Breaks down a lot; difficult and sometimes impossible to repair--I'd avoid it if I were you.
Positive Product Points
Produces a good espresso with rich crema. Easy to operate and easy to look at.
Negative Product Points
Breaks down often; difficult and expensive to repair. Eventually died because parts no longer available.
Had this machine for years, used a couple of times a day for espresso, and my wife used it frequently throughout the day for tea (hot water). My experience was that once every 2 years it needed servicing. I'd be without it for 6 weeks typically, and the bill was usually around $500. Even Pasquini authorized repair people do not seem to understand or be able to fix these machines.
Worst part: the inner workings of the machine have changed over the years, and parts eventually become unavailable. There aren't standard parts for the controller for example. Mine just went (another $500-600 in theory) and I'm told that there is no controller available for it because it's too old. My repair guy contacted Pasquini directly to confirm this. So now I have a nice piece of stainless steel.