We love coming back to this restaurant year after year for their delicious food and exceptional service! The staff are so friendly and helpful. Everything is made fresh and delicious and there are some unique dishes to pick form. There is gluten free pasta available for the pasta dishes. Really great quality food. Portion sizes were very reasonable for a dish, nothing too crazy. Definitely get a dessert! The chicken piccata was very well made, the risotto was a Greta vegetarian dish, and the pasta are all incredible.
I made reservations ahead of time for Valentine's Day and we were immediately seated. We ordered the pizza del campo, ravioles 4 quesos, rigatoni frank sinatra and the fettuccine alla bolognese. The service and atmosphere were excellent. The only comment I have is that the sausage was missing from our pizza. Otherwise, I'd recommend La Panetteria to anyone looking for good Italian food!
The restuant gives out free bread that is as dense as a pretzel and tastes like it too. It comes with olive oil, you can request butter if you so desire it. For starters I tried the meatballs and calamari. The meatballs were tender, flavorful & I believe they were pork. My calamari was tender, perfectly seasoned and lightly breaded. The meatballs and calamari came with the same rosé type sauce, it had a nice kick of sweetness, cream and tomato sauce, it was honestly delicious and I fell in love with it immediately. I had the risotto ettore and holy moly it was a game changer! The rice was tender, the black truffle was the perfect amount and not overpowering and the cheese was pully and not too over powering. I felt like I was I heaven when I was eating it. I was honestly worried that the truffle would be too much but it wasn't so I was very happy about it. The risotto al funghi e tartufo was meh, the rice was undercooked and it was very disappointing. Not a whole lot going on with the dish. We also had the petto pollo al masala, it had a sweet flavor that was so tasty. The chicken was thin and juicy with mushrooms on top that were delicious. There was a side of cut potaoes that had some sort of seasoning that was really good and not salty but very savory. I was pretty disappointed in the lasagna, it tasted fine but when I took the leftovers home and cut into it I legitimately found 12 layers of pasta, with a slim line of meat sauce x2 and some ricotta. The pasta was very soft which was nice, but knowing this I wouldn't get it again. There is also live music once a month by Emmanuel Trifilio, I spoke to him and he's a great guy with soothing music. I definitely recommend stopping by to have a great meal with some wonderful music. Overall I definitely recommend checking this spot out, everything including the food and atmosphere were amazing and the food was over the top. The one downside is that the bathrooms are not handicap accessible and part of the restaurant was not either.
Maybe it was an off day when I went, but this place is not a 4.5 as currently rated. A solid 3 at best, food wise. We had the branzino, lasagna, and meatballs. Everything very average and lacking seasoning. Meatballs tasted cheap meat, branzino was extremely bland, and I like my lasagna better, and the bread was cold. I was lucky enough to find street parking right outside the restaurant, but do not count on that, very busy area, better to plan for the garage. It was a convenient location to have dinner before a concert at the Strathmore. Staff was friendly, however.
Warm hospitality, delicious recipes and attentively plated and served. The atmosphere is like an Italian villa setting. This restaurant could command and extra digit on the bill in NYC, but is comfortably here in Bethesda. We drive from Olney to enjoy this restaurant. Executive Chef Hector is highly skilled, and very personable. Don’t miss the new brunch offerings on weekends.
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