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Pane e Vino Food & Wine Bar

Pane e Vino Food & Wine Bar
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Cost
R89 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual
Food
Italian
Payment
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Critic's review

Sam Linsell

Food
Pan e Vino is a homely Italian bistro and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Stellenbosch for a quiet lunch, glass of wine or coffee. Owned and run by the Dalla Cia family, the food is authentically Italian, so you can expect a good range of dishes from the antipasti, primi and secondi menu. The daily specials such as meltingly delicious osso bucco and stuffed veal are highly recommended. Along with the salad selection, vegetarians would be satisfied with dishes such as melenzane alla parmigiana, pasta with pomodoro and their low-carb spinach and ricotta gnocchi. They bake their own foccaccia, which is delicious dipped in olive oil or used to mop up any left over sauce. There's a range of traditional Italian desserts and cakes on offer such as tiramisu, crèma al caramello and crostata di ricotta (ricotta cheese tart).

Drinks
The full range of Dalla Cia wines is available to taste and sample or to drink with your meal in varying sizes, from a taster (30ml), to a glass (160ml), to a carafe (250ml) and a bottle (750ml). Outside of their own wines, they stock a small range of Italian wines which can be enjoyed with a nominal R30 corkage fee added.

Service
Attentive service that feels a little like visiting someone’s home.

Ambience
The ambience is unpretentious and homely and the décor simple. In winter they keep a wood fire burning which makes it very cosy.

And...
You have to try their utterly moreish sbrisolona, a traditional crunchy tart. It's their specialty and perfect to dunk into a glass of their legendary Grappa. You can also buy some to take home and nibble on later.

(September 2016)

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  • Clement Pedro

    Food
    Stellenbosch is so privileged to have access to this beautiful, hidden gem of a restaurant, which offers true Italian cuisine that can only be made by the hands of someone who truly understands the flavours of Italy. It’s clear that the chefs at Pane e Vino know exactly what they’re doing. On the menu, both the Saltimbocca and the ossobuco come highly recommended. The saltimbocca is served in the most mouth-watering cream sauce, the meat itself so tender it could be cut with a spoon. The dish is made complete by the addition of creamy, feather light mashed potato. As for the ragu, a dish with so many levels of flavour clearly took several hours to prepare. Both these items come seasoned with just the right amount of salt, lemon juice and olive oil, which really bring them to life.

    Drinks
    Their wine offering is beautifully displayed through the restaurant. As for ending the meal, you could do worse than a shot of perfectly brewed espresso.

    Service
    Adept – you’re greeted with warm smiles and quickly seated, by the fireplace on cold days if you’re lucky. Service is prompt and informed; staff members are made well aware of how dishes are composed and prepared.

    Ambience
    The atmosphere is very cosy and welcoming – it feels a bit like visiting a friends’ home (if that friend was Giorgio Locatelli), with the result that you don’t want to leave at all.

    And…
    Be sure to enquire about their signature Grappa.

    (September 2015)

  • Clement Pedro

    Food
    Stellenbosch is so privileged to have access to this beautiful, hidden gem of a restaurant, which offers true Italian cuisine that can only be made by the hands of someone who truly understands the flavours of Italy. It’s clear that the chefs at Pane e Vino know exactly what they’re doing. On the menu, both the Saltimbocca and the ossobuco come highly recommended. The saltimbocca is served in the most mouth-watering cream sauce, the meat itself so tender it could be cut with a spoon. The dish is made complete by the addition of creamy, feather light mashed potato. As for the ragu, a dish with so many levels of flavour clearly took several hours to prepare. Both these items come seasoned with just the right amount of salt, lemon juice and olive oil, which really bring them to life.

    Drinks
    Their wine offering is beautifully displayed through the restaurant. As for ending the meal, you could do worse than a shot of perfectly brewed espresso.

    Service
    Adept – you’re greeted with warm smiles and quickly seated, by the fireplace on cold days if you’re lucky. Service is prompt and informed; staff members are made well aware of how dishes are composed and prepared.

    Ambience
    The atmosphere is very cosy and welcoming – it feels a bit like visiting a friends’ home (if that friend was Giorgio Locatelli), with the result that you don’t want to leave at all.

