Pazzo, in Southside Village, offers about a half-dozen pizzas ($10-$12) and seven pasta dishes ($16-$22), including four Parmigiana preparations with either eggplant, meatball, chicken or veal. Rigatoni with prosciutto and mushrooms is heavy on the garlic, with smashed soft pieces as big as a dime. Lobster risotto is a house specialty and justly popular. Seafood linguini and the traditional spaghetti and meatballs have significant appeal. Appetizers, salads and soups are plentiful, but get the baked clams for a good starter at $12 or $18, depending on how many. Outrageously delicious. And don't miss the Pazzo pie for dessert.
The Pazzo decor is black-and-white New York casual; it’s fun and kicky. Two big-screen TVs mounted on the walls, bare tables, black cloth napkins, white plateware and black bistro chairs complete a look that’s neat, contemporary and entertaining. Service is prompt and pleasant, and servers check on diners to make sure everyone is content. No full bar, but beer and wine are available by the glass or bottle. Whites, reds and sparkling wines range from $30 to $110 a bottle and are mostly from the American West, with a few Italian favorites. On the beer list are two Italian brews.