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Pazzo's Pizza Pub
Taps: 39 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
385 S Limestone
phone: (859) 255-5125
(Place added by: SheepNutz)
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| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Buschyfor3:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 |
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More by crbnfbr
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $
This is a fantastic place to eat and chill with friends. Great atmosphere, really good inexpensive food ,and a large beer selection (which I still haven't come close to mastering.) The menu for beer is the biggest of any place I've been too, and they've never been missing out on anything I wanted.
The service is generally pretty good, sometimes the waitresses take a while to come through, but it's a small complaint. (especially since a lot of the waitresses are gorgeous, am I allowed to say that?) If you order pizza, it might take a while to get to you, but their appetizers, served much sooner are cheap enough, and delicious enough to tide you over for whatever entree you order. Calzone's, pizza, everything I've had has been great.
The only thing bad I can say about the overall atmosphere is there are way too many UK fans. (which is to be expected being on the school's campus basically.) Right next door is a little CD store which I always go to before or after I eat and drink, which is something I recommend for everyone else who visits.
06-15-2013 23:24:44 |
More by krossoverking
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Pazzo's Pizza has been a UK staple for years and has some of the best beer you'll find in Lexington. They have daily pint specials and lots of taps, as well as lots of bottles. The selection is one of the best in town, but if you're into more eclectic beers, you might have trouble honing in on a beer; with so many bottles and taps, it's hard to keep their beer menus up to date and since the majority of staff are college kids just trying to make a buck, asking for a bottle of The Reverend can result in, "I'm sorry, I can't find it, I think we're out," even when it's in plain view in the downstairs cooler. They do have the occasional hard to get beer, like BCBS or KBS.
The place is huge and it seems like it's always growing. There is a bar downstairs, a main level bar and dining area at the front entrance, a small front patio, an upstairs dining area and bar, and upstairs covered patio, and a newer uncovered patio that's absolute huge. They just added a roundbar to the outside patio as well. The crowd is typically college kid oriented because of its location on campus, which means it will dwindle during seasonal breaks.
Their pizza is some of the best you'll find in town. That's really all I can say about that. Expect to wait at least 30 minutes for a pizza, that's just the way it's always been. I don't know if that's intentional to get you to try more beer or not, but that's what I always end up doing.
If you make it in on a Wednesday, Pazzo's has a "Pint Night" where you can buy a particular pitcher of beer and take home two branded pieces of glassware. If you're a collector, they often give away unique pieces.
It's hard to beat the combination of beer and pizza, and Pazzo's has it mastered. Definitely stop in if you can.
06-08-2013 17:26:05 |
More by TheBeerAlmanac
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was in town for the weekend, and decided to find a nice place near my hotel to get dinner and some good beers. Based off everything I read, this was probably my best option. We arrived slightly before 5 PM, and the place seemed really empty. That being said, I'm sure this would be completely different if UK was in session.
We didn't get to see much of the place, because we were seated right at the front of the place, next to the bar. The host provided us with menus and a beer list, but it took waiting for 10+ minutes, and me going to ask the host about our server, before anyone showed up to help us. I'd read that the service could be spotty, so I wasn't too surprised, but was disappointed. The tap list was pretty good, but I wasn't blown away. I've seen more impressive lists, but was glad to see a few things I sometimes have trouble finding in Columbus.
The food was great! We had the pesto bread appetizer, which the wife loved, and the Bourbon Bootlegger pizza. Both were excellent, and I wasn't disappointed in that. Prices were pretty average, but I was disappointed in their happy hour options. Founders was the brewery of the month, so it was $1 off per pint, but otherwise, there wasn't much of a discount.
Other than the service, I was pleased with the trip. On an even busier night, I'd expect to receive much worse service, but if you can deal with that, the drinks and food are well worth it.
05-16-2013 18:19:14 |
More by zimm421
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have been coming to Pazzo's since they opened. During the early 2000s, I was a much more frequent visitor. However, more recently, I have only been able to visit about one time per year. These notes are from a visit on 7/3/2011.
The patio additions and other new spaces have made this place a great destination for families as well as well as the after work beer. It is a very accommodating space.
The beer selection has not changed much over the last five years. This is and always was my biggest complaint with Pazzo's. I would like to see more rotation of some rarer brews and seasonals. That said, they do boast quite a few taps as well as bottles.
The wait staff was always friendly in the past and I was not disappointed during this visit.
The pizza, however, was far below the quality of the past. I have always loved getting a pie and beer. This time, the pizza was made with seemingly poorer quality cheese, too much cheese, and toppings scattered haphazardly. It was an uneven oily mess.
All of that said, I look forward to my next opportunity to sit on Pazzo's patio and drink good beer.
07-05-2011 13:25:06 |
More by eyeenjoybeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Pazzo's has a great draft beer selection, offering some of the best craft brews from around the country. Pints are typically reasonably priced ($4-$5 for craft beer), as is their bottle selection (which requires its own menu). The place fills up pretty fast, and parking is limited, but as long as you don't catch them on a terribly busy night, service is good and the atmosphere is nice. The patio is great in the summer! Their pizza and calzones are among the best in Lexington, albeit a bit pricey.
Pint night can be a bit of a nightmare if you're in the mood to sit back and enjoy a beer. The beer selection for pint night has been lacking a bit of pizzazz for the past couple months (some glimmers of hope here and there), and their draft rotation hasn't been as stellar as it sometimes can be, but they've definitely got the largest variety of beer on tap in town, and you're guaranteed to find something tasty for a decent price!
I wish they'd bring back some of the events they've had in the past, like Stone vs. Dogfish week. Had some excellent beer that week!
06-30-2011 18:29:56 |
More by barczar
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A must see stop in Lexington for out of towners and a usual watering hole for many of the craft beer drinkers in town (including myself). Pazzo's has about 40 taps at any given time and has an extensive bottle list. The food is not mind blowing but not bad either. Go between 3-7PM any day and get half price appetizers (all the apps are delicious and at half price they are almost pennies). They have a great variety of beer and usually have some great beers on draft (no need for me to list just check the website). Pint night on Wednesday is always crowded but it is fun and if you like collecting glassware it is a fun evening.
The wait staff isn't always the most knowledgeable about some beers but the bartenders know their stuff. Have a couple pints here and some food and walk about 12 minutes down Euclid Ave. to the Beer Trappe for a night cap. Both places are owned by the same family and both have outstanding beer selections.
One more thing, they have a great lunch special where you can get a jumbo slice of pizza and either a soup or salad for only $4.65 after tax.
05-06-2011 14:14:19 |
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