Pazzo Ristorante - CLOSED

★★★★☆
The downtown epicurean's haven for lunch on the go.
  • 627 SW Washington St

    Portland, OR 97205

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  • 503-228-1515

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Fantastic restaurant! Just went the other day, sat outside in the sunshine and watched the world go. Food was incredible, my husband and I shared the dungeness crab linguini and the slamon, which was to DIE for! Also, fantastic Tiramisu (sp?) and waitress was darling. Great atmosphere (outside at least, didnt go inside). Bathrooms were kinda tricky to locate but overall it was a great experience!

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★★★★☆

Fantastic restaurant! Just went the other day, sat outside in the sunshine and watched the world go. Food was incredible, my husband and I shared the dungeness crab linguini and the slamon, which was to DIE for! Also, fantastic Tiramisu (sp?) and waitress was darling. Great atmosphere (outside at least, didnt go inside). Bathrooms were kinda tricky to locate but overall it was a great experience!

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I've long been a fan of Pazzo's but after my experience last night I will never return. We went for a festive Christmas dinner with friends and it was awful. We waited 45 minutes to an hour between our salad and main. The waitress kept coming by hoping we'd order another round (we did not). No apologies, just a statement "there's a big party" when we finally complained. Well, that's not our fault; be more prepared! The risotto was bland, the spaghettini pedestrian, and the gnocchi overcooked. All in all, an awful experience that made all of us not want to return.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've long been a fan of Pazzo's but after my experience last night I will never return. We went for a festive Christmas dinner with friends and it was awful. We waited 45 minutes to an hour between our salad and main. The waitress kept coming by hoping we'd order another round (we did not). No apologies, just a statement "there's a big party" when we finally complained. Well, that's not our fault; be more prepared! The risotto was bland, the spaghettini pedestrian, and the gnocchi overcooked. All in all, an awful experience that made all of us not want to return.

Pros: Beautiful dining room

Cons: Everything else

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I would rank Pazzo one of the top five Italian restaurants in Portland. It has a great locaton right in the middle of downtown Portland. They have a great menu with plenty of unbelievable dishes, and the servers or always nice and quite professional. It's a place you can go with just you and your wife or with a large group.

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★★★★☆

I would rank Pazzo one of the top five Italian restaurants in Portland. It has a great locaton right in the middle of downtown Portland. They have a great menu with plenty of unbelievable dishes, and the servers or always nice and quite professional. It's a place you can go with just you and your wife or with a large group.

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we set out for mothers bistro on a saturday morning and got there at 9:30 with a half hour or more waiting list. so, we headed up to broadway to see what was going on and i remembered from some time ago that pazzo's was open for breakfast as the restaurant for the adjacent hotel. my two guests had lox and bagels and bacon and eggs and i had the mushroom, spinach and fontina omlette. they also served a fresh grain/nut bread and with hukleberry and apple jam. what a treat! everything was prepared perfectly and the service was attentive and polite. i don't think many people think of pazzo's for breakfast but we will definitely be back. oh, seating was immediate and the atmosphere very nice.

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★★★★★

we set out for mothers bistro on a saturday morning and got there at 9:30 with a half hour or more waiting list. so, we headed up to broadway to see what was going on and i remembered from some time ago that pazzo's was open for breakfast as the restaurant for the adjacent hotel. my two guests had lox and bagels and bacon and eggs and i had the mushroom, spinach and fontina omlette. they also served a fresh grain/nut bread and with hukleberry and apple jam. what a treat! everything was prepared perfectly and the service was attentive and polite. i don't think many people think of pazzo's for breakfast but we will definitely be back. oh, seating was immediate and the atmosphere very nice.

Pros: great breakfast and fresh pastries, jam

Cons: couple of bucks to pricey

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I went here for my anniversary a couple weeks ago and had a great evening! Our waitress went above and beyond in service and truly made it a great experience for us. The food was delicious, as were the appetizer and desserts. We missed out though, we had wanted the pineapple upside down cake and they ran out, but had a delicious alternative dessert - baked cream with berries. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a nice, romantic evening out in downtown.

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★★★★★

I went here for my anniversary a couple weeks ago and had a great evening! Our waitress went above and beyond in service and truly made it a great experience for us. The food was delicious, as were the appetizer and desserts. We missed out though, we had wanted the pineapple upside down cake and they ran out, but had a delicious alternative dessert - baked cream with berries. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a nice, romantic evening out in downtown.

