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“One can live by bread alone, but not here!”
Review of Pastorante

Pastorante
Ranked #22 of 584 Restaurants in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$25
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 30 June 2018

All the food was great, but the Italian bread was mundane and dried out. And three small slices of Garlic bread for $2.50 was a major disappointment. Guys, if you are an Italian restaurant, you need to do better with the bread. I had a generous plate of spaghetti and meatballs, a side salad and nice dessert for $22 with tax and 20 percent tip included. The atmosphere - sorry, it has no atmosphere - was early cafeteria. (I think they had a radio station blaring) A little more effort with the bread, decorating and music could make a big difference. Because this is a non-Italian area, you need to deduct a star from all the ratings. (Sorry, I got spoiled living near many Italian restaurants in New Haven CT) The staff couldn't be nicer, though, and there is parking across the street after 5 PM. It's BYOB, too.

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1  Thank Thomas C
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

My husband and I were really looking forward to eating here. we encourage and enjoy local non chain restaurant and were excited after reviewing all the wonderful reviews. Our experience here was below average perhaps they were having an off day regardless will not be returning. We drove 25 mins to get here and were seated at 6: 32 Pm. Our orders were taken right away. Till now attentive staff and reasonable ambience. It went all down hill from there this was sunday night and the place was packed. There was only one hostess catering to approx. 18 - 20 ppl. There was only one chef with another person who appeared to be a bus boy mostly. It took 30 mins for our waters and 45 mins for the bread to show up at our table. It took 1 hour 30 mins for the food to show up. By this time we were close to walking out and eating at a near by Taco bell. There problem I think were the numerous take out / uber eat orders that were coming in. The hostess was apologetic and offered to take off the 2.45 cents below average garlic bread off out tab. We were ravenous so once the food showed up we were ready to forgive and forget. The unfortunate thing is even though we could have chewed on our arm by this time and found it delicious the food was anything but. My husbands alfredo pasta was runny and al dante to the point of being edible. MY crab / shrimp vodka sauce pasta was delicious but soggy. Sometime the wait is worth it this time it really wasn't. Below average and not memorable. DO not visit on a busy weekend night perhaps for lunch would be acceptable.

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1  Thank Aimen
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Pasta done to perfection with mouth watering sauces. Friendly servers and fast service. Highly recommend the squid ink pasta with vodka sauce and shrimp. Delicious!!

Thank chazcav
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Grreat food... homemade pasta! Had a big group of friends gather for a birthday meal, and they were very accommodating with BYOB and helping to serve the cake we brought.

1  Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Took our hockey team to Pastaorante for a pre game meal. Great friendly service and top notch food. Our second time and we will be back again next season!

Thank NTP19
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