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636 N Saint Clair St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.893639 -87.622873
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
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
More affordable Coco Pazzo sibling aims for upscale-casual Italian in a sunny, colorful setting. – Murals of people enjoying meals cover the walls of this casual-chic, tile-floored restaurant known for its seasonally inspired, full-of-heart Tuscan fare. First impressions come in the form of an antipasto, perhaps orange-garlic dressed octopus with white beans. By the last bite of butternut squash-filled capallaci graced with amaretti cookies and seemingly just-plucked, grilled veggies, it's amore. Rich beef brisket ragu clings to papparadelle, while a pork chop plated with chestnuts and rapini in mustard sauce updates a Sunday dinner staple. A mid-priced, all-Italian wine list makes pairing vinos a cinch.
No romance at all – I mean, probably the worst gnocchi in the city, and I've been to a lot of places. Really disappointed...absolutely NO romance in the air. Romantic? Who are you guys kidding? Place was a mortuary, filled with 60 year old couples. What a wasted evening.
I had high hopes... – Most of the food is QUITE excellent. Some of the food is... to say the least, interesting. The ambience - the outdoor patio was not open and maybe that makes a difference - however, the ambience was slightly painful for me. It looked cute, but there were so many people "milling around" that I never felt at ease. The waitstaff is very courteous and proper, however, there may be a *slight* language barrier if you don't have an ear for thick accents :) All in all, a good experience, I'd definately go back, but I wouldn't take a new girlfriend or in-laws with me...
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