Pros: best waitress ever, delicious foods, romantic setting

Cons: ran out of dessert we wanted :(

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This is a really nice restaurant downtown Portland. It's close to the MAX (so parking could be tricky) and Pioneer Square. The food is delicious, but expensive. Lots of nice wines- a good place to take parents for a really nice dinner.

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★★★★☆

This is a really nice restaurant downtown Portland. It's close to the MAX (so parking could be tricky) and Pioneer Square. The food is delicious, but expensive. Lots of nice wines- a good place to take parents for a really nice dinner.

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WHY?

Maybe it's the fact that the food is ALWAYS delicious.

Maybe it's the fact that the staff is competant and genuinely interested in creating a wonderful dining experience.

Perhaps it's the fact that the menu changes seasonally and is created with local, organic and free-range foods. You can taste the quality in the dishes that they serve.

If you go in the Fall, try their pasta stuffed with butternut squash. In the Winter, try their gnocchi. I usually avoid gnocchi at restaurants but Pazzo gnocchi are amazing, light and chewy. When Halibut is in season, you will find the best Halibut you've ever had at Pazzo.

Oh, and did I mention the extensive wine list. For those longing for some authentic italian wines, you will find Pazzo's wine menu delightful. The servers are knowledgeable of the wines that they serve and can help match your wines to the entrees you have chosen.

We have a server that we really like and when we sit in her section, we always let her choose the wines for us.

I hope that you will enjoy your dining experience at Pazzo as much as we do.

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★★★★★

WHY?

Maybe it's the fact that the food is ALWAYS delicious.

Maybe it's the fact that the staff is competant and genuinely interested in creating a wonderful dining experience.

Perhaps it's the fact that the menu changes seasonally and is created with local, organic and free-range foods. You can taste the quality in the dishes that they serve.

If you go in the Fall, try their pasta stuffed with butternut squash. In the Winter, try their gnocchi. I usually avoid gnocchi at restaurants but Pazzo gnocchi are amazing, light and chewy. When Halibut is in season, you will find the best Halibut you've ever had at Pazzo.

Oh, and did I mention the extensive wine list. For those longing for some authentic italian wines, you will find Pazzo's wine menu delightful. The servers are knowledgeable of the wines that they serve and can help match your wines to the entrees you have chosen.

We have a server that we really like and when we sit in her section, we always let her choose the wines for us.

I hope that you will enjoy your dining experience at Pazzo as much as we do.

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Would you expect a restaurant like Pazzo to confuse duck to beef and then become belligerent and insist that the two meats could resemble each other in look, taste or texture?

I returned to Portland and the US in 2005. It was around that time that I first ate at Pazzo. It became a quick favorite for me and my family. So it was with happy anticipation that I brought another family member, new to Portland, straight to Pazzo's for a great duck meal. When the food arrived there was a corn cake (as described on the menu) and there, on top, was not duck but beef. We tasted it. It was beef!

Not only was the meat beef, but it was cooked medium rare. This means that the food was not duck AND/OR the restaurant felt comfortable with raw foul on the table. The "duck" was showing very red everywhere but the brown ridge of the meat. That's right. It was cut in oblong, semi-uniformed slices. Sounds normal for duck breast?

When we brought this to the waitress' attention she brought the manager to the table. The manager told us that the bloody, red meat before us was indeed duck. He insisted that this was how the duck is always served. After reminding the manager that I had had the same dish at least three times in as many months, he then tried to convince me that I may have forgotten what the duck was like at Pazzo.

I also showed the manager and waitress that the sauce under the corn cake did indeed have pieces of duck in it. I asked the two to compare that meat in the sauce with the beef strips on top. At that point the waitress walked away while the manager still insisted that the bloody brown edged meat on top was duck. After asking him to try it, he disappeared and so did the plate of food.

At that point I wondered, "Why were we paying all this money to get worse service than we would expect at a truck stop?" I haven't been back since.

Disappointing and unnecessary foolishness. Poor show, Pazzo.

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★☆☆☆☆

Would you expect a restaurant like Pazzo to confuse duck to beef and then become belligerent and insist that the two meats could resemble each other in look, taste or texture?

I returned to Portland and the US in 2005. It was around that time that I first ate at Pazzo. It became a quick favorite for me and my family. So it was with happy anticipation that I brought another family member, new to Portland, straight to Pazzo's for a great duck meal. When the food arrived there was a corn cake (as described on the menu) and there, on top, was not duck but beef. We tasted it. It was beef!

Not only was the meat beef, but it was cooked medium rare. This means that the food was not duck AND/OR the restaurant felt comfortable with raw foul on the table. The "duck" was showing very red everywhere but the brown ridge of the meat. That's right. It was cut in oblong, semi-uniformed slices. Sounds normal for duck breast?

When we brought this to the waitress' attention she brought the manager to the table. The manager told us that the bloody, red meat before us was indeed duck. He insisted that this was how the duck is always served. After reminding the manager that I had had the same dish at least three times in as many months, he then tried to convince me that I may have forgotten what the duck was like at Pazzo.

I also showed the manager and waitress that the sauce under the corn cake did indeed have pieces of duck in it. I asked the two to compare that meat in the sauce with the beef strips on top. At that point the waitress walked away while the manager still insisted that the bloody brown edged meat on top was duck. After asking him to try it, he disappeared and so did the plate of food.

At that point I wondered, "Why were we paying all this money to get worse service than we would expect at a truck stop?" I haven't been back since.

Disappointing and unnecessary foolishness. Poor show, Pazzo.

Pros: friendly hostess

Cons: arrogant manager, service

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This is truly the best Italian on the West Coast if not the world over!! I recommend the pappardelle. And my wife recommends the fresh Alaskan Halibut when it is season. Truly the BEST halibut we have ever eaten.

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★★★★★

This is truly the best Italian on the West Coast if not the world over!! I recommend the pappardelle. And my wife recommends the fresh Alaskan Halibut when it is season. Truly the BEST halibut we have ever eaten.

Pros: Great Wine List, delicious food and warm and knowledgeable weight staff

Cons: too many great dishes to try in one visit.

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Loved this place! Although I have lots of other reasons to visit Portland again (and again), I would make the 2+ hour drive from my home just for this Caesar salad. Everyone in our foursome ordered a different dish and everyone was very happy. Pork, ravioli, beef shoulder, all done well. My gnocchi were delicious and I'm glad I wasn't put off by the 'Texas wild boar' because the whole dish was delightful. I wish I'd had room for dessert, but maybe next time.

We weren't there on a weekend, but I really appreciated the feeling of not being rushed so they could turn our table. Nice, helpful, patient waiter who didn't mind our lack of knowledge about but desire to have a good, reasonably priced wine with our meal, I wish I'd caught his name. I do know he and his wife just bought a house so someone give the guy a raise!

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★★★★★

Loved this place! Although I have lots of other reasons to visit Portland again (and again), I would make the 2+ hour drive from my home just for this Caesar salad. Everyone in our foursome ordered a different dish and everyone was very happy. Pork, ravioli, beef shoulder, all done well. My gnocchi were delicious and I'm glad I wasn't put off by the 'Texas wild boar' because the whole dish was delightful. I wish I'd had room for dessert, but maybe next time.

We weren't there on a weekend, but I really appreciated the feeling of not being rushed so they could turn our table. Nice, helpful, patient waiter who didn't mind our lack of knowledge about but desire to have a good, reasonably priced wine with our meal, I wish I'd caught his name. I do know he and his wife just bought a house so someone give the guy a raise!

Pros: Food, service, value, location. They had it all for an on foot visitor staying downtown.

Cons: The little guy that stopped on the sidewalk outside to check out my friend's cleavage? We laughed.

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This restaurant spoiled us during our week long trip with all others pretty much failing to meet our expectations after such a wonderful meal at Pazzo. We were seated immediately and though we were dressed in our walking clothes, we were treated with an unassuming and professional manner with great attention to detail. Our waitress was extremely helpful and attentive and our food was exquisite. My husband had salmon ravioli and I had the gnocchi, both were to die for! Pazzo will be a regular for us after our move to Portland.

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★★★★★

This restaurant spoiled us during our week long trip with all others pretty much failing to meet our expectations after such a wonderful meal at Pazzo. We were seated immediately and though we were dressed in our walking clothes, we were treated with an unassuming and professional manner with great attention to detail. Our waitress was extremely helpful and attentive and our food was exquisite. My husband had salmon ravioli and I had the gnocchi, both were to die for! Pazzo will be a regular for us after our move to Portland.

Pros: Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous ~ All the Way Around

Cons: No Drawbacks

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Located in the middle of downtown Portland, Pazzo is a large restuarant with an interesting menu and an elegant atmosphere. I would recommended any of the roasted meats.

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★★★☆☆

Located in the middle of downtown Portland, Pazzo is a large restuarant with an interesting menu and an elegant atmosphere. I would recommended any of the roasted meats.

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We were very happy with our dinner at Pazzo. We were seated immediately at a very nice table. The service was very friendly and attentive and knowledgeable. The food is fresh with use of local produce. The preparation is very much northern Italian/ Tuscan. Bietola salad was wonderful. The pumpkin risotto was outstanding. The roast lamb and bean entree was rich and flavorful. The wine list is very good, with a strong Italian influence. The room is tastefully decorated, but a bit noisy as the large parties in the room arrived. We never felt rushed or ignored, as we have been in some other city restaurants. The price was moderate. We often visit Portland, and we have been disappointed in some of the other "big name" city restaurants whose service has declined to the point of being substandard. We are happy to add Pazzo to our list of Portland restaurants to which we will return.

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★★★★☆

We were very happy with our dinner at Pazzo. We were seated immediately at a very nice table. The service was very friendly and attentive and knowledgeable. The food is fresh with use of local produce. The preparation is very much northern Italian/ Tuscan. Bietola salad was wonderful. The pumpkin risotto was outstanding. The roast lamb and bean entree was rich and flavorful. The wine list is very good, with a strong Italian influence. The room is tastefully decorated, but a bit noisy as the large parties in the room arrived. We never felt rushed or ignored, as we have been in some other city restaurants. The price was moderate. We often visit Portland, and we have been disappointed in some of the other "big name" city restaurants whose service has declined to the point of being substandard. We are happy to add Pazzo to our list of Portland restaurants to which we will return.

Pros: wonderful food, excellent service

Cons: room is bit loud

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As a lover of Italian food, I was delighted to discover this restaurant gem. I stopped in for a chilled beer in the bar and ended up also ordering one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten. Large windows in the bar area provided a wonderful opportunity to watch the world go by while I enjoyed my order. Anyway, after that, I was hooked! I knew I had to come back for dinner. A couple nights later, a friend and I found ourselves ensconced in a cozy booth that provided a great view of a beautiful, warm dining room as well as the chefs at work in the open kitchen. The experience was everything I had anticipated. Our food was beautifully presented and a delight to enjoy. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive and I absolutely look forward to my next adventure at Pazzo.

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★★★★★

As a lover of Italian food, I was delighted to discover this restaurant gem. I stopped in for a chilled beer in the bar and ended up also ordering one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten. Large windows in the bar area provided a wonderful opportunity to watch the world go by while I enjoyed my order. Anyway, after that, I was hooked! I knew I had to come back for dinner. A couple nights later, a friend and I found ourselves ensconced in a cozy booth that provided a great view of a beautiful, warm dining room as well as the chefs at work in the open kitchen. The experience was everything I had anticipated. Our food was beautifully presented and a delight to enjoy. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive and I absolutely look forward to my next adventure at Pazzo.

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I can't say just one thing about Pazzo, I've had several dining experiences there, as it is one or the only one favorite place where my daugther likes to eat. I will say it's not the "Olive Garden". So if you're looking for lasagnea or veal parmasian.. don't go there. Pazzo has a more traditional, and authentic Italian menu, as the executive chef has lived in Itay and studied Italian for some years. The food is fresh, the pastas are homemade, as are the breads. All the desserts are made in house daily. ( my favorite is the Panna Cotta). The service is warm and friendly, although sometimes a little rushed To start I would HIGHLY recommend the prociutto and melon. unbelievable. next, maybe a half portion of pasta, as you'll probably want to go into the main course not too full at all. my favorite is the spaghettini. Then the costata.( Ribeye) the aceto manadori ( 12 yr. aged balsamic just does it!) with a beautiful glass of red wine. To finish everything, the sorbetti is always always good. but again.....my favorite is the Panna Cotta. All in all, The restaurant is a little Loud but the food certainaly makes up for that. basicaly, what I like about Pazzo is that it is not the " average" Italian restaurant, it's not your canolli, spumoni, spaghetti and meatball place......it's good food.

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★★★★★

I can't say just one thing about Pazzo, I've had several dining experiences there, as it is one or the only one favorite place where my daugther likes to eat. I will say it's not the "Olive Garden". So if you're looking for lasagnea or veal parmasian.. don't go there. Pazzo has a more traditional, and authentic Italian menu, as the executive chef has lived in Itay and studied Italian for some years. The food is fresh, the pastas are homemade, as are the breads. All the desserts are made in house daily. ( my favorite is the Panna Cotta). The service is warm and friendly, although sometimes a little rushed To start I would HIGHLY recommend the prociutto and melon. unbelievable. next, maybe a half portion of pasta, as you'll probably want to go into the main course not too full at all. my favorite is the spaghettini. Then the costata.( Ribeye) the aceto manadori ( 12 yr. aged balsamic just does it!) with a beautiful glass of red wine. To finish everything, the sorbetti is always always good. but again.....my favorite is the Panna Cotta. All in all, The restaurant is a little Loud but the food certainaly makes up for that. basicaly, what I like about Pazzo is that it is not the " average" Italian restaurant, it's not your canolli, spumoni, spaghetti and meatball place......it's good food.

Pros: excellent food, very traditional, amazing cheeses!

Cons: busy nights can be a bit noisy.

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My partner and I went here for a special night out. We made reservations and were seated promptly. We didn't wait very long for our drinks and we were kept supplied with bread and oil until our dinner arrived. I had a ragu with wild boar that was excellent. My partner had a butternut squash ravioli that was also absolutely wonderful. (He was so inspired that our kitchen was a mess for several weeks afterwards as he tried to recreate the flavor experience!) The pasta was PERFECTLY cooked. It was somewhat noisy which surprised me as it was a Tuesday night. I have reccommended this place to others looking for great pasta at a nicer place.

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★★★★★

My partner and I went here for a special night out. We made reservations and were seated promptly. We didn't wait very long for our drinks and we were kept supplied with bread and oil until our dinner arrived. I had a ragu with wild boar that was excellent. My partner had a butternut squash ravioli that was also absolutely wonderful. (He was so inspired that our kitchen was a mess for several weeks afterwards as he tried to recreate the flavor experience!) The pasta was PERFECTLY cooked. It was somewhat noisy which surprised me as it was a Tuesday night. I have reccommended this place to others looking for great pasta at a nicer place.

Pros: excellent and innovative pasta, good atmosphere

Cons: noisy

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First, the food was great overall. I had the duck breast/thigh confit with fingerling potatoes and it was just terrific. The fingerling potatoes were sliced in half length-wise and were crispy outside and fluffy inside--wonderful. For a first course I had lamb carpaccio and it was very good, with excellent parmesan and arugula, although I would still choose beef carpaccio as the lamb was less flavorful. My wife had the cauliflower panna cotta (which I tasted). This dish (pure cold cauliflower custard) didn?t really float our boat.

My wife absolutely loved the butternut squash tortelli, saying that she wanted to lick the plate it was so good.

As to atmosphere, the bar area is unbelievably noisy and tightly packed.

I?d requested a booth, and we were taken from the bar area to a dining area. The booth was very nice. Sadly, the open kitchen was right behind us. This is not your ?Mediterranean? kitchen with big brick ovens and cool stuff hanging around. This was a loud working kitchen exposed to the restaurant?very bad idea. We could hear the cooks yelling at each other about who was going to cover whose shift over the clattering cacophony of colliding pots and dishes. It really made for bad atmosphere.

With respect to service, again it was strangely uneven. Our server was simultaneously strenuously considerate and cold, as if she knew she needed to be nice, but her heart wasn?t in it. Service was also very slow. It was probably 10 minutes before our drinks were delivered after ordering them, and that pattern was continued throughout dinner.

I would say Pazzo has much to offer, but it may have something to do with your sense of atmosphere vs. food. If you like a nice quiet elegant experience, you won?t find it here?it?s just plain noisy. If food is all that matters, you?ll probably love it.

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★★★☆☆

First, the food was great overall. I had the duck breast/thigh confit with fingerling potatoes and it was just terrific. The fingerling potatoes were sliced in half length-wise and were crispy outside and fluffy inside--wonderful. For a first course I had lamb carpaccio and it was very good, with excellent parmesan and arugula, although I would still choose beef carpaccio as the lamb was less flavorful. My wife had the cauliflower panna cotta (which I tasted). This dish (pure cold cauliflower custard) didn?t really float our boat.

My wife absolutely loved the butternut squash tortelli, saying that she wanted to lick the plate it was so good.

As to atmosphere, the bar area is unbelievably noisy and tightly packed.

