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Ristorante Panorama

Superb, moderately-priced Italian cuisine at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City

Ristorante Panorama at the Penn's View Hotel

Ristorante Panorama at the Penn's View Hotel Credit: Courtesy Penn’s View Hotel


Located in the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City, Ristorante Panorama is an award-winning Italian trattoria-style restaurant with a huge wine list.

The menu is full of contemporary yet authentic Northern Italian cuisine such as homemade pastas, tender veal and daily seafood specialties.

Simple starters like a Prosciutto di Parma salad and sautéed escargot transition well into delicious pastas ranging from an orecchiette with calamari and tiger shrimp to a pillowy mix of potato and ricotta gnocchi. There are also several excellent entrees starring veal, chicken and fish.

In the meantime, the wine list offers over 120 wines by the glass and has received national recognition on several occasions.

The restaurant’s Pièce de résistance, however, is the unique wine bar, with its custom-built, 120-bottle wine keeper. Panorama prides itself on being able to offer an extensive “by the glass” wine selection and the resulting pairing capacity for multiple course meals.

The wine keeper is the largest wine preservation and dispensing system in the world. This system allows the restaurant to maintain the vitality of 120 open bottles of wine for an extended period of time. By pressurizing each bottle with inert nitrogen gas, the system (known by many as a “cruvinet”) enables Panorama to present a wide range of fine wines in optimum condition.

Come back often. The huge wine list at Panorama changes every week, offering you a dynamic mix of familiar, unusual, great, rare, comfortable and just plain good wines that represent a wide selection of regions, styles, prices, and grape varieties.

Friday Night Flights

Don’t miss Friday Night Flights at Ristorante Panorama’s wine bar. You’ll enjoy six to eight selected wines highlighting a specific theme, region or importer. It’s a casual, informative happy hour that includes cheese, hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting discussion with sommelier William Eccleston and a guest representative from each week’s region or importer. The unique wine experience happens every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. $15 in advance.

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