Pane e Vino...not that great
I was excited for date night with my husband since I have been working every weekend for the past month. We are cutting back on expensive restaurants (isn't everyone), so read some nice things about the patio at Pane e Vino. For starters, we had a 7:30 reservation for the patio, arrived on time and weren't seated till 8:15. No one was really sorry about the delay. Once seated, we sat for a good 15 minutes before our waitress came over -- she said she was sorry, but there is a big party. Umm, excuse me, just because you have a big table means we get crappy service. UGH! So we finally ordered. Our appetizer didn't come till 9:15, a full hour after we were seated. Again, the waitress blamed it on the big party. Entrees came a little bit later - it was okay, your typical Italian fare, nothing outstanding. We started with the crispy risotto cake with porcini mushroms (although it was mostly crimini mushrooms and not that crispy, actually kind of greasy), then we split an Arugula & Prosciutto Pizza and Spinach Tagliatelle with Bolognese. Now that I think about it, I don't even think it was spinash pasta. Did I mention that people were smoking all around us. GROSS! Not really what I want to smell when eating. All-in-all it wasn't a great experience and we won't be back. There are so many other average-priced Italian restaurants in the hood that are a lot better.
Sadly I also had a disappointing experience here last week for lunch.
The lunch wasn't bad, per se, but just wasn't up to where it should be. The garbanzo bean soup was fine: the beans were still a little firm, which I like. And the pasta was also a little al dente, which was to my liking. But there just wasn't much flavor to the soup. Olive oil over the top helped.
The chicken paillard couldn't have been a quarter pound of chicken, pounded flat and grilled. And it was COVERED in a mountain of arugula. Enough with the arugula already. What, did they buy an arugula farm? The tomatoes served alongside were the picked unripe variety.... hard and flavorless.
The patio's nice. They should refocus on the food, particularly the ingredients.
Pane e Vino
8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
re: lil mikey
The place has always been more about the ambiance, especially the patio, than anything else. Orso always had the same allure, yet better food. Too bad Pane e vino was not the one being sold as opposed to Orso.
but cig smoke on the patio can be regulated as to where, especially on a patio that large.