I?d requested a booth, and we were taken from the bar area to a dining area. The booth was very nice. Sadly, the open kitchen was right behind us. This is not your ?Mediterranean? kitchen with big brick ovens and cool stuff hanging around. This was a loud working kitchen exposed to the restaurant?very bad idea. We could hear the cooks yelling at each other about who was going to cover whose shift over the clattering cacophony of colliding pots and dishes. It really made for bad atmosphere.

With respect to service, again it was strangely uneven. Our server was simultaneously strenuously considerate and cold, as if she knew she needed to be nice, but her heart wasn?t in it. Service was also very slow. It was probably 10 minutes before our drinks were delivered after ordering them, and that pattern was continued throughout dinner.

I would say Pazzo has much to offer, but it may have something to do with your sense of atmosphere vs. food. If you like a nice quiet elegant experience, you won?t find it here?it?s just plain noisy. If food is all that matters, you?ll probably love it.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Incredibly Noisy, Slow Service

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This restaraunt rates a low to mid range price for downtown Portland, and is well worth trying. The food is nothing short of fabulous - try the caesar salad and salmon ravioli! The service is attentive and polite. The ambiance is very welcoming and romantic. Nothing to not recommend here - a great experience overall!

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★★★★★

This restaraunt rates a low to mid range price for downtown Portland, and is well worth trying. The food is nothing short of fabulous - try the caesar salad and salmon ravioli! The service is attentive and polite. The ambiance is very welcoming and romantic. Nothing to not recommend here - a great experience overall!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Nothing that I saw!

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The sandwiches are out of the ordinary with top notch Italian products used.

Generous with ingredients (nuts, berries, chocolate) in whatever bakery delight you choose.

Scones are to die for.

Fresh, fresh, fresh!

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★★★★★

The sandwiches are out of the ordinary with top notch Italian products used.

Generous with ingredients (nuts, berries, chocolate) in whatever bakery delight you choose.

Scones are to die for.

Fresh, fresh, fresh!

Pros: fresh ingredients, some unusual types of breads and pastries, take out a picnic lunch

Cons: not too many tables to sit at

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Whenever I visit Portland I plan on having some wonderful meals at Pazzo. The food is all fresh and decidedly tasty. I love the pumpkin ravioli as well as some of the other original dishes the chef has offered. The location and atmosphere make the restaurant a star attraction for me. Professional but friendly waitstaff.

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★★★★★

Whenever I visit Portland I plan on having some wonderful meals at Pazzo. The food is all fresh and decidedly tasty. I love the pumpkin ravioli as well as some of the other original dishes the chef has offered. The location and atmosphere make the restaurant a star attraction for me. Professional but friendly waitstaff.

Pros: ambience, fresh food made to order, good service

Cons: parking across street in bank building is the best we could find

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THE SERVICE IS SUB-PAR. THE FOOD IS BELOW NOT BEING RECOMMENDED. FIVE BITES OF PASTA, WITH FOUR SHRIMP, TINY CLAMS, AND A CAN OF TOMATOS THROWN ON TOP FOR $20!!! GIVE ME A BREAK. NOT TO MENTION THE NOISE...IT'S AS LOUD AS A HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA IS ON FREE TACO DAY. I WILL NEVER GO BACK, NOR WILL I RECOMMEND IT (EXCEPT TO MY WORST ENEMY). OH, AND MY FRIEND HAD THE SPAGHETTI...IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT TO CALL IT. MY HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA ACTUALLY AD BETTER SPAGHETTI FOR 3 DOLLARS. PEACE. OUT.

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★☆☆☆☆

THE SERVICE IS SUB-PAR. THE FOOD IS BELOW NOT BEING RECOMMENDED. FIVE BITES OF PASTA, WITH FOUR SHRIMP, TINY CLAMS, AND A CAN OF TOMATOS THROWN ON TOP FOR $20!!! GIVE ME A BREAK. NOT TO MENTION THE NOISE...IT'S AS LOUD AS A HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA IS ON FREE TACO DAY. I WILL NEVER GO BACK, NOR WILL I RECOMMEND IT (EXCEPT TO MY WORST ENEMY). OH, AND MY FRIEND HAD THE SPAGHETTI...IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT TO CALL IT. MY HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA ACTUALLY AD BETTER SPAGHETTI FOR 3 DOLLARS. PEACE. OUT.

