Pazzo's Pizza Pub
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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Update: Visited on 7/7/09. On this trip to Pazzo's the crowd was smaller; as such, the service was much improved - our waitress was quite knowledgable about the beer list and was very prompt in making sure our meal and our beers were satisfactory. She was even so kind enough to help me distinguish my pronunciation of some the French-labeled Belgian beers. Nice!
I visited Pazzo's this past weekend and let me just say that I'm really excited to be attending UK's College of Law next fall because it is just 2-3 blocks down Limestone St. from Pazzo's.
That being said, I was really impressed with Pazzo's. In my mind, this is a beer connossieur's dream, especially if you happen to be located in a what is predominantly a college-town where most students settle for drinking the cheapest suds they can get their hands on... not me. Outside, Pazzo's has a quaint patio which must be a real pleasure on those warm, sticky summer nights in Lexington. Inside, Pazzo's offers up three bars: one just inside the main entrance, one up a short flight of stairs, and then the pub downstairs to the right. I spent most of my time in the pub and thats where my party was ultimately seated once our table was ready.
The atmosphere was phenomenal and this really is what I've always imagined how a pub should feel. Visually, the walls are set with glass cases of engraved pilsners, tulips, mugs, snifters, etc.) and hundreds of decals and signs from just about every beer featured on Pazzo's extensive list, and in just about every language too! I wouldn't call the pub cramped, but it's defnitely close quarters, yet there is still a good variety of seating at the bar, at high tables, and at numerous long tables both in the pub and on the main floor; the upstairs bar seems to be the place for socializing as most people mill about upstairs and it got rather crowded there when we first walked in - granted, it was a Friday night at 9. Down in the pub, the lights are dimmed, but there is a lively buzz throughout that is augmented by the close quarters, the handful of plasma-screen tvs mounted in the corners that are fixed on sporting events and the chatter from patrons enjoying good beer and fellowship with friends and beer-lovers alike. All in all, a marvelous atmosphere and one I look forward to visiting many times over the next three years.
As for the beer list, I was very impressed with what Pazzo's has to offer, including 39 beers on tap with extra emphasis on micros (FBS, DFH90, Old Rasputin, hell yes!) and imports (Hooegarden, Delirium, Linedman's, Spaten, Franzikaner, Chimay); 2 ciders on tap; and then there is the extensive list of 150 bottles covering selections from every continent. For my point of comparison, the only other true beer bar/pub I've had the pleasure of recently visiting is Rich O's in New Albany (been twice in the past month) with their noted list of drafts and bottle selections nearing 300. While Pazzo's list doesn't threaten this mark, I was still impressed because of some of the unique beers on their draft list that even Rich O's could not match, notably FBS, Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast Stout, and a handful of high ABV treats that Pazzo's lists on a special page marked "Beware... consume slowly and in moderation" including more selections from Founders, Chimay, La Fin du Monde, Samichlaus and Scaldis to name a few that I did not recall from my visits to Rich O's. On top of that, I didn't think the prices were too expensive, and in a couple of occasions, i noted the prices for bottles were actually slightly cheaper compared to Rich O's (but no more than $.75-$1.00 cheaper). But enough of comparisons, my point remains the same: if you're a beer lover, you will find a handful of good craft brews that will get you through a night of eating and drinking with friends.
The food I ordered was also great (I got a small Pazzo's specialty cheese pizza for $8 and was barely able to finish half of it cause the small was still so damn big!). I thought it was a pretty good value. They also had good appetizers, calzones and salads, at least according to the consensus from my party of friends who went. Again, prices weren't bad. And the leftovers were even better the next day!
The only real downside to the whole night was the service was a bit slow, but I guess that is to be expected on a crazy Friday night in a college town. We had to wait about 30 min for our table, and the buzzer they handed us to notify us when our table was ready was actually broken, so two other parties got seated ahead of us, but otherwise, I guess that is just an exception about the service. Most of my friends who currently attend UK go there quite often and have never complained about the service.
In all, it was a good night. I'm really looking forward to letting off some stress from life as a 1L next year at Pazzo's; thank goodness it's so close to the law school!
04-05-2009 20:58:51 | More by Buschyfor3
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