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sibbell park Aug 2, 1998 10:25 AM

Has anyone been to Coco Pazzo Teatro - I have theatre tickets in Sept. and want to go there - need recommendations and info. Thanks. Whats the food like??

  1. j
    Josh Aug 13, 1998 03:27 PM

    My impression of Coco Pazzo Teatro is that it's
    mediocre and much too expensive for the quality. The
    food was OK, but not special. The appetizers were
    better than the main dishes -- one sign, in my opinion,
    of a restaurant that's trying to squeeze by with
    minimum effort: They try to please (and sate) you with
    an appetizer on which they've done reasonably good work
    so that they can skimp on the rest of the meal. The
    main dishes were ordinary, oversized (another sign of a
    second-rate restaurant, trying to make money by selling
    you more food than you need), and overpriced. The
    desserts were poor.

    The service was unpleasantly hearty and
    over-solicitous. And stay away from the bar: Drink
    prices are simply felonious. $9 for a martini!

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    1. re: Josh
      sibbell park Aug 16, 1998 12:54 PM

      Josh, thanks for the input - sorry to hear that it was so dissappointing - maybe I need to rethink. By the way, what did you have to eat?? It is unusual to hear that service was over solicitous - usually it is the opposite - what did you mean? I really am curious. Many thanks.

      1. re: sibbell park
        Josh Mittleman Aug 17, 1998 03:54 PM

        My wife & I started with their mixed antipasto, which
        was quite good. For a main dish, I had gnocchi in a
        tomato-basil sauce. It was OK, but only OK. My wife
        had a piece of samon filet baked with an herbed
        breading. She liked it a lot, but I thought it was
        remarkably uninteresting. We shared a dessert: It was
        advertised as chocolate torte (or something like that)
        with roasted plum sauce. It turned out to be a couple
        layers of dry, chalky cake sandwiching a bland filling,
        with a sad heap of plum mush on the side.

        Our waitress was clearly an out-of-work actress
        practicing her method. I could just picture her asking
        the headwaiter each night "What's my motivation this
        evening?" She opened with "How are WE this evening?"
        and it went downhill from there. Other people may have
        different opinions, but what I want in a waiter is
        efficient service, not an instant buddy. I don't want
        to know her name, her favorite dish, the important
        people she's served this week, or her opinion of the
        play we're seeing.

        1. re: Josh Mittleman
          John F Aug 22, 1998 11:04 AM

          Got a problem with women Josh? Your wife liked it a
          lot, you didn't and that's all that counts? "The
          waitress must be an out of work actress" - merely
          becuase she was trying to be friendly. Maybe you
          should go to the Palm - they barely speak to you. Or
          better still, stay at home and do the restuarant world
          a favor.

    2. j
      Josh Aug 3, 1998 01:32 PM

      Interesting coincidence: I'm having dinner there
      on Saturday, pre-theater. My mother made the
      reservation, so I don't know anything about the place.
      Anyone else?

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      1. re: Josh
        stephen kaye Aug 8, 1998 01:38 PM

        its part of the coco pazzo family, nyc, chicago. food is good, overly dramatic, but good. pretentious if you will. coco pazzo up on 74th and mad, a mucho hang for hollywoodies, politicos, models etc.

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