Dinner at Pane Bianco: New Dining Room, New Menu

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Erica O'Neil
The Rosa pizza from Pane Bianco, with parmesan, red onions, rosemary, and pistachios.
Pane Bianco's dinner service is still the new kid on the block, compared to its sandwich-style lunch or the booming business of its sister eatery, Pizzeria Bianco. We stopped by recently to check out Pane's expanded digs and sample the pizzas and salads exclusive to this spot's menu. We found a neighborhood joint that would be perfect for impressing out-of-towners over the holidays, or for grabbing a wood-fired pizza that lives up to the Bianco name (minus the infamous Bianco wait -- for now, anyway). 

New to dinner is the traditional sit down experience with full wait staff. The large, open dining room was quaint and rustic. We caught a local munching antipasti solo at the vintage bar, and the dining room quickly filled up as the evening progressed. Long communal tables were perfect for larger parties or couples willing to share their roomy table real estate. (Don't worry, you won't be bumping elbows). Or place your order to-go at the registers and relax. Kind of like a spartan La Grande Orange smack dab in the middle of downtown.

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Erica O'Neil
Pane Bianco's lovely bar with all the daily specials on display.
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Erica O'Neil
Pane Bianco's succinct menu still manages to pack in plenty of flavor.
​Just as at lunch hour, the dinner menu is parsed down and focuses on local ingredients overflowing in bins propped against the wall of the dining room. The menu and daily market specials were reflected on the large chalkboard above the vintage bar. Simple pizzas and salads with fewer than four ingredients. 

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Erica O'Neil
The market salad at Pane Bianco, proscuitto and tomatoes, a perfect combination.
​We opted for the market salad, a balsamic vinegar-dressed pile of heirloom tomatoes, thin-shaved prosciutto, red onions, basil, and kalamata olives. A light starter that was salty, savory and allowed each ingredient's flavor to shine. We followed the salad with a Rosa pizza, a white pie smothered with parmesan cheese, red onions, rosemary, and chopped pistachios. The meaty bite of the pistachios against the salty, pungent cheese were an tasty combo, although just about anything would be awesome atop the crispy wood-fired crust.

The one down side? No skipping long lunch lines. There's not a sandwich in sight on Pane Bianco's dinner menu.

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17 comments
TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

Glad to hear the dreams of taking Bianco's pizza to-go are now real.

Guestofaguest
Guestofaguest

Sorry, but no way in fucking hell will I set foot in anything of his. 45 minutes for a goddamn sandwich?????

Mike Todd
Mike Todd

I got a pie to go about a week and a half ago. The momentousness of the occasion didn't really hit me until the next day.

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

"Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded." --Yogi Berra

Anytime I see people complaining about the wait, I figure it's one less person in line in front of me when I'm there, and also secretly think they've waited three hours for a table at PF Chang's or The Cheesecake Factory more times than they would admit.

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

45 minutes?!  Weird... I've been there for lunch a dozen times and never waited more than ten.

Mike Todd
Mike Todd

Same here. My typical wait time has been around 5 minutes. I don't know that I can remember ever waiting even 10 minutes.

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