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Pazzo's Pizza Pub
Taps: 39 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
385 S Limestone
phone: (859) 255-5125
(Place added by: SheepNutz)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been frequenting Pazzo's since early 2000's. Awesome place to hang out; whether you are belly up to the bar of fantastic rotating taps or hanging out with some friends on the deck in the summertime. This place has lots of variety for seating and lots of variety for beer. Pint night is really fun, i went to the dogfish head pint night, cost around $15 and got 2 dogfish head glasses, got a pitcher of 60min., palo santo, midas touch and theobroma. Was a good time. Food is good and well priced, they make all kinds of specialty pizzas whatever your taste. Mostly Italian food. Great place to catch a basketball game! Nice atmosphere. Located adjacent to University of Kentucky campus on Limestone and Avenue of Champions.
12-03-2010 03:08:58 |
More by Frothboss
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We had kind of a weird experience here. It was a Sunday and the place didn't open until noon. The staff seemed rather slow and surly, though it didn't seem personal. Maybe we didn't get a fair representation since it was a rainy, cruddy day after a major holiday, so perhaps they were not feeling their best. But anyway, the beer selection was good, with a reasonable selection of national and international beers (the highlight was the Bell's Two-Hearted Ale). There were a few offerings from other fun breweries, including Brooklyn, Schlafly, and Founders. The food was decent - the pizza took a ludicrously long time to cook, but when it did arrive, it was tasty. Not bad, and perhaps the best beer place in town, but far from a world class beer bar, based on our visit.
07-14-2009 18:26:04 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
OK, I've been going to Pazzos since I was 16 year old. 25 now and nearly a decade of loving this place. Of course only 4 years of getting to enjoy the beers.
This place just feels like a beer bar. It's a touch less desirable than some place and I've been here when the AC was out in the middle of summer. Nobody is perfect I suppose. Plenty of TV's in places, other places lack. The outside patio that they added after taking over Kitty's is great but they really need more service out there (where else would you eat on a nice day?). Their bourbon bar area is well done...exceptional perhaps.
The service is iffy. They have a tendency to hire women and well having worked in the restaurant industry this is often a bad idea. For every great female server I've known 10 were just awful. Expect some slow service, many aren't overly knowledgeable about beer, but over all they do try.
40 taps give or take, and 200-300+ bottles....I can't think of a better pizza place.
Their food takes way too long to come out, but gosh it's slow to make.
Prices here are just amazing. 4 bucks for a pint of some of the best beers out there. I can't remember paying more than 5 for a pint and I"ve gotten treats such as 5 year old stone barely wine, and other rarities that periodically show up.
09-17-2010 23:22:25 |
More by bobhits
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very nice pizza pub atmosphere makes this spot one of the must stops in this city. The location is right at UK, but this not a typical college bar. Good quality beers and great food await the visitor. The sports TVs are a welcome addition on a Saturday afternoon and the slow patronage gave me better than average service from the staff, mostly student workers from the nearby colleges. As they are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable it was a pleasure to be served by them.
The multi level seating is nice, the taps very numerous, and the sizable bottled selection menu is sorted by country. Very good choices all and I tried Kentucky Ale on special at $2 a pint - nice buy. The pizza is killer and the outside seating is limited but quite nice. Now if there were just more parking...
10-12-2003 03:49:08 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited 7/21/2010 with my brother. It was very hot and very muggy out and I was sweating by the time we walked 2 blocks from the car to the bar. Went in on a Wednesday evening. 102F, 235% humidity.
This is a college bar. There was nowhere to sit so we stood at the bar and ordered a pizza and some drinks. Because we were at the bar we didnt have to wait in the line to get drinks but they didnt really make us a priority either. The service we did get though was helpful and friendly.
Lots of beer to pick from. We ordered the Kentucky Bourbon Ale and the Kentucky Ale. The glass was really cool and I want one but they wouldnt sell me one. The pizza was quite good too.
Prices were decent but a little high. I'd come back even in the middle of summer to check out the beer list and have some pizza.
02-04-2011 08:02:43 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just a hop and a skip from Louieville, really, but now I'm kind of flying blind. The directions were only good to a point and then the trail went cold. Okay, here's the college, some college, any college, doesn't matter which college, I have deduced that as Pazzo's is a pizza pub, it must have a reasonable proximity to the college. I'll set a standard search pattern (red shirted ensigns go that way), and there's South Limestone, I am sooo good at this game, and there's Pazzo's. See, everything's okay now...
