Pignetti's Italian Restaurant

4.7
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290 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Located in the Historic District of downtown Temple, Texas, Pignetti’s is a family owned upscale Italian Restaurant whose rich brick and stucco walls create a romantic and cozy atmosphere for any occasion. For twelve years now, Pignetti’s has combined the best of both worlds with exciting, delicious Italian food and award winning wines. Our staff, like our guests, share a passion for exceptional food and excellent wine. Our reputation has placed us on the map and we have been featured in articles in local newspapers and Texas Highways magazine. In the past our extensive wine list has earned the Award of Excellence for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(254) 778-1269
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Harwell
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Catering
Catering menu available online at www.pignettis.com and inside the restaurant.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Central Ave
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 290 People Are Saying
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was excellent. Great food ,service, atmosphere, wine........................everything. Can't wait to return.

LB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My business partner and I scheduled Pignetti's for a work event - but scheduled it during a wine tasting event. Pignetti's went out of their way to accommodate us, not only for our meeting, but also for the dinner/wine tasting. They truly CARED, the staff made changes to their table arrangement just for us, and each and every time they came out of their way to serve us at our table they were kind, attentive and what good service should be like everywhere. Love it here. I've had lobster dinners and wine tastings and I've even come by for the squash ravioli for a casual lunch - every time it exceeded expectations. I highly recommend.

JR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been there three or four times and have had an excellent experience every time. The food is always great and the prices are very reasonable.

BL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Houston but always go to Pignetti’s when we are in town to visit our daughter at UMHB. We love everything about it. Food and service are always top notch. Good wine list too! We typically ask for Sophia bc she is a great server, but she wasn’t working this past visit, so we had Valerie. She was equally great and would also ask for her without hesitation. I love their butternut squash ravioli and I get it every time I visit. It’s better than any place I’ve had it in Houston. The bread w dipping oil is also delicious. Favorite dessert is the Italian Cream Cake but they all look amazing. Can’t wait til our next visit!

DP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint little restaurant. Soft music, low lighting. Great for dates, anniversaries, birthdays, girls night out, and whatever else you are looking for.
Amazing wine selection but be prepared to take a while to choose what you want. It’s an extensive list. Good beer selection as well.
The food was delicious!!! I had the veal with shrimp and scallops and it was soooooo very good. My fiancé had the shrimp Alfredo and was very impressed. Chicken Parmigiana was a large serving and looked very good as well. Everyone enjoyed their dinner immensely.
Our waiter was very friendly, nice personality and funny too. Very attentive to our needs throughout the dinner.
I would highly and enthusiastically recommend them to anyone asking for an authentic and delicious Italian Restaurant.

D
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pignetti's is my favorite restaurant. No other Italian restaurant can compete. The food is delicious and so fresh. The service is excellent and everyone is so caring. It truly was an amazing experience.

WF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Pignetti’s was to celebrate an anniversary. We were very pleased with the physical interior of the restaurant. The wait staff was very professional and knowledgable and very available given the crowd size. The food was excellent and we do plan to return.

DB
Central Texas
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive, friendly and had good suggestions to make sure we enjoyed my girlfriends birthday dinner. This was our second time here and it was as special as our first experience.

KT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food did not live up to name of dish. When name is called Nona’s ribeye lasagna one would expect to see the layers of lasagne noodles filled with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses with slices of ribeye steak on top. I got what looked like a noodle on bottom a layer of potted meat another noodle and some parm cheese sprinkled on top. Got as far as one bit to know this was nasty. At least they did not make me pay for it.

JS
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Italian restaurant, reminds me of an Italian villa. Nice decor, great service, excellent food, and good wine selection. The wait staff is extremely attentive, and pay extreme attention to detail. You don’t have to wait or ask for anything - they’re on it every moment. Pricing is very good for a white-tablecloth experience. Always make a reservation.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for the feedback, John. We appreciate your support.

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BS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I wish I had asked for Shaun to be our server. He’s our favorite. Not sure of our server’s name, but he was not interactive and forgot to bring our salad before the meal.
Food was great and wine!
Love this place and a fun server just adds to the dining experience.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Betty, thank you for your continued support. We are glad to hear you love dining with us and apologize that this past time you didn't have the service you are used to. However, we look forward to serving you again!

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JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Favorite Restaurant, Great Friendly Service, Warm Ambiance, and Superb Delicious Food!!!

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, Joseph. We appreciate your high compliments.

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Noise level in restaurant was very loud. Difficult to carry a conversation for a nice meal out with my wife. Tables were very close together and this may have added to the problem. Otherwise excellent service and food was very good. I will visit again but maybe not on a Saturday night when it is so busy and noisy. Thank you.

J
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service at a reasonable price Can’t wait to return

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, Jason. We look forward to serving you again.

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!! I took a family member for birtolunch she had never been there ... food ,staff and knowledgeable wine server !

