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About Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana is popular among patrons for its authentic Italian cuisine. The high-ceilinged restaurant features both booth-style and table and chair seating arrangements and has wooden furniture all over. There are several stylish, large lamps hanging down, glasses with Pazzo's imprinted and each table has a vase with fresh flowers. The ambiance is classy and welcoming, while the noise levels are average, making it a good spot for having a business meeting, lunch with friends and dinner with family.
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana has a full Italian menu which is divided into several categories, such as popular items, sandwiches, appetizers, salads, homemade fresh pizzas, entrées and desserts. Customers have the option to create their own pizza, as well. For homebodies, the restaurant offers online ordering and delivery service. Pazzo's Cucina Italiana features an outdoor seating option where customers can eat their food while enjoying the fresh air.
Chicago, IL 60606
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana - 101 N Wacker Dr - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We should have known when we walked into an empty room at noon on a Thursday. The pasta special really should have been called "pasta surprise" because the only thing special about it was it cost about $8 more than it should. Service was rushed, then absent completely. I don't get why they wanted us out so fast when the restaurant wasn't busy. The food was ok, however I can think of at least a half-dozen places within a 5-iron that provide better value. I'm excited to try whatever takes the space next, though, since this place won't last.
This new branch of Coco Pazzo is excellent! The only reason it wasn't mobbed before the opera last Saturday night must be that it is not yet well known. We were delayed because Othello at Navy Pier ran long, but I called ahead and was accommodated easily and cheerfully. The waiter was excellent, recommending an excellent pinot grigio from Venice to go with my sauteed sea scallops, which were perfect in a wine cream sauce. My companion had the fusilli with Italian sausage, which he loved. While I had no dessert, he enjoyed the chocolate fudge cake. Even though we had been late, arriving after 6:15 for a 7:30 opera across the street, we were there in plenty of time. We will be sure to return.
The waiter disappeared after taking our order and never returned until it was time to present the check. Our food was delivered by other kitchen help. The fish entree was breaded even though this was not noted on the menu. We would have mentioned this if we had ever seen our waiter. It was so slow that even though we had planned on having dessert and allowed 1 hr and 45 minutes, there wasn't time to have dessert or coffee by the time the waiter reappeared. Needless to say, we will not be returning.
Made reservations for 5:30, because it was close to the Lyric Opera. Front dining room/bar is pretty loud (after work crowd), I didn't mind it and the hostess did offer us a table in the back dining room if we wanted something more quiet. The food was great, service was good, our server did not hover but was always around when needed. I would definitely recommend this place for a drink after work or dinner before the opera.
Nothing stands out on the menu. Pasta is average to good but not outstanding; "spicy," the servers explain, means "not really spicy," and that blandness carries through. Antipasto arrives on a chilled plate, meaning it has been sitting in refrigeration; it's not bad, but it's all very cold. Salads are large, generous with ingredients, but not distinctive. Nothing is distinctive. It's close to lots of businesses but at 6.30 or 7 on a weeknight it's almost empty, while places a block south are crammed. We felt sorry for the servers and were glad to duck out for our train.
In summer, sit outside. When the after work crowd comes, it can get noisy near the bar, but not so that conversation is blocked.
Great for before the opera. They are careful to get you out in time for performance,
Have a light meal or go for the whole pasta and decadent dessert tray.
went with work colleagues for lunch. Mushroom soup tasted like it hadn't been cooked long enough for the flavors to meld and the lasagna somehow didn't taste as good as usual either. But I have gone many times and this was unusual. Maybe the chef was off that day.
I made a reservation for 9 people. I was so surprised when we were given a private room! This was perfect for our gathering. The table was set in a square so we could all engage in the conversation without struggling to hear. The variety of food was fantastic and the flavor was delicious. When one of the women received her lasagna, it was not hot. We waited for our server to come back to check on us...when that did not happen we went to her and told her the lasagna was not hot. She apologized and brought out a new plate of piping hot delicious lasagna. We were even allowed to have seperate checks!
Our experience was wonderful and just perfect for a pre-shoe dinner.
The bar was hopping with a corporate mixer...super high noise level. Once we arrived, we were shown to our table. as we walked through the din, we all hoped this was not where we were going to have dinner as we had planned a "getting to know you" dinner with a friend's date. Amazingly, we were shown to a small dining room adjacent to the bar. There were five 4-top tables and you could speak in normal tones. Whew! We ordered a nice bottle of Malbec, enjoyed the bread, EVOO and Parmesan while we waited for food. The calamari appetizer was perfectly cooked. we each ordered a different pasta dish and all were excellent. We also ordered two desserts and both were amazing. We would return.
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