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Gioco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.giocorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 939-3870
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Danny Sweis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Gioco offers rustic Italian fare in a chic Urban setting.
  • Private Party Contact: CeCe & Sara (312) 226-8878
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wedding rehearsal, Meeting,

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E 13th St.
  • Public Transit: Red line train
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10
A word from Gioco
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George "Bugs" Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space. Cuisine: Gioco's menu offers rustic Italian dishes prepared with the finest available seasonal products. The menu features homemade pastas and wood-fired thin crust pizzas.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "For appetizers we had the prosciutto and melon-excellent and the meatballs-good. Our main courses were fantastic. My wife is of Italian heritage and grew up with a born in Italy mom who knew how to cook. My wife said her fettuccini Bolognese was excellent. My younger son whole heartily agreed. My adult son, who can be very particular, said his ravioli was the best he ever had. I had the pork chop, which was very good. The potatoes that came with them were okay. Our deserts were wonderful. I had the crème Brule-the best I ever had. My wife and sons had the tiramisu-they all agreed it was the best they ever had."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Found this restaurant just south of center city. Food is very good with a nice wine list or wine by the glass. I plan return next time I visit Chicago and would recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service is top-notch and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful evening there and really enjoyed the wine, food and atmosphere. Never felt rushed and our server was very good."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The convention center is no longer on a wasteland-- this is a lovely neighborhood restaurant with nice food"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Shame on us for staying but the food IS very good. I don't know if the restaurant was indifferent to the fact that one or more young children's screams could be heard throughout the meal, but we made it clear to our server that was why we were going elsewhere for dessert."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "You can always count on Gioco for a wonderful dinner and dining experience! We missed seeing the Chef, though :( Until next time!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Comfort food and an always welcoming atmosphere--what more can one ask for? This delightful spot has a newly reworked menu which offers traditional favorites coupled with seasonal newbies. A great place to share a bottle of wine, mussels and the daily grilled fish. The pasta and risotto are always a sure bet...as are the scallops."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Jose our server was fantastic and made the experience wonderful. Food was equally as good. Best crab cake in Chicago! Veal chop special was pricey but awesome."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This building used to house Al Capone's nefarious exploits as the back room of the restaurant was the speak easy while ladies of the evening hosted in upstairs apartments. The decor of the restaurant itself is very charming and romantic and most importantly, the food was terrific and the service was exceptional--the ingredients one would expect from a big city gourmet Italian eatery."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service a little slow. large party in the adjacent room made it nosier than it should have been. Pricy but I would go back. Ger4food."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food quality is still above average although portions seem smaller. Our entire meal was a rush act with drinks, appetizer and entrée dinner over in 45 minutes. Even when requested to slow down, it made no difference."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I would highly recommend Gioco. The food was great, wonderful burrata special starter and portobella too. The chef came to the table to help us choose the appropriate Italian wine with our meal. Our waiter provided great service. If this restaurant was in River North it would be packed every night."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "one of our neighborhood favorites - good reason to live in the South Loop!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I was looking for something close to McCormick for a business dinner, so that was my main search criteria. When I saw the listing and website, the menu looked great and the restaurant unpretentious, so I booked it. This restaurant is my new Italian favorite hands down. The owner spent time making sure all was well at our table and made several great recommendations. Food, wine, service everything fantastic. Can't wait to return with my family. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Good food and wine. Always pleasant and professional service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is such a great restaurant and wonderful food! The owner selected a terrific group of appetizers for our table, then stopped by a few times to see how we were enjoying our dinner. He's a delight too."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I would give this place a B- grade in terms in restaurants. The appetizer was bland (prosciutto and melon), the bread warm and good. My entree was branzino in a puttanesca sauce. Fish cooked perfectly, though skin could have been crispier. The sauce was tasty but the garlic in it was way undercooked. My wife had veal scallopine. It was a smallish portion which tasted fine, but the mashed potatoes tasted like boxed. Plus, who serves mashed potatoes with scallopine? Desserts were good (Tiramisu and a warm chocolate cake). "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Absolutely loved it! My new favorite! Gorgeous building and amazing food. The ambience is warm and homey. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I was looking for a cute spot to take someone for a birthday dinner and Gioco was recommended to us. The chef did come out to speak to us at our table and I was reminded of what some other reveiwers said about how the wait staff and chef recommend their more expensive dishes. As it was, we each had one glass of wine and two pasta dishes and the bill was close to $100.00. To be candid, it was a not a good value. The waiter was very attentive. We were not in a hurry and so we took some time to order. Once we did order, our dish was brought out to us within 5 minutes. I guess that they wanted to speed us along. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Get the tortelloni in truffle fondue sauce! It melts in your mouth!