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Cucina Pazzo by Justin
Cucina Pazzo by Justin

Cucina Pazzo by Justin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cucinapazzostl.com
  • Phone: (314) 696-8400
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Satursday 11:00am-Close, Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm/Dinner 4-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Executive Chef: Justin Haifley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McPhearson
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Meteor Parking and Parking Lot
A word from Cucina Pazzo by Justin
Classic Italian cuisine with modern culinary techniques by Chef Justin Haifley, creates a fine dining experience unlike any other-- where the service comes straight from the heart,and where any occasion becomes an unforgettable evening.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The brunch food was delicious! The only drawback is that it is a little overpriced."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had an incredible meal here. They are very attentive to gluten free diners and offer amazing options. Wish we could have tried the gluten free dessert option, but were too stuffed from our entrees."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I saw the pancakes on the front of Sauce magazine and had to have them. I invited 4 of my friends to dine with me for brunch. While they were all satisfied with their food, I was less than pleased. It wasn't what I expected at all. They weren't fluffy, the blueberries were barely there, the sea salt caramel butter was absent and I had to wait until they brought me some. I will say that the Cucumber Bloody Mary was my favorite part of the meal. The pesto home fries were delicious as well. Just the main course wasn't up to par. I'm not blaming anybody, just thought it would've been a better experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I can hardly stand how much I love this place!!!! I've dinned here several times and I've never had just an ok experience. The staff is incredible, the food is fabulous and the atmosphere is lovely. Thank you all so much!!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "They have a great menu for vegetarians and cocktails were awesome too!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Those blueberry pancakes were very good. Portions are huge. Two others in our party had the chicken and the beef benedicts and loved them."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We ate at Cucina Pazzo for the first time on our wedding anniversary. First bite of the ahi tuna appetizer, my husband looked at me and said, "We're coming back here!". Every dish we had was amazing!! The caprese salad was elevated by the creaminess of the fresh mozzarella, the short ribs and polenta dish was fork tender and so flavorful. Housemade fettucine alfredo was perfectly al dente and the seasonings were vibrant and perfectly matched. Dessert?? Don't miss the caramel bread pudding (we shared). You MUST GO!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Six of us had dinner for the first time at Cucina Pazzo and we all loved it! My husband and I got there early and were promptly welcomed. We had a drink at the bar and had a great conversation with the bartender about the restaurant, his favorite dishes, etc. Our server was very friendly and helpful as well. I ordered from the vegetarian menu, another in our party ordered from the gluten free, and everyone else off the regular menu and it was all exceptional! The pastas are fresh and full of flavor and my husband especially loved the pig pasta! We all shared a couple desserts including the nutella souffle which were amazing! I think it was even the chef or owner that came by to check on our satisfaction. We all said we would be back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Loved the food, seemed a bit pricey but would definitely go back. They have a vegetarian menu that is awesome! And the desserts fabulous !! Craft drinks excellent ."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Group of 8 of us visited last weekend. The room was full and, just a bit noisy, but I would not expect anything else of that restaurant. The bread offering before the meal is outstanding. Freshly baked in a small iron skillet. A number of "Specials" were available, and all sounded very good. Two or three of the group went with the Scallops, and all reported that they were delicious. I sampled a pasta of shortribs and papardelle. Excellent choice. The Pasta Trio was another hit at the table. My only complaint was with the Pazzo Chopped Salad. The oregano was overdone in my opinion. All in all, a pleasant evening with friends in a fun environment. Would surely return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service was good but was pricey for what you get and lacking flavor with my dish and my party agreed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was intrusive and annoying. Started with a waiter, Andrew who we really liked. Andrew then turned us over to Dakota, a waiter who seemed inexperienced. Andrew, Dakota, and even the bartender, each more than once asked us how we were doing. My friend and I could barely carry on a conversation due to the constant interruptions from the 3 of them. Very annoying. The food was good."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was fresh and expertly prepared. It arrived hot and presented perfectly! What a treat! Thank you for a truly wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We took my dad here for brunch, and had a delicious meal! He likes his breakfast food to be pretty traditional, but with interesting Italian twists on the classics, this was something different and delicious without messing too much with his favorite meal. The JH hash with pancetta and wonderful toasty Brussels sprouts was delicious and pleasantly light for a hash, the omelet was tasty and the pesto home fries a standout. The real winner though was the lemon-blueberry ricotta pancakes- they were fluffy, light, fruity and tangy without being very sweet. A mouthwatering combination and perfect with a mimosa!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Dined at Pazzo on a Sunday. The tapenade served with bread was outstanding. The food was excellent, though the servings seemed a bit small for the price tag. Wine at $8 a glass was a bit of a short pour. Still, we shall return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We live in the CWE and dine out a few times each week. While there are a number of eateries that have great food, superior service, ambiance--Cucina Pazzo in our opinion is one of very few that has it all! The food is alway tastes amazing, and is artfully presented. Servers, support wait staff, managers and hostess are all on message--we are comfortable from the moment we walk into the restaurant until the moment we leave--the staff has their attention turned to every detail of our experience. ...and whether we order at the restaurant or have The Food Pedaler deliver we are never disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Items were good, but overpriced. Rigatoni was overcooked and quite dry. Too much oil on trout dish."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had our second dinner here....wonderful service and outstanding food. Everyone in our party was thrilled. Excellent seafood prepared to perfection. Try it!