Pizza, Pasta at Pazzo in San Carlos

Pazzo embodies that rare gem of a neighborhood restaurant: walk-in casual, good service, killer food.  With a menu of expertly crafted dishes rolling out of the kitchen it's no surprise a short wait is often the norm.

The wood-fired oven churns out a variety of pizzas with my standout favorite being the simple Margherita.  You get the right balance of tangy sauce, luscious cheese and charred crust.  It’s a nice menu item that goes well with the spicy rigatoni.

The rigatoni with housemade fennel sausage definitely kicks it up with a generous amount of chili flakes but is balanced out by the butter in the background.  Another standout is the cavatelli with slow-braised pork which is both homey yet sophisticated in flavor.  And don’t forget dessert:  the ricotta cheesecake is delicate - but rich - and just sweet enough.

With the popularity of Pazzo there’s often a wait these days for one of the tables.  If time is short, there’s always Panda Dumpling next door (but a whole different atmosphere altogether).


Pizza at Pazzo

Caesar Salad
1179 Laurel Street
San Carlos CA 94070
650- 591-1075

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