Open late Fri.-Sat.
* Click here for rating key
Palazzio Restaurant Review: Ken Boxer scored a hit when he opened the original Palazzio on Coast Village Road in 1993; even though that location is no longer in business, his downtown Santa Barbara restaurant is still going strong. The main attractions are friendly team-style service, addictive garlic rolls and portions so big that even if you go for half orders you're still likely to haul some home. (Fortunately, quarter-orders are available at lunch.) The overkill applies to cocktails as well, with happy hours drinks you can swim laps in; the 48-ounce “Colossal” is billed as the largest martini in the nation. While the Italian fare is far from first-rate, there are some nice dishes, such as the angel hair pasta with shrimp, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and white wine-butter sauce. If you still have room, there’s a selection of gelato and sorbet. And if you’re feeling gluttonous, go for the white chocolate bread pudding, made with cinnamon-spiced apples and raisins. On Friday and Saturday nights, dinner is served until 11 p.m. and a limited menu is available till midnight.