Italian restaurants are plentiful all over Panama. A good wood-oven baked pizza was difficult to find in Dallas, but luckily for me, it's available on every block in Panama. With fabulous pizzas starting at about $7, you will never go hungry for great pizza again.
Not only is the pizza baked in a real wood-burning stone oven, but the ingredients are really Italian. The proscuitto and parmesan cheese are imported, giving every dish a truly authentic flavor. But that's just the start.
My favorite Tuscan restaurant in Panama City, Roma Antica, has a Wild Boar Lasagna that will make you weep with ecstasy. Not only is the pasta made from scratch, but it's baked in the same wood oven for a rich smoky taste that you can't get with a gas or electric oven. The pasta sauces are just as light and delicate here as they are in Northern Italy.
You probably won't have to look very hard at the picture to notice a mostly-empty bottle of wine. Unlike the US, you can get relatively inexpensive wine at most restaurants. Plan on a bottle starting at about the $20 range.
No matter what your favorite Italian indulgence, you will have trouble choosing a favorite among the many spectacular choices. The fabulous Italian food is definitely in my Top 3 reasons for loving Panama. I'd tell you more but I need my hands to reach for another slice of pizza.