Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

4.5
4099 reviews
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In Italy, every meal is a journey… the same is true at Pazzaluna. Start with appetizers featuring a selection of bruschetta and pizza straight from our wood-burning oven; then move on to a traditional Italian dinner menu of antipasto or insalata (salad), to primi piatto (pasta course), to secondi piatto (main course), and finally a delicious dolce (dessert). Discover the truly Italian art of lingering over dinner with family and friends, making conversation, and enjoying wine in a setting that is both urban and relaxing.

The award-winning and critically acclaimed Bar at Pazzaluna Urban Italian is an energetic and fun place to meet after work, before an event at the Ordway, Xcel Energy Center, Roy Wilkins Auditorium or just to unwind with family, friends, clients or business associates.

During warm weather, relax on the patio and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown St. Paul (patio open May through September). See for yourself, you'll be glad you did.
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SL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a first time dining experience. Food and service was very good. Would recommend.

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T
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sea bass was very good and service was perfect!

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HB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special birthday dinner for my daughter and family, plus one of us has a gluten allergy and there were delicious options for all of us.

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DP
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the atmosphere pleasant. Some menu items were very pricey however there were a few options more reasonably priced. We always appreciate a restaurant that takes reservations so that we can better plan when we have somewhere we need to be following dinner.

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M
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The waitstaff was attentive and pleasant.

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BS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and lovely food! Fresh warm bread! All of our courses were delicious!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a great price. Staff was friendly and very helpful.

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MH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Pazzaluna never fails to DISAPPOINT. My wife and I have been here three times and I can honestly say that each time the service has been terrible...slow and inattentive. At least 15 minutes, if not more, before the server came to the table to take our drink orders....then another 15 minutes before we got the drinks. If the restaurant was crowded I could understand the delay. But the restaurant was virtually empty! And unfortunately, the food did not redeem the experience. No need to put ourselves through this again.

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M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and am sorry didn’t get there sooner.
The service was excellent and the food tasty. It was a fun and busy place but the acoustics were great! It was a bit pricey and the parking tough with $14 valet but we got a spot on the street. It was an easy walk to the Fitzgerald.

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LO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place!

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OT
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We love the atmosphere here! The food is always good along with friendly servers. This time we were there for HH which was a cheap night out.

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KG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our pre-theater meal at Pazzaluna, on a Sunday evening. Food and service were both excellent. We especially enjoyed the seafood Fritto Misto and the Chicken and Saffron Risotto. House bread, with butter and tapenade, was also excellent.

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k
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and wonderful food. We will be back.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would dine with Curtis as our waiter time and time again!! Incredible food and wine!

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AN
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband loves octopus and he ordered the special. He said it was the best he has ever had and he travels around the world and has had it at many fine restaurants. There were several issues with our server (accidentally threw our order away, had an incorrect billing), but the food outweighed the issues. We would go back.

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J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was great! Service was great! No complaints!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday dinner. There wasn’t valet outside, even after I called to make sure. However our waiter was incredible. He sold me on the specials and although he had a large table next to us, was very attentive to our table of two.

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BA
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to your place, it is always a wonderful time for us. Thank you for continuing to offer delicious food at reasonable prices. Barb

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C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started in the Bar on a Saturday night after attending the play Spam A Lot - was surprised to see reduced prices on happy appetizers and drinks on a limited but great menu - waitress was excellent - we ordered drinks and appetizers - meatballs they are to die for as awaited our 5 PM reservation - received our text msg - table ready- had a great team - lead Jeanne and asst Mr. Johnston was excellent - were there for our needs yet were not overbearing - great communicators and knew the menu. Food was superb as in the past - will visit again - hats to all staff from check in to saying goodbye and safe passage home. If you like Italian it is a MUST to visit = Kathy and Ron

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Order appetizer . Waited 20 minutes to order entrees then we decided to leave. Before we got our bill we received bread basket.

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a
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place - the food was outstanding!!! 👍🏼

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation for a Friday night at 5:00 PM before a show at the Ordway, which I know is a very busy time. We were a few minutes late, but had called ahead to let them know and were seated without delay when we arrived. This was a relief and extremely pleasing to me. Our server, Jeanne, was warm and pleasant, and she took care to ask about the occasion for our visit. Her service, and recommendations for wine and entrees were impeccable. She is an asset to your restaurant! As always, our food was perfect. I had the salmon with Parmesan risotto, which I believe was prepared by angels in Heaven. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her complimentary birthday tiramisu, and the bananas Foster cheesecake was magical. Thank you Pazzaluna, for a dinner to dream about until my next visit.

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LO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend this restaurant. We sat in a very nice corner booth in the bar area. Which in my mind was the best seat in the restaurant. Our waitress was excellent and the food was top notch. We started with the Brucetta with Burrata and for our dinners we had the Three Meat Cannelloni and the Veal Medallions. So glad we stumbled on this gem of a place. We are visiting from out of town; but if we lived here it would be one of our go to places.

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TL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The experience was lovely, the food very good and there was no trouble hearing conversation at it table.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the food was amazing. 10/10 will recommend to a friend and return myself.

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R
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The server warned us it would be loud until the hockey crowd left, and it was. Some folks could understand / hear the person across the table! But once they cleared out, it was much better. Food was excellent!

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G
Minneapolis
60 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Forgot how good the food was. Waitress made a mistake and charged us for a free antipasti, She was busy and was an honest mistake. Other than that she was great. Very nice wine list and waitress had a really good recommendation for us. Little noisy, but still fun. Pecan pie is the best.

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k
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I did not the table we were seated at. In the hallway to and from the front doors. It was cold every time the doors opened. The booth was high backed, could not see any of the rest of the restaurant. We had made reservations. I would assume a better table would have made the dinner more enjoyable. My dinner was over cooked. We were compensated for it.

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D
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant on the east side of the river. Food is prepared exactly as it should be. Antipasti case is fabulous. Cipollini and Papadews are not to be missed! And excellent service! They still do manager table touches! And at the end? Chocolate Versato. And yes, it is OK to lick the plate!

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TC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we had a nice, cosy supper on a quiet evening in downtown st paul. service was prompt and polite. the food was tasty and well presented.
the restaurant doesn't validate parking in the lawson ramp just across the street.

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EF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have been to Pazzaluna numerous times since it’s opening. We love the location and the energy. The food has always been above average to good. This time- Saturday- it was not acceptable. The server and front staff saved the night. The one dish was said to be spicy but 3 of us tasted it and found it inedible. My cannelloni was powdery tasting and not very flavorful. I think the white sauce was the problem. The chicken risotto was probably the best of the three but really nothing special. Somewhat dry and taste was boring. The server took the spicy pasta dish off the bill- thanks. We had a guest from out of town and were very disappointed.

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k
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

completely enjoyable experience, our favorite restaurant in the twin cities. Excellent food, service and ambiance .

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JD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I ordered the Veal Medallions, and it was not veal, plain and simple. Veal is light toned, and creamy in flavor in texture. The beef they served instead was sirloin or at best strip, not medallions, but two 1.5 inch-thick squares. Bottom line, I received "ALL THE GUILT WITH NONE OF THE VEAL!" Not cool.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of five enjoyed a great evening dinner together. Wonderful waiter. Although the surroundings were loud, our round table in a good location gave us the setting for good conversation and celebration of a birthday and a wedding. Food was wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Retirement

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LH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very pleased with the service, and the food was excellent, as usual.
It has been very busy and rather noisy when we have been there in the past, and this time was no different. While we had a bit of difficulty hearing each other's conversation, we realize that this is just a part of the atmosphere of a popular restaurant.

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G
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their consideration for our time schedule as well as saving our take-home was amazing service.

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CH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We have been coming to Pazzaluna for pre-concert dinners for years, but now I think we are going to stop. The quality of the food has continued to trend downward to the point where now it is really downright almost without taste. This last time I had chicken marsala, which should be difficult to screw up. However, the chicken was, I hate to say it, chewy, dried up, and disgusting. Furthermore, it didn't even have a lemon taste to it. It was on a risotto bed of rice and was without taste. Previous visits have ended with similar results for the food quality. There was a time that I Ioved to order veal medallions, but they too had become "chewy", so I won't even venture to order them again. At the same time, the menu has contracted, the entree serving sizes have contracted, while the prices have risen. Sorry, this was my last attempt to eat at Pazzaluna. Really too bad!

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S
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Upholstery torn on chair. Arugula wilted on $16 appetizer. Server co-opted by large party: didn't see her for the last half hour of our meal, so had to ask hostess to hunt her down. Then, she charged us for our desserts, when the classy and more long-sighted move would've been to comp them. Bottom line: overpriced, especially for quality of food and service, and kind of tacky—won't be back, and will warn others away.

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s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a 50th birthday party, and our server, Patty, was phenomenal! Even lended her reading glasses to a member of our party who forgot hers and couldn't read the menu. The food was also fantastic and the drinks were excellent!

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