Born in historic Verona, Italy, Pan Bon has made its grand entrance on the quaint streets of San Diego’s Little Italy. With fresh sauces meticulously made from scratch, handpicked ingredients and incredibly balanced flavors, the eatery offers an unmatched authentic Italian dining experience.
Chef Riccardo Brentegani is the culinary genius behind the Old World Italian creations of the Pan Bon kitchen. His passion for gastronomy began as a young boy in his grandmother’s kitchen in Verona. Since then, Brentegani has worked in kitchens in Verona and Paris. The classic Northern Italian cuisine that Brentegani prepares features traditional recipes and the finest ingredients from Italy.
Start with Tagliere, a selection of Italian meats and cheeses paired with orange, onion and chili pepper marmalade. At lunch time, the Calamarata Carbonara, rings of pasta in a traditional egg and bacon Carbonara sauce, is a delicious highlight. Experience the Pappardelle Porcini e Coniglio at dinner. The savory dish is crafted with housemade pappardelle pasta and a rich rabbit and Porcini mushroom ragout. Pizza lovers will appreciate Pan Bon’s Giro Pizza special on Wednesday evenings, complete with more than 12 types of pizza and served all-you-can-eat style for $15. An extensive wine list and international and local beer options pair perfectly with the eatery’s authentic dishes. For on-the-go guests, Pan Bon serves irresistible pastries as well as warm Italian specialties and sandwiches in the glass display cases near the entry.
Pan Bon’s Euro-Contemporary setting is as enchanting as the food. The high ceilings, open floor plan and elegant, yet simple design welcome visitors to enjoy a meal and glass of Italian wine with friends or stop by for a variety of grab-and-go options. Upstairs, a scenic mezzanine is available to host guests for private parties and intimate dining experiences. A true focal point in the restaurant, the demonstration kitchen allows diners to watch as the culinary masterpieces are brought to life.
The Old World cuisine of Pan Bon will provide you with a glimpse into the Italian heritage that served as inspiration for the restaurant.