Cucina Pazzo by Justin
Cucina Pazzo by Justin

Cucina Pazzo by Justin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cucinapazzostl.com/
  • Phone: 3146968400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Satursday 11:00am-Close, Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm/Dinner 4-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Italian
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cucina Pazzo by Justin reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (96)neighborhood gem (80)great for outdoor dining (74)special occasion (55)great for brunch (44)hot spot (31)good for groups (28)romantic (22)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (11)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (10)late-night find (7)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Great brunch
    Reatsout
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a wonderful time here and enjoyed every bite. The service was perfect. We will happily visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary brunch
    Diner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Absolutely loved the whole experience! We had heard/read GREAT things about Cucina Pazzo's brunch and were not disappointed. Food, service, everything was perfect--could not have been better! Can't wait to go back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my third time at Cuchina Pazzo and once again I had a superb meal with attentive service. A great place for fish as well as pasta. They've made some progress in decreasing the noise level but it still gets loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection for foodies!
    Chocpear
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had a seafood plank with 4 different tastings. Each item was excellently prepared and presented. Perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Way too loud
    Suzy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was good although 2 of the 4 had to be sent back because they were not warm. Service was good and very apologetic. But it was so loud we were screaming across the table just to be heard. There were only 4 at our table! Not as good as my favorite The Tavern
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good, I don't want to share!
    KbearVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We love CP. It is always fresh and always delicious. The salads are unusual and extremely tasty. The food is varied enough to eat there 2x/week and seems to satisfy everyone who goes. They have some Italian but you can choose otherwise if you prefer. I love that they have added the option of different preparations for whatever meat/fish you choose. My picky 11 year old even loves coming here - they have a $10 kid menu that includes a damn fine dessert. The only thing I'd change is to add more side veggie options. They do great things with veggies! Servers are professional but friendly in the best possible way. See you guys soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for Dinner
    schap
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fit for a foodie, nice place to bring out of town guests since it is set in central west end. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Only weird thing is they want you to order all your food at once you can't just order apps and then decide on the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch in CWE!
    STLFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took my meetup group here (STL Food Lovers) after seeing the delectable pancackes on the cover of Sauce Magazine a couple months ago. The pancakes came out just like the picture! very tasty, not too sweet, HUGE portions! There were 13 of us and everyone loved their order - from steak & eggs benedict to omelets +hash, mimosas, bellinis, waffles, french toast, and all the sides such as bacon and maple sage sausage links were delicious! Our server was attentive and friendly, food came out quickly too. The FOH manager was very accommodating as I called several times to update our RSVP for a large party. Highly recommend for brunch on Saturdays AND Sundays. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went for brunch for the 2nd time, and both times were so delicious. Everyone was very happy with what they ordered and their pesto home fries are awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    FoodintoMouth
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was my first time dining here and the food was fantastic, service was excellent and overall we had a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, carefully prepared food!
    Tracey517
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed another great meal at Cucina Pazzo by Justin. I had the Mahi Mahi which was some of the best I have had and my husband had his favorite, the Pig Pasta. Our waitress also recommended the Chopped Salad which was delicious, with a spicy dressing that was so good! This restaurant is about 45 minutes from our house but well worth the drive every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go back but not rush back
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved the menu and liked the food. Service was almost too overbearing, with the bussers attempting to clear after each bite. Bread service is excellent. Tomato salad was good, but I don't like cocktail tomatoes in a tomato salad and this had it. Asian pasta was great but other pastas in trio were not as good. Noise level was ridiculous. If you are over 40, don't go with more than 2 people as you will not be able to have a conversation. Drinks are interesting and good. I would go back if in the area or on the way downtown or back home.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will try again
    mkgriff
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The exposed brick, the dim lighting, and the wood tables looked rustic, but inviting. With great fish, meat, combination, and gluten-free options, the menu is hard to beat. There were plenty of staff waiting on the tables. The water service was frequent, the waitress stopped by 3 times before I was ready to order, and the table was bussed quickly upon finishing my meal. The entrees were small, but well prepared and visually pleasing. As noise increased, it became hard to hear the table conversation. Dessert options were described before entrees came (no menu) and had to be ordered half-way through dinner. Next time I will try a later reservation time to see if I can enjoy the dining experience. This first attempt was a little rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cucina Pazzo Delivers Consistently!
