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Piccolo Sogno

464 N. Halsted St. (Grand Ave.) Send to Phone
Ex-Coco Pazzo chef goes it alone with dazzling, and surprisingly affordable, results.


Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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Piccolo Sogno, Chicago, IL

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Piccolo Sogno Restaurant Review

About the restaurant & décor: Tony Priolo, who spent many years at Coco Pazzo, teamed with Ciro Longobardo on this approachable, affordable, multi-regional Italian haunt. Boy, are we glad he did. Bold blue walls, a marble bar and terrazzo floors lend modern appeal.

Likes: The expansive, tree-lined patio sizzles on summer nights.
Dislikes: None.

Food & Drinks: Good looks aside, however, the proof is in the food, which trots between fried calamari, Chianti poached pear-goat cheese salad, and rosemary and potato gnocchi. Secondi might range from roasted duck with Tuscan kale, fennel sausage and roasted cauliflower purée to grilled rib-eye steak, and pancetta-wrapped Atlantic cod with cannellini beans, Manila clams and pancetta and escarole. Alternatively, you'll find crisp pizzas (we're partial to the one with mozzarella, arugula, lemon oil and curls of Reggiano). Wrap things up with a scoop of creamy gelato. An Italian wine list offers selections that are practically built for sipping on the vast, ivy-flocked patio on warm days and breezy nights.

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