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Cocello Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (312) 888-9195
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Monday: 5pm - 10:30pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm - 11:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5pm-12:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orleans
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Cocello
Welcome to Cocello, the newest addition to Hogsalt Hospitality. We feature a Northern Italian menu, hand-made pasta, Italian wine, espresso, strong amaro based cocktails, and digestifs.
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Diner Reviews
  • "While I've been here once before, I still did some research as to what to order, as I made the reservation for 4 ppl. The last time I was here, my friend ordered the kale & sausage pasta while I ordered yellowtail crudo. I was infatuated with her dish and disappointed by the portion size of mine so I mentioned it to the server this time around and she said they increased the portion size and they did. It was delicious!!! According to the review that I read, it was wise to stick with the homemade pasta dishes, as they are outstanding, so that's what we did. We ordered multiples of the kale & sausage pasta, the ravioli, the clams linguine, yellowtail crudo, & ????...but don't forget to order the olive oil cake & an affegato!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The decor is actually nicely done. The menu is well rounded and the polenta and spring vegetables are truly excellent. Would like to see a rich chocolate dessert added to the menu. We made a reservation for next week!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What a great meal! We read some of the reviews and it was hit or miss. We thought it was a huge hit! Don't miss the roasted octopus (spicy!!!) and the roasted cauliflower!!!! Delicious!!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "From the welcome, to the staff, to the right amount of attention bestowed upon our group, to the depth of menu knowledge, and refreshing honesty about the selections of wine starters entrees sides and desserts, all I can say is ask for Megan. Oh the food? Flavores that mingle and delight. One dish better than the next. And priced right. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The place has a very small limited menu. Too many dishes are spicy and some dishes came spicy without any mention of it. The service was bad. We had to ask for bread which we got after everyone finished their drinks. I can't see this place lasting here very long. Very disappointed!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Chef Sodikoff has come up with another sure-fire winner with Cocello. Creative pastas dominate a wonderful Italian menu. Terrific desserts, a good (though not great) wine list and tremendous service (our server knew the menu inside and out). The decor remains too dark (especially with the defunct Dillman's windows blocked by newly installed walls -- but that doesn't dim the fun and the depth of a wonderfully thought-through menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Liked the jazz music and it was good for conversation Gem salad excellent Salmon only good not great"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our experience at Cocello was second to none. Because of the construction cropping up, it took me 45 minutes to get from my loop office to Cocello. Needless to say I was late for my reservation, my guest had already arrived. The hostess was gracious and still sat my guest AND, when I called to make sure my being late would not affect our ability to get a table, then took her a complimentary glass of Prosecco! When I arrived, I was greeted by the same wonderful hostess (I asked her name, but it escapes now!) and she escorted me to our table and our wonderful, knowledgeable and attentive server came to my rescue by suggesting Prosecco for me, too. From there, everything else was OUTSTANDING! I can't WAIT to return!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "What a great switch this place made from Steve's Deli to Dillmans...both mediocre at best. Now, Cocello is absolutely delightful! Classy, cozy and absolutely delish! They have the trendy items on the menu with a unique and bold flavors. We would highly recommend this place to everyone. We look forward to returning and bringing EVERYONE! Highly recommend the octopus, scallops, raviolo, and polenta fritter. WOW WOW WOW"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The spring veggie starter was wonderful! I could have eaten that for a main course if I had ordered two. The veggies were crisp and on some whipped ricotta with sublte but delicious seasoning. The halibut was worth passing up an extra starter. Crispy on the edges, moist, not overdone. The pasta pomodoro was a starter for my husband but I had to taste it. Fabulous! He had the chicken with fingerling pototoes and he was one happy guy. We splurged and had dessert. I'd never had olive oil cake before but I am going to have it again. Wow was it good. Sounds strange but it will have me coming back. The staff was great and by the time we left we felt like we were regulars."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "From the very beginning of entering the restaurant, the hostess was so welcoming, warm and fabulous, like we were family and this was the first time I have been at this restaurant. We loved the drinks, food and delicious lemon custard dessert. Great cozy booths make the atmosphere very warm and great for conversation."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "One of the finest meals I have ever had! The hostess was incredible: accommodating, witty! The fried polenta appetizer with the poached egg, spring veggie salad with whipped ricotta, both out of this world! The pasta amatriciana, gnocchi, spaghetti vongole, orchiette were all superb to any place in Chicago! The bread is incredible. The zeppole for dessert with the cherry jam and the olive oil cake, better than my grandmother’s! If I have one criticism: the vodka rocks pour is one of the stingiest I have seen. A $12 1.5oz pour (that the bartender MEASURED) from a $25 25oz bottle of vodka makes your profit on that bottle about $175. Seriously? You never want to tick-off customers with an over-priced, stingy pour. Don't miss Cocello!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was really well executed. The friend polenta with a poached egg was amazing, the pea salad with ricotta salata was delightful. The desserts were really fantastic. Try the lemon olive oil cake....hmmm hmmm good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Another great experience at Cocello. Excellent food, service and space is beautiful. It just has a special vibe. All pasta is made in-house, I wish they sold them to cook at home! This time what we did is that we ordered a lot of the items on the menu and then shared them among all of us that were dinning. It worked out pretty well and it gave us the opportunity to try more things on the menu. I recommend doing that! Some of the favorites we had: Beef Carpaccio, Raw Kale, Citrus salad, Broccoli, Pasta Pomodoro, Ricotta Gnocchi, Orecchiette, Roman-style Artichoke, Polenta Fritta, Olive Oil cake and a lemon custard."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Cocello is cozy and inviting with great food and service. Recommend trying the salads and the small plate pastas - everything was delicious. Our service was as good as it gets, rivaling some of the pricier restaurants around town. A great addition to the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was my first time trying the restaurant - they were very accommodating when I asked for a table outside. Service was great - server was informative and did not rush us. The inside is very cool too...there are large booths that would be perfect for larger groups, and it has a 50's style feel to it. Food was great! All the pastas were delicious - recommend the risotto and gnocci. Donuts for dessert wear scrumptious! Portions are share-able but not huge."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I loved Dillman's and was sad to see it go, but Cochello retains all of Dillman's ambience and swaps in a fresh menu that may have broader appeal. Which was the point. I was unsure if Chicago needed another Italian restaurant but now I know: Chicago needed *this* Italian restaurant. The octopus is perfection. The dressing of the little gem hearts salad was unexpectedly – and delightfully – lemony. The gorgonzola and bacon risotto was delicious and the portion sane. (Can anyone ever eat a typical portion of risotto?) The plateful of ganache for dessert was decadent but my biggest love remains the Scotch and honey steamer. It's a revelation. My dining companion raved about it. It was the thing I most wanted him to try, a Dillman's favorite."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • " The evening started well with cocktails in the bar however the atmosphere and service changed when we went to the table. Appetisers were slow to arrive and only one arrived for a table of 4 by the time the last appetiser came the gnocchi was burnt and had to be sent back - at this point there was no apology. The mains arrived seconds after the starter was cleared (too fast) and everything was extremely salty, scallops were tiny $21 for 4 and Luke warm. We addressed our concerns firstly with the waitress who told us next time to request less salt (as if it was our issue) and then secondly with the manager who again did not seem bothered Extremely disappointing experience would not recommend and will not be visiting again "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We got to cocello right at our 7pm reservation on a Thursday night, and we had 3 out of 4 persons with. After checking in with the host, she told us to go hang out by the bar as they cannot sit incomplete parties. I asked again, if we could just sit down and order, as the 4th was just coming in for drinks in about 10 min. They said no. The funny thing was that the restaurant was about 40% full. I asked the manager why such a silly policy, he said something about the "flow of restaurant". So we stood there, for 10 min, and once our 4th arrived, they sat us down at a table we were standing next to the entire time!! ... never coming back! keep you "flow" -disappointed"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Very friendly staff, great service, excellent food"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Cocello deserves to be recognized! Went on a Tuesday, yet the mood was lively and energetic. Food was amazing and rich. The meal was started with a glass of wine, and basket of warm sliced bread/butter. Then, two of us split four things: Gnocchi with pancetta, pork belly (unique presentation), kale with pancetta (we/they must love pancetta) and these phenomenal cheesy potatoes (almost au gratin). Ambiance is speakasy meets chic River North vibe. Very cool and good not only for two people, but a group dinner. We were full and satisfied and will definitely be recommending this restaurant to friends!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Beautiful, warm and inviting space. Excellent crudos, salads, pastas and entrees. Sublime desserts. Impressive cocktail program. Fantastic all around. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Absolutely loved everything about Cocello. The space is so unique, beautiful and special. Everything we had was delicious, sizes were perfect - favorites of the night were the citrus salad, the roman-style artichoke, pasta pomodoro, beef carpaccio, orecchiette, olive oil cake. Service is top notch, everyone is so nice. The scene is vibrant, cool, hip, romantic, energized. #MagicalLittleWorlds"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The ambience here is great and the service is wonderful. The food was very average. Too salty and not good quality. Absolutely loved dillmans and wish it was still there! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "food and atmosphere great. Poor service from our waitresss. She forgot to put in a pasta order but rather than acknowledge she tried to convince us we had enough food. When we said we wanted our full order there was no apology and the wait was quite long. Again, nothing said. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went there on a Wednesday evening, had reservations and were sat right away. This was followed by much attention by our server. She made sure we ordered drinks and answered any questions about the food. We ordered and our food was brought out in reasonable time. Then, I'm not sure what happened. Never had a follow up - how is everything?. About 45 minutes later (and the plates had been bussed), she asks if we would like dessert. Two gelatos come out in about 15 mins. Another 30+ minutes pass. At this point we were there almost 2 hours for one drink, one plate, and one dessert a piece for 2 total people. I had to chase her down for the check. It would have been pretty good if service was on point. May go back in a few months."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Staff was friendly but need more training in service. Never came back to refill coffee. Three people, three pieces of bread! Had to ask for more. I had linguini and the pasta was awful. One other person had pasta with egg and the portion was so small it looked like an appetizer. Won't be going back. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "food is exceptional except a bit over salted at times. most of the waitstaff is wonderful! i've never felt so welcome at a river north restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Highlights: the octopus was delectable (favorite at the table), the polenta was deliciously balanced, and the osso bucco mouthwatering from beginning to end. Our risotto was gummy and the broccoli salad's tartness overpowered the vegetable. The kitchen delivered their cooked broccoli side to the table for us to try and the combined simplicity of presentation, yet complexity in flavor makes this an excellent complement to any meal. Being new, the service probably just needs a bit more time to grow up to the dining standards of their restaurant group that guests are accustomed to enjoying. Overall, this is a nice option that delivers a high quality meal to any dining party, big or small. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great dinner spot. Did a massive sharing meal. The artichokes were unbelievable as was the scallop with pureed cauliflower. The rabbit was the least favorite dish. It was pricey but totally worth it. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My husband and I were very excited to try Cocello, and the food flavors definitely lived up to expectation. We had the Beef Carpaccio, Orecchiette, Bay Scallops & Ricotta Doughnuts for dessert. Unfortunately, we were expecting more food. It's disappointing to leave an Italian restaurant still feeling hungry...The flavors were all amazing, but the pasta dish was very small and the bay scallops desperately needed a side. My husband had a classic negroni (definitely worth trying), and we both had decent glasses off the wine list. With regard to service, I think they just need to work out a few kinks. We received our appetizer 15 min ahead of the couple with whom we were eating, and our pasta came with the scallops despite being a mid-course."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "It was a blatant attempt at small plate price gouging but without the associated quality."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Visited on opening weekend and everything was very good. Stuck exclusively to the lighter side cocktails which were all excellent. Sampled from several sections of the menu with the standout being the bistecca. Our waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. We will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We ate here for the soft open because of the 40% off offer, so we went in knowing there would most likely be issues. We had about a 40 minute wait before we were seated for our reservation, the bar was too crowded when we first got in, so standing there wasn't an option. I'd say at least 40% of the menu items had run out before we were able to order, with an 8:15 res. The food was still excellent. Despite the food running out, one of the pasta items we ordered also ran out and we weren't told about it, so we had about a 30 minute wait between courses without anyone knowing what was going on. But the food was great, and this was a soft open so I can't really complain about that. I wasn't a huge fan of the red wines by the glass, though."
    Dined on 4/22/2014