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Pizza from Pazzo’s now in Eagle

David L'Heureux
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyPazzo's Manager Chris Hooper tosses another pie in the oven Friday during the rush at the large restaurant in Eagle.

EAGLE – There’s a new happening spot in Eagle for that great American tradition: Cold beer and pizza.Pizza lovers in Eagle and Gypsum now have another option. Pazzo’s, an upvalley tradition for many years, recently opened a location in the shopping center next to the bowling alley.Tom Clinton has been part of the Pazzo’s crew – first as an employee and now as a co-owner – for more than 20 years. He and partners Brian Hutchinson, Mike O’Meara and Mark Colwell saw an opening in the Eagle market and made the move. So far, they are glad they did.”The growth kind of inspired us, and so far we have done pretty well,” said Clinton, who has been in the pizza business since he was 15. “For years, we had so many customers that came to Avon from Eagle and Gypsum. We decided the time was right.”

Clinton said the response to the restaurant has been good so far but that the word is still getting out. “We still have people coming in that say, ‘We didn’t know you guys had a store here.'” What to eatPizza is always a good option at Pazzo’s – they founded their reputation in Eagle County on it. But there are plenty of other tasty treats on the menu; they have a large selection of calzones, pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches. “We are also doing daily lunch and dinner specials that have been a big hit,” Clinton said.

Pazzo’s will be doing food and drink specials all summer long. In addition to the daily food specials, Pazzo’s also has a happy hour and specials for softball players, including cut-rate prices on pitchers.Some locals’ favorites over the years include the spicy Border Zone, the Corfu pizza (with olives, feta, onions, tomato and basil) and the Azteca pizza (featuring jalapenos and pepperoni). Pazzo’s also offers a variety of salads, from Greek to Antipasto to Ceasar for those in need of something lighter.But, according to Clinton, the food isn’t the only thing that has made Pazzo’s an Eagle Valley legacy.

Plug for the peepsClinton said it’s the support from locals over the years that has made their success possible. He also credits another group for making Pazzo’s what it is today.”We have some of the greatest employees in the valley,” Clinton said. “We have a good number of employees that have been with us for more than 10 years. That’s a long time in this business. They have helped make us what we are.”Clinton reminisced about his first days when he and his future partners were just hard-core ski bums working at a pizza shop. “When the opportunity came by to own our own shop, we took it,” Clinton said. “I never would have thought we would have a store in Eagle back then. It’s been a long journey.”

That journey just started out on a new path in Eagle, which should help lead area pie lovers to pizza bliss.”We are excited to be here,” Clinton said. “The people down here have already made us feel like part of the community.”Pazzo’s is open for lunch and dinner every day. In addition, the restaurant accepts reservations for group parties and birthdays. Carry-out is also available by dialing 337-9900.Vail, Colorado

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