Written by Marilyn Hansen with M.J. Boyer

Past Reviews

Coco Coco Pazzo Teatro, 235 West 46th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, (212) 827-4222, is an establishment owned by restaurateur Pino Luongo. Coco Pazzo Teatro is an expansive space with a soft color palette of cream, rust and green, with a Tuscan ambiance.

There is no prix fixe; everything is a la carte. The menu is designed with first courses, pasta courses, main courses and side dishes. For a first course, the fried calamari and shrimp with zucchini sticks served with a tomato and hot pepper sauce ($10.50) -- great! Another: roasted quail with pear and bacon farotto ($11.55). Farotto or faro is a unique grain; there is a farotto preparation of the day instead of a risotto. It's lighter; try it! In the pasta choices, try the hand-rolled pasta with veal sauce ($16.00) or pasta with garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper and tomato sauce ($14.00). Entree selections include spicy Tuscan seafood stew with toasted garlic bread ($28.00) and house-made sausage with sauteed lentils and mashed potatoes ($19.00).

There is a complete bar and an in-depth wine list, especially of Italian wines.

For dessert, you can't beat the watermelon parfait ($7.50) or the ricotta ice cream cannoli fantasy ($7.50). After 8:00 p.m. there is a grand chocolate tasting plate, ample for four persons ($24.00), with a percentage of the price going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

Hours: Coco Pazzo Teatro is open Monday-Saturday, 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Credit cards: All major.
Dress: Smart casual.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes.
Smoking: Smoking and dining areas near bar.
Parking: Open parking lot across the street.
Price: $$$
Spotlight: Stars from nearby productions, such as Art and Chicago, along with numerous producers, are frequent patrons.

PergolaPergola Des Artistes French Restaurant, 252 West 46th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, (212) 302-7500, has been family owned and operated in the same location since 1963. Marie and Jacques Ponsolle, from the town of Cominao, France, realized their dream; now, they continue with the help of their two sons, Christian and Laurent. By the way, Pergola means garden arch.

This is a cozy little place with a friendly bar and a true French dining room, complete with copper pots and murals showing varied French wine districts and their coats of arms.

There is a dinner table d'hote which includes appetizer or soup, salad, entree, dessert and coffee. The menu begins with a selection such as onion soup gratinee, sauteed chicken livers, garlic sausage in puff pastry or pate maison. Entrees determine the price of the complete dinner: beef bourguignonne ($18.95), coq au vin ($18.95), filet of sole meuniere ($20.95) and boneless duck a la Pergola ($22.95). Also available is a complete a la carte menu and well-priced French wine list. Wednesday and Saturday matinee special lunch is $9.95 with a glass of wine, served from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

For dessert, choose from the traditional French homemade pastry, pear Helene, caramel custard and mousse au chocolate.

Hours: Pergola Des Artiste is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.Closed Sunday and Monday.
Credit cards: All major.
Dress: Casual
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes.
Smoking: No smoking.
Parking: Open parking lot nearby on street.
Price: $$
Spotlight: Good value.

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The Restaurant Revue Ratings

The dollar sign indicates the approximate cost of dining for two persons, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.

$ Inexpensive $25
$$ Moderate $50
$$$ Expensive $100
$$$$ Very Expensive $150

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