June 3 course month
We chose Pazzo as part of the 3 course for $29 dining month special in June. The food was very good. Great Caesar salad to start. My Risotto was very good. We didn't need course 3--dessert, but since it came with the meal . . . really tasty and a treat as we never have room for dessert (and didn't this time either). We had not been to Pazzo for years.
My husband had the Ciopino (sp?) and he was a little disappointed that it only had shrimp and calamari for the fish. Our local neighborhood restaurant, Porcelli's has really good Ciopino but don't serve it all the time.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pazzo's a winner...
Always one of our favorites. The food was outstanding as usual and the service was top notch.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was in Portland visiting my friend and his wife and I insisted on taking them out to a nice meal. We ended up choosing Pazzo and we are so glad we did! My friends don't normally go out to nice meals and would rather not spend too much money on dinner (which is why I insisted on paying) BUT after the amazing food, incredible service, and great wine they both agreed they would be back soon. Even after we left the restaurant they couldn't stop talking about it. I'm still receiving text messages from both of them expressing how much they loved EVERYTHING! I definitely would urge people to get the shrimp and grits starter and the Pistachio Semifreddo for dessert. Can't wait to go back again!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated our 19th anniversary at Pazzo, an old favorite. The service was very friendly, the food delicious. The portions were smaller than in the past, however; maybe because they were doing the Portland Dinner for $29 promotion? I ordered off the regular menu, but my portion of risotto was tiny. Other than that, we continue to love the quality of food at Pazzo.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for dining month. Between
Went for dining month. Between us we tasted 6 items, all delicious. Had not been to the restaurant for many years. Will be back again soon.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time dining at Pazzo (my wife and I), and the experience was impeccable. Imaginative menu, delicious food, attentive service -- it was all there. When I made reservations I told them it was our wedding anniversary, and they went out of their way to help us celebrate it, even including a lovely card waiting at our table. I couldn't speak more highly about this place.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I chose Pazzo because we were staying at the HoteI Monaco; we were tired and this was very nearby. I think my 16 year old daughter and I would have preferred something a little more home-style. We can't say the food was bad, just a little fancier than we would have liked. Beautiful restaurant, and our server was super friendly. I'll try again on another visit with my husband.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything from start (host was very pleasant) to finish was wonderful. All of the staff that we interacted with were attentive and engaging. The food was amazing. We got the gnocchi and the halibut. Then our server brought us some risotto to try because we have been askin about it. The manager came over and was a delight to talk to.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good downtown restaurant
Excellent Caesar salad, yummy bread. Overall very pleasant dining experience.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were treated very courteously.
We were treated very courteously. We were eating prior to attending a play and they made sure we were not delayed.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food, great location,
great food, great location, nice classy atmosphere, easy to get to when we stayed in Portland
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food in Portland
We always visit Pazzo when visiting Portland. The food is excellent, and this time, we noticed how impressive the service is as well. Great suggestions. And a wonderful wine list also.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food. Good portions and clearly a favourite with locals. We had a superb dinner from salad to dessert. The Caesar salad dressing was excellent and the pasta and steak dishes (particularly the one with balsamic reduction sauce) were fabulous. We would definitely go again when we return to Portland.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Pazzo for a business dinner and enjoyed the food so much that we returned again at the end of the week. Great food and service.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The gnocchi was fantastics, portions were just right (not too big or too small), atmosphere was very relaxing and inviting, the servers were friendly and they had the best panna cotta I have ever eaten...
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Italian food but pricey.
Great food at this nice Italian restaurant. Although I'm used to buying lunch downtown Portland for no more than $10 per person; lunch for two of us was $50. It's expensive, but certainly worthwhile for a special occasion. Good ambiance too. Our waitress, though quite professional, was really quite a bore and seemingly ambivalent. To a point of being insulting. That was too bad.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Probably the best Italian restaurant in the Portland area. Dishes are not adventurous but well-prepared with plenty of variety to suit a range of diners. Service was friendly and professional. Wine list not extensive but, again, enough variety that most will find something they can enjoy.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy & Great Staff
Delicious food. I am Vegan and the chef accommodated me with a delicious red sauce on their home made Tagettele noodles. And the desert was exceptional. Coconut milk & tapioca custard. The server was terrific and handsome .