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The food is really good here, especially given that Portland has always been weak on Italian food. The service is friendly and the room has a clubby atmosphere - neither very intimate nor
unfriendly. Recommend getting an appetizer, a first and a second and a dessert - it's all good.
Prices are high but not outrageous.

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★★★★★

The food is really good here, especially given that Portland has always been weak on Italian food. The service is friendly and the room has a clubby atmosphere - neither very intimate nor
unfriendly. Recommend getting an appetizer, a first and a second and a dessert - it's all good.
Prices are high but not outrageous.

Pros: Food, service, room

Cons: Parking

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My wife and I go here every couple of weeks and we always enjoy ourselves. The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere makes you feel very comfortable. Tye Pazzo Platter is a nice variety of antipasto including a delicious duck liver pate, pickled beets, tasty charcuterie, and olives. Their pizzas are pretty good, too. If you're lucky, you'll come in on a night that Geoffrey is tending the bar. He's very knowledgeable about cocktails, wine and the beers that are on tap. The staff is very friendly and make you feel at home.
Very nice and very professional.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I go here every couple of weeks and we always enjoy ourselves. The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere makes you feel very comfortable. Tye Pazzo Platter is a nice variety of antipasto including a delicious duck liver pate, pickled beets, tasty charcuterie, and olives. Their pizzas are pretty good, too. If you're lucky, you'll come in on a night that Geoffrey is tending the bar. He's very knowledgeable about cocktails, wine and the beers that are on tap. The staff is very friendly and make you feel at home.
Very nice and very professional.

Pros: Good food, great cocktails, friendly staff

Cons: Parking

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This is the second time I have driven from the suburbs to Pazzos downtown for lunch. It is well worth the trip. Food and service are excellent. The whole experience makes it seem special. Highly recommend Pazzos!

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★★★★★

This is the second time I have driven from the suburbs to Pazzos downtown for lunch. It is well worth the trip. Food and service are excellent. The whole experience makes it seem special. Highly recommend Pazzos!

Pros: service, food, professional

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The food is delightful, fresh ingrediants with the perfect blend of flavors. The atmosphere is welcoming, not too loud. The decor is soothing. Sometime I dine alone and unfortunatly am treated poorly at some resturants. However, I was treated so well here. The Hostess and the waitress went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and at home. I was able to fully relax and enjoy my delicious meal. The wine was excellent! Sagelands Columbia Valley 2002. I will be back, with my husband and friends!

2
★★★★★

The food is delightful, fresh ingrediants with the perfect blend of flavors. The atmosphere is welcoming, not too loud. The decor is soothing. Sometime I dine alone and unfortunatly am treated poorly at some resturants. However, I was treated so well here. The Hostess and the waitress went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and at home. I was able to fully relax and enjoy my delicious meal. The wine was excellent! Sagelands Columbia Valley 2002. I will be back, with my husband and friends!

Pros: great food, wonderful atmosphere, sincere&friendly crew

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The staff, service and selection at Pazzo is fabulous. The bar staff is exceptionally well tempered and a pleasure to be around. Geoff can give you sports trivia and warm chatter & Will can pour a stiff drink and supply a wink a time or too. Melissa, aka:Mojo, has southern hospitality and a luminous presence. For comic relief and neighborly kindness, Mike can serve up quick banter and recommend some tasty brews. The staff is keen on finding you the perfect drink for your evening and suggesting the complimentary food item to well round your dining experience. Angela, one of the Managers, is a gracious host and takes great pride in your dining experience. Some of the best italian food and good spirits reside in the ever so friendly Bar at Pazzo. Try it out, and you'll find some great friends.

2
★★★★★

The staff, service and selection at Pazzo is fabulous. The bar staff is exceptionally well tempered and a pleasure to be around. Geoff can give you sports trivia and warm chatter & Will can pour a stiff drink and supply a wink a time or too. Melissa, aka:Mojo, has southern hospitality and a luminous presence. For comic relief and neighborly kindness, Mike can serve up quick banter and recommend some tasty brews. The staff is keen on finding you the perfect drink for your evening and suggesting the complimentary food item to well round your dining experience. Angela, one of the Managers, is a gracious host and takes great pride in your dining experience. Some of the best italian food and good spirits reside in the ever so friendly Bar at Pazzo. Try it out, and you'll find some great friends.

Pros: Staff, Drinks, Food

Cons: None!

