We've been to Panza's about 12 or so times. We have literally never had a bad meal. The food is simply amazing. I've tried many things on the menu, sausage, steak, chicken and veal. They were all great. However the best thing I tried was the Ma Panza pork chops with peppers, its perfection. I've been to 50+ restaurants in the Saratoga area and this is consistently the best.
A mainstay of the area for 75 years, this restaurant is located across the street from Saratoga Lake (no view from within), a short 30 minute drive fom our house. We dine here several times a year with the food and service always good. What I noticed is, if I don't purchase a Groupon or use the Entertainment coupon, it can be pricey here. My wife ordered pasta with 2 meatballs. It was good but it cost $18. Most entree's were from $25 to $30 with the least expensive bottle of wine $28. We had spumoni for dessert which was also really good but it and all dessert items were $7.50. Come to eat here but always try to find a discount coupon first.
Our friends wanted to revisit this place as they had gotten engaged here 27 years ago. A coupon made it seem more appealing. Very impressed. Wife's linguine with white clam sauce had 5 large fresh clams in it, and was quite tasty. My salmon had a delicious topping which made me skip my normal lemon garnish. Friends enjoyed their meals. With piano entertainment and a talented lady singer, the evening was quite pleasant. And the coupon made it a bargain. We will come back as it is worth it at full price.
Our friends live about 90 seconds from this restaurant by foot,and since we had all been cocktailing liberally that day,this was the place for us!!! Had a chicken in angel hair pasta,excellent. Bridey had a steak,good,but about what I can do at home. Extra spicy calamari and clams casino apps were also very good. Met a local character or two at the bar,had some fun,highly recommended.
We have been three times to this restaurant and each time have been served delicious food and had brilliant service. The pasta dishes are really tasty and not just the same old, same old. While they have all the classics they also have interesting out of the ordinary dishes. The pizzas are great. All the food is great. The restaurant is quiet and deserves to be a lot more busy. They have a lovely section at the back which I think would be a great private dining space for a special occasions. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
We used to go here with my parents but had not been in about 20 years. The owner has retired, and unfortunately his wife (the boss!) passed away. Luckily, their son Tony continues the family tradition for superior quality meals and outstanding service. The recipes are the same ones passed down and prepared by his parents with some of Tony's modern twists thrown in for good measure. Their menu reflects a lot of the old favorites but if there is something you don't see on the menu ask because if they have the ingredients, and the time, there is a good chance they will accommodate your request. This is one place that is definitely worth a trip if you are in the area, you will not be disappointed and will be back!
Panza's has been good for decades, but now the food is truly great! They go out of their way to make sure you're happy, full and ready to come back. And so far as a negative review in August? Well, if you've ever been to Saratoga during track season, you know you'll have to wait for a table no matter where you go. Panza's is worth the wait! The food is classic Italian with modern updates. Their pizza is legendary! My favorite is the Tuscan chicken and white beans.....mmm-mmm good!
Easter Sunday and we needed to eat at a restaurant. It couldn't be a brunch or a buffet, so our options were limited. We hadn't been to Panza's in many years but it had always been enjoyable in the past and it meet our need for a 5 PM seating. Staff was very accommodating to our wheel-chaired member and set us at a table that was good for both us and for the staff. Beverages to start were a premium glass of wine ($9), a Sam Adams seasonal ($4.50), and a soda ($1.50). As an appetizer, two of us shared the Buffalo Style Fried Calamari ($10.95) while our guest had the Chopped Salad ($7.95). The Buffalo sauce poured on top of the otherwise typical fried calamari definitely added spiciness. The temperature of the calamari however, was inconsistent; one side of the serving was only warm while the other side was warmer. Possibly the finished plate sat for a bit too long in the kitchen waiting to be picked up by our very pleasant server who was covering several other large parties. The salad was a very large serving that could have easily served all three of us if shared. Entrees were Chicken Parmesan ($18.95), the fish special of Pacific Salmon ($25), and the featured special of Rack of Lamb ($30). Our guest said the chicken parm was very good and worth returning for. My wife enjoyed her salmon and the portion was large enough that a portion came home with us. My rack consisted of nine (count'em 9) perfectly cooked lamb chops with a stone cherry reduction glaze. Both the salmon and the lamb were served with fresh mashed potatoes and really young and thin asparagus spears. While I was never asked how I wanted my lamb to be cooked, I would have replied, "chef's recommendation" anyway, so I wasn't disappointed that they were done rare. We some how managed to have room for dessert. Our guest said the Spumoni ($6.50) was very good. My wife said she hasn't had such an enjoyable Carrot Cake ($6.50) since Pehls closed in Saratoga over 30 years ago. The portion was so large I had to help her finish it. My dessert du jour of a Crispy Orange Cake with Cannoli Ice Cream ($8) was excellent. A couple of coffees ($1.50 each) and a cappuccino ($3.75) were a perfect ending to this Easter dinner. I'm sure we won't be waiting as long to return here again.
