I love Italian food, so nothing makes me happier than finding an Italian neighborhood restaurant that’s as charming as it is affordable. Zule is one of those restaurants. It’s nestled in the middle-class neighborhood of El Cangrejo, not far from the Veneto Casino—Panama’s most Vegas-esque casino.
When you walk in, you’re greeted by happy staff and a rectangular-shaped room that’s been broken into different sections. Even though the tables are small, it feels charming rather than crowded. A crooner music video is always playing, focusing on legendary greats such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Junior.
The service is quick, and before you’ve been sitting too long you have an appetizer and a bottle of wine. It’s a typical Italian menu with starters such as bruschetta, a variety of pizzas and pastas, and main dishes that include meat, chicken, and fish.
The food is good and the prices are wallet-friendly. You can get a bottle of wine, an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert to share for about $50.
This is one of those restaurants that don’t make the tourist circuit. It’s not the cheapest, not the most expensive, not the fanciest or the freshest… but it is a good value. So when you’re wondering where to eat in Panama City, put Zule on your list when you’re in the mood for a charming Italian restaurant for a Tuesday lunch.