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the greeting when we arrived to dessert our dining experience was incredible. We've eaten at Pazzo's before and have always had a great food and service.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
We always enjoy the atmosphere of Pazzo, with its superb Italian food. The "white pie" or clam pizza pie was very tasty. The gnocchi was OUTSTANDING - best I've ever had - and pappardelle excellent as well. Yummy tiramisu.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We requested an out-of-the-way table for a business discussion over a meal, and were seated in an ideal corner; perfect for our event.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time I go to Portland ( my son lives there) I try to have a meal at Pazzo's. The service is attentive, the food delicious and a comfortable elegant ambiance. Good wine selection. Great central location downtown. You really cannot regret a meal here.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Grill & Bakery at Pazzo
Outstanding food prepared on large old-time classic grill, perfect for peppers, onions, hash-brown potatoes, and scrambles! Fresh bakery goods make a fine diner an exceptional one - examples for brunch included crousants & brioche. Service was impeccable! I will definitely return, and bring my friends.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
My husband and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary at Pazzo. We are returning guests and will be returning again. The service has always been amazing! Great wait staff. Thank you for making our evening so special.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Should have had the gnocchi
Pleasant atmosphere for dinner. Decent drinks. Not rushed at all on a Saturday night. Started with the calamari which was good. The menu is not extensive and so I ordered the ribeye which was just ordinary. My daughter ordered the gnocchi, which I tasted, and it was excellent.
As I was staying at a nearby hotel, I came back for breakfast the next day and it was very good. Friendly staff.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pre-event dining.
Really convenient for downtown events (we were going to the Bonnie Raitt concert). A short walk to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and other downtown Portland event centers. Food was excellent and the service was amazing. Really cozy atmosphere for a really huge restaurant. Highly recommend this place
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great meal
I don't know what more to say. Our group split an appetizer and shared little bits of our mains and it was all delicious. The service was prompt and attentive, and it didn't break the bank. Pazzo's is great for someone looking for a nice evening out in the $80-100 for two people.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice place!
I really enjoyed this place. Great food, a good wine list. It was pretty quiet though which certainly wasn't bad but I tend to like places a little more crowded. Very good though.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gnocchi is one of those dishes that is easy to mess up. I have been served little rocks, mushy messes, and unidentifiable blobs in other restaurants---but NEVER have I been served anything but perfection at Pazzo's when it comes to these heavenly little pillows of goodness. I wish they would bring back the stacked beet salad, it was divine as well.
We will be back....and I will order the gnocchi again. I know that right now.
I typically love the ambiance at Pazzo's...it feels very Old Hollywood with a cool vibe, but this time, we sat by the entrance to the kitchen. It was busy and took away from the overall coolness of the typical seating we are offered...but we'll be back anyway. You saw the note about the gnocchi after all!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attentive service and fabulous food
When visiting Portland for the first time, my cousins wanted to bring me to their favorite restaurant, Pazzo. I'm so glad they did! The service was friendly and attentive, and the food was memorable. I will definitely return to Portland and to Pazzo!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Steak Ever.
My experience from start to finish was wonderful. I was participating in the Kimpton promotion.
The hostess was friendly and informative. Our waitress wasn't to sure about the promotion but when we told her three things off of the menu she said, that sounds right. I began with a date salad while my mom got the butternut ravioli. Both were amazing. But.....the Bistec! I belong to a steak club in Los Angeles and once a month we choose a new restaurant for a fine steak. I wish I could have them all come to Portland for this mouthwatering Bistec. Best Ever! We were barely able to finish the tiramisu which was also heavenly.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food as usual had the pork, veal and beef ragu which was amazing. Great cocktails and nice wine list. I do miss the flat bread with elephant garlic and Cambria cheese appetizer. It's been gone over ten years but we still ask them to bring it back on the menu. Their appetizer selection isn't that appealing, and they could add one or two more main dishes to the menu for more selection choice but overall one of our longtime favorites!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Go-To Restaurant
Pazzo's has become our go to restaurant downtown - reliably delicious food and solid service without pretension for honest prices in a cozy quiet atmosphere. My father started going here probably 20 years ago when he was in town for business and when we moved here 10 years ago we found it to be a great recommendation. Hoorah for Pazzo's.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Between work and show
The hospitality and service were outstanding. I arrived after work, on my way to a show at the Keller, ahead of my reservation for five o'clock, and was attended to in the lounge, where they allowed me to order dinner, including items off the happy hour menu. The only seat available, unfortunately, was by the door, and every entry was accompanied by a chilly wave of air. The staff noted that, and without my asking, approached me to ask if I'd like to be seated in the dining room, a little bit before it opened. There, the service was just as attentive. The meal was delicious, as well. A very enjoyable way to wind down the work week and prepare for an evening's entertainment.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing for Special Diets