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, Dana! We are glad to hear everything was wonderful!

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DF
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

PIgnetti's is always a great place to eat and this meal was no exception. We had reservations and were seated quickly and our server was there immediately to take our drink orders. Our food was a bit slow coming out of the kitchen, but it was well presented and the portion sizes were excellent. The food tasted great, but I think it is moderately overpriced. The ambiance is fine, but it would be so much better if there was a musician playing while we dined. That would be sooo Italiano!

Overall we were very pleased. The owner stopped at our table to chat a bit and that was nice. It is always good to see a restaurant's owner on the property!

We had a great meal and very good experience. We will continue to come here.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Dan, thank you for dining with us. We appreciate you continued support and your feedback. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. Lovely atmosphere. nice lighting

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, Dennisz. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you again soon.

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Thought it was a great place! Very good food and value

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, John. We appreciate your feedback and hope to serve you again soon.

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RH
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Pignetti's! Always great food and service, not to mention the abundance of wine selections.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Rhondah, thank you. We are glad to hear you love dining with us!

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D
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent service!!

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you, Dick. We look forward to serving you again, soon.

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C
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great as usual. The entrees we ordered were good, except for my wife's filet mignon. It was fatty, overcooked and tough. The restaurant had to comp her entree due to this. This was not the norm, in the past the filet has been perfect. The sommelier was awesome, and suggested an excellent Cabernet Franc from Italy. Highly recommended.

SL
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We eat here fairly often . Normally very good. But on this occasion the veal was actually tough and taste was off .

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Scott, thank you for you for choosing to dine at Pignetti's often. We are sorry to hear that this last visit was not the same great experience that you usually have. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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KJ
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

No bar or waiting seating areas was uncomfortable as we had to wait 20 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Food OK, crowded, noisy restaurant!

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Hi, Ken. We are sorry to here you did not enjoy your dining experience. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon and give you a better experience.

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LW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The cuisine is superb and menu offers excellent selections. The ambiance is wonderful for couples

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you, Linda.

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I met family from Dallas area. I’m from Austin area and we were looking for good dining somewhere in between to pu grandson for weekend. The food was excellent and the staff was accommodating w 1 yr old. The building has exposed brick walls. Old school Italian. The wines recommendations were excellent. Extensive wine selection. First time in downtown Temple. Pleasant experience. Will definitely go again.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine at Pignetti's. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to serving you again.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, we were given great suggestions. The food was amazing, I was really impressed! I ordered the Beef Tortellini and my husband ordered the lasagna. I definitely plan on returning in the future.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you, Josie. We are glad you enjoyed your dining experience.

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OT
Central Texas
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service! What more could you ask for in a dining experience! Great job Pignetti's!

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you very much.

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TD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was for the most part good. The some of my veal was a little tough. Service was excellent as usual. Only down side was that it took us 45 min to be seated even though we has a reservation.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thuan, thank you for dining with us. We are glad you enjoyed your overall dining experience and are sorry to hear that you had to wait so long to be seated. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Lobster!! Our server was excellent and helped make the dinner! Thank you Shanna

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you, Mark! Glad you enjoyed!

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BL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Food and service are both excellent. We always hope that Sophia will be our server. She’s awesome! Highly recommend.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you, Brenda! We appreciate your support!

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful experience! Great food, enjoyable ambiance, no problem with parking, very clean, attentive and courteous staff.

RL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food and service at Pignetti's was excellent. The only negative comment was it was a bit noisier than usual....perhaps it was just our seating at the round table in the corner which may have funneled more sound our way?

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table was ready with water and the waiter had been apprised of the occasion. George was attentive but not so present as to be a hindrance to our celebration. I love Pignetti’s food and service! It was perfect!

AD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive (and yummy) wine list; food was incredible (house-made tabletop olive oil blend for dipping bread was addictive and black truffle sacchetti should ABSOLUTELY stay on the menu!); and the waitstaff is first rate! We will definitely be going back!

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic italian food.
Terrific wine and dessert options.
My husband tries something new everytime and is always happy but I always get the same thing and it is constantly awesome.
There are way too many tables crowded into such a small area but i understand why because so many people want to enjoy the food.
Not a place to bring children, they can accommodate the tables are close.

JH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Exceptional wine list and service. We will return.

JQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food anywhere, Pignetti's always comes thru with an excellent wine selection and superb service. Go early, the neighboring shops, beer and wine bars are worth exploring also.

AH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom here for mother’s day and it was wonderful! The food was amazing and they had good prices for the quality! Great experience!

GG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pinetti's always delivers on food quality. The Chefs are awesome. Amanda, our server, was great and personable. I would recommend Pinetti's for your dining pleasure!

O
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the atmosphere of the restaurant; the exposed brick walls give it a nice feeling. Food & wine was fabulous!

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