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Pazzo Ristorante Restaurant Review: Pazzo was one of the first restaurants in Portland to serve authentic Northern Italian food. Italian-trained chef John Eisenhart continues the tradition, though other Portland eateries have surpassed Pazzo in creativity. Better entrées include the homemade pasta in interesting shapes, such as chitarra and strozzapreti, and the pappardelle with a veal, pork and beef ragù. If you're in a seafood mood, order the cioppino or the grilled salmon with rapini and an olive tapenade. Italian desserts include sorbetto, panna cotta and tiramisu. The three-course lunch is a good value, as are the personal pizzas. There's a full bar, and the updated wine list proposes both Italian and Northwest varietals. The mood is dressy and can be a mite stodgy; however, there is typically a lively post-theater crowd.