Pazzo! Italian Cafe
Pazzo! Italian Cafe

Pazzo! Italian Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gr8food.net/
  • Phone: 2394348494
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jason Mattozzi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5 th Ave and U S 41
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited Parking on 5th Ave. South, directly behind the Restaurant and a four story parking structure one block away on the corner of 4th Ave. South and 8th Street
A word from Pazzo! Italian Cafe
Welcome to Pazzo! Cucina Italiana, Naples’ Best Italian Restaurant! Come to Pazzo! Cucina Italiana to enjoy great authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere, where everyone feels like family. At Pazzo!“It’s All About The Food!”TM, we make all of our own sauces, pastas, desserts and everything in between from scratch to achieve that hard to resist authentic Italian taste! Nationally known ... Locally Loved!
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Pazzo! Italian Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)special occasion (63)neighborhood gem (48)great for outdoor dining (39)romantic (35)notable wine list (28)good for groups (25)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
    Coco
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    ANOTHER MARVELOUS MEAL GREAT SERVER CHERISE WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, GREAT FOOD, A MUST RESTAURANT FOR A NAPLES VISIT. BEEN EATING HERE FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS ALWAYS CONSISTANT.........BRAVO........I
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Always yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Service was great and food is always wonderful. Except they definitely need to put the Butternut Squash back on the menu. It's the main reason I go there. It was soooo delicious. We tried the Butternut Squash Tortellini and its is not near as good. But overall I love Pazzo!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long standing customer
    OldTimePatron
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our waitress, Kayla, was fantastic. She is a real gem. Very knowlegable,and very helpful, The food was o.k. Nothing memorable but we really didn't expect that. We were customers on the 2nd. day after you opened and have always tried to order the meatloaf but it wasn't on the menue. Why remove a signature dish? Foolish!
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, unusual food
    Oldtimefaithful
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been going to Pazzo for at least 17 years. Although it is nominally an Italian restaurant, the menu has recently been revised. They may eat this food in Italy, but most people would not be familiar with many of the menu items. That said, take a chance. The food is excellent! You just have to try things that you've never seen before. The chef's creativity and knowledge produces dishes that are really good and interesting. As this is a moderately upscale restaurant, the food is appropriate. Just don't think southern Italian.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Early Dining Specials
    Conserv
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The salmon I ordered was delicious! However, I thought it would come with a choice of salad or soup. It was a small portion.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Still the Best Italian in Naples
    Riverside
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've been dining at Pazzo since it opened almost 20 years ago. Restaurants come and go on 5th Avenue but this is still the standard for GREAT food and service. There are some recent additions to the menu, such as the crab stuffed shrimp appetizer, that are not to be missed. Someone at our table said the shortrib meatballs were the best they've ever had in their life. My gorgonzola crusted filet was cooked to absolute perfection. When my family comes to Naples, their first question is "when are we going to Pazzo?"
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful dinners
    Marsala
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Becoming a favorite spot to enjoy with friends! Especially like the homemade pasta and Special Dinner menu! Would like the Special Menue to change once in a while. Would give us an opportunity to try new entrees. A plus for the restaurant . The waiter was very good, but got our bills missed up. Not a big problem. In all a very enjoyable evening!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pazzo's never disappoints!
    Liv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Another great meal. The best salmon on Fifth Ave! Our friends from Fort Myers Beach were equally impressed. Great service ( thanks, Charice) as well! Keep up the good work!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • To pushy!!!!
    becca27
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    If your there for early dining be aware, they want you in and OUT!!! I will not go there again,,,,,I use to love it there, not anymore...very fake people there.....they just want to turn tables, that's it. We use to be very good customers,,,not anymore...our server thought he new everything, very arguementive.....and the manager there, thinks he's God...
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  • Wish the menu had not changed!
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Took friends in town who loved Pazzo last year. We each had our favorite dishes and none of them were on the menu this year! When did the menu change and why did it change so much? We were very disappointed. One ravioli/rib dish my husband ordered this visit was 45.00 which we felt was overpriced. My husband could have had a steak at Chops for less. Our server was kind but was not too helpful with describing the dishes. We had a lot of questions about the new menu. The food that came was delicious but we preferred the options we had from the old menu. I used to recommend this restaurant to everyone but now I hesitate; there are not as many pasta dish options as there used to be. Check the online menu before making a reservation.