    And …
    Be sure to enquire about their signature Grappa. – Clement Pedro

  • Cathy Marston

    Food
    ‘Homemade with love and kisses’ – that should be the catchphrase of this popular, tiny Italian café. A simple blackboard menu of pastas, foccacias and platters features recipes from owner Elena Dalla Cia’s childhood in Italy, along with wines and grappas from husband George and father-in-law Giorgio. Their signature dish of gnocchi di ricotta e spinaci is light and fluffy with just the right amount of creamy sauce, whilst the flourless torta caprese or almond cake is just one of the tempting dessert options. The plates look a bit small but the portions are surprisingly filling and the happy and loyal band of regulars who pack the place every lunchtime certainly have no complaints. This is a great lunch place with authentic food at good prices served with Italian flair and smiles.

    Drinks
    All the Dalla Cia wines (including their Platter 5-star Giorgio) are available by taster, glass, carafe or bottle at more or less cellar-door prices. Make sure you end your meal with one of their fine grappas served the traditional way – either with an espresso or poured over Sbrisolona biscuits made with polenta and almonds.

    Service
    Most people place their orders at the counter as they go in, but a small band of smiling ladies will happily attend you at your table as well. They have good knowledge of the menu and the food comes out swiftly and efficiently. If patriarch Giorgio Dalla Cia is in the building, then everything slows down and you are well-advised to settle in for a long and leisurely afternoon en famille!

    Ambience
    Bustling, busy, friendly and vibey, this is a great lunch spot for the many office workers in Bosman’s Crossing and beyond, as well as an excellent family dining option at the weekends. The décor is rustic and welcoming and the fire is lit early in winter, whilst the small selection of sunny outdoor tables are much sought after when the weather plays along.

    And...
    The café also shares space with a retail section, which sells a small but interesting selection of Italian imports, any of which can be enjoyed in situ for a small charge.

    (July 2014)

  • Cathy Marston

    Charming eatery with genuine Italian passion. It's not fancy and to be honest, the food doesn't always look the prettiest but this is honest Italian peasant food, packed with flavour to make your tummy happy. Homemade, simple and delicious. Don’t miss the ravioli with spinach and ricotta in tomato sauce.
  • Petro Lotz

    Hidden away on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, this gem is a must. Everything is done with care and the Italian love of food and tradition is obvious. I love the Italian vibe. The decor is understated, but so beautiful. You are always bound to see a good pair of Italian shoes sticking out from under a table with the owner breaking her bread daintily and dipping it in olive oil. The Grappa, of course, is a must, butthey also do an amazing charcuterie plate. And don't miss out on the espressos and wines.
  • Everything’s done with care and the Italian love of food at this charming eatery on the outskirts of town. Food is honest, rustic and delicious. You’re bound to see a pair of Italian shoes sticking out from under a table belonging to the owner, breaking her bread daintily and dipping it in olive oil. Try the grappa, charcuterie plate, espressos and wines. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    Far away from any sous vide process, carefully removed from any mention of haute anything, the food here is always real and down to earth in the classic Italian manner. The menu changes all the time, but you will always find delicious homemade pasta with excellent sauces made with loving care, the porcini mushroom version being truly sensational. Veal dishes are a speciality, and the freshest salads complete the picture. Allow yourself to be led.

    Wine
    Being the HQ of the famous Dalla Cia family, the wine list has some really special examples of what is best in the area and elsewhere.

    Service
    Like being at home in an Italian kitchen.

    Ambience
    Warm and friendly are the keywords, with open brick surfaces and plenty of glass to let in the light.

    And...
    Do not leave without trying the famous grappa and do a wine tasting. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • I keep on going back, this is our weekly getaway for lunch and frankly this is the best authentic Italian food I have ever eaten! The osso bucco parpadelle is my ultimate favourite! Great friendly service.

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  • The best Italian restaurant with authentic true Italian food.

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  • Elena and his Staff are so nice. The ambient is very friendly and the food is just great! Italian pasta home made and fantastic wine list!I do reccomend it!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
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  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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