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Getting happy at Pazzo’s Happy Hour

Connie Steiert

With skiing finished and the weather still too unpredictable to get psyched about hiking, biking or kayaking, you may be wondering what’s so great about May?One obvious answer: Pazzo’s in Avon.True, Pazzo’s pizzeria is great any time of year. But May is especially exciting for customers for two reasons. The first is the restaurant’s great pizza deal during May Happy Hours. Happy Hours are already an anticipated event at Pazzo’s. Frequently packed, and always the place to be in Avon from 3:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m., they are about to get better.”It’s like a get together,” explains Pazzo’s partner Tom Clinton. “It’s like a Cheers atmosphere.”During the month of May, Pazzo’s will offer two-for-one slices of pizza. And everyone knows Pazzo’s has some of the best pizza around.Although May brings its share of snow showers and freezing temps, it is also typically liberally sprinkled with days as glorious as summer. On those special days, you’ll be hard pressed to find a morewelcoming spot than Pazzo’s newly remodeled deck. The restaurant is redoing the cement blocks and refinishing the entire surface, making it an even more pleasant place to while away fine spring days. The deck should be completed late next week.Of course, you can find something to celebrate every day at Pazzo’s, with mouth-watering food and irresistible daily specials. Check out Freddie’s lunch specials, an ever-rotating offering of temptations for just $5.95, such as the Daily Wrap, an assortment of yummy food wraps.You needn’t limit yourself to the Daily Special; every item on Pazzo’s menu is to-die-for comfort food. There’s a whole roster of fresh salads, as well as tempting appetizers like fried calamari, chicken wings and Pazzo’s Combo Platter. Be sure to sample Pazzo’s pasta dinners such as is Spaghetti Agli Olio Primavera, Ravioli, Baked Rigatoni, Spinach Manicotti and Eggplant Parmigiana. And of course there is Pazzo’s famed and according to some, addictive pizza.It was Pazzo’s special pizza formula which propelled it to success 11 years ago, when the first Pazzo’s opened in Vail Village. Now Pazzo’s partners Clinton, Mike O’Meara and Brian “Hutch” Hutchinson have not only expanded to Avon, Pazzo’s also has had a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas for several years.You can order one of the house specials, such as the Corfu pizza with Feta cheese, black olives, onions, fresh tomatoes and basil; or Cabo Pazzo’s pizza with shrimp, jalapenos, cilantro, fresh garlic and pineapple. Or try the Da’ Kine pizza, with Canadian bacon, pineapple, green peppers and extra cheese, or the Cajun Combo with Cajun chicken, broccoli, fresh red peppers and onions. Of course, you can create your own pizza, with thin or thick slices.Top your lunch or dinner off with a slice of Chocolate Suicide Cake or Cheesecake of the Day. Pazzo’s also offers a wide range of domestic, imported and draft beers, as wells as wines by the bottle or by the glass.With all this, plus the restaurants’ family-like atmosphere and friendly staff, Pazzo’s customers are singularly loyal and have made the pizzeria a local phenomenon.Clinton says Pazzo’s prides itself on its great service. “We try to treat people like they have been coming here for years. Everybody is family.” It’s why Pazzo’s draws everyone from families to teenagers to businessmen and women.Business acumen aside, assures Clinton, Pazzo’s partners are “still crazy and just want to have a good time.” So do Pazzo’s customers. Obviously, they find it at Pazzo’s in Avon.Pazzo’s in Avon is open daily, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. You can dine in or carry out. Deliveries are available by calling (970) 949-9900.


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