Po Pazzo Bar & Grille
Po Pazzo Bar & Grille

Po Pazzo Bar & Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.popazzo.com/
  • Phone: 6192381917
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour:

    Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm and Sunday 4:30p - 9:00pm

    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm

    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:45pm


    Join us for live music in our bar and lounge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    "A Night Out" - Prime Rib Dinner Sundays, priced at $24.95 per person.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live music Thursday-Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grape Street
  • Public Transit: Bus and trolley within blocks
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Po Pazzo Bar & Grille
Sure our name, Po Pazzo, is Italian, but the food pays homage to the best urban bar and grille. Sound Crazy?
That's what Po Pazzo means, just a little crazy.

Our menu is filled with great appetizers, ample steaks, superb salads and unique side dishes. Our wonderfully extensive bar serves the best wines and liquors. Our staff is friendly and ready to serve.
Eating out should be an experience:
Part entertainment, part theater, and of course, all fun. That's what Po Pazzo
ultimately represents; music, food and friends.
Po Pazzo, a new kind of Bar and Grille by Busalacchi.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Po Pazzo Bar & Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (25)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (15)notable wine list (12)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fantastic
    stella
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We are huge fans of the Busallachi restaurants. Po Pazzo & A Modo Mio are 2 favorites. Had Shrimp Scampi & Cioppino (amazing) at Po Pazzo, both were outstanding, as was service! We've been eating with them for years-- NEVER disappointed, always a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment
    CynHunt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had been told this place was good but the person who told me this hadn't been there for well over a year. I'll make this short. TERRIBLE waitstaff. He couldn't care less and didn't mind showing it. The plates were practically tossed on the table. Food served cold. This place charges a lot for sub-standard service and food. We will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    CeehVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Went for a friend's birthday & had a group of 6. All were impressed by the excellent food & service (super deal during restaurant week!) Great wine recommendation from our server, and the staff made the night extra special for our friend by arranging for the entertainer in the bar to sing "Happy Birthday". Definitely will return for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and atmosphere
    foodnwinelover
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I was really pleased with the decor of the restaurant and the food was great. There was also someone playing jazz on the piano. Great time and could still talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and music
    JohnMonika
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been here many times. The food is always good. I come also because of the music
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    JohnMonika
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have been here multiple times with different women. The food is great, the music is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice place good food
    James
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This family of restaurants does a great job with their menu items. Food is always very consistent and service is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful romantic dinner
    gadams14
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I picked out this restaurant before we got to San Diego for our romantic dinner night and I was not disappointed. The environment was wonderful and the food was amazing. The marinara and bread was so fresh and the steak was cooked to perfection. The chocolate lava cake was also one of the best I've ever had. Our waiter was very informative although a little too pushy on opinions as well but overall a very nice guy. I would highly recommend Po Pazzo to anyone who wants to experience some good food and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmoshere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great environment, Great people. Love the food and everyone needs to try this place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Celestialstar2004
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Walking by one would not know that the inside is nicely decorated. The chef took notice of my allergies and prepared a dish that was delicious. It was nice to see food portions that are not so American sized. Would definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Good and the Bad of It All
    Phred
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Po Pazzo is a nice restaurant with excellent service. The bruschetta was delicious and served beautifully. We were, however, disappointed in our main meals. One of us ordered Nonna's spaghetti, which was a lot of food. The short rib was tender, but not very flavorful, and we experienced the same lack with the Bolognese sauce. The filet mignon was good, but not great. We'd heard great things about this restaurant, so were let down by the quality of the food. Po Pazzo is a nice space, however, and as stated earlier, the service was efficient and friendly. Food came in a timely manner, and we did not feel rushed. Not too sure if we will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Po Pazzo fave San Diego restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    it never fails that the service and the food is great. The waitress was very friendly and helpful without being pushy or a pain. The food was great as always. We usually stay after dinner to enjoy the music at the bar. One of our must stop when we are in San Diego. Great place for special occasion/groups/romantic evening/great dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Little Italy
    HRFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service and food is unrivaled. The only restaurant that we will drive from Riverside to San Diego just to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, nice music
