Coco Pazzo Restaurants announced that Coco Pazzo Café is now open at 212 E. Ohio St. in Chicago. The venerable Streeterville Café has merged operations with its sister restaurant, Tre Soldi Trattoria. The combined concept re-opened in the renovated space that was occupied by the Trattoria, which is a block away from the Café’s former St. Clair Street location. The merged menu contains favorites from both the Tuscan-inspired Café and the Roman-inspired Trattoria.
Classic Café items on the menu include the Seven Vegetable Salad with shaved Parmesan; Spaghetti AOP with a robust and spicy tomato sauce and chili pepper; Rigatoni alla Buttera, and a reincarnated version of their Tartufo made with pistachio gelato and amarena cherries dipped in dark chocolate.
Menu items from the former Tre Soldi include its signature cracker-thin Roman style pizza along with appetizers such as Roman Taleggio and rice filled Suppli; grilled octopus (Polpo) with fingerling potatoes and olives; a variety of pastas including Ricotta Gnocchi; traditional Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe; and Bucatini Amatriciana. Entrée selections feature meats from Slagel Farm and include Milanese style chicken and Maiale, pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta. Desserts include a delectable seasonal Crostata with house-spun gelato.
The restaurant’s updated interior design reflects the warmth and tranquility of the Café, as the inspiration has been the Cafe’s signature Modigliani-inspired murals, which safely traveled to the new location. Diners will see many modern updates including the addition of banquettes, new lighting fixtures and a dramatic bar area.