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "This place is great. Outstanding food/wine and service. The waitstaff are all very friendly and will do whatever it takes to make customers comfortable and happy. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went to Gioco with our friends & ordered a mozzarella appetizer to share. It was delicious! I ordered a vodka tonic which was great! My husband ordered the stuffed veal chop, he loved it. I had the delectable veal piccata... It was the best I've ever tasted! The meat was tender and served with a light lemony sauce with capers on top of mashed potatoes. My only thought was I wish I had a more potatoes... They were very good. My friend ordered the special a creamy fettuccine with clams and she loved it! Her husband enjoyed his meal, a Veal Marsala which he loved. We all commented on how delicious our food was and how Gioco was one so our favorite South Loop restaurants! All our food was presented beautifully and hot. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is a neighborhood gem that has tasty italian food. The experience starts at the door with heavenly smells coming from the open kitchen and pizza oven. The specials were very good albeit a bit pricey for the quantity. The staff is very friendly and adds charm to the experience. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We just moved to the South Loop, and thought we'd give Gioco a try. We were very pleased with the authentic Italian food, and will be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Portions are a little small but very good. Meals are served quick, I mean very fast and very tasty."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I did NOT have a good experience here for a weekday business lunch recently. Our reservation was for 12:30 (prime lunch hour), and they were not ready. Bread was not ready until after 1 p.m. When I was told that my sandwich had to be modified due to lack of an ingredient, they would not let me change my order. The chef was very stubborn. I will not be going back here again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent but we were disappointed that "sweetbreads saltimbocca", which had been praised (and pictured) in Phil Vettel's Tribune review quite recently, has been removed from the current menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went here on a Friday night and were seated immediately even though we were early for our reservation. There's more to the menu than whats printed. The crab cake and pappradelle were not on the menu but they were offered as specials. The wild boar pappradellewas great. The crab cake was great too but for $19 we should've gotten more than 1 small cake"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This place is simply the best! Whenever you are in the South Loop it is a must do for a really wonderful dining experience. The fish here melts in your mouth and is always decadent. Plates are not large so go for apps and entrees and dessert. Highly recommend Gioco to anyone who loves quality food!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "loved the chef, who took time with us and made recommends of the food...very pleasant......his recommend of the veal chop was very appreciated and very good but pricey at 50 bucks ( not mentioned when being pitched)......cocktails were 12 dollars but not top shelf liquor ...though made well.....salads were fairly pedestrian.....apple tart dessert quite nice......overall tab of 200 almost seemed too much for what we got....."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This great find in the South Loop is not something we would have found without a newspaper reco. The food is outstanding, the service was the best we have had in a long time, the wine list was priced right and diverse and the actual restaurant is a history lesson. The chef/owner Gaetano Ascione took the time to tell us about his past (cooking for Presidents and Nelson Mandela) and his worlds travels Make sure you get to meet him. We will come back again and again"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great South Loop Italian food. Very authentic and simple, not filled with a bunch of unnecessary ingredients that mask the true flavor of the food. Great service and wine selection."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We recently moved to the South Loop and had our first experience at Gioco on Valentine's Day. What a wonderful surprise. The waitstaff was very knowledgeable and attentive. Our waitress recommended the crab cake appetizer. It was almost all lump crab meat and (just as she described) the best I have ever eaten. Our whole meal was simply scrumptious and a flavor treat. The history behind the building is fascinating as was the story of the resident ghost who only likes Jim Beam or Jack Daniels. Good food and great stories made for a simply delightful evening! We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Gioco never disappoints. Food, service, atmosphere...all outstanding. Every time we've eaten there, we've been completely pleased. A gem."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is the neighborhood place we go to for special occaisions. Gioco lived up to our expectations this Valentine's Day. The lamb chops were wonderful. Chilean sea bass was the fish special, and it was also very good. We also split a salad that was a good starter. The service was good, but we had to wait for our bread and olive oil. The setting was intimate and good for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great location in former speakeasy. Prices were a bit steep for the food quality."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Always a treat. Always a great dining experience. Love the small size and cozy atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was good, but not outstanding. My issue was primarily with value. They would be better served by a complete written menus that included pricing for drinks and daily specials. On the recommendation of the waiter, I ordered an appetizer and after-dinner drink, neither of which appeared on a menu. Since the waiter did not mention their prices, I think it was fair to assume that the pricing would have been in line with other menu items. Instead, the appetizer was $27, more than the cost of most entrees; moreover, it was more than double the cost of an appetizer to which the waiter suggested it was similar. Similar with drink costing $17. Also charged for soup my wife sent back. Felt ripped off on prices and small portions."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It's always great when the chef-proprietor welcomes you, and also walks you through some of the specials. Great personal touch."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "This place is something special. They stress only authentic Italian dishes. Sorry, that means no Fettuccine Alfredo. Don't even ask for it- apparently the cook will get mad. Having said that, everything was delicious and the service was top-of-the-line. Be prepared to spend at least $60 for two."
    Dined on 1/27/2014