Po Pazzo earns its name, which means "a little crazy," by mixing a lively bar scene with a restaurant that serves steaks, chops, and Italian fare. The bar is a favorite watering hole for many locals in the Little Italy neighborhood. Don't expect hip and chic here; the scene is more retro steak house with an Italian accent, offering attractive salads and pasta dishes, as well as the signature bone-in rib eye, served Scilian-style (with mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions).
Live music Friday–Sunday turns up the volume, so head elsewhere for intimate conversations.
Feb 17, 2014
My friends and I went to Po Pazzo Feb 15th to listen to the band. We looked at the website and knew the mains were from $25-30, a decent bottle of wine was $45 and the corkage was $25. For those of you not from San Diego, this is expensive, particularly for food done well, but not creatively. Again, we liked the band and decided to go. We made a reservation for 8 people at mid day on the 15th. At that time the hostess confirmed that the corkage
fee was $25. Upon arrival, we find out that the Valentine @#$%-you dinner had been extended to Feb 15th. Now mains are $35-50 and the corkage is $50. We talked the waitress into serving my date and I the incredibly sweet butternut squash ravioli for $25 and a Caprese salad for $22. Really, down the street, at Buon Appetito, LOBSTER RAVIOLI only costs $17. (San Diegans love their food, but don't pay a lot for it.) San Diegans, I suspect you never go to this restaurant and I will never again. If you are visiting our lovely city, try these restaurants: Buon Appetito, Wine Vault, Pummaro, The Neighborhood or Beau Bo. The first four are less expensive. You might spend the same amount at Beau Bo, but the meal is creative and delicious.