    creidsd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner here. The food was great. I had the Arugula Berry Salad and my husband had the Cucumber Salad. Both were delicious and a good size (not too big or too small). For entrees, I ordered a daily special, Chilean Sea Bass with Lobster Risotto and Asparagus. My husband had the Scallops which were dusted with a spicy rub, and his was also served with the Lobster Risotto and he substituted the Asparagus for Spinach. Our server was very knowledgeable and did a great job helping with the wine. We shared an Italian white wine called Vermentio that reminded us of being in Italy! Live music started around 8:00 pm, so the atmosphere was festive. Our overall experience was great. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been to the restaurant several times in the past, always delightful. My wife and I ordered the halibut and we were both disappointed. The fish was pretty dry and relatively tasteless. Our 2 other guests were very pleased with their dinners. So, I chalk it up as an anomaly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italianfoodlover
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I chose the osso bucco at the recommendation of the server. The meat was good but the pasta that was served with it was dry and sticking together. My husband had the "Pasata a la Nonna." It was not that great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleasing
    egger004
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dinner for two, evening date. Service was friendly, profession, attentive and Italian, which is always nice to see in Little Italy. Food was delicious, and the wine selections were satisfying. Overall, I would certainly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winner
    Sean
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    You will get a great meal, awesome service all at a fair price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buccal accident is always great
    reddad50
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Once again a wonderful dinner on a special occasion. Po pizza is always a treat and the ambiance is so special there. I think it's one of the really special places to dine in Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty so-so food
    Hal1VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We ordered sea bass but I think we were served halibut. It was fine. Also a big steak, which was only very so-so. The menu is not really Italian so much as traditional steakhouse type food with a bit of Italian thrown in.
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  • Buon Appetito
    justice
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had a 6pm reservation on a Monday night, so it was very quiet inside the restaurant. Our server Ciago was very friendly and explained the seafood specials. We started with the Bruschetta appetizer and then moved on to dinner. The Nonna's Spaghetti was filled with several meats and made for a satisfying meal. The mushroom and asparagus risotto was also very tasty, but almost tipped the scale when it came to the amount of thick cut mushrooms in it. It almost sent us searching for the asparagus. My son ordered the lobster ravioli in a seafood bisque, which he about fell over when he ate it. I got the blackened wild salmon special with spinach and lobster linguini. Ciago was attentive throughout our time there - we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review of Po Pazzo
    BigonLittleItaly
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were disappointed in the quality of our meals. My meal was OK, another guest's meal was poor. The two other guests said just ok. We did notice that your restaurant was not very crowded for a Sat. night in Little Italy, esp. as we walked by some restaurants with large crowds. Personally, charging $39 - $42 for an entree seems excessive. Some entrees are reasonably priced, i.e., pasta dishes; others too expensive for the area. We do like the bar and entertainment and will return for the bar and bar service next time. Our service and servers were excellent. That is definitely something in your favor.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 292 reviews are from the Po Pazzo Bar & Grille reviews archive.
  • Very nice
    vvGinSD
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Nice place for solo or group. Food is Italian-American (vs. true Italian) which is true of every place I've tried in Little Italy. For authentic Italian, I go to OperaCaffe on 4th in San Diego. Atmosphere at Po Pazzo made it easy to converse with friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Date
    JustAGuy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Just the right amount of activity and loved the music! Only problem was the TV on in the bar. You can see it from everywhere. Distracts from a romantic night, particularly when the hockey game turned into a surgery show! Please turn it off. NO ONE was watching.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Italy's Best!
    CrankinSoCal
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Entering the restaurant we were greeted by a friendly hostess who sat us immediately, giving us a choice of outdoor, indoor (table or booth). We choose the booth, which was on the opposite side of the building as the bar. Our server gave of several options of meals and answered all our questions from the menu. He brought the bottle of wine we ordered and gave us time to enjoy it before bringing us our cucumber salads. Then after letting us enjoy more of our wine he brought our meals. My wife had the New York steak and I had the Lobster Raviolli. Both meals were excellent. We then indulged in a wonderful desert. We never felt rushed and I also had an after dinner aperitif. Po Pazzo is a definite gem with great food, staff and ambience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service and food
    JerishpsVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Thank you to Wander again for an excellent dining experience. We love dinner and Happy Hour at Po Pazzo.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tracy
