Cuisine: Continental Restaurants, Italian Restaurants
Open Hours: Mo to Fr from 07:00am to 10:30am,Sa to Su from 08:00am to 02:00pm,Mo to Fr from 11:30am to 02:30pm,Mo to Th from 05:00pm to 09:00pm,Fr from 05:00pm to 11:00pm,Sa from 04:30pm to 11:00pm,Su from 04:00pm to 09:00pm
Enjoyed a most delicious breakfast here during our stay at the Vintage Hotel. I had the Eggs Florentine and my husband the ciabatta french toast. Both were amazingly good. The service was pleasant. We sat by a window and enjoyed the vibe of downtown Portland. If I lived nearby, I would definitely return again and again.
We're purchasing a second home in Portland for get-aways and will definitely become regulars at Pazzo! We stumbled upon this cozy restaurant on our first visit to Portland and couldn't believe what a find we had made! We've had lunch and dinner in the restaurant as well as breakfast in our room from Pazzo while staying at the Vintage Hotel next door (an excellent hotel by the way). All of our meals have been superb and we thought we had died and gone to heaven on our first visit after savoring the yummy ravioli. On or last visit we saved room for dessert that was divine. You can choose a more relaxed ambience for drinks and/or eating in the bar or a more grown up atmosphere in the main dining area (for dinner after 4 PM). Whether it's a romantic setting or one for good friends and/or family, it all works at Pazzo. Splitting a meal is never, ever frowned upon here. The staff is extremely friendly and positive and Tara is our favorite at Pazzo. We find the pricing quite moderate for the quality of food, service and setting received.
We flew into Portland, arriving at our hotel about 9:00 and immediately set out to find some FOOD! Staying in the downtown area, we started down the street when we saw Pazzo Ristorante. Looking in, it looked like it would just fit the bill, nice atmosphere, white table cloths, dark lighting and they served until 10:00. Sometimes when you arrive at a restaurant close to closing time, you get an unwelcome feeling; but not here. We were warmly greeted and taken to our table, with a great view of the open kitchen, I love watching chefs cook so this was an added treat for me.
Since it was late, we decided we did not need to order two full dinners, so we split some (again no problem). Our first course was the soup of the day, a very tasty and lovely potato soup ($7.00) which wasn't overly salted. For our second we had a wonderful Prosciutto ($10.00), cured san daniele ham (I always appreciate when they give the appellation and origin of ingredients, I like to know where I am eating from); baby cress, grilled ciabatta with a dried cherry mostardi (dried cherries reduced with mustard and balsamic); the bread, by itself, was very salty, but put together, the flavors complimented each other. For the main course, we shared the Pappardelle ($16.00) wide chickpea pasta, Willamette Valley lamb ragu and mint. YUMMERS! It was a great choice. They have a nice wine list, and offer wines by the glass, 1/2 bottle (QRT) and full bottles. A very nice touch.
Dinner was well paced and relaxing. What a great way to start our vacation.
LindySez: Sure, I'd do it again...it's good eats. And being a Cali girl, another added plus, no sales tax!
My wife and I had prosciutto for an appetizer. For dinner, I had a perfectly cooked halibut (rombo pacifico) while she had one of the best steaks (costata) either of us have ever tasted. For desert, we both picked the chocolate moose with huckleberry sauce and a caramel center. Honestly, the desert was the best part, but the entire meal was excellent, as was the service. It's a bit more than we typically spend on dinner, but it's a nice treat for an anniversary or other special occassion. We'll definitely go back, if for nothing else than the desert.
We had dinner in the lounge and it was alright but didn't seem worth the price. Our risotto was OK but too salty and the ravioli was a bit on the oily/buttery side.
Breakfast the next day was also alright but the service was not up to par. We waited for a long time to have our order taken and felt a bit ignored throughout the meal. When our waffles came out without syrup, we had to wait about 5 minutes to get anyone's attention.
Pazzo is a consistently high-quality Italian restaurant, with a nice ambiance. If you can handle dealing with downtown parking (very little on-street, and all of that is pay parking before 7pm), then this is the place to go for Italian food. While other restaurants do yummy Italian, Pazzo has been the only Italian restaurant in Portland that I've been to that's been consistently excellent.
I have always loved this restaurant since it opened about 15 years ago. It was the first rustic italian restaurant that I had tried which was more high end than the traditional italian family style that most of us were use to. The ingredients are always fresh, so whatever your favorite, you will be very happy with your meal. You can have a mixture of appetizers to fill you up or go for one of their entres. The bread is very crusty and delicious. Great selection of imported wines as well as northwest. I recommend this place to anyone wanting to impress someone.
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