Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr

Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (312) 201-1100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Cross Street: Randolph
  • Parking: No
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Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (36)good for groups (24)great for outdoor dining (18)fit for foodies (9)special occasion (6)vibrant bar scene (6)neighborhood gem (5)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • All it has is location
    StreetervilleResVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Dialed-in food, dialed-in service. Ladies room is literally in the main dining room. All this place has going for it is location. Wacker Drive needs more competition, desperately. Pearl Tavern is the ONLY one not dialing. It. In.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • where is everyone?
    HajipajVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Not much of a crowd on an opera night. Maybe have some specials and/or happy hour? Enjoyed the meal and service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    AlwayswellVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Because previous reviews were mixed, we were a little hesitant to come here, but the location is so convenient for a pre-opera dinner that we gave it a try. Food and service were very good, and our time constraints for show time were honored. We especially enjoyed the antipasto platter, which was very generous, with many good ingredients. It could serve as a light meal for two all by itself. All in all, a good choice when in the area.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place before the opera
    chris
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Reserved a table at Pazzo's before the opera at 6:00 and was done in plenty of time. Very good food and nice inside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • y0000VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This is one of the very convient locations in W. of Chicago. The locaiton is quiete for business lunch meetings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great happy hour spot
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great to go with coworkers for drinks and apps after work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food here was less than stellar. My pasta dish had no flavor and the Tilapia dish had a gross cream sauce on it. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opera Dining
    oakparkdiner
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I would have liked to see a beer list. Dessert took a very long time. The coffee tasted like it was brewed two hours ago. Olive oil and bread on the table is a very good idea and was well presented. I had the whitefish daily special entree and my wife had the tilapia entree. My wife suspected the mashed potatoes were instant. We might go back but only if Lloyds is booked. We were part of the opera crowd.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good Italian
    SaraVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Pazzo's is a great place to have good Italian food. The atmosphere is casual but friendly. The food good and abundant. The service is super. Nice place to have a drink with antipasto or a meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great start that quickly fizzled
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As a dining fan of Emil's restaurant which used to be at this location, I was excited to try Pazzo's. The remodeled décor is very pleasing and gives the site a contemporary feel. My dinner started on a high note with the chopped salad. It was fresh and delicious! Unfortunately, my dining experience took a sudden turn for the worse when my salmon entrée arrived. Overcooked and flavorless, the salmon was a disaster. Even the accompanying sides of asparagus and roasted potatoes were bland and uninteresting. My date was also unimpressed with her lasagna. Although some of the wait staff were energetic and engaging, our main waiter seemed bored and was unattentive. I highly recommend Pazzo's for their chopped salad, but little else.
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  • Pretends to be italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Almost every pasta has creamy sauces. Even for a pesto pasta they use cream instead of olive oil, pine nuts, reggiano and garlic as any good pesto needs to be. Other pastas based on cream. Too "Americanized" in its recipes. Pizza has no real mozzarella.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close to Lyric
    Lizzzzzzz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Perfect for dining before the opera. Affordable, excellent food choices and attentive service, who could ask for more. Would love to enjoy lunch at Pazzo's before the Sunday matinee at the Lyric Opera. Please consider being open then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient
    1operalover
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    For after the opera matinee it was close by and convenient as we had trains to catch. It was too cold to eat inside so we chose outside in decent weather. Music was too loud for us and not to our taste. It was definitely a young after-work crowd. Our waitress was wonderful. Food was good, not great, but decent Italian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    NeverfordinnerVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The only reason to recommend this restaurant is that it is near the opera house. The food was below average and the service almost non-existent. With very few decent restaurants near the opera house, this place could do a gang-buster business. The fact that it was nearly empty should have warned us about the lack of quality
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Welcome Dinner
    TimeZoneTravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I took our new hires there for lunch, and it was a great place for to have lunch meeting. Portions are a bit huge though, so beware (in a good way).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt a little rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    They brought our entrees before we were done with the appetizer. The food was okay, but not great. Its proximity to the opera house makes it a good choice for dinner before the opera.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Garage23
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went there for a business lunch. Nice outdoor seating and a selection of food that everyone should be comfortable with. Prices are not too bad and it seems like a place were after work drinks would be nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch experience
    rlbanks102VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Took colleague here for lunch to discuss business. Staff was pleasant and conscientious. The salads were excellent, especially the steak salad. Not as noisy as some other restaurants in the area, which makes it perfect for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Pasta
    KmamaVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had lunch with my customer. First, I requested for booth table and they couldn't accommodate. Second, we both order pasta dish. Mine was pappardelle and it was the one of the worst past I've ever had. Pasta was all stuck together and there wasn't enough sauce so it was tasteless. This was my second visit and I tried to give a second chance but this will be the last. This restaurant is very close to our office and it would've been a perfect business lunch spot but I can't send anyone there anymore. It's very unfortunate...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great until they closed early....
    Julie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I took a client here for dinner after a tradeshow. We ordered an appetizer and dinner at the same time. I was surprised our dinner came right after our appetizer. My entrée was delicious (Mediterranean Pasta). Well after we had completed our dinner the server came back to clear the plates. I asked for a dessert menu. However, we were told they kitchen had closed at 7:30 (it was 7:40 when I asked) and they could not serve us dessert. I was very disappointed that we were not told the kitchen would be closing in what I would consider prime dinner time. I would also think the kitchen could have managed to get us dessert...cheesecake right out of the fridge? Something would have been better than nothing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After work gem
    RinaVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We come here OFTEN. For Happy Hours, they accommodate our large groups, let people pay their own bills, etc. Always great service. The food is fantastic, and good portion sizes. We come here often for birthday lunches as well, and they have a super fun set up for that. Overall, LOVE this place, as do my co-workers. Definitely a prime place for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business or casual - food is great!
    LoopFoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Location is convenient for a good business lunch or for a group of friends. Service is great and food very good! Outside seating option is also nice. Try their pizzas!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CheerCoach
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great menu selections! LOVE that there was Gluten Free choices!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 131 reviews are from the Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr reviews archive.
  • great birthday spot
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    really good service and pasta. great for birthdays with the sparkler candle and free dessert
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope this was an anomoly
    JP225VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Normally one of our go-to spots (either this one or the one at 311 S. Wacker) when we need a good place close by and don't have a lot of time. I normally get something pasta-related but this time opted for the tilapia, which Italian restaurants usually do very well. Not this time. While presented very well, and everything else on the plate was spot-on, the tilapia itself was very poor, both in quality and preparation. The light breading tasted like it was cooked earlier that morning and left out and the fish itself was bland and slightly undercooked. Tilapia is supposed to be firm and flaky, not like the grayish, rubbery mass I had.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch as expected
    Nigel
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Needed a place for a lunch with friends. It was large and busy but the service remained effective. Food was good not exceptional. Despite being large and busy the noise level was not an issue. Provided just what we needed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for group lunches
    MOM1
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Pazzo's is located near the Opera House, so I have dined there on Opera Nights before. This was my first luncheon visit and I was most pleased. It is very difficult to find a good restaurant that can serve a group in an environment where everyone at the table can be heard. Our group of twelve was seated in a private room with a view through a glass wall of the restaurant and Wacker Drive. Our service was efficient and accurate. The menu provided enough variety to satisfy the vegetarians, the dieters and the big meat eaters. The hot food was served hot and the food was attractively presented. Everyone loved their luncheon selection. This is a very nice spot and a good value lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken Vesuvio Sandwich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The Chicken vesuvio sandwich was great. I enjoyed the rich flavor of the olive oil with bread! I would even go back just for the olive oil and Parmesan with bread concoction! Ambiance was fine for a quick business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great patio, food, service
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Awesome patio for outdoor lunch. Great portions and wonderful birthday celebrations
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Need Speedier Check-In
    Time4LunchVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The MD is very slow checking in guests. He did not acknowledge the arriving guests, kept talking to one person for a long time. Other employees came by, none offered to help. Others things were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • close to opera house
    mkfoodie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Convenient to opera house for pre-show dining. Great steak sliders & antipasto/salad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner Before A Show
    DinB4Show
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I went with a date because I was having problems trying to get in somewhere before a show in the theater district. The place was SLOW but it worked out GREAT for us. We were actually running late because of traffic but they accommodated by moving our reservation back when I called (not that it really mattered because they were slow). The service was attentive and the food was good. I was able to find street parking right by the restaurant (which was crazy city prices) but overall is was a very good experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We had tickets to the Lyric Opera and this was a prefect choice. They catered to our "hurried" time, the food and service were both good and it's literally across the street! We would go here again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for lunch
    CarlaVZVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Bruscetta was delicious as was the crispy hot Calmari...salads were fresh and crisp, and pizza was perfectly charred...will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a Quick Lunch in the Loop
    LKSullivanVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This is a convenient meeting place for professionals in the loop. Salads and pasta were tasty. A good crowd of business and theater folks on a Wednesday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre Experience
    discerningvisitor
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Chose this restaurant because of its proximity to the Opera House. Unfortunately, the experience was mediocre. Service was slow and not attentive. One of our party was served the wrong entree. As a whole, the food was ok, but unremarkable.
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  • A Little Ho-Hum, but Convienent
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had a quick dinner here before going to see a show, and it worked well for what we needed. The menu is a little limited, and it's pretty standard fare, but it tasted good and everyone left with a full belly. The prices are pretty reasonable, too, especially for a restaurant in the Loop. If you're looking for a dinner place in the Loop that's easy and convenient, and you're not trying to impress anyone, this is a safe bet.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Total Kindness
    MelC
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great server and really good food. Huge portions. Nice dining area. Close to my place of work
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot for dinner before show
    JGPM
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Being a few blocks from the brown line train stop and across the street from The Lyric Opera, Pazzo's fit the bill! Our service was excellent! I particularly enjoyed the eggplant. The atmosphere was upbeat and fun. Good bar...perfect for meeting for a drink.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • denardVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    would not recommend UNLESS you had early lyric tickets. Food was very mediocre and services worse. no ambience whatsoever
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    • Noise LevelModerate