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Recent "ciao-hound" experience at Pazzia or Nonna Rose?

Milla | May 24, 200402:30 PM

You chowhounds were so helpful a few months ago when I was trying to find a restaurant for our son's "wedding eve" dinner that I would like to get your ideas about possible sites for the "two-nights-before" dinner I want to host for our extended family members who are making the trip to the Bay Area for the wedding.

I'm hoping to find a $$ priced place with tasty food, warm atmosphere, an "SF" feel for the folks coming from Texas and Tennessee, that will take advance reservations for a group of 12-16 in the main eating area (don't want a private room -- fought that battle for the swankier "wedding eve" dinner!). We're not going to be a rowdy bunch, but we'll be talking and laughing a lot, and four of us are still under the age of 21, so no brewpubs, I guess. I've been doing lots of e-homework on this (can't go around sampling in person, unfortunately, since we live in Washington State)and both Pazzia and Nonna Rose sound like they might fit the bill. Any input?

(Everybody also enjoys oriental food, so I've considered somewhere like Brandy-Ho's, but it sounds like even the "mild" is hot there, and I'm not sure how that would work for the whole gang. I'm avoiding middle-eastern because that's what is being catered at the reception.) Thanks -- and after this wedding weekend is all over, I'm gonna post my own, humble chowhound review! Milla the MOG

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