The food was excellent and they were so great for my daughter who is gluten-free and dairy-free. Because all the meals are fresh and made to order the chef was able to accommodate my daughter 100%. Going out to eat with a child with dietary restrictions can be very stressful. The hostess and the wait staff were so nice about accommodating my daughter it made the experience worry-free and relaxing. We will definitely be coming back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was there 2 weekends ago and went back the next weekend because I loved it so much. The Caesar salad is delicious, the lemon drop incredible, the steak perfect and the brussel sprouts were amazing!!! The service was top notch! Coming from out of town...I highly recommend Pazzo.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
what a nice surprise
Not being in Portland often, we tried to pick out something special, and that's just what we got. Good food, service and ambiance. We would definitely return.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pazzo is a must
Pazzo is fantastic! Great food, service, setting with a terrific wine list. An absolute must!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second Time and Loving it
We enjoyed Pazzo the first time we went so we returned. We brought friends this time. They liked it just as much as we did. The table we were given this time was quieter than our first visit but I wouldn't recommend this place for a romantic meal. So far, it's noisy wherever you sit because the restaurant is flanked by 2 noisy, open kitchens. Honestly, if I wanted to see my food prepared I'd do it at home. The food is excellent and so is the service. We'll be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
this place is outstanding in every way! Great food and seamless service. we have been going there every couple months for years. we have never had a bad experience. it is always memorable!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there for a casual, but romantic date night and it was lovely. All of the staff including, the hostess, the server, and even the busboy were delightful. They added end personal touches throughout the evening that were very thoughtful. I would definitely recommend this place to someone looking for a unique Italian experience. Love!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not Your Usual Italian Restaurant!
We've eaten at Pazzo before and this time on a visit to Portland we decided to try it again. We weren't disappointed. We tried two different courses, roasted chicken and roast pork. Both were nicely flavored and delicious. Rather than wine we opted for a bottle of sparkling water. We were told by the manager that it was made on the premises and described how it was done. The water was very good and the idea that it was also environmentally friendly was an inspiring one. Although the restaurant was busy the servers really delivered. What was even more impressive is that the manager was helping out as well. This restaurant shows good managerial presence which is really important to the service and food in a dining establishment.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delightful evening at an iconic Portland restaurant. This is a very dependable , very consistant, very good restaurant. Very low key, great for business , romantic, fancy or casual, quiet old world restaurant. Not a loud hipster place but hipsters would not be out of place. The 5 of use were there 3 hours starting in the bar with wine ,cocktails, and appetizers... Then off to the dinning room. ror calarami, beet salad, caeser salad , halibut , risiotto, shrimp in polenta , pork tenderloins, tiramisu, and gelato. All were cooked perfectly and great presentation. Three of us are excellent cooks so we know good food very well. The Oregon pinot was outstanding. It was an expensive meal for a special occasion..
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great staff, good food
A very good experience overall, the good was really good but the service was really what pushed the restaurant into the best of Portland category.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was unbelievably
The food was unbelievably good. The gnocci was homemade, as was the shortrib ragu. We were very pleasantly surprised and plan to return on our next trip to Portland.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a table for 6 and got excellent service throughout our meal. Our server was friendly and helpful with suggestions of what to order. Everyone's food was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for dinner.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful, Artisan Italian food
We were staying at the Marriott right across the street and reserved this for a carb-load dinner prior to the 2013 Portland Marathon. The food was outstanding, the price reasonable, and the service great. Highly recommended. I would visit again my next time in Portland.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pazzo never fails.
We've dined here numerous times in the past and it's wonderful to try it again and the service, food and ambience haven't changed.
We look forward to more good times in Pazzo.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
We recently celebrated my husband's birthday at Pazzo. The evening was fantastic!! Jason (Pazzo GM) was so helpful in setting up a special dining experience. We were seated at the chef's exhibition table and Chef Alex and all the restaurant staff made it a memorable evening. The food was amazing!! Great wine list. Will and Jeffery make great Manhattan's in the bar too. This will be our first dining destination when we return to Portland! Thank you Jason, Alex, Lucio, Julia, Will and Jeffery!!
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Romance and Good Food
Upon arriving, we processed to a seat. It seemed noisy so we settled on another spot. The hostess was concerned it would be too loud for us but we stayed and it worked out. We started with a new food adventure: octopus. It was good and definitely a new taste. The server brought us a taste of wine which helped each of us decide what to have. My husband opted for the Cabernet Sauvignon and I tried the Tuscan Flight. They were all good but the Cab was the best. I had the gnocchi and my husband had the tagliatelle. He cleaned his plate and I ate as much as I could. It was hard to stop because it was so good but I was able to control myself, knowing I would get to taste it again soon. Neither of us had room for dessert. No matter. We'll be back.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM