Piccolo Mondo

★★★★☆
  • 1642 E 56th St 1

    Chicago, IL 60637

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  • 773-643-1106

About Piccolo Mondo

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 08:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 09:30 PM Sunday From 11:30 AM To 08:30 PM

Food

Food
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Great Italian food and great atmosphere for a date. Does not seem to be overrun with tourists either. Would definately reccommend.

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★★★★☆

Great Italian food and great atmosphere for a date. Does not seem to be overrun with tourists either. Would definately reccommend.

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The food was delicious, I had fried calamari (very tender) with lemon wedges and a very authentic tomato-basil dip, Spaghetti Puttanesca and a glass of Chianti, and at the end Tiramisu, a sambuco and a nice coffee. I paid $45 , including a very generous tip, because the service was awesome, they brought the next food immediately when we were finished with the current one, but not too early, and they didn't interrupt our conversations or bother us all the time or rush us, unlike in most American places. They constantly refilled water, and paid a lot of attention, although the restaurant was crammed until to the last seat. Most people seemed to be local and many seemed to be of Italian descent, not many tourists except us, in spite of close proximity to the museum, probably because we went there in the evening, after the museum was closed. This was one of the best restaurants I have been to in the USA.

5
★★★★★

The food was delicious, I had fried calamari (very tender) with lemon wedges and a very authentic tomato-basil dip, Spaghetti Puttanesca and a glass of Chianti, and at the end Tiramisu, a sambuco and a nice coffee. I paid $45 , including a very generous tip, because the service was awesome, they brought the next food immediately when we were finished with the current one, but not too early, and they didn't interrupt our conversations or bother us all the time or rush us, unlike in most American places. They constantly refilled water, and paid a lot of attention, although the restaurant was crammed until to the last seat. Most people seemed to be local and many seemed to be of Italian descent, not many tourists except us, in spite of close proximity to the museum, probably because we went there in the evening, after the museum was closed. This was one of the best restaurants I have been to in the USA.

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This is a tucked away secret in Hyde Park very close to LSD and MSI. It is found at the ground floor of the Windemere, itself a pretty little establishment. Piccolo Mondo's ambitions are modest, but they offer up an intimate Italian setting with class and warmth. Lovely wait staff, great wine selection, and any kind of pasta you can imagine. Great for a date, too.

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★★★★☆

This is a tucked away secret in Hyde Park very close to LSD and MSI. It is found at the ground floor of the Windemere, itself a pretty little establishment. Piccolo Mondo's ambitions are modest, but they offer up an intimate Italian setting with class and warmth. Lovely wait staff, great wine selection, and any kind of pasta you can imagine. Great for a date, too.

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Walking in, my group of 6 was greeted very unenthusiastically by our server, who took his time getting us a table despite the fact that the room was almost empty.

Every request seemed to be a tremendous inconvenience for him, even when we had to ask him to bring items he'd forgotten. A second request for my grandmother's soft drink caused a very telling look of disgust, and he never apologized for not bringing it. In fact he was almost mute through the entire meal.

Speaking of the meal, the food was fine. Not spectacular, but worth the prices were the service MUCH better. Many items were somewhat oversauced, but the flavors were fairly clear, and portions are good. The atmosphere was pretty dull though, much like the service. Overall, I'd only recommend this if you're STARVING after visiting Jackson Park or MSI........

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★★☆☆☆

Walking in, my group of 6 was greeted very unenthusiastically by our server, who took his time getting us a table despite the fact that the room was almost empty.

Every request seemed to be a tremendous inconvenience for him, even when we had to ask him to bring items he'd forgotten. A second request for my grandmother's soft drink caused a very telling look of disgust, and he never apologized for not bringing it. In fact he was almost mute through the entire meal.

Speaking of the meal, the food was fine. Not spectacular, but worth the prices were the service MUCH better. Many items were somewhat oversauced, but the flavors were fairly clear, and portions are good. The atmosphere was pretty dull though, much like the service. Overall, I'd only recommend this if you're STARVING after visiting Jackson Park or MSI........

Pros: Solid Food, Fair Prices, Convenient Location

Cons: Awful Service, Mediocre Atmosphere

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Who'd have thought such a great little Italian restaurant is hiding in Hyde Park. Friendly service and excellent food are always on order.

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★★★★★

Who'd have thought such a great little Italian restaurant is hiding in Hyde Park. Friendly service and excellent food are always on order.

Pros: food, prices, service

Cons: location

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This spacious room is fitted with simple wooden chairs and Tiffany-style lamps; giant windows offer views of the park and the Museum of Science & Industry. A small deli counter sells Italian grocery items. Recommended…

 

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