Pan Bon - which opened six months ago - is more than just another Italian-themed restaurant.
Located at 1450 Kettner Blvd., San Diego foodies can enjoy delectable dishes at Pan Bon from breakfast to dinner in an easy-going atmosphere with a high level of service. The restaurant is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The establishment has been the recipient of the 2015 OpenTable Diner's Choice Award for two consecutive months - in June for Best Dinner and Best Brunch and in July for Best Brunch. Pan Bon also gathered the most votes for the "favorite taste" category in the Taste of Little Italy event in June and was selected to make the 100 years celebration cake for the Centennial Celebration of the Santa Fe Depot.
"Pan Bon is mainly Northern Italian cuisine from the City of Verona and the region of Veneto," said Luciano Anselmi, one of two brothers who co-own Pan Bon. "Although many assume Pan Bon is just a café, it has a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu."
The brothers are natives of Verona, where they owned a bakery of the same name. After visiting San Diego on vacation, the brothers developed a new restaurant concept that would incorporate their famous Italian bakery with the production of quality, healthy food. They bring 30 years of experience with them to their San Diego location.
Among the traditional Italian plates served at Pan Bon include a Calamarata Carbonara, an al dente pasta with a traditional egg and bacon Carbonara sauce and the Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a fried eggplant layered with mozzerella and parmesan cheeses, basil and tomato sauce and served with a small green salad. The Crudo Del Cavour - a spring mix salad topped with a generous portion of 18-month aged Parma ham drizzled with caramel balsamic vinegar and freshly grated horseradish - is another traditional dish that is considered a Verona classic.
Anselmi called the Guance del Conte a "must try" traditional dish. It consists of braised beef cheek in Amarone wine sauce and is served with potatoes puree, another Verona classic.
Other popular plates with a more American twist are the Pan Bon Breakfast, which consists of a trio of scrambled, sunny-side up and poached eggs served with bacon, sausage patty, small salad, potato cake and toasted bread, and the Pan "Bun" Burger which features a gourmet burger (grass fed beef) with gorgonzola sauce, braised onions, tomatoes and baby spinach served with thin-cut fries.
Patrons of Pan Bon also have the opportunity to savor freshly-baked breads and desserts.
"Our pastry chef and bread master wake up every day at 4 a.m. to bake all breads and desserts that you see displayed every day fresh in our state-of-the-art Italian-made display cases," said Anselmi. "There is also a window overlooking the pastry/bakery lab in the dining area, where guests can see our chefs in action."
Pan Bon is available for catering. Anselmi said the Pan Bon dessert mignons are the most popular requests for catering events, but added that other options are available upon request. The restaurant also is able to accommodate private events for up to 50 people. Details are available on request.
For more information, visit panbon.us.