Monday, February 18, 2013

Pane e Vino, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Without the Calamari it would have been a 5.

Loosely translated as “food and wine” or “bread and wine” Pane e Vino (of downtown Charleston fame), has opened its second location on Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. 

We stopped in here when it was Sette. Then, as now, I struggled with the fact it previously had been a Pizza Hut and not a whole lot has been done to change that look.  Pane e vino does try to dress the place up a bit with white table clothes and curtains, but in the end… it still looks like a Pizza Hut. 

Once I was past the obvious I began to peruse the menu.  I liked it because it wasn’t over the top, and it had many interesting selections.  There was Antipasti (sic), Insalate, Zuppa, Pasta e Affini  (no idea), and Carni, Pesci e Altri Secondi. We ordered a few beverages and appetizers, which were quickly delivered. 

The Burrata with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil was terrific.  I know a few folks that call fresh mozzarella “mouse ears”.  If the mozzarella is made correctly it’s supposed to be as soft as mouse ears.  Pane e Vino brought it’s mouse game on!  The cheese was so soft and fresh it just about melted in your mouth.  Such a delight.  The Fried Calamari however, was far from memorable.  It was over cooked, very dry and flavorless.  So as you can see we were one for one. 

Fried Calamari
The restaurant was very busy and our server was close to absent.  He finally arrived in time for us to place our dinner order.

I ordered Spaghetti Carbonara.  This has to be one of my favorite Italian dishes.  Calorie laden? Yes. Tasty? Yes, and Yes. The pasta was al dente and although this dish can at times be heavy, this one wasn’t.  Lovely.  My husband ordered the Gnocchi Allo Zola which was handmade potato dumplings in a creamy gorgonzola sauce, folded with fresh arugula.  His order surprised me as he’s not a big gorgonzola fan, but he loves gnocchi.  Mid way through his meal I found my carbonara hijacked and before you knew it I was sampling the Gnocchi Allo Zola.  Delicate dumplings in a rich gorgonzola sauce.  This was also delightful, but soooo rich it was hard to eat too much of it.  I sadly looked at my Carbonara evaporating before my eyes. Oh well, next time…
Spaghetti Carbonara

Gnocchi Allo Zola
Our friends ordered the Cotoletta Alla Milanese and the Pappardelle Con L’Anatra.  The Milanese was a free range chicken breast (nice touch), lightly breaded and sautéed served with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes.  Regulars at Pane’s downtown location this was a new dish that our friend ordered.  It was celebrated with wild reviews.    The slowly roasted duck leg was served with homemade pappardelle and a light wild mushroom cream sauce.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It was this heaping bowl of love and our friend raved about its tenderness and flavor.
Pappardelle Con L’Anatra

Cotoletta Alla Milanese

All in all Pane e Vino won us over.  I look forward to trying their location on Warren Street. 

We gave Pane e Vino 4 out of a possible 5 plates. 

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Edward said...

Every year my wife and I stop in Charleston on our way to our favorite N Myrtle beach hotels. This year, after reading about this hidden gem we somehow missed for the last few years, is where we will enjoy what looks like an incredible meal! Thanks for sharing this. We would have never been able to take the time finding it on our own.

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