Paolo's Italian Restaurant
Paolo's Italian Restaurant

Paolo's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paolositalian.com/
  • Phone: 2538502233x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm-9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm-10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Paul Raftis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Choose from a variety of dishes that can be picked up or delivered (server optional) to groups of 10 or more hungry guests. Select from appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees, and desserts.
  • Private Party Facilities: $1,000 minimum, dinner menu only
    Saturday and Sunday only, finish by 3:30pm
    3-day notice preferred
    Call for more details
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Raftis 2533502233x
  • Special Events: New Year's Eve
    Valentine's Day
    Mother's Day Brunch
    Wine Dinners
    Beer Dinner (summertime)
    Cooking classes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 240th
  • Public Transit: King County Metro routes 168 and 169
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Paolo's Italian Restaurant
For more than 20 years, Paolo’s has been bringing the taste of Italy to Kent. Paul Raftis founded the restaurant after growing up learning to cook along side his mother, Darlene Raftis. He enjoys the open kitchen he can chat with guests as he works. He never tires of hearing "It smells so good in here!" As a marathoner, he is living proof that that you can eat Italian and be healthy. In fact, one of his signature dishes, "Fettucine Paolo" was featured in Runner's World magazine. "It's one of the dishes I developed, it has no cream in it, no butter." It's a delicious pasta dish that utilizes olive oil, garlic, chicken stock, garlic, balsamic vinegar, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken. So whether it's bruschetta, cioppino, pizza, or spaghetti and meatballs, Paul thanks each of you for choosing to dine here.
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Paolo's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (17)kid-friendly (11)good for groups (9)romantic (8)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Not bad but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I was really excited to try Paolo's. It was my first time at this restaurant. The service was great, liked the bread basket; I had Veal Marsala which was pretty good but pasta with red sauce was very mediocre. My husband said the same thing about this fettuccine with meatballs. so unfortunately I had more cons then pros. The ambiance is old and could use some remodeling/updating/redecorating. We sat very close to kitchen and could hear all that was going in kitchen and it was hard to talk. Also for the quality of food..I strongly believe it is very overpriced!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unassuming neighborhood favorite!
    TheBeckers
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were really pleased to have found Paolo's. Initially we though it was a Mexican place as the exterior is slightly non-descript. Service was great upon walking in the door, lovely host, server, and busser. My husband had the lasagna because it's the tell tale sign of a good Italian place and I had a spicy chicken pasta with lots of veggies---THE SPAGHETTI NOODLES ARE SPECTACULAR. They are extra thick and were cooked perfectly. And I mean thick, like almost pencil thick, but quite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service
    Joti
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Staff was super flexible with change, food was coming quickly, we were a noisy group with kids for sure but they handled everything so well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love to Eat
    LoveToEatVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Small stand alone restaurant. Older building. They had a special 4 course menu for $20.99. You had around 6 selections to choose from in each category: appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert. Very good selection of choices. For my appetizer I had the sauted calamari in a tomato sauce and it was excellent. Service was very good, friendly. I only choose off the special menu, so I can not comment on the regular menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unexpectedly delicious!
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    When we first drove up my husband and I both thought oh boy this looks sketchy. But we decided to give it a try anyways because the reviews online were so good. And we were so glad we did! Food was delicious, the staff was super nice and overall it was a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was so delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I really enjoyed the dinning experience at this place. The food was pretty good and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the worst
    Tencie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Packed in like sardines. Only three waitress for a large number of people. First beer took forever should have been poured and ready when doors opened. Pizza appetizer awful, salad dressing I would never order again. The rice or whatever it was I noticed no one ate including us. The chicken was good however. Dessert crust was raw and after my or second bite I went into the bathroom fast and threw up. The noise level was unbearable and this whole horrible evening took over three and a half hours. We ask for our bill when dessert was served so we could leave. Sorry about the bad report, but if everyone there had the same experience and told several friends you would be wondering why business was down.....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food. Kid friendly
    TopFuel
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were in town on VK and was looking for Itialian food. We where very surprised how good the food was
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Sunday
    phoody
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We always enjoy eating at Paulo's. We appreciate the simple Tuscanesque décor, the smaller size of the restaurant, and the more subdued noise level. The basic menu is a good mix of typical Italian dishes that are done well. There is also, usually, a seasonal menu with some interesting variations. My own choice this go around was the Kobe beef entre which is a nice cut of meat and was well paired with a mushroom sauce. We will certainly visit again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time I was disappointed
    Leslie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been Paolo lovers for many years and this time we were very disappointed in the service. Before we even sat down the staff was handing us menus... think; I'm in a hurry. The restaurant was not busy and yet there was a feeling of being rushed the entire meal. We've talked up Paolo's to our friends and were a bit embarrassed that this was their first experience there. Hopefully this is not the new norm.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Treasure!
    LELDNY
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    In all the years we have been going to Paolo's, we have never been disappointed in a meal there. We have always had good service and enjoyed the special menus they have offered from time to time. We like the neighborhood feel we get when we dine there. When our daughter became engaged, we used their catering service for a celebratory dinner party. Our guests loved the food. Paolo's continues to be a favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paolo's is our favorite restaurant
    AlTreder
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I go to Paolo's for special occasions, our own and Paolo's (they have a great anniversary dinner event). This time it was my birthday, so I made reservations early, and for 6PM. Turns out the place is not yet packed at 6, so the staff was able to serve us very quickly and the noise level was down. My wife had shrimp and pasta, while I had a summer special of beef medallions in wine sauce. Had to take half of it home with me for next-day lunch. Usually my wife gets beef or lamb and I get seafood (I love Paul's cioppino!), but we switched this time. We both had a scrumptious dessert of warm berry crunch with a scoop of vanilla gelato, and went home well satisfied. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was excellent.
    ATKPILOT
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great experience. Place was pretty loud. There was a huge group.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bite out
    Greatbiteout
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had a wonderful time. Carol our server was the best and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatplacetoeat
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    County, our waiter, did a fantastic job in serving us a great meal! Thank you, Paolo's!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Every time I come to Paolo's, I leave with a smile on my face. what a wonderful dining experiance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    Goldilocks
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Have eaten here several times. The service has always been good but not hovering. Have always been very satisfied with the food. The menu is not so large that one has trouble deciding what to order. There are seasonal menus that have good variety.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best meal we had in along time.
    Hayingirl
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our waiter was very nice and helpful. The food was - mind blowing. It was cooked to perfection! The negative thing was it was packed and very LOUD!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paolo's Italian Restaurant
    Beth
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food is always great, priced just right with great service. We really enjoy the 4 course $20.99 menu it is a awesome value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so friendly!
    jchoe11
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was really cute! the waiter was available at all times and was easy to talk to. it was cute cuz it was prom night and the waiters even prepared sparkling cider for the couples. we went early so there weren't that many people and may be that's why we got great service. the 20.99 four course deal was great! and perfect for two people with another appatizer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh...
    ThisIsJohnGaltSpeaking
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I am a bit miffed by the ratings for this restaurant. Maybe I just came in on a bad night? All I know is that the food was just "okay" at best. Nothing was horrible, but nothing stood out either. The service, again, was just "okay." No major complaints, but no room for any kudos either.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the Paolo's Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Happy Diner
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been to Paolo's many times and have always had excellent food and service! It is, in our opinion, one of the few higher quality restaurants in the Kent East Hill area. They offer an "Early Diner" menu with a nice selection of items that are smaller in portion size and price, or a larger selection of entrees from the regular menu. If we had a complaint, it woud be the noise level when the restaurant is full of people, which it typically is!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Latest Visit
    phoody
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We always enjoy our visits to Paolo's. The atmosphere is pleasant and the service is always friendly. It's on the smaller side so it never feels crowded. The menu isn't huge but offers a nice variety of mostly typical Italian dishes that are well prepared. Seasonal selections and specials add some nice variation to the standard choices. Probably the best accolade is we keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We enjoy the intimacy of this smaller restaurant. The food is consistently good and service excellent. We have dined here several times and hope to continue in future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    omnivore4sure
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our table was ready based on our reservation. Staff was friendly and informative. The food was up to its usual standard, making this one of the better places in Kent to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodFood
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was excellent in flavor and presentation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hidden Gem
    vikingchief
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We have been going to Paolo's for a long time and find this restaurant exceptional in all respects. The food is GREAT and the staff is willing to accommodate changes and very friendly. The chef is renowned for the quality of food. The dessert selection is absolutely fantastic . Be sure to make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I will go back. Food was very good, portions were perfect and price was very well matched to value.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back
    Calypsu
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Took my husband there to celebrate the end of a bitter/sweet week. The wonderful food and great service made our restaurant choice one to remember. We will definitely be back - and SOON. Maybe this time we will even introduce some friends to this fabulous place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I love this place.. The food is always excellent. My favorite Italian restaurant in the entire area. Would recommend it to everyone who enjoys authentic Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a spot for good Italian food
    fl013
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This was not our first visit to Paolo's. Although it's not close to our house, we enjoy going there whenever we can. We have family who live close by, and they introduced us to this restaurant. My husband and I, as well as my sister and brother in law, all have our own favorite dishes. The prices are reasonable and they also offer a good dining deal for those who are there before 5:30. It's worth looking out for. We know we will always have good food at Paolo's and very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food worth a visit!
    KReed
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Tucked into a strip mall type space that doesn't do justice to the food, Paolo's offers a wonderful selection of Italian dishes. The ingredients are fresh. Items are homemade (like the out of this world Creamy Gorgonzola salad dressing). Service is attentive and the food comes quickly but is nicely paced so you can enjoy a bottle of wine. The atmosphere is casual and since ti's a smallish space it gets fairly noisy. Parking is a breeze. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Catering research
    light4hymn
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We had a wonderful experience. Truthfully it was our 3 or 4th visit. Never disappointed! We were going this time to try the lasagna for an upcoming event. It was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Beth
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner we all ordered off the 4 course $20.99 menu. The food was as great as always. This truly is the best restaurant in Kent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were surprised that they
    Trisha
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We were surprised that they did not have a table reserved for us and we had to wait until they could find and set up a table. Then we sat for over 20 minutes before any waiter came to our table, he apologized and left us for 10 more minutes. They were not that busy. I was very disappointed, as this is a favorite restaurant of mine and had out of town guests visiting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food + Loud Violin = bummer
    TahoeEd
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    A special Valentine's menu at our favorite restaurant with a live violinist sounded great, but in reality, it was difficult evening. First off - the food was fantastic! Exactly what we always expect at Paolo's - fresh, perfectly prepared, melt in your mouth deliciousness. However, it felt as if the restaurant was not ready for the full house this menu and holiday brought. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation, joined 6 others waiting in the lobby area with no hostess in sight. We waited 20 minutes with only a single brief appearance by the hostess during the wait. We were seated 2 tables away from a VERY loud violinist. I had to beg my wife to stay, but she had a headache by the end of the meal. Paolo - skip the music next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    ValentineDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have been there before for dinner. Just not on a special night like Valentines Day. It was just as good if not better. We got in right away without having to wait and that is hard to do on Valentine's day. They had a special menu for the occasion that had something for everyone on it. I am a pickey eater and found many options on the menu I would enjoy. Overall it was a great experience and would recommend to everyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food!
    Splash
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The special Valentines day menu was a nice surprise when we arrived. Everything from a glass of sparkling wine, delicious appetizer plate, salad or soup, entree and dessert was included for $40 or less! Paul always makes great food and this was no exception. If there was one thing to complain about it was that the volume from the violin player made it difficult to carry on a conversation. I would gladly put up with it again for the excellent food! Thank you Paul and team!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hit Once Again
    AlTreder
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We eat at Paolo's on special occasions (love the special menus) and whenever we want to treat ourselves. Last week was the wife's birthday, and this week was Valentine's Day. Sometimes I make up an excuse (because it does cost more than your friendly neighborhood Mexican restaurant). I have never failed to enjoy the food here. When they get busy, the service is sometimes slow, but it's always cheerful anyway, and I leave satisfied. These last two times, I also left with half the entree, to enjoy again, because it was too much to finish at one seating. Paolo's is our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were early enough this time
    AlTreder
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We go to Paolo's several times a year now, because the food is so good. Paul's cioppino is the best anywhere. My wife loves the lamb chops in wine sauce, usually offered only on special occasions, or gorgonzola steak. This was her birthday, and we arrived before 5:30, so we qualified for the special menu, which is four courses for about $20 each. Instead of the usual we went with the special menu and got meatballs on spaghetti for her and lasagna for me. We like those dishes anyway, but had never ordered them at Paolo's because they seem available anywhere. Well, we were very pleased, and took half the entree home to enjoy again, because there was so much of it. Like Wolfgang Puck does for soups, Paul puts extra goodness into his recipes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.