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We dine all over the world and two of the best meals that we have ever enjoyed have been at Pazzo. The food is wonderful, the variety delightful and I agree with the previous review that the service is warm and attentive. We have had the same server twice. She has been there since they opened. We felt as though we were being hosted at the home of a very dear friend. She was knowledgeable, attentive and truly cared about our experience. We look forward to returning to Pazzo on our next visit.

If you go, be sure and try the pumpkin filled ravioli with browned butter, sage and hazelnuts!

2
★★★★★

We dine all over the world and two of the best meals that we have ever enjoyed have been at Pazzo. The food is wonderful, the variety delightful and I agree with the previous review that the service is warm and attentive. We have had the same server twice. She has been there since they opened. We felt as though we were being hosted at the home of a very dear friend. She was knowledgeable, attentive and truly cared about our experience. We look forward to returning to Pazzo on our next visit.

If you go, be sure and try the pumpkin filled ravioli with browned butter, sage and hazelnuts!

Pros: great food, fresh ingredients, Great Service

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One of the best experiences as a business traveler is to find a restaurant that you want to return to again and again. I found such a place at Pazzo.

The food is wonderful with a seasonal Italian Menu that uses the freshest ingredients. I have particularly enjoyed the Calamari, the Gnocchi are the best on the planet, their FRESH FISH, and the free range beef.

With all of their fresh sauces and desserts made in house, there is an item for everyone. I often find myself entertaining clients there.

But the best feature is the Service. The staff is warm and attentive without being intrusive. I personally request Vicki. Her knowledge of Wine and Food and her gracious service is exceptional.

If you can only visit one restaurant in Portland, need to impress the boss or just need a "home away from home" this is the restaurant to frequent.

2
★★★★★

One of the best experiences as a business traveler is to find a restaurant that you want to return to again and again. I found such a place at Pazzo.

The food is wonderful with a seasonal Italian Menu that uses the freshest ingredients. I have particularly enjoyed the Calamari, the Gnocchi are the best on the planet, their FRESH FISH, and the free range beef.

With all of their fresh sauces and desserts made in house, there is an item for everyone. I often find myself entertaining clients there.

But the best feature is the Service. The staff is warm and attentive without being intrusive. I personally request Vicki. Her knowledge of Wine and Food and her gracious service is exceptional.

If you can only visit one restaurant in Portland, need to impress the boss or just need a "home away from home" this is the restaurant to frequent.

Pros: ATTENTIVE SERVICE!, GRACIOUS SERVICE!!, GREAT ITALIAN FOOD

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As a young diner (who also happens to be a restaurant manager), I frequently find the staff at higher-end restaurants to come across as demeaning.

Not so at Pazzo Ristorante, where my wife and I celebrated out first anniversary. Our server, Alex, was extremely good. His attention to detail was impressive, but his real strength was his ability to instantly adapt to the table. He allowed me to effortlessly guide or over two hour meal through its many courses to a satisfying conclusion. Every bit of the dinner was delivered with a genuine smile and positive comment or story related to it.

We went through antipasti, first and second courses, and dessert. Every dish was superb, with excellent presentation and tastes that did not upset my rather sensitive stomach.

On the whole, it was a supremely enjoyable dinner, and we would recommend Pazzo to any fine-dining aficianado. Ciao!

2
★★★★★

As a young diner (who also happens to be a restaurant manager), I frequently find the staff at higher-end restaurants to come across as demeaning.

Not so at Pazzo Ristorante, where my wife and I celebrated out first anniversary. Our server, Alex, was extremely good. His attention to detail was impressive, but his real strength was his ability to instantly adapt to the table. He allowed me to effortlessly guide or over two hour meal through its many courses to a satisfying conclusion. Every bit of the dinner was delivered with a genuine smile and positive comment or story related to it.

We went through antipasti, first and second courses, and dessert. Every dish was superb, with excellent presentation and tastes that did not upset my rather sensitive stomach.

On the whole, it was a supremely enjoyable dinner, and we would recommend Pazzo to any fine-dining aficianado. Ciao!

Pros: Menu choices, Service, Ambience

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This is a great place for lunch, or coffee and a snack!

2
★★★★★

This is a great place for lunch, or coffee and a snack!

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Opposites attract in Pazzo's spacious setting where various rooms offer middle-of-the-action tables as well as others positioned farther apart for quiet tete-a-tetes. The Italian-dominated menu offers well-prepared entrees that can range…

 

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