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636 N Saint Clair St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.893639 -87.622873
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Experience Tuscan, Italian cuisine at vibrant and lively Coco Pazzo Cafe, sister restaurant of landmark Coco Pazzo. Just steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping, major hotels, Northwestern Hospital, Prentice Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute, the Cafe offers a casual atmosphere, a diverse menu, and Italian wines by the glass. Enjoy the warmth of the Modigliani inspired murals, theatrical flower arrangements and the copper topped bar which is also popular for dining. And, when the weather allows, choose a table on the relaxing patio. Coco Pazzo Cafe has been voted by Chicago Zagat readers as one of the finest alfresco restaurants in town.
Coco Pazzo Cafe's atmosphere is warm and inviting. It's the perfect spot for romance or business while lingering over a glass of wine and sharing appetizers such as hand-cut, tossed Tuscan Fries with fried zucchini and sweet red onions toppe
Not the best Italian – Coco Pazzo Cafe is weak imitation of Cafe Spiaggia, trying to be the hip and casual counterpart to Coco Pazzo like Cafe Spiaggia is for Spiaggia, but failing miserably. It is mediocre in every way
Bread and olive oil to start out were acceptable. I had the Salmon with asparagus, fregola and citrus. I had never had fregola before, and was looking forward to trying this couscous or quinoa-like pasta. I was disappointed when the fregola turned out to be bland and burnt. The salmon itself was pretty basic, nothing memorable. There was nothing exactly wrong with it, but my mom cooks better salmon at home. The asparagus was tender though, and I liked that the oranges were served chilled.
Dessert was the best part of the meal. The tiramisu's sponge cake was dowsed in rum, with the perfect balance of liquor and mascarpone. Definitely one of the better tiramisus in the city.
Not a romantic dinner spot – I made reservations here upon a recommendation from a friend for their great food. Online reviews were favorable so I thought 'why not?'. I should have been suspicious when I was able to make a reservation for two at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night the day before (on Valentine's Day weekend) without a problem. My husband and I were expecting a romantic evening out and were very disappointed. We were seated in the corner of a very small alcove with barely room to spare. NOT ROMANTIC. No music, no dim lights. Our fellow diners were TOO close, and the server had to lean over the head of the table next to us to take our order. We felt totally rushed by the wait staff. I had no sooner ordered my martini and taken a sip when our main course was delivered to the table, and that was after I had ordered wine to go with the food. I am not exagerrating when I say that the food was delivered to our table within 10 minutes of being seated. I would applaud this kind of service during the lunch hour, but not on a Saturday evening. The Ravolini was delicious, and so was the spaguetti, but the atmosphere was totally lacking in ambience. I would not recommend Cocco Pazzo for a special occassion, or romantic dinner. The only way I would try it again would be in the summer, for lunch, on the patio. Wine list was just okay.
Delicious food, great service – Best Italian food I've had so far. I had the Tortino di Asparagi, the Ossobuco, and the Frutta con Zabaione and EVERYTHING was delicious! I highly recommend this place. I'll definitely make this restaurant a stop every time I'm in Chicago.
Nice service and good value – The food was very well done, classic dishes with a slightly fancy spin. The lasagna and the duck pasta were both great. I might skip the cheese plate at the end, though the walnuts on it were very good. Large selection of wines by the bottle including some less pricy options. The service was also very nice, not hurried but not inattentive either.
Great lunch spot after shopping – We love Coco Pazzo's on Hubbard st and love this spin off also. It's a block off Michigan ave so it's a great spot to relax and have lunch after hitting the stores. We enjoyed the outdoor seating, though if you don't like pigeons don't eat outside in Chicago (they are a fact of life). The food is great, though a bit on the pricy side.
Nice italian cafe – Very nice food, the crowd is like fish out of water. Alot of people who look like they rather belong the the gold coast than on St. Clair street. The outdoor cafe attracts rolex wearin' aston martin driving puff your cheast out dudes in search of the most expensive thing on the menu.
but the resturaunt itself is great
Great date place – i was in chicago last week for only 2 days and on the second night i met an engineer from new york. i would have never gone to this place if this engineer hadnt invited me. i had calimari and bruscheti for the first time! the food was excellent! my friend had the ceasar salad and she said it was the best salad shes ever had! i had lasagna, which was also exceptional. service was good too, they let us stay for almost 45 minutes past closing time, awesome! highly recommended
teeth grinding ambience – Pazzo has standardly decent Italian food, certainly no worse than dozens of other Chicago restaurants. I understand in summer, their outdoor cafe is quite nice. In winter, however, through a combination of terrible acoustics and poor ventilation, you dine in the din of dozens of shrieking corporate types getting progressively blasted. Despite whirling ceiling fans attempting to clear the air, cigarette smoke is the order of the day. It's a lunchtime restaurant and except for the crowd at the bar, the place was virtually empty at 7:30 PM
Chicago's Best Italian – I have lived here for a little over a year and this is the best Itailian restaurant I have found in the city. Always consistant! Try the specials they are always great and the caeser salad is the best!
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