By W. A. Muller
Jack Weiss opened Coco Pazzo in 1992 which has since established itself as a classy and sophisticated Italian restaurant in Chicago. The beautiful loft setting is the perfect environment for friends or business associates and the impeccable seasonal menu has earned notoriety from the Italian government and Chicago critics alike. Coco Pazzo’s successful interpretation of classic Tuscan- Italian inspired food has led to rave reviews from critics and awards including a DiRona Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), an IFMA Award (International Food Manufacturers Association), and the Accademia Italia Della Cucina Award.
Executive Chef Federico Comacchio continues to create a seasonal Tuscan menu abundant with both traditional and contemporary dishes. Born in Italy, Chef Comacchio is passionate about the clean, clear flavors of Tuscany. He believes that every dish should simply express the fresh ingredients from which it is prepared. His heritage and vast culinary experience make him a real Italian ambassador at Coco Pazzo. Freshness is at the core of Coco Pazzo’s menu. From tiny wild ramps, pea tendrils, and lamb in the spring to wild boar, house-made duck prosciutto, and wild-caught salmon in the fall—Coco Pazzo always offer the best of the season.
Very few restaurants offer the amount of personal dining options that Coco Pazzo offers their patrons. Their private dining options provide the perfect setting for birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and important client occasions. They go so far as providing a chef’s tasting menu designed just for your party, making sure to accommodate all dietary requests.
To complement the menu, Wine Director Tamra Weiss has compiled an Italian wine selection that offers something for everyone. Her goal is to keep the ever-changing wine lists interesting and appealing with an abundance of affordable price points. Coco Pazzo offers an award-winning 200-bottle all-Italian wine list with over 20 wines available by the glass. Serious wine lovers will appreciate the breadth and depth offered in the Tuscan-focused selections, including those that are hard to find. From the illustrious to the lesser known, Coco Pazzo’s wine selections are balanced with a wide variety of reds and whites offered at a good value.
If you’re looking for top level service, a great atmosphere, and a well-dressed crowd, then head over to this River North gem!
300 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654