Tocco

★★★★★
  • 1266 N Milwaukee Ave

    Chicago, IL 60622

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  • 773-687-8895

About Tocco

Hours
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Friday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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I went to Tocco over the weekend and while the dining experience was pleasant initially, the manager (tall, lighter hair, middle aged) was extremely RUDE and her attitude ruined the experience. Do not attempt to use a gift certificate here

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I went to Tocco over the weekend and while the dining experience was pleasant initially, the manager (tall, lighter hair, middle aged) was extremely RUDE and her attitude ruined the experience. Do not attempt to use a gift certificate here

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Wow can service kill an experience. Some of staff at Tocco are downright pretentious, arrogant, and unaccommodating. As I read through the other reviews here I can clearly see that this was not just my experience as others have echoed the

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Wow can service kill an experience. Some of staff at Tocco are downright pretentious, arrogant, and unaccommodating. As I read through the other reviews here I can clearly see that this was not just my experience as others have echoed the

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I hate to say that I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an enjoyable dining experience in Chicago. I went here last night with friends and family and was really looking forward to trying something new. While the food

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I hate to say that I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an enjoyable dining experience in Chicago. I went here last night with friends and family and was really looking forward to trying something new. While the food

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It is simple: this is the best Italian restaurant I have ever tried, apart from my mother's cuisine.
I am Italian and I lived in Paris, NYC, London: hands down, the best Italian restaurant I've ever tried outside of Italy.

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It is simple: this is the best Italian restaurant I have ever tried, apart from my mother's cuisine.
I am Italian and I lived in Paris, NYC, London: hands down, the best Italian restaurant I've ever tried outside of Italy.

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As we arrived at Tocco at 8:28 PM for our 8:30 reservation, we were told that things would take 20 minutes since they were ??waiting? for a few tables. Not a good start. But before we could even take a sip of our first round, we were seated and on our way to the tastiest Italian dinner we??ve had in a while.

The chef/owner of Tocco is not new on the scene. His Folia restaurant in the market district was one of the most affordable and tasty Italian meals in the city, occupying that rare nook of the Italian spectrum between La Scarola and Spiaggia. And with Tocco, he does it again.

For some reason, Italian restaurants have, over the years, become caricatures of themselves. Giant portions, overdoses of garlic, oceans of tomato sauce, and pasta pasta pasta. Fine-dining Italian was a contradiction in terms for those unfamiliar with the potential of a Spiaggia but even mid-priced restaurants like Topo Gigio kept the caricature alive and pretended to be fancy just by increasing prices. Sorry, it doesn??t work that way.

How refreshing it then is to taste some very mainstream Italian dishes and be overwhelmed by their uniqueness. Pizza, ravioli and pasta may not sound like the makings of a memorable meal but Tocco did a truly amazing job with them. The Pomodorini pizza was as good as any Folia did and at budget-busting $16, the most expensive item of the night. It was pretty big though. Enough to stuff 2 normal people, just not us. And speaking of stuffed, the ravioli had a mix of ground seafood including crab, shrimp and probably whatever else was past its prime on refrigerator shelves. But you know what? It was great. When you order a seafood ravioli, you had better expect it to taste mildly fishy and here it only added to the flavor. Despite all this delicacy, the loudest applause must be bestowed upon the Pappard Bisamzio pasta. Steaming hot, it was prepared in a tomato/cream sauce that must have been the best ratio of tomato to cream I??ve ever tasted. Here was one dish that we could have eaten 5 times over but as before mentioned, Maggiano??s was never in the building.

In closing I would like to thank the Tocco management for not gouging their customers on drinks. A Martini these days can cost anywhere from 12 which is somewhat inappropriate, to 18 dollars which is the pinnacle of greed. Points then to a restaurant that still charges $10. It will not be forgotten. Unless, of course, I have a dozen of them.

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★★★★★

As we arrived at Tocco at 8:28 PM for our 8:30 reservation, we were told that things would take 20 minutes since they were ??waiting? for a few tables. Not a good start. But before we could even take a sip of our first round, we were seated and on our way to the tastiest Italian dinner we??ve had in a while.

The chef/owner of Tocco is not new on the scene. His Folia restaurant in the market district was one of the most affordable and tasty Italian meals in the city, occupying that rare nook of the Italian spectrum between La Scarola and Spiaggia. And with Tocco, he does it again.

For some reason, Italian restaurants have, over the years, become caricatures of themselves. Giant portions, overdoses of garlic, oceans of tomato sauce, and pasta pasta pasta. Fine-dining Italian was a contradiction in terms for those unfamiliar with the potential of a Spiaggia but even mid-priced restaurants like Topo Gigio kept the caricature alive and pretended to be fancy just by increasing prices. Sorry, it doesn??t work that way.

How refreshing it then is to taste some very mainstream Italian dishes and be overwhelmed by their uniqueness. Pizza, ravioli and pasta may not sound like the makings of a memorable meal but Tocco did a truly amazing job with them. The Pomodorini pizza was as good as any Folia did and at budget-busting $16, the most expensive item of the night. It was pretty big though. Enough to stuff 2 normal people, just not us. And speaking of stuffed, the ravioli had a mix of ground seafood including crab, shrimp and probably whatever else was past its prime on refrigerator shelves. But you know what? It was great. When you order a seafood ravioli, you had better expect it to taste mildly fishy and here it only added to the flavor. Despite all this delicacy, the loudest applause must be bestowed upon the Pappard Bisamzio pasta. Steaming hot, it was prepared in a tomato/cream sauce that must have been the best ratio of tomato to cream I??ve ever tasted. Here was one dish that we could have eaten 5 times over but as before mentioned, Maggiano??s was never in the building.

In closing I would like to thank the Tocco management for not gouging their customers on drinks. A Martini these days can cost anywhere from 12 which is somewhat inappropriate, to 18 dollars which is the pinnacle of greed. Points then to a restaurant that still charges $10. It will not be forgotten. Unless, of course, I have a dozen of them.

Pros: Pasta, Pizza, Service, prices!!

Cons: Slightly disorganized.

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