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Pensare Italian Bistro & Wine Bar

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Categories: Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Features: Outdoor seating

Cost range: 20.01-100.0

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

More in this neighborhood: Dunedin

Opened early in 2013, Pensare feels like it has been around all along with its wide wraparound patio and pretty wood floors. Longtime chef Ciro Mancini fans have found their way here, and new fans are being courted. Mancini has brought Italian servers with him from other projects and essentially replicated his menu from previous gigs at Bellini and Casanova. Dishes that jump out at Pensare often fall into one of two categories: the "oh, I really shouldn't, but I will" decadent and those heightened by his bright and lively tomato sauce. One that fits both categories, the house ravioli is stuffed with ricotta and Maine lobster, the little pillows paired with shrimp and scallops in a cream-lightened tomato sauce. It's rich and luxurious, the sweet seafood flavors dominating, but the vivacity of the tomato sauce shines right through the cream.

Hours: 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., noon-3 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon- 3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Sun.

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Pensare Italian Bistro & Wine Bar - Dunedin