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Il Mulino or Pane Caldo

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gunz1 Aug 12, 2008 06:23 AM

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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    gunz1 Aug 17, 2008 11:55 AM

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

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      ems Aug 17, 2008 12:12 PM

      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.

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      sis2catbat Aug 18, 2008 10:46 AM

      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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        HoosierFoodie Aug 18, 2008 03:00 PM

        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.

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          sis2catbat Aug 18, 2008 03:53 PM

          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.

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        jbw Aug 19, 2008 06:10 AM

        Take a look at Merlo, too:

        http://www.merlochicago.com/

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