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Can't spin these platters

Perhaps the best thing I ate at Palazzo was the pollo e fagiolo verde wood-fired pizza, slices of herb-marinated chicken, haricots verts, garlic, and cream sauce topped with a five-cheese blend. My hungry friend who ordered the turkey panini was jealous, so I gave her a piece. She liked it. I didn't bother to pass along some of the fresh spinach topping, which was really sour, drenched in lemon juice. The granchio con formaggio pizza — blue crab with melted havarti and a side of pepper-infused lemon juice — was edible, too, but I was completely outraged at the price and portion. Fifteen bucks for a personal pizza the size of a small tortilla? The chicken pizza was $10, and even that was pushing it.

Service was slow — it took 45 minutes for our main dishes to arrive — on a day when one of my friends had only an hour for lunch. What gives? Palazzo opened three months ago, not yesterday. And we were the only people there at that point, aside from a group of folks who walked in on us, apparently to scout the location for an event. (Did this business have to be conducted right in the middle of lunch?)

On another occasion, we showed up for dinner before 9:30 on a Saturday night, and even though Palazzo's dinner hours are supposed to go until 10 p.m., we were turned away by a bouncer behind a velvet rope.

Eat to the beat: Palazzo makes a better dance club than a dining destination.
Jackie Mercandetti
Eat to the beat: Palazzo makes a better dance club than a dining destination.

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Palazzo

710 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Central Phoenix

Details

Zucchini e farcite: $8

Bruschetta: $10

Panini: $9.50

Wood-fired pizza: $10-$15

602-229-1150, »web link.
Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Happy Hour, 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

710 North Central Avenue

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For students and city dwellers alike, I'd love to see a boom of downtown restaurants and nightclubs. But if they're anything like Palazzo, they shouldn't try to be both.

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