Coco Pazzo

4.7
2859 reviews
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$31 to $50
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At this Tuscan-inspired long-time favorite you will find the wood-burning oven at the heart of the restaurant viewed through the open kitchen. As close to Italy as you can get, you will enjoy dining in this former warehouse. Theatrical lighting & blue velvet drapes surround the dining room. Located in the fashionable River North neighborhood. Feel the welcoming and warm hospitality of this Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurant and Best Italian WIne List recipient. Grab a seat at the bar for a bowl of pasta or plan your next special occasion.
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MT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant called and said they had no dining room seating for us 3 hours before our res. They made it seem like it was a huge inconvenience and I had to call a second time before they said they could accommodate us. They were trying to say we could sit at the bar, but there wasn’t a table for us. When we arrived, we ended up getting a table and there was only 50% capacity and it remained that way throughout our meal. Food was only fair but had a good wine and the company was good.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Octopus was amazing

DK
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My only issue is that it took a very long time to get our pasta.

But the food was outstanding. I would go back.....and will go back. Pasta was exceptional. Bread was exceptional too.

D
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there but it won’t be our last , the staff was welcoming and attentive. The food was excellent best Italian out of Italy I have ever had . We started with zucchini flowers stuffed with buratto and grilled octopus, fabulous , then followed with pasta and wild boar and spring pea and cheese ravioli . My husband out ordered me with that wild boar so good . The chef even came out to greet us after they told him we were going to Italy in three weeks . We will definitely be going there again

BM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, put the antipasto as a must on your list. Very casual pace, quiet, good service.

w
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice evening!!
Daughter’s birthday
Service and food made for a very enjoyable evening

AS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food. One of the best restaurants my wife and I have been to in Chicago.

T
Nashville
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been visiting Chicago for over 20 years and always try to make sure I have at least one dinner at Coco Pazzo. It never disappoints! Food, service, ambience - all are exceptional. The staff seem to really enjoy working there, and many have been working there for several years. When I know someone who is planning a trip to Chicago, I always recommend Coco Pazzo to them!

SS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Return visit for dinner and was not disappointed. Delicious food, wonderful wine and careful, attentive service. Appreciated the special attention paid to my young dining companion. Looking forward to next time.

RJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambience was very nice; but food was just ok. There are too many other good restaurants around to not have at least good food.

DD
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meals as always. Been going here for 25 years and have never been disappointed. Bronzino was perfect.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved everything especially the octopus , it was the most tender butter like octopus I ever had. The pasta was ala dente just like its suppose to be.
The service was great and the waitress was sincere and friendly. The only thing I was not happy with was . I called ahead that day and spoke to the gentleman host and asked him to add on the bill a tiramisu since it’s my Moms birthday along with s candle , he said no problem I see it’s a birthday dinner. When it was dessert time the waitress had no clue and I even ordered the tiramisu giving a hint and looked at her like hellllo it’s a birthday. When she served it with no candle or anything. I started singing. Happy birthday then she looked like oh no forgetting. With such attention detail and paying premium prices you would expect it to go flawless. Wasn’t full either

c
Milwaukee
55 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have not been to Coco Pazzo for some time and it was a real pleasure to find that it continues to be excellent in terms of food, service and ambience. Coco Pazzo is a gem that just keeps getting better. We couldn’t have asked for a better meal!

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party enjoyed the food a great deal. We were hoping for an evening of conversation and good food and got both. The sound level in the restaurant is very low, making it perfect for conversing.

KO
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Every course was perfect and the cocktails and recommended wines paired perfectly with the meal. Staff was amazing, attentive, but not overbearing, and very friendly. The food was incredible!!

O
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Not being from the area I took a gamble on this resturant based on other reviews I've read. The food is nothing special I ordered as a appitizer the Penne all’Arrabbiata (which came at the same time as the main course). This is a simple spicy pasta dish. There was nothing spicy about this dish! For our main course we had the the brick chicken which was dried out. The highlight if there was one was the ceaser salad which they make at your table, also nothing special. With all the great resturants in the area and having only a limited number of nights to enjoy the food, I was disappointed in myself for selecting this place.

JK
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere with delicious appetizers and entres.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was better than I thought it was going to be. I would go back if we come back to that area to eat.

T
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was, by far, the BEST experience I've ever had at a restaurant. This was a 50th Birthday celebration. The food was perfect. The atmosphere was chic and energetic while being very romantic at the same time. The owner and manager were both present. The entire staff showed great pride and respect for their craft. Sergio made the night complete! This will now be a MUST everytime I return to Chicago. Well Done!

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was inviting, and the food and ambiance fantastic. We brought two guests from out of town, and they were both very pleased. We will definitely return

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Great food great service

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as usual and service matched the food. There are a lot of Italian restaurants in Chicago but Coco Pazzo leads the pack year after year. You can’t go wrong here. Been going back for fifteen years and they always can get you in. No hype just classic Italian. The nicest part is you have plenty of space so you can have a table conversation and easily hear your party without talking loud or have the next table over talking your table. Great for business or friends with nice comfortable conversations. This is hard to find in Chicago with tables crammed together and you can’t hear anyone talking in your own party. A gem here!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of five and the ambiance was beautiful. The staff was incredibly sweet and had a customer first focus. Great wine list. I’ll be back again next time I visit Chicago.

CV
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coco Pazzo doesn't rest on its laurels. If you haven't been there in a while, make a point to do so. Hospitality couldn't be better, with the owner personally greeting guests upon arrival and at their tables. Manuel makes sure your pre-dinner wine/cocktail at the bar is relaxed and comfortable. Menu provides much to entice, and preparation was outstanding. ( My halibut was hot and well seasoned.) I've already made my next reservation.

RA
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying this place, and without a doubt this was the best Italian food I’ve ever had. Our server Angelica, was super nice and funny. Very helpful in deciding what to get because everything sounded delicious on the menu. Definitely stopping by the next time I’m in Chicago.

R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Coco Pazzo and this time was no exception. Took out of towners to celebrate a birthday and we had a lovely, tasty time with excellent service.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!

OT
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

お客様をお連れしても安心できるお店です。

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S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is always an enjoyable experience. It’s also one of the more quiet places to have dinner. CP never gets stale despite being around for a long time. Great job!

JF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We had our son with us and their really wasn't anything child friendly-not even a simple pizza Margherita option. Although a lovely place, the food was not what I remembered from being there some years back.

JS
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Tableside preparation of the Caesar salad followed by amazing pasta in wild boar ragu. Highly recommend!

GT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Glad we got this recommendation. Quality service and food. Well worth a visit.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were disappointed in the service and food for the expensive prices we paid. The Rigatoni Pasta was undercooked, waitress wasn’t concerned. The pear and walnut salad was so bitter it wasn’t edible. The waitress brought us the wrong kind of wine at least 3 times but still charged us for the glasses. Will likely not come back.

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with amazing different types of pasta! You can even get appetizer portions of the pasta so you can try more than one!

EC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, one of our favorite places in the city—always consistently great!

a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coca Pazzo has been a consistent, high quality restaurant for almost 30 years. Think about that; how many restaurants make it even 5 years? It is an excellent place for a business lunch. The food is outstanding and the management truly cares about your experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was awesome as usual!!

LW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jack Weiss and his excellent staff continue to excel year after year

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