Coco Pazzo Café

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$30 and under
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Experience Tuscan & Roman cuisine at vibrant and lively Coco Pazzo Café, sister restaurant of the more formal Coco Pazzo. Just steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping, Northwestern Hospital, Prentice Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute, the Café offers a casual atmosphere with a sophisticated menu and multiple wines by the glass. Enjoy the warmth of the Modigliani inspired murals, theatrical flower arrangements and the elegant bar which is available for dining. When the weather allows, choose a seat on the comfortable patio. Coco Pazzo Café has been voted by Chicago Zagat readers as one of the finest alfresco restaurants in town
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DL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite place to go before a Shakespeare Theater show. I especially love the decor. The food and wine was delicious. Service was great, too!

WH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It’s been around for quite a while. We were there for lunch. It’s no fault of the place but it looks out on a bunch of sandwich shops, a barber. Taco Bell.

The lighting is too bright, the din too loud.

The butternut squash soup. Exceptional. A huge $7 portion. Beet Salad? I hate beets. This was nice. Light.

Risotto? Spectacular. Pushed the limit of salt, but I loved it.

There is a bread issue. It is dry each time.

Service is attentive. Value is good.

I’ll be back

AK
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good restaurant. I just wish that we didn’t feel that the restaurant was closing early on Saturday night, as every member of their staff was acting as if they couldn’t wait to get out of there. For much friendlier service, go to Carmine’s.

MD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choice near Northwestern Hospitals and Michigan Avenue. Portion size for the squash filled ravioli is small.

OT
New England
55 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Came here at the recommendation of two of our friends in Streeterville for an anniversary dinner. Put in system that it was a special occasion yet nothing was mentioned during our visit. Ordered two glasses of wine to start - the Barbera smelled like peanut butter and the Montepulciano was very tart. We were not offered bread during the meal at all. Additionally, we were not offered grated cheese over the pasta dishes we ordered. Seemed weird because all the other tables in the restaurant seemed to have both bread and cheese on their pasta. This will be our last time back to this restaurant. Would recommend Volare around the corner, Siena Tavern in River North or Monteverde in the West Loop for great Italian food and good service.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was tasteless and the presentation was awful. My pasta looked like it had been dumped from a can. The bread was stale. Three of us dined there and all were disappointed. Their menu was pedestrian and limited.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place, food, and service were phenomenal! Great ambiance and welcoming staff. Definitely will be coming back again with family and friends.

MD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

PS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Manned into a table on top, of 6 others. Other conversations drowned out ours.

Servers rushed to take an order, obvious they were in a hurry to turn tables.

Server put bread on the table, was stale, and no olive oil or butter.

Entres were OK, not remarkable. Prices too high for quality of service and food.

Old CocoPazzo Cafe on St. Clair was much better.

Would not repeat........ever.

a
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service and food was really good

L
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good, server’s are very attentive, and atmosphere is cozy. Its our place to go when we want a good italian meal.

FF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience was great. Haven’t been to this location before but it was convenient for us before going to a play. Couldn’t have worked out more perfectly and the food was quite good. We’llcbe back soon.

RB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Would love to give this restaurant 5 stars but the polenta dish was so salty it was inedible....the Milanese was also over salted....but our other dishes, squash ravioli, salad, were excellent.

A
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Coco Pazza was a good spot for a pasta dinner before the Chicago Marathon. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Service was ok - they seems a bit confused about food going to which table and if we've already received food. Also took a while to get our bill at the end.

AN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great menu. All the dishes were great except the polenta which was really salty

GW
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice people great food.

C
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service are outstanding. I am not from Chicago, but usually make a stop here when in town. There were three in our party and we all loved everything we ordered. One of the absolute best Italian restaurants in Chicago.

VP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco and his staff were amazing. The food was great and it was one of the best dinner experiences we have had in awhile.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Poor service.

JR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was very attentive. Food was great. Enjoyed the caprese salad, It was done with yellow tomato and fresh mozzarella, excellent! Ambience was very boisterous. Will definitely come back again.

JP
New England
84 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, good service, good value

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seeing a friend who was visiting from out of town.

AI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The serving size was very small and they didn’t bring out our dishes at the same time. Our son actually finished his meal (5 small raviolis) before my husband even received his dinner. The food is very good just to small of portions for the price.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best birthday and experience here! I've been coming here since it was Tre Soldi but the transition to Coco Pazzo Cafe was seamless!! The waiter was so attentive and answered all my questions about wine availability and changes I could make to my dish. He even brought out a cute little dessert at the end for me to celebrate! I absolutely adore this place and will of course be back!

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best if not the best Italian restaurant I’ve been to. The food is absolutely delicious. Will definitely come back when in Chicago.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

L
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

In Chicago for wkend

B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go here every time I go to Chicago! The spaghetti is delicious! It is not your typical spaghetti because It is spicy! So good!

B
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was very slow and charcuterie was very small for price

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Italy earlier in the year and were missing the food. Coco Pazzo is the closest we have found to satisfying that craving. Recommend the grilled octopus and rigatoni buttera. My husband had the seafood pasta and said it was the best pasta he had ever eaten.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Waiters and staff were very nice. Food was very “eh”, especially for the price. Won’t be going back anytime soon

k
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a terrific neighbourhood spot. The calamari are excellent, and I love the rigatoni 'Buttera'. My husband always has the linguine vongole and usually raves about it, though on this occasion he found it a bit heavy on the garlic. My only complaint is the noise level which I find high.

S
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

yummy food good service so happy to eat outside
happy repeat diner

BR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a good experience.

CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!! One of our favorites! The margherita pizza is incredible as well as the antipasti misti. The rigatoni butera is delicious!! Those are my favorites!!
Just celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary w a date night here & loved it!! Highly recommend!

MA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I discovered this restaurant years ago as a visitor. Every time I come to Chicago I want to eat here. I always recommend it when I know someone is going to Chicago!! Love it, even with a changed menu

LL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Host staff were great. They took note of my request for a quiet corner table and not out in the open. Perfect seating for a date.
Food was delicious as usual.

BJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coco Pazzo Cafe is a consistently satisfying experience--always fresh, delicious food and wine, and nice service. On this visit, a couple of those in our party needed to avoid stairs, and though we had been there many times previously, we were not aware that they have a mechanical lift, which can easily transport guests (w/ or w/o wheelchairs) to their 2nd floor location--where we also enjoyed the window table we requested. (It's also perfectly comfortable in the rear, adjoining the kitchen, as their attractive wall murals can be seen from pretty much anywhere in the restaurant.) Highly recommended!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I use to frequent this restaurant before they moved; it’s now a different experience entirely. My initial cocktail was wrong and my dinner and my friend’s dinner were cold. The pasta portions were also small for the price. The restaurant was not crowded, so it is inexcusable that the drink was wrong, the food was cold and the service was lacking. Overall, an unpleasant dining experience I likely will not repeat.

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