We had our anniversary dinner here last week. What great service! When they found out it was our 25th they went out of their way to make the evening extra special. I would defiantly head back for a romantic date or with a group! Looking forward to the next event!
We go to Panza's on a sporadic basis and have never been disappointed. We attend many events in their banquet hall and find the food, service and atmosphere to be splendid.
Tony Panza will literally make you whatever variation you want. The food is good Italian and on the weekends there is usually some sort of jazz.
I can't go more than a couple of weeks without eating at Panza's. I may be addicted to the food, service and overall welcoming atmosphere at Panza's. I have never left feeling anything other than full and happy. The fact that this family has kept it going continuously for 75 years says something especially in this town where so many other restaurants have come and gone.The portions are huge and the food is delicious. The staff is always friendly and sincerely grateful for their customer loyalty. The entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays is something extra that many other establishments are lacking. It feels like you step back in time when you walk through the door to a time when the standards were a little higher and customers are treated like friends.
We were out exploring the local area one sunday on our vacation, and passed Panza's. Well our stomachs rumbled at that same moment, so we stopped for dinner. We liked the diverse menu items. My husband had the duck and i ordered the chicken picatta. Have to say it was super delish! My husband loved the duck as well, crispy and the fig sauce was not overpowering! This was a great find for us, we will definiatley be back when we visit again!
Being of Italian decent and having a wife who is a incredible cook, I often hesitate when it comes to dining at Italian restaurants. Panza's was an extremely pleasurable old school Italian dining experience, from the portions to the quality of the sauce. I am a repeat customer.
We have been meaning to go to Panza's for some time (it is a bit out of the way for us) and finally got there on a Friday evening. We found a very comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff along with excellent food. Ma's baked lasagna is great as was the special, a fettucine dish with summer squash, grape tomatoes and parmasan. Excellent salads, too. We did not have to wait for a table (probably would not be the case in track season). There was live music from a pianist, which was good background befitting the setting.It is worth the trip out to Saratoga Lake.
Ma Lanza would be proud of her family for carrying on such a great dining experience on Saratoga Lake. From a small pizza and meatballs place in the 50's Panzas is on of the region classiest and finest Italian dining spots. Tony Panzas and co. Take special care in every dish. The lounge is great, piano music on some nights and great pizzas on Wed. Every dish looks and tastes good. My favorite is ma Panzas pork chop,the ceaser salad is the best. Take time to check all the celebrities that have dined here over the years and add your name to the list.
This restaurant is a little off the beaten path. It is across the street from Saratoga Lake, about a 10-15 minute drive from center of town. It is quieter here. The restaurant looks a little old school, but it is nice. The food is great and the owner takes a special interest and makes sure all are satisfied. The wait staff are attentive. They have live music on some nights. They have a loyal clientele.
Panza's is a great restaurant for getting delicious food in a quiet, relaxed setting. The chicken parm is excellent as both a sandwich and over pasta. Great place!
From the greeting we received when we walked through the door for a business lunch through the time we exited, excellent service and exceptional food.
Haven't been to this restaurant in 30 years. Was a little disappointed that there's no view of the lake anymore, but I think they eventually are going to put up condos. Service was very good, Rachel. Ordered duck and my husband had the veal. I didn't get a half a duck, I got two legs. Spoke with manager and chef. They both insisted it was a half. Showed me how it comes and they CUT IT in half. It was very good and I probably got more that way. Potatoes were overcooked, string beans undercooked, but it was still okay. Piano player. gave $5 requested a Sinatra song but he never played it. He was more interested in the locals at the bar who sing with him. It was nice to have some music. All in all not bad.