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Po Pazzo Bar and Grille Review

An eye-catching creation from leading Little Italy restaurateurs Joe and Lisa Busalacchi, Po Pazzo earns its name, which means "a little crazy," by mixing a lively bar scene with a restaurant that serves modern Italian fare. It's sort of like a steak house with an accent, offering attractive salads and pasta dishes, as well as a top-notch presentation of steaks Sinatra style (with mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions) and Sicilian rib-eye steak that defines richness. Live music on weekends makes this a lively destination, so head elsewhere if you're looking for intimate conversations.

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Updated: 05-16-2014

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    Very good, but bring your wallet.

    The crab cakes were delicious. The shrimp cocktail had only three modest-sized shrimp. The cucumber salad was refreshing. The Ahi tuna was just right, and the NY steatk was blackened and juicy. Our server was very attentive. The parking valet pointed us to a free spot. A bit pricey, but the quality of ingredients and everything was well prepared. You'll need a some extra $$ here. (Hey! Don't eat lunch and you'll have the money for a great dinner.)

    by heandshedog, 12/2/06
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    Fantastic...and I don't care that its expensive!

    We love Po Pazzo. The food is pricey..but unlike Ocean 1500, Oceanaire or other fancy places.... at Po Pazzo the food is EXCELLENT, the decor and atmosphere great...and we find it well worth the money. The tortellini with marscapone cheese is so good, it brings tears. Bread, wine, fish, steak ...excellent. We frequent the restaurant often and highly recommend it.

    by nicholm, 12/22/06
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    Service and Food Couldn't Have Been Worse

    Terrible. Just terrible. The only good thing I can say about my dining experience at Po Pazzo, 1917 India Street, San Diego, on Saturday, August 15th, is that the restaurant was not crowded and we were seated right away. I think I know why. Our waitress was nowhere to be found, our drinks empty, our appetizers gone, and no one stopped by to ask how we were doing or apologize for the delay in the arrival of our entrees (40 minutes from the time we were seated until our entrees arrived). We were literally ignored; I almost walked out. Our entrees had been sitting somewhere because the sauces were not fresh, but dried out and visually unappealing. The meatballs and sausage in my Spaghetti della Casa ($18.95) were cold, along with the seafood in the Linguini Pescatore ($23.95). After placing the entrees in front of us, no one checked on us whatsoever. I wouldn't have minded paying the $80 (2 of us) if the service was good and the food better. What a huge disappointment.

    by ETCPA, 8/20/09
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    Po Pazzo Review

    FIVE STAR all the way! We just returned from dinner at Po Pazzo in Little Italy in San Diego. All through dinner, my husband just kept saying WOW, WOW, and WOW!! My husband said this was the best meal he has ever had in his entire life and we have eaten at many fine restaurants all over the globe. He had the Short Rib appetizer and the Pork Osso Buco as his main dish. We are visiting San Diego and I spent some time searching for the perfect restaurant to cap off our summer vacation and we decided to go to Little Italy. I read other reviews and they were definitely mixed for Po Pazzo so we were hesitant to have dinner there. The reason we decided to go there anyway was the menu. All of the other restaurants had the same old stuff. Po Pazzo was different and unexpected, but not too weird. So that is the back story, and then we walked into Po Pazzo. The atmosphere and ambience were perfect. We sat down in just the right spot and Wander introduced himself as our server…ask for him if you can. He knows his stuff! We highly recommend this restaurant so there is need to read another review. Wander did a fantastic job. Peter, one of the owners, came to our table and was extremely gracious and thanked us for choosing his restaurant. The chef even came out to introduced himself. At the end of our meal, Wander brought out two fabulous desserts – a HUGE cannoli and their chocolate lava cake with vanilla gelato – both were amazing! I wanted to share this review with all of you since we were originally considering not going to Po Pazzo. The music was not too loud and who cares if the glasses are shaped differently. When you get down to business, the service was top-notch and, not to mention, the food was out of this world! In fact, everything was absolutely PERFECT. So don’t hesitate like we did…make your reservations and enjoy the most phenomenal meal. What an experience! We will definitely be back.

    by RudyCarrillo, 5/22/11
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    For Tourists Only

    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.

    by annchamberlin, 2/17/14

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