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General Info
Coco Pazzo is an Italian-style restaurant founded in 1991. The restaurant serves chicken Parmesan, roasted pears, asparagus, beef tenderloin, and vegetable and bread soup. Its menu of pasta dishes includes potato dumplings and spaghetti. The restaurant offers king salmon, ahi tuna, chicken breasts and veal medallions. It additionally serves several drinks, such as cognacs, armagnac, malts and dessert wines. Coco Pazzo specializes in various dishes prepared with mussels, shrimp and scallops. The restaurant organizes various special events, such as rehearsal dinners, wine tasting contests, wedding receptions, business lunches and baby showers. It provides gift cards of several denominations. Coco Pazzo is located in Chicago.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (312) 836-0257

Fax Number: (312) 836-0257

Brands
(312) 836-0900
Payment method
amex, master card, visa, debit, diners club, discover, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Chicago, Near North Side, River North
Categories
Italian Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Pizza, Steak Houses, Seafood Restaurants, Health Food Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, Steakhouse, European, Healthy, Seafood, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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DennisR

11/13/2010

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Overall
Nice place overall

Very nice upscale Italian food, plenty of eager servers to help you. The grilled octopus was delicious if maybe a little too charcoaly, the spinach pasta with lamb was also very nice but maybe a little over salted for my personal taste. The gnocchi melted in your mouth, perhaps the best I ever had. Very nice decor including a real comfy bar area in front of the fire pit that would be a great place for a cocktail after work on a winter's day. I will definitely go back.

jpark1001

01/23/2010

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Overall
Awesome!!!

It's a really great place - was surprised to finally find an upscale Italian restaurant that's classy, with great food, in middle of hot spot with a fun vibe

Annazenato

07/10/2009

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Overall
Spot -on!

The food, ambience and service here is consistently great. Always a good experience.

cmroma

02/20/2009

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Overall
Amazing Italian

Chic and delicious. Very Italian with excellent service. A beautiful dessert plate was made for me to celebrate my 30th birthday. They made the evening very special for me and my family.

bonvivantsuisse

12/30/2008

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Overall
New chef is great!

I have been going there for years and it is better than ever. They also always have great wines by the glass. The new chef is great and the service is always good. It is my favorite for pre-theater.

SBergman99

10/10/2008

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Overall
Disappointed

Me and my wife had dinner at Coco Pazzo last week. We used to go quite often when we still lived in the city. It was our favorite restaurant. I realize that every dining establishment has ""OFF"" nights, but our experience was terrible. We had a 6:00 PM reservation and arrived at 5:45 ( we were going to the theatre afterwards).We were greeted at the door by a short Asian man with acne who insisted on seating us next to service station. My wife asked for a table near the window but we were told they were all reserved. We explained that we wouldn't be staying past 7:15, but the answer was still NO. He made no attempt to accomodate us. The dining room was completely empty except for some people at the bar. We were tempted to leave but decided to stay.

The service left alot to be desired. Our server was unfriendly, she never smiled once. When the amuse bouche was delivered, we asked what it was and the person delivering it had to go back to the kitchen to inquire and returned a few moments later. The bussers were polishing silverware and making noise. Everything seemed so sloppy, I could understand if the restaurant was busy, but it was almost empty.

The food was just OK, but very overpriced. Our pastas were bland and the portions were small. I found the wine-list to be ridiculously marked-up! Towards the end of the meal, we asked about the Chef Tony, and were told that he left to open his own restaurant. That explained the mediocre food.

As we were leaving, my wife remarked that almost all those tables next to the windows remained unseated. We probably wouldn't have noticed all of the other shortcomings had our request for a window table been honored. Overall, BAD experience.Rude staff, mediocre over-priced fod and wine. The only positive thing is the decor. I don't think we'll go back anytime soon.

rb7691

06/16/2008

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Overall
extremely attentive

We went on Father's day evening and had a really enjoyable evening. There were 3 generations at the table ranging from 75 years old to 10 years old, added to that , half the party was vegetarian. The wait staff were wonderful, guiding us through the vegetarian options and providing a lovely plate of crispy bread and a white bean dip (for free). My father in law asked for a bruchetta (which wasn't on the menu) and they made it for us and it was delicious. The food was excellent especially the pizza. Again, for dessert my son wanted just plain chocolate ice cream and they got it for him.
The evening was wonderful made especially so by the really attentive wait staff.

cpnbk

01/27/2008

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Overall
Delightfully delicious

What a wonderful meal. The Gnocchi appetizer was just the right size and I thought it was spectacular. Next was the Tortelli DiZucca, and all I can say is, Oh My God! You should experience it to truly understand it. The Ossobuco was the most tender I have had in....ever. The wine was exceptional, the wait staff was always there, but did not hover. We will definitely return, as often as it is possible.

dmpca

12/15/2007

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Overall
Existing on old reputation, current offerings don't live up to old standards, avoid disappointment

What a disappointment. The restaurant was half empty for good reason. The food was underwhelming at best. The desert menu was a tired rehash of common deserts and the appetizer and mains where so average that we didn't even want to try a desert (my husband loves desert and we always order it). We had more then three waiters, the first disappeared after taking our order the second when the mains where served and the third got our check. When asked about it we were told service was ""in the round"". This loosely translated meant- we don't have enough customers tonight and we are having staff leave early. There was no sommelier, wait staff and senior management staff were not familiar with the wines on hand. The wine list was almost exclusively newer vintages that were highly over priced. We were extremely disappointed and to avoid disappointment we recommend you try somewhere else.

sugarywitch

06/10/2007

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Overall
Good food and nice atmosphere

The ambiance at Coco Pazzo is quite lovely. The restaurant is casual, comfortable and bustling but still chic enough for a nice evening out. The food was well prepared and fresh. The rib-eye might be a little too marbled, but the flavor was wonderful and it was cooked perfectly. The seafood stew and squash blossom appetizer were both fantastic. The service did seem a little hurried at times, but as soon as they realized we were in the mood for a longer meal they slowed down a bit. They did forget to bring a dessert drink, but remedied right away after a little reminder. Overall a great pick for a nice Italian dinner.

widespreadpanicfan

12/15/2006

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Overall
Ups and Downs

Went on a Friday night, reservation was for 7 and got there at roughly 645. The man in the suit at the front (assuming he's the manager) seemed irritated at the fact that we were there early, and was not friendly whatsoever. The waiter was nice, attentive and helpful for the first half of the evening, and once it got a little crowded, he sucked. Not really his fault, he may have been assigned too many tables at the time. The food was pretty good, but nothing really stood out or was ""to die for."" (and we tried an appetizer, two salads, and two different entrees). I've not eaten at many italian places in Chicago, but If someone asked me about this place, I would say there has to be better italian food in Chicago.

luvs2travel

11/04/2006

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Overall
Yum!

We love this place. The food is always exceptional. The wine list is varied. The service is always really great. And the ambiance is warm even though you are surrounded. Though the main room is huge and open it doesn't echo like so many do because of the drapes. There is a nice buzz to the room yet you can hear your companion easily. And anywhere that drills a hole in a potato to use as a bud vase gets a thumbs up in creativity from us.

enniszd

10/25/2006

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Overall
Exceptional Restaurant

Coco Pazzo was a complete delight! The service was right on time and overwhelming. When you plates came out there would be a number of staff that offered you pepper, cheese etc. The manager checked on us twice to make sure that everything was just the way we wanted it. The restaurant is extremely open with no real view blocked. The interesting thing was that the sound level was overwhelming and we were able to carry on normal conversation. The wine list was spectacular with pages of Italian wines. We started the night with Fughi Arrosto & the Risotto di Giorno (1/2 order) which was prepared with Pumpkin and Pancetta. The Fughi Arrosto was absolutely outstanding with intense and succulent flavor. My main course was gnocchi with veal in a cream sauce which was very light and flavorful.

I will most definitely be eating at Coco Pazzo again!

b12751

09/19/2006

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Overall
High Quality Dining Experience

What is good:

Very attentive wait staff
Focaccia Bread and chef's humus muse
Food is very good, but perhaps not memorable
Valet and self parking availability
Wine list had a nice selection and $ range
Great noise control with draperies
Gracious owner who talked to us at our table
High class patrons

What is less than the best:

No 1/2 bottles of wine

rpajcox

06/07/2006

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Overall
I've Had Better, But It Was Alright

The service was awful. The waitstaff ignored some people at the table when taking drink orders, simply because they hadn't been the one requesting the wine list. They also had a habit of constantly rearranging drinks of the table so that they were sitting perilously near the edge. No matter where you set it, it would always be moved back to where your arm could hit it. It was almost comical to our group. Very odd. Drinks ordered as dinner was served didn't arrive until after dinner was finished. Won't return, just because there's too much out there.

amailmanyouknow

05/23/2005

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Overall
We Love It!

We go there every visit - this restaurant is also Our first stop. Great Italian food and an excellent value. It can be noisy on warm summer nights after work - if you want romance, go on a weeknight, not during Friday happy hour! Love the dessert wines...

catchris98

05/01/2005

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Overall
Tasteless in every way

When the waiter came over and said that he bet ""we were wondering what the table with food was doing when we first walked in,"" I knew we were in trouble. I've been to many Italian restaurants, and yeah, some have antipasto tables set up. So when the waiter said that, I knew we just stepped into a tourist trap. The tacky, gold wedding factory chairs totally blew the cool, loft ambiance (not to mention the over 70 crowd). Now the food...tasteless. The rack of lanb was so overpowered by the sauce, I couldn't tell if it was lamb or skirt steak. All in all, a truly tasteless experience.

acutilletta

04/18/2004

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Overall
Disappointed

We had been fans of Coco Pazzo, using it for business as well as personal dining. Until last night we considered it one of Chicago's better restaurants. Last night the food was good at best but the service was fair at best. We had to ask for bread, pour our own wine and wait for the entree. The worst was being seated next to the wait station which in itself was not terrible but the wait staff's use of it was. Leaning over my shoulder to get plates instead of going to the other side, throwing silverware into drawers and talking loudly around it were just a few of the problems. Needless to say we have written the restaurant off our list.

otisbread1

04/21/2003

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Overall
As tasty as I remember it.

Coco Pazzo still is a great Chicago standard, even after not visiting for three years. The waiter was able to recommend a resonably priced Italian wine that was wonderful. The specials were terrific and even the menu, with it's excellent mix of standard and eclectic pastas and entrees gives any patron something fun to eat. Although a little on the expensive side, it's a great spot for a special occasion. One of Chicago's best Italian!

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