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  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Chops, Pazzo have been favorites for 14 years! Can depend on excellence in every aspect.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Delicious
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Promptly & warmly greeted. Nice table. Excellent service by Sam. I had linguine with crab, red, yellow & green peppers & jalapeños, topped with sautéed panko crumbs....delicious. My husband had veal piccata with lemon, butter & capers over linguine. Safe but never the less delicious. For dessert, afogato & tiramisu (both the best we've ever had) rounded out the meal beautifully. Pazzo is an all round winner. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Pazzo Never Disappoints
    Lovestoeat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Pazzo always provides excellent service to go with a delicious meal. Going back soon to try something from the new menu - can't wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • It's Getting Boring...
    Bosox
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    ...because I have reviewed this restaurant several times in the past, and nothing has changed. Both of our pasta dishes were excellent, tasty, well prepared, and with very good quantity. Our waiter was most helpful without hanging over us. Our table was well spaced from others, though this might be a problem on crowded nights as some other tables were quite close together. There are some excellent restaurants in Naples, but Pazzo is at the top of our list.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time back in several years
    jwc4613
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We haven't been to Pazzo ! for years, no reason, it just dropped out of our rotation of restaurants. Our bad, we found it is still a Gem, food was great. We've put back on our list , and plan to return very soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Years of Great Experiences
    ExYouper
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We found Pazzo many years ago when visiting Naples on business. Since then we've moved to Florida and when we visit Naples we always dine at Pazzo. We've enjoyed the same outstanding dining experience every time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Early Bird @ Pazzo
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We loved the menu with excellent choice of entrees. The food was beautifully presented and totally delicious. The wine was very good value with choice of Cabernet or Chardonnay, both very drinkable. Our waiter was attentive and charming. This was our second visit because last time we had enjoyed it all so much. We'll be back to sample more of Pazzo's great menu. Congratulations to the Chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We are new to Naples and this is our second time here. Everything about this place is fantastic. The homemade pastas all excellent. Service is always A+. A lot of attention to detail. This is without a doubt one of our favorites!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • What a surprise!
    DizmeupVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food always good, however, a bad waiter can ruin a meal. Our server was the rudest individual we have ever met. One of our guest did like their meal and the waiter was so rude to her that he didn't even have the manager come over. The meal was taken off bill but he was rather snippy about it. Also, when we asked for something to drink he literally walked away during mid sentence. The icing on the cake was that we didn't even finish our meal when he approached our table and threw the check down and told us here was the desert menu. How can we order desert when the check was already written up?? Very upsetting. We have eaten at both Chops and Pazzo on several occasions and have always praised their service. Will wait to return & recommend.
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    special occasion
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  • Awesome
    Gr8evening
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    First time dinning at Pazzos. We will be back, everything was great. We highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always delicious
    MmmmmmGood1VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great kids menu too. It is on 5th street which is beautiful. It is close to shopping, just one block away. Pazzo has a fabulous italian menu
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Firstandlasttime
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very disappointing. Food was marginal at best. Too many options to dine in Naples would not go back.
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  • Happy Birthday Feast
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was our first visit but will not be our last. I had checked the menu on line and went with it. (Not disappointed at all) every thing was wonderful. Oh, I had the blossom filled appetizer and the crab pasta. Yummy!!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pazzo
    PazzoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    When we rented for season this was our favorite italian restaurant downtown Naples. Now the prices have been raised to unreasonable levels, the service was terrible and has, in our minds, become one of the worst restaurants on 5th. This is our second time being disappointed and have no plans to return. Whatever has happened whether it be a change of management or direction, it's unfortunate. With all the competition in the area it's was the wrong choice.
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  • "Pazzo-tively" Delicious!
    SuperFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Naples. The food and the service are consistently great. They always make you feel like family. The ambiance is very nice and you can actually have a comversation with the other people at your table. My favorite dish is the Wild Boar Pappardelle. WOW! Be sure to save room for their awesome desserts. No matter how you say it... It is "Pazzo-tively" great!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • andyr
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was excellent. Our server was especially excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special and romantic booth!
    cool2eat
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    What a special midweek treat to have dinner before the play we attended down the street. Delicious food and Carlos - the best waiter... the summer two entree and wine special will really keep us coming back!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Downtown Naples Restaurant
    Food4u
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Good food, reasonable prices. We enjoyed the Early Bird Special Menu. DidD
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Sociando
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I've found this restaurant with Tripadvisor as a lot of other's. Once again I was not disappointed. Everything was good, from the welcome till the leaving. Server was great and friendly, he talked to us about our stay in Florida and gave some address or things to do in New-York for the end of our trip. Food was excellent, well presented and very tasty. I will recommend the restaurant and will go back again before leaving Naples.
