Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 23 E Jackson Blvd
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 23 E Jackson Blvd

Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 23 E Jackson Blvd

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pazzoscucina.com/
  • Phone: 3123869400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday- Friday: 11:00 am- 11:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Jackson between State & Wabash
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Public lots available on Wabash either north or south of Jackson Blvd, within 1 block of the restaurant.
A word from Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 23 E Jackson Blvd
Our family of Italian restaurants has been located in the LOOP since 1994. Catering to theatre patrons, out of town guests and our neighbors is something that gives us great pride. We offer private event space, catering and customized menus. There is no event too big or too small for the Pazzo’s family to orchestrate. Call us today!!!
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Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 23 E Jackson Blvd reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (22)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (8)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (6)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Restaurant was close to our hotel and we were looking for something fairly casual and moderately priced. Interior of restaurant was pleasant, but we were confused by the wall of TV's visible from the dining area. Seemed more sports bar than Italian restaurant. Servers were nice and dinner was well paced. Complimentary bread was a bit dry, but okay after dipping in olive oil. Caesar salad was basic, but good. Pastas ordered were Mediterranean penne and orecchiette with sausage and broccoli. Penne was good, but the orecchiette was lacking in flavor (& broccoli). Based on food, would not return as there are so many other Italian options in Chicago.
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  • Good for location, ok for food
    Thor
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was OK. Apparently the pasta is home made, but did not taste fresh, (probably had been frozen). Flavor wasn't notable either. Good location though.
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  • Excellent service!
    noniVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our food was great but our server was EXCELLENT. She brought our bottle of wine and let us talk until we were ready to order. It was a pleasurable evening. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    Gilda
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food and service. Perfect for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a work lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I've coordinated work lunches here on multiple occasions. The food, service, and ambiance are just right.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Prophet
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Found this online and read the recommendations the food was great and priced well for Chicago. Skip the expensive places and go here. The staff is great and very nice. Would go again any time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lisa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The caprese salad was fantastic. Service was friendly and attentive and ambience was fun but not overwhelming. Enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Cleaned My Plate!
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The risotto was fantastic! I couldn't stop eating. Everyone was helpful and this was a great spot to meet friends for lunch during the work week. I would definitely go here for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    AndyDino
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My office is across the street from this restaurant so we use it as our go to place for office luncheons and private meetings with clients. Hugo and the rest of the staff is amazing. They have specials daily and the seafood is great and at a reasonable price point. Even to-go sandwiches beat any of the nearby competition.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food and service. Not too expensive. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waitress was fabulous
    Shaunessey9
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Renee was so great with our group. She was attentive and knowledgeable of the selections. Very helpful. Would return because of her!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pazzo's for lunch and dinner
    JandBVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have enjoyed many meals at Pazzo's on Jackson Blvd. The atmosphere allows for conversation and the food is very good; fresh and beautifully served. The wines are moderately priced and there is a good selection.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Lasagna Ever
    IMHO
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My vegetarian daughter raved about the cheese lasagna. She said, "It's the best lasagna I've ever eaten!"
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left satisfied
    Will
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were from out of town, and wanted a nice Italian dinner. The restaurant had ambiance. The wait staff was helpful and a pleasure to talk to. The food was wonderful, and was the right portion and left you satisfied. The calamari was prepared perfectly, which is hard to find it prepared properly. If I make it to Chicago again I will be sure to go there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good sauce
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The meatball appetizer is great and the pasta was pretty good. They are located really close to the art museum so DO NOT eat in the museum and pay ridiculous prices. Walk across the street and go here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the Symphony
    Jono
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Within easy walking of the CSO and Art institute, this restaurant has clever and tasty contemporary Italian dishes including a very hot and spicy seafood risotto. Only a few draft beers, but one was a delicious rye ale I'd not had before. Atmosphere is a little bland, but the service is professional and timely. We found Pazzo's on Open Table and wished we'd been there before. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable pre-Symphony dining
    RonF
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Another concert at the CSO, another nice effort from Pazzo's. The special risotto was quite good, albeit a touch salty. But unusually, my wife's dinner salad was sub-par; ingredients were missing from the salad; dried cranberries were on the menu, not in the salad, and there was hardly any of the cheese. That said, the chicken was tender and juicy, and the greens fresh. Pacing was also off - it was difficult to find our waitperson to take our order. We'll be back, but it was an off night for Pazzo's And unfortunately, my favorite dessert, the panna cotta, was not available that evening. We were told that there was reconfiguration of the dessert menu coming, and it appears that the panna cotta may be deleted.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was awesome. rest of it??
    dgdiner
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food was fabulous. And ultimately worth the hassle. But the service was more than suspect. It took 25 mins each for two separate drink orders (we were a table of two). Once the server explained he couldn't go behind the bar, it made more sense. But I was entirely baffled why a place that advertises it's beer selection didn't have a beer list available and why you'd have a full bar restaurant on a friday night but not have someone available to mix/pour?!? That said, the chicken vesuvio was amazing - perhaps the best chicken I've ever had out. So, ultimately I probably would try again if I"m in the area, but I can't be overly enthusiastic about the experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian Food
    VSJDinesOutVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Pazzo restaurant is located near the Chicago Orchestra Symphony (CSO) Hall, the Auditorium theater, Art Institute and few blocks from the theater plays. They have delicious Italian food and a nice restaurant ambiance. It is great for dinner before a show, or dinner any evening. The selection is fantastic and prices are reasonably affordable. Keep up the excellent menu selection and continue with your staff's friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 228 reviews are from the Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 23 E Jackson Blvd reviews archive.
