Zavino is one of those places that always gets brought up in conversation when you’re trying to decide where to go for a casual weeknight dinner or date night when you don’t want to spend a ton of money. And probably around 50% of the time, you decide to go there. Partly because it’s an easy choice and you know you’ll have reliably good food, and partly because, even though there’s nothing particularly spectacular about it, you always have a good time here. They also have $8 pizzas during Happy Hour, so that should probably tip the scales towards Zavino in pretty much any instance when you’re trying to eat dinner before 6:30pm.
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