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    Bosox
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Pazzo is always a solid choice for good Southern Italian food. We arrived early enough to get the early special, served until 6. A choice of two entrees and a bottle of wine, which didn't make Parker's list of great vintages but was good enough. We each ordered salads at extra cost. Mine was a very small Caesar, which was fresh and crisp, but did not taste anything like a typical Caesar. My penne was supposed to be spicy but wasn't. Waiter quickly brought pepper flakes. Excellent. My wife's pollo, penne vodka was excellent with prosciutto, artichokes, and grilled (it wasn't)chicken. Service was quick and attentive. Tables were reasonably spaced. A very good night.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Unfortunately, for the 1st time in the hundreds of times we have eaten at Pazzo's ~ our fish was not cooked properly. It was quickly corrected but it should not have happened.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    AJBIANC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Caesar salad was awful and dripping in a tasteless creamy dressing with anchovies that didn't taste like anchovies. I informed waiter and he barely apologized. The waiter was in a rush to go home throughout the meal. He brought over the check while finishing our entrees, and said "I can revise the total bill if we wanted coffee and dessert". I've been to Pazzo's a dozen times and this is the first time I was ever disappointed.
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  • Our waiter William was challenging!
    SallieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our waiter seemed rude from the start...the bread was definitely not fresh....we asked about different beverages....tried to get a side order with a feature but he said " take it like they make it".... The food was not hot...just warm when it came and by then we were too upset to ask him for anything else....we left after eating. We adore Chops, Blue Wayer, Yabba...the times we have tried Pazzo have been very mediocre....add a belligerent waiter to this time and we don't think we will return to Pazzo. Btw...we have lived here since 1994....and support local restaurants year round. This was a very unacceptable evening. Sallie Wright
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  • liveinnaples
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We made our reservation only an hour and a half before we dined. The special was a fresh local cobia fish. It was wonderful. The ceasar salad was also. You can tell it was made to order, fresh and chilled. The veal picata was outstanding. I'v been to Pazzo's many times and have never been disappointed. The service is excellent and we tried a new cabernet. Annabella cab 2011, excellent! Last minute. I forgot we had a handicap guest with us, neglecting to notify the reservation. Was not a problem, the staff moved out a chair without blinking an eye. My guests also love the filet mignon and the salmon. We shall return again before season returns.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Every course was amazing! Starters-Panzanella salad, Mussels, burrata & Heirloom tomato salad. Entrees- Veal Milanese (huge veal chop), excellent sauce, filet-perfectly seasoned and cooked, pasta dishes were to die for! Dessert was even better. Tiramisu, Chocolate cake, and Lazagnetta!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Birthday dinner
    foorRUs
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We celebrated my daughter's 28th birthday because it is her favorite restaurant. We were not disappointed. We ordered off the summer special menu and the level of food and service was just as outstanding as when we visited in the busy winter season. We will return. A true gem among the many choices in Naples
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • suebook
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in Naples! The menu constantly changes and explores and the food consistenly surpasses my expectatations.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently very good
    NaplesResident
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We've eaten here many times. The food is very good and innovative. The service is generally good to very good. This past time, it was exceptional. It's a nice place, not very quiet in season, quite pleasant during the summer. Interesting bar scene in season.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • recommended
    patti1964VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Pazzo! was recommended by a seasonal local as one of their favorite Italian restaurants. I went with my husband and daughter and all three of us thought the food was ok. Maybe we ordered too safely (chicken parm, penne bolognese, burrata w tomato) and they are known for some fantastic dish that we didn't know about. Anyway, it was just "fine".
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Love Pazzo!
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in Naples. Food is always great! They have a gluten free menu for my guest which is very important when dining out. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. The salmon dish has an exceptional mix of flavors. I highly recommend it. We ate before the fireworks and walked down 5th to the beach after dinner. Outdoor dining in season adds to the dining experience.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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