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Padova: PePen

Piazza Cavour, 15 , Phone: 049-875-9483

Reviewed by: Susie Lindsay from USA, review #3663

When: 2010

Wonderful pizzeria/ristorante in the centro of Padova

After a wonderful morning viewing the Scrovegni Chapel, we were in the mood for a good lunch. We were a party of three, my husband Mark, our friend Kristina and me.

While wandering through the beautiful centro of Padova, we happened upon PePen pizzeria-ristorante. Do not let the casualness of pizzeria in the name dissuade you if you are in the mood for some fine dining. This restaurant does both very well.

The establishment consists of a bar area, which was crowded with locals having an espresso or prosecco and a tantalizing display of antipasti. Then there is a front dining room and a rear dining room with a good view of the pizzaioli at work.

We where there in December and the restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays. We settled into our nicely upholstered corner banquette with anticipation. We received a regular menu, a pizza menu and a very thick wine list. If you are interested in the wines of the Veneto, you will not be disappointed.

We started with two antipasti; a mixed grilled vegetable platter and a seafood platter. Both platters had lots of variety, but the seafood platter was stunning. It even included scallops in their beautiful shells, coral intact.

Then on to pizza, as we were all in the mood. Two pizze Margherita and a quattro stagione. Nice thin crust, fired in a wood burning oven.

We followed with espresso and grappa for three.

We had a bottle of Valpolicella from Allegrini. Total bill was 95 euros.

Good service and lucky we got there early, as the place was jammed. I would happily return.

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