My partner and I are frequent guests at Cucina Pazzo’s sister restaurant – The Tavern in Valley Park. So when this opened in late 2013, we had to give it a try because we absolutely love The Tavern. We headed down to the Central West End to give the old home of Duff’s a chance.
We were seated promptly with our reservation and experienced exceptional service from the very start. We were welcomed warmly and thanked for our visit right from the start and were even provided with a free appetizer – The Ricconi. They were like friend cheese balls; but so much better. It was off to a great start! We both got salads to start with. I got the Romaine and my partner got the Chopped. Both were good, but the Chopped was different and pretty amazing. It was a bit spicy, but we both loved that. For our meals I got the Bacon Caramelle and my partner got the Rigatoni Al Forno (at the waiter’s recommendation). We both thought the Rigatoni was just average and probably would not get it again. However, the Bacon Caramelle was fantastic. I think the perfect dinner here would be the Ricconi for an appetizer, Chopped Salad, and the Bacon Caramelle for the main dish!
We both enjoyed our dinner at Cucina Pazzo and thought the food was pretty good. However the service in our eyes outshined the food during our visit. Our personal preference for this restaurant group is that The Tavern’s food is better and it also comes with the wonderful service we experienced here as all. With that said, if you are looking to give Cucina Pazzo a try, it’s worth a visit for sure!