464 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Partner/Executive Chef Tony Priolo and Partner/Wine Director Ciro Longobardo have created a premier dining experience that should be used as the blueprint for the perfect Italian restaurant. I’ll just jump to the end right now… the food was excellent and the service was exceptional with a welcoming ambiance.
Located at the corners of Halsted, Grand, and Milwaukee, the restaurant is conveniently located and has valet parking as well as street parking. If you wish, you can walk to the restaurant from the Grand stop on the CTA Blue Line.
Chef Priolo’s menu offers his interpretation and creation of the traditional Italian dishes.
The experience starts with the minute you sit down and the bread arrives at your table. They have balsamic vinegar and olive oil at the table that you need to pour onto the small plate provided. Dipping the bread on the plate will immediately transport you to the Italian countryside.
You will be impressed with Chef Priolo’s hand-tossed homemade pastas and sauces, the wood-fired pizzas, and the Mediterranean Sea Bass.
Which reminds me, be sure to ask for items that may not be on the menu. For example, the Sea Bass was not on the menu but was easily one of the best Sea Bass dishes I’ve ever had.
Another item that was not on the menu and was recommended by the server was the Risotto with Truffles. This was an absolute treat that I would have missed if not for the server.
I also had the opportunity to sample the ‘Wide Flat Pasta Spiced Wild Boar Ragu’. This was probably my favorite dishes. To say it was delicious would be a negligent understatement. It was out of this world!
Chef Priolo allowed me to sample a number of his creations. His menu can be defined as a treasure hunt. Be adventurous and you will not be disappointed.
For dessert, you will find homemade gelato and sorbet that you will not find anywhere else. The gelato alone is worth the trip to the restaurant.
Last but not least is their wine selection. Their wines are 100% Italian. Their wines cover the full spectrum from white wines to Sangiovese Chianti’s. Their white sparkling wines are very comparable to the recognized champagnes from France.
Expect to pay $30 to $60 per person… this is subject to many variables but is fairly representative.
I now know why the Piccolo Sogno was completely full on the night I visited. Don’t miss out on the experience!!!!!
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