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Happy anniversary, Coco Pazzo!

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Coco Pazzo's stinco d’agnello, red-wine-braised lamb shank, served with squash flan and Swiss chard.

It’s been 20 years since Jack Weiss brought the Tuscan-focused Coco Pazzo to River North.

Anniversary celebrations include a Italian Wine Week, Jan. 23–27, featuring free samples of six different Italian wines with lunch and 20 percent off all bottles anytime.

On Feb. 2, Coco Pazzo’s 20th-anniversary gala benefit salutes Italian opera, food and wine. Operatic performances from Lyric Opera’s rising stars feature along with Italian wine and food. Tickets are $125 and benefit the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago, a not-for profit developmental artists program for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Commemorating the anniversary, Coco Pazzo is also launching its own custom-produced extra-virgin olive oil from Tuscany and balsamic vinegar from the Emilia Romagna.