One thing I have found out , the city is filled with Italian restaurants. Back in Ohio, you only have three kinds of restaurants, Chinese, American, and Italian. The difference between Ohio and here is that I have been exposed to some of the best chefs. These people are truly artists. While at the Lyric Opera Ball I had an invitation to try some of the fabulous cuisine at Pazzo’s. With a location near the Lyric Opera Hall its a perfect combination for a night at the Opera. Tres chic
Coming into the restaurant, I loved the modern feel. Its light and airy rather than dark. Workers gathered after work to have a drink, there’s certainly enough to nibble on. Chef Hector presented us with a couple delicious appetizers. The calamari fritter was paired with a spicy sauce and the other was a true masterpiece . “Torre de Melezane” was a tower of succulent egg plant perfectly made with mozzarella and arugula. The balsamic reduction with it made the whole dish sing with flavor. The visual presentation made the appetizer flawless. Next came the salad, the Pazzo’s chopped salad . The ingredients proved this wasn’t just any chopped salad. Red onions, corn, avocado, and Gorgonzola are accompanied by grilled chicken and a sweet delicious vinaigrette . This is how a salad should taste. Pizzas are made the old world way, fresh ingredients and no freaky toppings. The one that we chose was a simple four cheese pizza. It was the cheesiest pizza I ever tasted. Truly one to savor. Each cheese was very pronounced with the fresh basil. Our pasta choice was the Tortellini Buongustario . This had been suggested by our server, who coincidentally was Italian. I figured he would be the right guide on our gastronomical journey. The tortellini was al dente and stuffed with mushrooms and accompanied by a creamy Parmesan sauce. There was so much to try, so we will definitely be back!
A meal like this deserves and encore and that means dessert. We knew we were in for a treat when David brought over the luscious Strawberry Fragole E Panna. It was a heavenly dessert and truly original.
Bravo to Chef Hector he is a true artist, also thanks to David and all the wonderful staff at Pazzo’s located at 101 N Wacker. There are a few other locations around town as well so check them all out and MANGA!!