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Il Mulino or Pane Caldo

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  • gunz1 Aug 12, 2008 06:23 AM
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Looking for a memorable Italian dinner...been to Spaggio...and staying at Sutton Place near Pane Caldo....After looking at reviews, unsure where we might find nicest evening...Coco Pazzo also an option...HELP?

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  1. GETTING CLOSE TO RESERVATIONS>>>WHICH ONE TO GO?

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    1. re: gunz1

      It depends what you're looking for. Il Mulino is more formal and theatrical. Pane Caldo is a bit less formal. The food at both places is good - not great. Coco Pazzo is a bit less of a scene but probably a bit better food. My guess is that if you're looking for a memerable experience you'll find it at Il Mulino.

    2. Agree with ems - memorable, Il Mulino; great food, Coco Pazzo. But to be fair, I've not eaten at Il Mulino. But it was featured on "Check, Please!" just this past weekend, so you could probably find the episode on the PBS/WTTW website.

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      1. re: sis2catbat

        New guy here but my wife and I used to love Pane Caldo. Unfortunately, the food quality and service seem to now vary widely. The wine pricing seems to have gotten (sp?) even higher, they're in Spiaggia's league now, and also shorter. We haven't been in a year but I definitely don't think it is as good as it has been in the past.

        1. re: HoosierFoodie

          I wrote in response to another poster that very thought. Our office used to go there every year around the holidays but the last trip was just kind of bleh.

      2. Take a look at Merlo, too:

        http://www.merlochicago.com/