Pagliacci's has been serving up fresh and funky Italian fare for over 20 years. Enjoy their tasty sandwiches, salads or pastas for lunch or dinner. Go from Sunday to Wednesday and enjoy live music with your meal.
So I've eaten here three times, each time I swear to never go back. Yet somehow there seems to be some sort of misplaced charm that makes people think that this is a 'fun' place. Terrible food, I can buy this garbage from a bag at a grocery store. Why do I want to spend my money and my time (I always wait WAY TOO LONG for SERVICE and for the crappy food) at this place. The last time I went here I had a Salad that consisted primarily of water, giant lettuce and drab sloppy flavour. Then came my Pasta, tasted like it came from Safeway, not impressed at all. I have yet to get service within a REASONABLE time, I'm always waiting for the server to tell them something is wrong with either the food, dirty dishes, errors on my bill, missing cutlery, the list goes on...
So... maybe people overlook the food for atmosphere? Well, the hype from the streets is completely overrated. Old tired decor, crammed into broken chairs and dirty dishes...what is so special about that?
This place should be out of business, I can only assume that people only go here because they feel sorry for the owners or something. So many other places to choose from, don't waste your time!
I went to Pagliacci's for the first time on Monday for lunch with my grandmother and boyfriend. It was busy and a bit loud, but the ambience was friendly and trendy and funky. The waitress was extremely attentive and friendly without being overbearing. The food was excellently priced and all of us enjoyed our meals. I had the soup and ceasar salad. The soup was just what I needed for a chilly afternoon. Their fresh-baked bread is AMAZING! I must get that recipe! I will definitely be back for more of Pagliacci's.
I had lunch with my friend last Friday. It was 2:35 pm when we ordered. Yes, it was close to the end of lunchtime but service was terrible.
I had a pasta dish and it was too spicy to me. I stopped eating after a couple of bites and tried to order a different dish. My glass of water was more than half empty so I expected to get more water too. But it ended up by paying the bill after 20 minutes sitting (while my friend was having her lunch.)
Nobody gave attention to us though I was trying to make eye contact. There was no smile on the server's face as well.
pag's is more than a restaurant, its an institution. worth going, if only for their complimentary bread (to die for!) the likes of etta james, diana krall and dexter gordon have all played within the walls of pagliaccis. space is cramped, but lends itself to the ambience. the food is rich and portions very generous. great deals on pitchers of sangria :)