    Dave
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Live int he neighborhood and have always been reluctant to go to new restaurants until the kinks are worked out. Made an exception with Cucina Pazzo and have been going back regularly ever since their first week! Brunch is fabulous, dinner simply delightful. Food is inventive, tasting and always perfectly prepared. Portion options are great! Service is super friendly and welcoming! On Friday and Saturday nights at the height of dinner, it can get very loud, but certainly the over-all experience is exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    finefoodfan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    we've been here (and to Tavern Kitchen) several times, and the food is fabulous on every level--choices available, taste, and presentation. This visit on a Sunday night fell down on the usual excellent quality of service. The restaurant wasn't very busy but seemed short staffed. Several items were not available. We think our server was 'filling in'--maybe usually a host? He was friendly, but a little 'scattered'. There was a long wait between salad and main course. We ordered 2 desserts, but one never arrived, for which he apologized. Having said that, we will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Birthday Honey
    STLDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here for my wife's birthday and it definitely did not disappoint! Days later and she is still raving about that meal (and sangria)...the vegetarian menu was a hit and I found the fish market menu unique and tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fit for a foodie
    ssfpdoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The laid back urban atmosphere with open kitchen is delightful. The cocktail list is truly unique. There are a lot of choices on the menu which allows for great sharing. The server was intelligent and responsive. Will go back again for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Possibly the best food I've eaten
    BeerwithDinner
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This may have been the best meal I ever had. The outside seating was lovely, but the food was the main event. My girlfriend (who was celebrating her birthday) and I had the lobster risotto, brussel sprouts, swordfish and salmon. The swordfish with lime and jalapeno might have been the best fish I've ever had. Was not cheap, but would go again in a heartbeat for a special occasion. Great beers on tap and in bottles, and the management was wonderfully accommodating after I screwed up the reservation. I have a new favorite restaurant in St. Louis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not really Italian...
    CStorm
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was very good, don't get me wrong but the Italian items we tried weren't that great. We had the meatballs and the lobster risotto, just not fabulous. The shrimp appetizer was excellent! Everyone had a tasting board and besides the risotto, everything was very good. The fritters for dessert were yummy!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pazzo for Pazzo
    KbearVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This place is great. Love the salads, especially the creamy greens. The menu recently changed and now it is a bit more like the Tavern, with some really delicious fish and meat options, including the ability to mix and match the preparation. If you can't decide which one, you can get three different fish with different preps. SO tasty. I almost don't want to write a review because I don't want this place to be so crowded I can't get in!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High Expectations, Bit Disappointed
    GroverGMa
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Mention of great blueberry pancakes in St L publication drew us in to celebrate mutual birthdays in early August. Place was really noisy on Sunday morning. Folks at the front desk made us feel welcome. Really, really wanted to love this place, but all four of us had the same thought--Glad we tried it, probably won't make the trek again. Blueberry pancakes were excellent, for sure, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Messed up order, nothing special
    MichelleSTL
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The ambience is pleasant. The food is fine. Nothing special. The Kitchen messed up 2 out of 3 orders(it was not the server's fault) . We pointed it out, but it wasn't fixed and the bill was not adjusted. The server was nice and prompt. We won't come back as there are lots of places in the Central West End. The food was good, but we left somewhat annoyed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It's awesome when you get a server who LOVES their job and knows the menu! The meatballs & grilled artichokes are a must try! Amazing menu and several specials made it difficult to choose. I will be back VERY SOON.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    Lojo
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Celebrated my daughter's bday with a party of 7. Ordered apps: meatballs (delicious and spicy), lobster risotto (creamy and good but lacking much lobster or lobster flavor) and shrimp app ( really good!) Caprese salad was wonderful too. Ordered 7 different entrees. All good. Fettuccine w/ & w/o vegetables (needed seasoning), surf and turf, scallops w/ pistachio lime prep, rigatoni, veal Parmesan. Presentation of all-very nice. They comped a dessert for the bday girl, so we tried bread pudding, chocolate chip cookie dessert and donut holes with dipping sauce. All were quite good. Daughter said it was the best meal she's ever had and she's a foodie. (23yrs old). I'm not too picky but we were very very pleased with all. Good job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fine; noise not
    Jambynet
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our foursome arrived on time for a Saturday night reservation and found the place packed. After a 5-minute wait (standing), we were shown to a decent table. The noise was so loud we could not hear a word the server was saying. All surfaces in the restaurant are hard. Even the kitchen workers had to talk loudly to each other to be heard. This was the only significant blot on an otherwise fine meal. Considering that we're at the height of tomato season, I was surprised so few made it into the caprese appetizer. Beef, shrimp, and pasta dishes were excellent. I'll be back--at 5 pm on a weeknight to lessen the din.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not much atmosphere.
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Come to eat wonderfully prepared dishes, but don't expect much atmosphere .. Service could have been a star better, but food made it worth the stumbles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I went to brunch with 3 others. Service was average. Pancakes (with blueberries) were very good. French toast was less so. Fried potatoes were quite good. Omelet was less than average according to my friends who said that they would not return. I might return for the pancakes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch-cious
    JMik
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Cucina Pazzo by Justin is a delcious place to go to brunch. The service is excellent and the ambiance is romantic with outside seating. We got dollar pancakes, an brussel sprout hash, and the chicken saltimboca benedict. All were amazing! We would go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic brunch
    SpecialK
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everyone loved their meals. Lemon ricotta pancakes were FABULOUS!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service better then good
    Bo44
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place had great tasting food make no mistake, but the service was outstanding, amazing is even a word I would use, the staff and management should be proud of the job they are doing, my wife and I agree, wonderful out door dinning and great food but the staff will have us go back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale food / downscale vibe
    BraseGigantiVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The best reason to go to Cucina Pazzo is the food. Every dish had depth and richness, and they make what passes for Italian food elsewhere io St. Louis (I'm looking at you, The Hill) seem like a joke. I selected the meatball "appetizer" (really meant for 2-3 people) and had to rethink my entree: tasty meatballs on a bed of rich polenta with cheese and herb accents. I then had the small portion short rib tagliatelle, which was perfectly cooked and assisted by a deep and rich mushroom sauce that was almost like a veal reduction. My one gripe with CP (other than NO appetizers meant for 1) is the wine list. Too few by-the-glass selections, and too many non-Italian selections. I'd dump the non-Italian and stock up on affordable options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Revised Concept/Meny - Winning!
    FoodieThoughtsVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    On our second visit to Cucina Pazzo since the menu was updated to have it's own vibe but emulate with a more Italian flair the tasting boards and fresh fish market of it's sister restaurant, we found this to be a winning enhancement to what was already going on in the former Duff space. We had excellent drinks, wine and a delicious dinner. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic al Fresco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was very tasty. Our server, Megan, was spot on. Nice wine selections. Half-baked cookie dessert was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    STLFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Took a group of my friends here for a birthday dinner. Had a great time! Everyone loved their food: halibut, chicken modiera (sp?), rigatoni, papardelle, caprese salad, half-baked cookie and nutella desserts. YUM! Service was great - friendly and timely. Love the chef there, Justin. Real friendly guy that made sure we were all happy. Great place for a casual night out with a good appetite. Cocktail menu was fun too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cucina Pazzo always "makes it work"
    Lebonrobert
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I eat here a couple of times a month. Sunday brunch or dinner I'm always happy. The latest addition of Tasting Boards is brilliant. These are three entree types dishes put together in a cohesive way. Surf & Turf = Lobster Risotto, Beef medallions topped with crab and Proscuitto Shrimp. This is not "tapas" but truly smaller portions of large plates. I choose to return often because of the service. No matter what curve ball I've thrown at them (like my entire party is an hour late on a Saturday night), they never get flustered or make me feel badly. They just "make it work". Shout outs to Jamie who works the host stand most every time I'm there - and to Maggie - server extraordinaire.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef Justin Rocks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Outstanding. We were greeted by a smiling, cheerful host. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and attentive to our needs. And the food...magnifico! Thanks for choosing St. Louis, Chef!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our first visit to Cucina Pazzo and it won't be our last! Our server was friendly, energetic and helpful. The food was interesting and tasty. There were plenty of great choices and we were filled by a few appetizers. The dessert fritters with lemon curd and blueberry compote was memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cucina Pazzo Missea the Mark
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have been to Cucina Pazzo numerous times but this visit was very disappointing. Although the salads were great, I found the entrees uninspired. Our large group tried various sampler entrees with combinations of fish, meat, etc. Unfortunately, no one was impressed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    sass
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I've been here twice and really like the food here. The ricotta pancakes are notable. The bread is fabulous but tiny portions. We asked for more and our waiter balked. We thought it was a bit weird. The meals for brunch were a better value than dinner. We'll be back for brunch for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful brunch
    R2d2
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The brunch food was delicious! The only drawback is that it is a little overpriced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.