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our server, Josh, was exceptionally alert, gracious, and knowledgeable. The manager, Joshua, was also attentive and very pleased with our second wine selection, bringing it out himself to watch our response. I'm sure our response pleased him as well. We hope to return, having had a hard time choosing selections from a nicely varied menu. We enjoyed everything, but the highlights included the caprese salad, the pig pasta (a surprising Asian preparation over perfect house-made pasta, which we shared as a app), and the short ribs over bleu cheese enhanced polenta."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This place makes service look effortless. For upscale casual dining they have it down perfectly and other places should take some notes. The food was equally impressive. They were a accommodating for a special need at the table and brought the food at a perfect pace. Bread was served in an iron skillet with a delicious oil and herb mixture. Chopped salad was tossed with the right amount of dressing and delicious. Short ribs were tender and full of flavor. It was obvious it was homemade pasta and they cooked it just right. And be it simple and not Italian, the half baked cookie was gooey and everything you'd want from a skillet cookie. The almond whipped cream was a twist and we loved it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Delicious food, tantalizing bread dipping oil, fun cocktails, wonderful attention by staff"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I dined at Cucina Pazzo for brunch this past Saturday with a few friends and was very pleased with my selection of this restaurant. The veggie hash and eggs was very tasty...brussel sprouts and onions cooked perfectly. I also recommend the asiago cheese grits and breakfast sausage as both are packed with flavor. Service was outstanding! This is a wonderful addition to the Central West End restaurant scene!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Can't go wrong with either. Server was great. Getting a reservation is a must. Park around the corner in paid lot instead of valet. Lemon fritters for dessert."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Entirely too loud if you can't sit outside there is no point in eating here because you won't be able to hear anyone in your group."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We live in U. City, and love Tavern Kitchen, so were thrilled when Cucina Pazzo opened in the CWE. The food is creative and exceptionally well prepared, with great presentation and variety. Service is always excellent, servers friendly and responsive. This was our 2nd visit--on our first, we were seated next to the open kitchen, and the noise level was so high we literally had to scream at each other to be heard. I requested different seating for our 2nd visit, and we sat in the next room, and it was very quiet, so we were happy. My one quibble is with a name--for dessert we chose was called a chocolate souffle with ice cream--it was actually a brownie. The dessert was excellent, but we were expecting a souffle."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had dinner with friends at this Central West End gem. Instead of the traditional dinner of salad and entree, we enjoyed sharing six different small plates with our friends. Everything was out of this world. We topped off our dinner with the brownie/ice cream dessert. It was a WOW finish to a delightful evening. It's important to note that our wonderful server helped us select our dishes, and she oversaw the order our food was served. It was fun and delicious. We can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "it was awesome. The mussels and the meatballs for appetizers were great. I loved the chopped salad."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I picked the spot based off of other Open Table Reviews and was a bit nervous since I made the reservation without knowing anyone that had been there. I was NOT disappointed. The service was superb. The Manager and Owner both stopped by to wish my father a happy birthday and also to talk to us about how we heard of them and where we were from (Georgia and Connecticut). The Ricconi and the Meatballs were incredible. The pasta Trio was excellent (we just wished we had shared it because it was a lot of pasta). The cookie cake dessert was delicious. Everything was great and we would go back if we lived there. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was good but waiter was not attentive and food did not come as ordered for one of us. They did comp desserts which was nice. Thought it was expensive for the portion size. Probably won't go back. Very noisy and hard to talk and we were in the back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The tasting menu is the way to go, and if your group orders different ones you get to taste all the dishes -which were just excellent!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food and service were very good. A wide variety of items ordered by four people and all four patrons enjoyed both service and food. Two of the guests were "foodies" and both said that the eggs in brunch items were perfectly prepared. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed our first experience at Cucina Pazzo. The food was good and our waiter was very knowledgeable and fun."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food was amazing, they have a special vegetarian menu you can ask for. Even their bread they brought out before the meal was spectacular. The service was just as good as the food, very attentive people. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My goodness, every time I come here, I'm certain it will not be as good as the last time and every time, Cucina proves me wrong. I just love this place and the new menu is fabulous! And the food isn't the only thing that's amazing...the staff are so warm and friendly that coming to dinner here is also just a great time. If you're new to this place, you have to try the appetizer sampler and the surf and turf entree. It gives you a great sampling of what this wonderful place has to offer. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I love the other restaurant. The Tavern set the bar high. I figured that this would be something very different. However, the menu change last week to a recycled Tavern lite was pretty boring. The service was great. I believe that our server's name was Audra, so it certainly wasn't her fault. The bar drinks were pretty good too. Desserts were fair. That cookie was better at the old place. We had all of the desserts during our visit and next time we are going someplace else for dessert. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Service and food were very good. Our party of five enjoyed our brunch, JH Hash & Eggs were delicious. A slight bit disappointing there was not a special menu for Easter. I will definitely return to Cucina Pazzo for brunch or anytime."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I waited until the last minute to make reservations for Easter Brunch and was happy that Cucina Pazzo had an open table when we needed it. I have been here for dinner before and loved it. Brunch was awesome too and everyone loved their choices. I've definitely added this restaurant to my "go to" list in St. Louis."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Delish pasta served piping hot! We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and service. Appetizers were interesting too!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent w/ lots of great choices. The polenta appetizer was very good w/ great flavor & the pastas were so fresh- can't wait to go back again!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "There was nothing wrong with this place, but then again, nothing noteworthy. If you like a noisy spot with reasonably good food at reasonably good prices, enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014