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!)
1179 Laurel Street
San Carlos CA 94070
Originally published on 8/25/15