There’s really not a person in Lexington who hasn’t been to Pazzo’s. There’s also not a person in Lexington that doesn’t love Pazzo’s.
What’s not to love? It has cheap food, cheap drinks, HDTV’s everywhere, plenty of seating, and a great atmosphere. It’s difficult to believe there’s a place in town better suited to watch any UK game than Pazzo’s.
It’s hard to pinpoint Pazzo’s best quality. If you’re a beer drinker, there’s really no other place in town like it. I can’t even name them all without taking over the entire page, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Pazzo’s beer selection is constantly rated as one of the best in the state, and their cheap prices give you an excuse to try them all. I don’t drink beer, but I love bourbon, and their bourbon selection is satisfying for every palate. You can choose from Basil Hayden’s, Blanton’s, Noah’s Mill, Booker’s and even (My favorite)Eagle Rare. There’s plenty more available, and they range from well bourbon to Pappy Van Winkle (at $11.50 a glass).
Everything tastes great at Pazzo’s. Heck – even the warm, soft pretzels are fantastic. Pazzo’s is more of a pizza place than anything, and even though I’m a pizza snob I enjoy their pizza. Along with pizza they offer hoagies(subs), salads, wings and calzones, each of which has it’s own special. They offer something called a “Mezzaluna”, which is a large pizza with a calzone in the middle. Sounds like a pretty good meal for a group of people who are really, really hungry. My only complaint about Pazzo’s food is their marinara sauce, which is a little watery.
The main knock I hear on Pazzo’s is the service. It’s true, they could REALLY improve the service. I don’t know what it is; maybe everyone is just a little too laid back. I’ve always gone when it was busy, so I always assumed it was that. However on our most recent trip the restaurant was dead, and it still took 30 minutes for our order.
This last time out Kat and I both ordered calzones; her’s had pineapple and black olives while mine was garlic and pepperoni.
The pictures don’t do them justice. These calzones were fantastic! Our only issue was that it took a while to get our food, but it really wasn’t a big deal. These two huge calzones, plus an order of cheese bread, cost $23. Not bad for a very fulfilling meal.
The best reason to visit Pazzo’s, however, is for UK games. I can’t stress this enough: Pazzo’s is THE place in town to watch a Kentucky basketball or football game. There really isn’t even a close second. The thing is, you have to get there and grab a seat about two hours before each game, otherwise you’ll either be away from a TV or you’ll be standing the entire time. Last time I went to Pazzo’s to watch a game, it was for UK-Auburn basketball and the place was packed even an hour before tipoff. That’s with Auburn being an awful team that UK was expected to crush. The service slows down even more, but I always expected it was because there was barely any room to walk on either floor.
If you’re reading this review, you must be from out of town, because everyone from Lexington has been here at least twice. Do yourself a favor and drop by Pazzo’s for the best UK experience you’ll find in the Big Blue Nation.