Coco Pazzo

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and service

ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service! The ambience is beautiful.

Y
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding

HA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service perfect atmosphere,
I will be back!

C
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coco Pazzo is always a treat! Fabulous food and service!

EK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Coco always a favorite! Great food, service, ambiance.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect combination of right recipes and high quality ingredients. They Never disappoint.

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant. Great service and food. We are returning tonight with two friends.

GD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food!! They make the salads in front of you—which are so great. Both the pastas were SO GREAT. Our waiter even brought us truffles to celebrate our anniversary. I recommend the aperol spritz—brought me back to my time in Venezia! Thank you Coco Pazzo!

SR
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best octopus in the city!!!! I can't wait to go back.

t
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice for New Years' Eve - we were well treated and the food was delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

WB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take a date for the night. The pasta was great!

AS
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Terrible service . Had to call out for everything. Had to find other waitstaff to help. Food good but not worth it for such poor service

SG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few really and reliably good restaurants that one can afford. Quiet and elegant ambiance, good service and the food is usually excellent. There have been "off" nights, but we were there this past Saturday and the food was great.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm ambiance. Good menu choices. Excellent service.

MP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. They were great about getting us out on time for our show even though traffic kept us from arriving on time for our reservation - but we never felt rushed. Continues to be one of our favorite spots year after year.

LJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

8:15pm reservation, was not seated till 8:55pm. Did not receive our food till around 10pm. Food taste pretty bland

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I’ve been going to Coco Pazzo ever since it opened in Chicago and have loved the food, service, and atmosphere from day one. 2 years ago I enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner with another family and it was lovely (as expected). This year, not so much. I was shocked. We arrived early and I totally understood that Christmas Eve was going to be busy so I didn’t complain when it took 30+ mins after our reservation time to get seated. The problem came when after an hour, our large table had not yet received the main course. I asked the server and got a quick response that the kitchen was backed up and we were about 10 mins out. After another 15 mins (and now the server was making himself scarce) I went to the maitre d’ and asked a bit more directly. Assured that they would “check” and let me know, I received no update. Another 20 mins went by before our food showed up in shifts. No explanation, no apology. The food was excellent as usual but there was no apology or even acknowledgement of the delay in receiving our food. Even though we were a large party, they did not add an automatic gratuity to the check so perhaps they wanted us to take out our frustration against the server? We didn’t. This was a breakdown on many levels. Not sure how quickly we’ll rush back, which is a shame.

A
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Waited 30 minutes for a table. 15 minutes to order.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Christmas Eve Dinner

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Chicago, been going for years.

TV
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Timeless . . . never disappoints. Excellent suggestions from our waiter. Although the restaurant was busy and full, as expected on a holiday, we never felt rushed and each course came out perfectly prepared. Thank you Coco Pazzo! We will be back.

V
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went here for a family celebration of a wedding anniversary based solely off of the reviews and menu. To put is short, food was great, overall staff was good, our server was poor and the worst part of our experience.

Food: (we did a family style meal and shared)
Antipasti Misti - Great variety and good quality. Great way to start out a meal
Agnolotti ai Funghi - Phenomenal, by far the best flavor on the table all night
Tagliolini Neri - Good flavor, nothing phenomenal but a good variation to add.
Pappardelle Cinghiale - Second best thing on the menu, like all the pasta's we had it was cooked to a great al dente
Branzino Al Forno - Good flavor and texture, not overcooked and was a quality fish.
Maiale alla Milanese - Really good flavor, and for pork it was cooked perfectly. Not chewy or overcooked. Also had a nice thin layer of breading that didn't overwhelm each bite.

Staff:
The host and bus boys were gracious and quick with service. We were sat quickly and our coats kindly taken. The bus boys quickly took away finished plates and replaced them for the next course. My water was never half empty before being refilled.

Server:
He was uninterested and unhelpful to say the least. When we asked for a recommendation on how many dishes to order the concept of sharing seemed foreign and he could not advise on the portion size for any of the dishes. He made the experience significantly less enjoyable.

Overall I would recommend this place, but I will definitely be trying others before returning.

m
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Such a huge disappointment. Waiter nice but negligent. Food really bad. Shockingly so. Will never go back. Mentioned to friends and they had same experience. Too bad. Great location. Thumbs down.

PD
Northern MI
22 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoy dinners at COCO PAZO THE NEW CHEF OS DOING A WONDERFUL JOB.

EL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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4
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was very good, except it was to salty. The waiter paid very little attention to us.

TB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. I would say there want much more I would ask of a restaurant.

j
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly and the food and wine were outstanding!

D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant atmosphere that was modestly upbeat. Food was very good and service was great, too.

PC
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not disappointed with our annual dinner while at a Convention in Chicago. Well prepared and varied menu. Our waiter was personable and efficient. The risotto is always my go to first course.

J
Tampa
71 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Sat at the bar. Great cocktails. Pork Milanese and penne arrabbiata was very tasty!

H
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best restaurants in Chicago. Great antipasti table and a nice wine list. The food and service are very consistent. If you like Italian...…...

LS
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had reserved a table for 6:30 pm and we were escorted to it immediately upon arrival. In summary, the food and service were excellent. My husband and I shared a delicious câprese salad to start—especially, the fresh mozzarella—followed by a pasta marinara, and then a grilled branzino (sea bass). The house made pasta was prepared as we like it — al dente and not drowning in sauce—and the branzino was perfectly grilled. Our friends also ordered the branzino as well as a Margarita pizza and a salad. The wine list is large and well-priced with an excellent selection of Italian wines. We chose a Gavi and it topped off a wonderful dinner and an excellent dinning experience. We will definitely return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Birthday, I added notes to my reservation about birthday celebration and when we got there I told them it was my husbands birthday. They said they would add a candle to the desert and there was no candle. According to the reviews this place should be better but I would give it a 2 out of 5 stars. I regret taking my husband there for his birthday.

K
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not as good as it used to be despite a new chef who was promoted as “shaking things up.” Seems like the same menu they’ve had for years. Best bets are the pastas. There’s better Italian food in town

JH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excelent, our server was personable and the host was entertaining.

M
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Coco Pazzo was an experience! From the moment we arrived until we left the restaurant it was a memorable dinner and lovely time enjoying the meal and the staff.

f
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service, food and ambiance were wonderful. We hadn’t been there for awhile and it was great to see that it was as good as ever.

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