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: 3122011100
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (42)good for groups (22)great for outdoor dining (22)great for brunch (5)fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (3)special occasion (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 124 reviews are from the Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr reviews archive.
  • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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  • Good choice
    BikermomVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Decided to give Pazzo's a try after many co-workers raved about their meal there. It was a good decision. Waitress was very attentive and pleasant. Atmosphere casual and good for our Admin Prof Day lunch. Food was very good and plentiful. Had the risotto special - chicken, asparagus, julienne veggies, sun dried tomato with a creamy garlic sauce. Excellent! Others in the group enjoyed their meal, too....lime chicken salad, Portobello mushroom sandwich. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for business lunches
    abradfoodie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I had two business lunches here in the past week and both were great. The food is tasty and the service is good. If you need to get out quickly they are very accommodating but on the contrary they don't seem to mind if you hang out to finish your meeting once the meal is over. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Bread was hot and the cheese/olive oil individual mixture was a great addition. The mixed salad was okay. Wine was tasty. Main course came out before we had finished our salad. The chicken dishes were tasty. The Pollo alla Griglia was heavy with sage & garlic. Overall an okay lunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good for Business Lunch
    Neighbor101VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I have been there a few times for a business lunch, It gets 3 or more *** on all of my rating criteria-- quiet enough for conversation; adequate privacy; attentive service; efficient delivery of food after ordering; good food; and acceptable prices. I can't think of any other restaurant in the downtown area that I could give a positive review on each of my rating factors.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Birthday Lunch
    CiaoVally
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I've only been to Pazzo for lunch, so can't review the PM scene, tho am sure it's quite nice for dinner or cocktails. I went with 2 colleagues for a b’day lunch. Thru Open Table, I requested a candle on a dessert. After our lunch, they brought an amazing Tiramisu w/ a fantastic sparkling flair. It was great! Last time I ate at Pazzo, I had ravioli stuffed w/porcini, perfectly cooked. This time I had penne w/salmon & asparagus. Unfortunately, the pasta was way over cooked. My parents were both born in Northern Italy so I'm a pasta snob--over cooked pasta is a cardinal sin. That said, I will return and try another of their pasta specialties. I'll remember to ask for al dente. Btw, the hostess is always very charming and our server was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best quality for the Best price
    swt21VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I travel to Chicago almost every week. Pazzo's is a definite once a week spot (if not more).
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine for Pre-Opera
    robertVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    A convenient location for Civic Opera House events. Food is fine. Cocktails are expensive. Service is attentive but slow due to what appears under-staffing. Both bathrooms opening directly into the dining room are truly ridiculous so make certain you are not seated within two table rows of the back of the main room or you'll be looking into the bathrooms during dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just another Italian place….
    mustangbeauVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I was disappointed in this restaurant because I was hoping for something fairly upscale and good in this location. The food is okay, but basically, this is just another mediocre Italian restaurant with pretty good food, big portions, moderate prices and okay pizza. There is nothing remarkable about it and the decor/ambience is completely lacking. If all you want is a quick pizza, a perfect place to go. If you are looking for a nice place to "dine", forget it!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Opera Dinner
    louise
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Nice party going on at the bar, so those of us dining were consideratly asked if we'd like the back room, which was quieter and lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We requested the back room
    ymom
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We requested the back room since we had a number of us. It was great and quiet on a weeknight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food served properly
    rsr1234VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    very good food with a nice selection to choice from. the service is very good. its a fun place with an upscale atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food.
    StreetervilleResVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Nice rework of the place. Nothing special about the food. And like with most restaurants, there's nowhere to put your bag if you're not in a booth (putting $2000 bags on the floor is heinous). Hooked mine on the chair, thinking it wouldn't be in anyone's way. Our table was shoved close to a structural column. Surely the staff wouldn't be walking behind me, squeezing behind my chair and the table behind us. Amazingly, they did. Banging away at my bag every time, no matter which side of the chair I put it on. Annoying. So I sat through lunch with my bag on my feet. Also annoying. But back to the chow--only dish at the table finished was the tilapia. Pazzo's--mediocre, like most places on Wacker, save for Pearl Tavern. They're doing it right.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really? Any cafeteria is Better.
    DiningDadVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    My son and I order a pizza and a salad: keep it simple is alwaays safe. The pizza - was like a diGiorno frozen pizza from a box. Except not as high quality. The ingredients hadn't seen fresh in this millenium. The salad - the spinach greens were watery and tasteless, which matched the rest of the salad, to include the chicken, which hadn't even been waved over a grill or any kind of natural cooking device - thus could have been tofu for all of it's flavor (with apologies to tofu). Really? Is there no pride in your restaurant? I would expect better from a school cafeteria!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    JayCee
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Sorry to say, we were seated by the door, which was quite cold every time the door opened,
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    Donna
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Recently had a team dinner and the food was great, the service and staff was amazing and the atmosphere and seating was condusive allowed for everyone to be interactive. Great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch before the Opera
    Opera13
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We're only in the city occasionally and we really don't eat out all that often. One time we do is when we go to the matinee at the Lyric Opera. We had first been stopping at the food court in Ogilvie, but we quickly decided we wanted something classier. Somebody recommended we try some of the restaurants along Wacker Drive, and that's how we found Pazzo's. This was our second visit--so obviously we're serious about recommending it. The menu offered something apart from the usual, the prices were reasonable, the food was great, the service was pleasant and prompt. We'll be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for the Lyric Opera
    mngoodVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    For dinner before the Lyric Opera, it is very convenient. The room in the back is a necessity on a Friday night because of the crowd in the bar area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance
    Forever29
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The ambiance of the revived space was great. Lighter and contemporary the space felt roomier and more lively. Food was great and service was excellent. Only negative is the revolving door lets cold Chicago air into the front dining area. If you don't like the chill, ask to be seated in the back. I will certainly return often with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Laurie
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Great food, great service and location. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs Improvement!
    JMarsh
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This could be a popular spot with its proximity to the Lyric and Bank of America Theater. The front of the restaurant was somewhat lively and had a nice ambience. Despite the availability of tables we were escorted down a long hallway to a windowless plain and rather depressing room. Our waitress was abrupt and we were never asked if we wanted our drinks refilled. The linguine and clams were gritty probably the sand was not washed from the shells.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, blah service
    BkenonVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I expected more with a location like this. The food was good, the dining room was clean, but the server acted like he had better things to do; apparently a well-dressed 30-ish couple trying to spend money aren't his preferred type of customer. Oh well- the wine list is good...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall