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Restaurant Name: COCO PAZZO CAFÉ
How Many Hearts?:
Address: 636 N. St. Clair
Chicago, IL
Phone Number: (312) 664-2777
Type of Food : Italian/Mediterranean
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 AM-10:30 PM
Fri-Sat 11:30 AM-11:00 PM
Sun 11:30 AM-10:00 PM
Price Range: Dinner $16 – Entrees $25
Reservations: Suggested
Description of Restaurant:

The “Miracle Mile” just a block or two away, nestled among some very popular hotel chains, Coco Pazzo Café is an Italian/Mediterranean oasis of great eating. Already enjoyed by the locals.

I first visited Coco Pazzo Café a few years ago, having been housed in the neighborhood for my NBC Saturday A.M. appearance. It became a MUST visit every time I have been back to Chicago. Never disappointed.

Walk in the door and you are greeted by a crew that is well trained and looking forward to serving you in an unpretentious friendly manner.

There is outdoor seating (weather permitting) and a bar area inside anchors a lovely room where every table is a good one.

Main Attractions (A Sampling)

The pastas are superb from the Linguine Vongole – Manila clams in white wine, garlic broth @ $18 the plate, to the Rigatoni “Butters” – sausage, peas, dressed in a tomato cream, Parmesan sauce @ $16 the plate, and a choice of several others.

The Seared Duck Breast a great selection with treviso, saba @ $22 the plate. My favorite “Bistecca” – grilled skirt steak with Tuscan fries (not to be missed) @ $24 the plate.

Of course, the antipastos and salads are all a great way to begin this feast BUT be forewarned, they are sooo appetizing and Mediterranean that you want to try everything especially with the wonderful bread.

Coco Pazzo’s has a nice wine list, not overly priced and, of course, a full bar with a great mixologist.

Do enjoy your espresso and freshly made desserts. Afterwards sip a little Sambucca or Cognac. While all of Chicago is outside your door you're in the middle of a quaint little village where you are the king. Enjoy!

Boys and girls, Coco Pazzo Café is truly a destination restaurant. A Love Chef must visit.

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