It's like attached to a sandwich shop or something in a little grouping of buildings that look like they'd be catering to the college crowd. A 10 seat "J" shaped bar is off on an angle as you enter. The bar back is a large wood unit with a center logo mirror, sunken spot lighting, growlers above and tap handles way up high lining the top with mounted flatscreens to both sides, tiered booze below, and shelves to both sides featuring bourbons. Macro neon lights & import mirrors riddle the room, and a large board listing specials taps & feature bottles (currently Bell's Hell Hath No Fury) on the wall opposite the bar. A tower on the corner of the bar holds 6 taps and there's about 16 more in a row on the wall at the end of the bar. Wood slat walls lowers beneath vintaged sponge paint uppers and some brick, the trim above done with tap handles displayed. 7 bar tables wrap the bar, some adjacent and the rest in the front along the windows, with their big brown blinds. To the rear, a staircase up to an additional seating area, and another down to Pazzo's pub. Straight back against the rear wall, a "C" shaped bar seating upwards of a dozen, glassware on shelving on the bar back, and coolers below with the many bottled selections. And taps, more taps, yes taps. A central tower of Inbev 3, towers of 6 to each side, and a solo Fuller's London Pride tap. Nearly a dozen and a half tables & raised bar tables throughout the room. They've got a bunch of display cases with glassware from breweries these kids have never of. Belgian tulips, snifters, flutes, chalices, Weisse glasses, damn! Otherwise, the walls are done up with the Caracole snail posters, Belgian prints and a giant Orval placard (it's like the coaster on the wall at mug's but it's like a 4' X 4' (If I had to fight fierce velociraptors again, I would use this as my shield). Also, a large Pazzo's logo placard; a strangely familiar silhouette of a man leaning back in a chair drinking. Wait a minute, I know what that is. They just flat out stole the Cantillon logo and put "Pazzo's" underneath it, all the people working here are wearing shirts with that logo. Bad form!!
I head back upstairs to the bar and look to order a beer. I think collectively there's just more than 3 dozen taps between the upstairs bar and the downstairs pub. At least 1/3 of them American micros (Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, Great Lakes Nosferatu, DogFishHead 60, Anchor Steam, Sierra Celebration, Sam Adams Winter, Harpoon IPA, Rogue Mocha Porter & Santa's Private Reserve, Kona Longboard Lager & Fire Rock Pale Ale, Lexington Kentucky Ale & Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Blue Moon) and then imports, mostly the usual suspects but a few unusual choices (Fullers London Pride, Samichlaus), and then macros & a few ciders. I took some time and perused the extensive bottled beer menu, some 165 bottles, broken out by style. All my favorite trappists, micros, imports, good collection of Porters & Stouts. Um, point of reference though, Duchesse De Bourgogne does not belong in the "fruit beer" category with Apple Ephemere, Abita Purple Haze & Lindemans Framboise. That's just wrong!!
Sat talking about the beers with one of the natives. Apparently, some local outfit makes the Kentucky Ale & Bourbon Barrel Ale. Said he, "There's 100% goodness in the Bourbon beer". Good to know, but I've got some hours on the road ahead of me so they'll be no bourbon nothing, yeah, I'll have the Rogue Santa's Private Reserve.
The upstairs feel was kind of college kid, but the downstairs scene is much better. Servicewise, all kids, but attentative enough. Good beer selection overall and some very nice bourbons, big surprise in Kentucky, huh?
01-16-2007 06:09:02 |
More by slander
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 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Pazzo's is a great place with an awesome selection of beer. They rotate the selection quite a bit, and seem to do a good job updating their website with the latest beer (you can plan before you get there). They just opened a new expansion which adds another bar and lots more seats plus a patio that will make next spring something to look forward to.
Probably the biggest drawback is it can seem a little crowded, getting a seat at the bar can be a real pain. The expansion should make this less of an issue.
Surprisingly good pizza, it is not NYC but I haven't found any better in Lexington.
Driving on I-75 or I-64, make plans for a rest stop at Pazzo's then hit Liquor Barn on your way out of town.
12-05-2007 03:31:28 |
More by wspscott
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Prices were pretty reasonable for the beers. Most of the beers I have tried have not been marked up too high. You do have to expect some markup at a restaurant, but Pazzo's manages to keep everything reasonable. They do have an amazing selection of on draft craft beers. Last time I was in there they had around 30 beers on tap, plus many more in bottle. They also have a feature night every Wednesday called Pint Night, which features a special beer (sometimes craft sometimes Macro) in which you get two pint glasses from the brewery with every pitcher you order. My only problem with Pazzos is finding a seat sometimes, it can be packed!
06-12-2008 15:57:02 |
More by rpardon7
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