  • delightful business lunch
    Numbers
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I enjoyed a business lunch with a client and colleagues at Pazzo's last week. The staff was attentive but didn't rush us. The food was delicious and moderately priced for the Loop. The luncheon salads were well proportioned and fresh. The grilled snapper special was a real treat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Consistently Good
    Randyontheglobe
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I have eaten at Pazzo's about two dozen times and I can say with authority that the food is consistently very good. I like the pastas and salads and the daily specials are always excellent (if a bit overpriced). Server training is not their focus and the ambiance can be a bit loud, especially if you go early when they occasionally cater private affairs in the open dining room. In other words, for a reliable meal in the south Loop (think CSO, Millennium Park, Art Institute) it's a great place. For a romantic evening or sophisticated dining there are many better choices.
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  • Service a bit slow, but food good
    JustOne
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I stopped by Pazzo's Cucina at 6:30pm on Saturday for a quick bite before attending a musical performance nearby. My reservation was in order and I was quickly seated at a table by the front windows. I ordered the Herb-crusted Salmon Salad. The salmon portion was very generous, and cooked to perfection. My water glass was kept full. After I completed my meal, I waited a long time to get my check (even after I asked that it be brought to me). It also took longer than expected to run my card and get the receipt back. I suggest that diners inform the wait staff if they need to meet a time schedule to complete their meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Dinner
    ThinkOne
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We are often looking for restaurants in the loop to done at prior to the symphony or ballet. We stumbled upon this place through Open Table, and had no clue it was there. We really enjoyed our food (homemade pastas were great), the service was really good. They had a nice selection of wine and drinks. The restaurant was only about half full prior to an evening performance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We had a great dining experience as Pazzo's on Jackson. Food was very good, service excellent (friendly, attentive), and bill was much lower than expected.
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  • Good pre-theater dining
    PatrickJ
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Attractive restaurant with an interesting menu. There were four of us, we ordered different dishes, the seafood special, fish off the regular menu, and two pasta entrées. Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    Shaunessey9
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Renee, our server, was wonderful. My party and I had a great time! The food was very good, although I wish you had more vegetarian options available.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Always have a great time here! Will return again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tickled my tastebuds!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The food at this retaurant was amazing and definitely tickled my tastebuds! Also had a great selection of wines. I dined with a group of 6. There was a wide variety of entrees to choose from, including the specials of the day. We all had something different and each dish was equally amazing. Our server was also very attentive and accommodating. I highly recommend this retaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inexpensive wonderful Italian rest.
    RuthS
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Wonderful!!! Very inexpensive food and large portions......you can definitely share. We had a party of 7 and the service was accomidating and great. Hostess was outstanding and even ran to the corner to flag a cab for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not fit for Foodies
    WilmetterVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went here before the symphony. Service was quite good, but food was ordinary. We had the eggplant appetizer without the breading, but they left the skin on which is inedible. Once we cut it off it was pretty good. My companion's chicken was bland. I had the steak sliders which I liked, but I ate without the bread. Oil oil on the table dud not taste right.
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  • Your staff made luncheon special
    Shaunessey9
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Took friends here for a celebration--your staff was outstanding from the manager to the waitress and the bussers. Food was excellent and served quickly. We were made to feel very welcome. Will definitely return. Would love to see more vegetarian offerings, too!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent but service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The chicken parmesan I had was excellent and the calamari we had for appetizers was delicious. However our waitress was a little slow, and forgot our appetizers, she brought our entree before the appetizers. Other than that we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious salad and pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Delicious salad and pasta entrée. Good wine. Excellent service. Asked for a quiet booth so we could talk and that is just what they provided. Staff very good about checking on us or needs but left us alone for our conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good food
    Aleen
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I recently went for my graduation dinner and reserved my table on open table. The ceremony was shorter than expected so we were able to go in earlier. We called to let them know that we wanted to come in an hour earlier and they said it was ok. When we arrived 30 min later, the table was not set up so we waited a few min. The service was great but not outstanding. The food was pretty good but not the best Italian or most distinguishable I've had. However, overall I did enjoy the experience. I would give them another shot if in the area again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    David
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Nothing special, nothing of note to really point out. A decent Italian restaurant with above-average service. Lots of lunch competition in the east Loop area so may or may not return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    MiMart3826
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Came here for dinner with friends before going to see Rock of Ages at the Bank of America Theater. Food was good, prices were reasonable, and ambiance was nice (not too crowded, went on a Sunday). Overall, an enjoyable dinner experience. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We liked it.
    TeddyVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Nice food served by nice people. The busboy was the best of the bunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relatively quiet, friendly
    TG13VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Relatively quiet, friendly service and good food--and, consistently so.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Lasagna
    vacosvc
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Ordered the Lasagna, it was wonderful. Perfect balance of meat, pasta, and sauce. Generous portion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner before Symphony
    SUZY
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Close to Symphony Hall for a quick dinner. Food OK - high noise level - more of a bar atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic