Situated next to the Mönchsberg lift, this place is a top tip for lovers of fine Italian cuisine. The owner buys most products in Italy itself ... More
Pan e Vin
Situated next to the Mönchsberg lift, this place is a top tip for lovers of fine Italian cuisine. The owner buys most products in Italy itself (like San Daniele ham, fresh pesto, seafood and exquisite Italian wines) meaning that the food tastes just like it would in Rome, Florence or Naples. In the summer Pan e Vin runs an open-air bar opposite the Bürgerspitalskirche.
The food was really great. We started with the antipasti which was delicious, then we both went for the sea bass fillets on a fennel risotto, again delicious. My husband finished with a plate of very varied cheeses & I had one of the yummiest desserts ever .... Can't remember the name but Polenta "balls" rolled in coconut & containing molten chocolate on a pineapple puree with home made ice cream. Superb! The service was also excellent.
The atmosphere, however, is quite basic & doesn't quite match the food. It's very small (but also v. quiet) & could pass for a standard pizza place. Would definitely go back though!
When it opened several years ago, Pan e Vin was remarkable as a model of a real Italian restaurant, not a foreign idea of one. The pasta was al dente, the flavors were fresh, the ingredients were superb. I have eaten here at least once a year since, generally with very satisfactory results.
This year things seem to have taken a turn for the worse. An overcooked branzino filet was the first sign of trouble, but two days later came an inedible risotto with scampi. While the shrimp were only slightly overcooked, the rice was reduced to mush. When notified of this, the waiter agreed to have another plate prepared for me (which I declined), and then told the cook (who looked like more of a souschef) in my presence that I didn't like his rice (highly unprofessional), and finally charged me full price (28 euros) for this misguided mess.
I have been to this place five times over the past two years (The one upstairs is the best of the two they have) and they always are superb. You know they are good since they have the exact same staff and manager each time I have been there and the place is very full. The food is Italian with lots of fresh seafood and pastas. The food quality is the best and the preperation is perfect. The ambiance is also very nice since it�s back walls are the actual mountain. Their English is ok while their service is top class.
I find it hard to believe that there aren't any other reviews of Pan e Vin, because my experience there was excellent. I got rather lucky because I went there with someone who was a regular and a friend of the owner. We ended up getting things that were on the menu, plus other things the chef came up with and just brought out for us to try. I tried gnocchi, soup, ravioli, and veal parmingiana, and all were delicious. The real highlight for me was the desert, which sounded incredibly odd, but was one of the most memorable things I've ever eaten � asparagus ice cream with rhubarb coulis. Incredible! I would highly recommend trying this!
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