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Antico Ristorante Pagnanelli

Via A. Gramsci, 4 | Lago Castel Gandolfo, 00073 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
+39 06 936 0004
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (28 reviews)
“lamb” (5 reviews)
“local fish” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Via A. Gramsci, 4 | Lago Castel Gandolfo, 00073 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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1 - 10 of 184 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you want a break from the city, this is well worth the drive. Gorgeous view, fabulous food and an incredible wine cellar. If you can score the chocolate, cinnamon digestive after lunch your trip will be complete.

Thank Kimberley R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely on my top 50 list of best restaurant in the world. The views are spectacular, service is top notch, food was very good, and our wine cellar tour topped it off. Try to go when they’re not too busy and be nice and friendly...More

Thank Sethme
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a day trip from Rome and it was really worth the visit. The restaurant is high above lake Albano with superb views, particularly on a fine day.It is a family restaurant and the food was superb. We shared a sashimi entree with many...More

Thank Geoff P
Reviewed 20 August 2017

I booked ahead for a table with a view of the lake.our table was excellent. we ordered and then given a guided tour of the incredable cellars.over 30000, yes, bottles of wines.,by which time our starters were ready. the food was excellent and the staff...More

Thank alan s
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We have ordered mainly pastas and all were delicious. Smooth and delicate flavor. They have also kids menu with big portions, so one dish would be enough for us. Great view but need to make a reservation. Quite expensive: coperto 3 eur,cola 5,5 eur. Very...More

Thank EdiWaw
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The view on the balcony is stunning. The history of the restaurant is also very interesting and dates back to the 1890s. The 4th generation of the family is still running it. The restaurant is positioned a little high up and over looks the lake....More

Thank wmd6
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Our guide in Rome could tell the heat (100 degrees F) was getting to us, so he decided to drive us up to Castel Gandolfo for a much needed break. There was a breeze way up on the hill, a stunning lake below, and some...More

Thank KJConn
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We were introduced to this gem by our tour guide. His claims of excellence were not overstated. From the moment we walked in we were in awe. The setting was beautiful, high above the lake. The staff was first class all the way. The food...More

Thank PSL1111
Reviewed 25 June 2017

If you want to enjoy a wonderful lunch overlooking the lake, this is the one place in Castel Gandolfo that you must visit. We were here for a major birthdate 10 years ago and thought it was wonderful - and just recently repeated the experience....More

1  Thank MMRF2015
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We came her for dinner as a group of friends and were not disappointed. Although it was a Friday night the place wasn't busy at all and we were able to sit out on the balcony overlooking the lake. It was a really nice atmosphere....More

Thank Jason S
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20 March 2017|
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Response from RistorantePagnanelli | Property representative |
For lunch we start at 12.00 until 15.00 for dinner we start at 18.00 until 22.30. I think last train are at 23.00. Best Regards Matteo Mariani
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via A. Gramsci, 4 | Lago Castel Gandolfo, 00073 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Province of Rome  >  Castel Gandolfo
  • Phone Number: +39 06 936 0004
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Today Pagnanelli offers the experience as restauranteurs of four generations. Still the same family running the restaurant founded by Giovanni Pagnanelli in 1882. A client recently commented “the formula of Pagnanelli’s success is a cocktail of passion and creativity with every family member giving his contribution”. In the sixties Aurelio Mariani (son of Lucia Pagnanelli) marries Jane Williams who leaves her career as an actress in classical theatre in Australia. For Jane and Aurelio their constant dedication along with their four sons encouraged them to constantly improve. Jane says that Pagnanelli is like a theatre, and as Shakespeare wrote: “ All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”.
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