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Pane e Vino

1482 E. Valley Rd. (San Ysidro Rd.) Send to Phone
805-969-9274 | Menu
Tucked away in one of Santa Barbara's poshest communities, Pane e Vino offers a genuine taste of Italy.

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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Pane e Vino, Montecito, CA

Pane e Vino Restaurant Review

: Pane e Vino has become a destination Italian trattoria for Santa Barbara locals, perhaps as much for the food as for sightings of celebrity Montecito residents like Dennis Miller, Kirk Douglas and Jeff Bridges---not to mention its appealing outdoor seating, shaded by trellised grapevines and towering trees. Many menu items are made from scratch and with regional ingredients from all over Italy. Among appetizers generously served up with sharing in mind, we love the locally harvested baby artichokes, cooked in chicken broth with butter, garlic and herbs; speck, an authentic smoked prosciutto, on olive oil-soaked bread; and the supple and crisp white asparagus, wrapped in prosciutto and served with grilled polenta covered in Parmesan shavings and basil leaves. Some of the best-selling main courses are Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes, including wild white salmon with grilled vegetables. If you crave pasta, we recommend the handmade ravioli, generously stuffed with veal, prosciutto, ricotta and mushrooms. For dessert, try the decadent chocolate Valentino on a fresh berry purée. The wine list showcases tough-to-find Italians, many made by owner Pietro Bernardi's boyhood friends in his native village in northeastern Italy.


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