, butter & cheese
spicy sausage, peas, smoked mozzarella, tomato cream
As always, fine dining from a diverse and interesting menu from a creative chef served with staff with good cheer at excellent price points! Great wine and drinks list with some creative craft cocktails.
One of the best restaurants in south tampa. Great food and service . We love it .
Amazing food. Great service and atmosphere.
As always, service and menu were fantastic. The chef always has new and interesting specials and the service is reliable and consistent!
Awesome as always !
Just another wonderful meal at PR. I had requested a corner booth...got it. Server (forgive me for not remembering his name, but he has served us previously) was fantastic both in timing and availability, but also in his interactions with our special needs daughter.
While they didn’t have my favorite (the cioppino), the seafood pasta special was recommended and it was perfect. Drinks were great, as always. It was just another great experience...in a string of great experiences. Which is why we keep going back!!
Oscar are server was very good, to go along with everything else.
Always a great experience. Glad to see Pate back at the bar.
As always Pane Rustica never disappoints. Always superb food and amazing service. My favourite restaurant for lunch and dinner.
The black grouper was delicious! Great service! Will be back!
Our server was outstanding as was the dinner
I asked for a more intimate booth when I booked the reservation because we were celebrating a special event and the hostess made sure we were accommodated when we came in for dinner that evening. Service and food was great.
Great neighborhood restaurant with something for everyone
Amazing food and service. Well worth the price.
Outstanding all the way around
This was my first visit and I can’t wait to go back. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. The menu was quite big and everything my table ordered was delicious. Dessert was fantastic! Highly recommend!
Service and food was fabulous, as always. Menu always updated with new and interesting items and excellent wine list makes for an always delightful experience!
Amazing service and food was great as always!!
The chocolate martins are to die for. Burger is delicious and juicy. Salmon is slightly charred on the outside which adds to the flavor. Our server already knew what we wanted to order since we are regulars. And it's not too crowded. We plan to go back next week.
We were seated in the room behind the bar. It was very nice with social distancing in place. Our waiter was very nice. I told the waiter from the very beginning that I was Celiac, gluten allergic. I mentioned this fact at least 3 times while questioning what to order and while ordering. After an appetizer, I ordered the Cioppino. I reminded the server once again that I was gluten allergic and to please leave off the bread. The waiter said that he understood. The Cioppino was delicious. Fantastic even. But the dish was served with bread in the broth!! UGG. Back to the kitchen.
Was the bread just removed or a new dish provided???
My point is, dispute the deliciousness of the food, if you have food allergies, than beware.
My fave local spot. Never disappoints. EVER!
Great service. The food was incredible. The drinks were great. It was a nice place but they still had something for our 4-year-old to eat. We'll definitely be back.
Delicious steak, great service as always!
Always great !
Great food but the lighting was dim enough that the menu was hard to read. Excellent service. We’ll be back!
Dinner was excellent, drinks were fantastic and service was perfect.
Haven’t been here in a while but, WOW, they did not disappoint! I had the snapper in a lovely broth which was outstanding (I’m quite a fish snob), my husband had the bolognese-never disappoints, and my friend (our-of-Townes) had the seared scallops, which she said were the best she’s ever had. Service was a bit slow, but understandable with a smaller staff.
Great ambiance. Delicious food! This was our 2nd visit and will be back many more times
2nd time here and the food was delicious again!
Great food and great service as always! This place is a neighborhood gem! Never a bad experience here!
Birthday dinner for my husband and our friend. Everything was excellent- beautiful menu, great drinks, impeccable service and the nicest birthday dessert with candles! It was a perfect evening!
Love the new menu!
Veal Chop Milanese was to die for! Tender, meticulously seasoned and delicious.
My wife had the Stuffed Pacchieri which turned out to be another winner.
We started the evening sharing the Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms. Absolutey great dish!
Michael provided us with friendly, informative and attentive service.
Looking forward to our next visit. Kudos to the chef!
I have lived all over the United States, but I am originally from the Northeast. I have lived in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. Overall, the best Italian food in the country is in the Northeast hands-down. Every once in a while you find a place that is just as good and this is the one. I’ve been there twice now and I would say it is the best Italian food I have found in Florida by a huge margin. They know how to make real bread and real pasta and sauces. Also, their desserts are fantastic. Since I now live in Florida, you can be sure I will visit this place quite often.
Always a wonderful date night spot! Good food, wine and service!
I gave this two stars only because I’ve been there before and they managed to correct mistakes and the service was good, this trip everything was abysmal.
We arrived 5 minutes early for an 8:30 reservation on Saturday (they close at 9) and were aware they were closing - we were ready to order. It took a while to get the bartender to take the order, not sure why, there where only 4 tables in the the rest of the restaurant. Although the booths at the bar were taken the bar itself wasn’t full and people were leaving.
We ordered the Rustica salad and a pizza (my wife) and tagliatelle with clams for me. Salad was fine, the pizza was a light in color but ok (hot out of the oven) but my pasta was pretty much cold and the noodles so undercooked they were actually hard and some of the noodles actually had stiff bends in them that were so rigid they held that shape when I picked them up.
I had my wife try one and she agreed they were cold and very undercooked so I called the bartender over and he took it back. He came back out and told me the kitchen said “that’s the way it’s served in Italy”. I honestly didn’t know what to say to that so I said I would just have some of my wife’s pizza and he left. Now, if I ran a restaurant and a customer had a problem with his meal and he left without eating I would be concerned, not here though.
I drove 40 minutes to get here and all we ended up having was a salad, pizza (not a great one) and water. We come here quite a bit and often, not every time but often, the food is cold or something is off and the bar staff (usually Pate or the lady bartender) get it fixed immediately. Not this time. The food here can be inconsistent and the bar staff used to make up for it, now that aspect is gone this place simply isn’t worth the trip.
Meal was excellent as usual. Charred Octopus was great, and the seafood pasta was excellent. I do enjoy this place and recommend it.
Very limited menu for dinner, with not many choices. Did not eat there because cldnt find something i would like.
Way too dark. Will try again maybe for lunch. Service was excellent though. (ANNIE was an absolute sweetheart)
Food was great as always. Tables were distanced well and waitstaff was appropriately attentive and following good hygiene practices.
Pane Rustica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 902-8828.
Pane Rustica is rated 4.8 stars by 972 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.