    Tracy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had an amazing dining experience. My husband loves veal and it was just taken off the menu. Our server, Gary spoke with the chef. The chef made a special veal Parmesan. Gary had great recommendations on appetizers and wine. We enjoy great food and appreciate the chef's willingness to accommodate. The service, food, wine and atmosphere were outstanding! We will dine with them again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with friends
    Goody
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We met another couple for dinner and it was great. The food was excellent and the service outstanding, a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Po Pazzo's Bar & Grille
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Mediocre pasta. outstanding ambience with a jazz singer in the bar, very romantic. Our waiter gave us very poor service from beginning to end. We will not be back to dine here and will be writing a critical review on Yelp. Stay away! We will be back to take advantage of the bar area and the jazz singers.
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  • should be #1 for lunch
    foodie4sureVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Love this place. I go here about 5X per year for dinner and it's my FAVORITE lunch spot. you can always get in, very quiet, personalized service and the menu is diversified yet so very reasonable for lunch. I had a shrimp/lobster cocktail for under $15, loaded with seafood and delicious. I've had the lobster risotto and the pasta, both very good. you can't spend $15 on a lunch as every entree is less than, BUT the Po Pazzo great way. HIGHLY recommend for lunch, it will become your favorite spot. only frustration can be parking..........grab the FIRST spot you pay and bring change for old fashion meters
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    justmeVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Loved this restaurant so much! The ambiance is great- low lighting, live music, and fun atmosphere. Food was fantastic and service was great. We will be visiting again next time we're in the area!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AreYouSure
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our server was great. But what happened behind the scene is unexplainable. Food was delivered to us that wasn't for out table. Followed by food delievered to the wrong person on our table then being asked "Are you sure" , not just once, but four times and twice to one of my guests. By the time it was figured out, most of the food was not hot. "Are you sure" became our inside joke the rest of the night downtown. I usually don't complain, but I guess, since I've been asked, I am now complaining.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Keep coming back and bringing friends. Food, Service and Atmosphere is great and consistant
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It was our first visit, service was wonderful all evening, our meals were all very good, although some of the prices vs serving size were high. We will visit the restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been to Po Pazzo many
    SDBarbie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We have been to Po Pazzo many times and typically enjoy the entire experience. We had a little bit different experience this time. My husband ordered the filet mignon and it came with mashed potatoes, which were COLD (not just lukewarm,but actually cold) - so he didn't eat them. Our friend ordered the mushroom pasta and didn't eat about 1/3 of it because she said it was warm only on the "inside." We mentioned it and they came back with two free desserts, which was nice,but I would rather have a good hot meal. Then, some older womenat the table next to us (70-80) came over to ask us to "keep it down!" The restaurant is loud, with a live band - if you "keep it down" you can't have a conversation. Of course, that's not the restaurant's fault.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My daughter and I really wanted
    Sofia
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My daughter and I really wanted to like this place as the staff-hostess, bartender, waitperson, busser--were all so nice. The ambience was lovely and they had good live music. Unfortunately, the food was just awful. I ordered a Cosmo that I took one sip of and just left on the table. We each ordered a salad; they were both reasonably ok, just a little underseasoned. We ordered the mushroom risotto which was inedible; unpleasant texture and tasted like overcooked Rice-a-Roni. We did not complain, they just noticed she did not eat it and offered to bring something else or not charge for it. We really appreciated that. The other dish was the lobster ravioli. The filling was fine but the pasta was gummy and tough, we cut off most of it.
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  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We had an amazing meal at the hidden gem. We were visiting San Diego and yelped Italian restaurants. Po Pazzo was buried within a few pages because there are so many Italian restaurants there. Thank goodness I kept looking. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Po Pazzo had live jazz music and a beautiful singer. The ambience was fantastic. Hands down…this was the best service I've EVER had at a restaurant. Our waiter was very attentive but not intrusive. We HIGHLY recommend Po Pazzo. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    NanettesaadVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I love this restaurant because it covers all the aspects of an excellent restaurant and that is what you expect when you go out for dinner. Great service, wonderful ambiance, excellent food. To us, this restaurant treats you as a special client. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A solid meal with great service
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    All our dished were good, very tasty, and great ingredients. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance, above average food
    ctmille1
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Enjoyable birthday dinner for 4 on a fairly quiet Monday night. Veal chop special was very good - a lot of food. Ribeye steak was just average. Service was about right - not hovering, but available. A little pricey $200 + tip, considering only a couple glasses of wine. Decor is nice. Overall, decent place for a special occasion, or maybe a romantic dinner in Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.