Macello
Macello

Macello

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://macellochicago.com/
  • Phone: 3128509870x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Accommodate 120 people for a sit down dinner, 25 people in our private dining area.
    Three different menu choices for "family style" dining, "elegant dining" and or "salad and pizza" party. Also, facilitate "buffet" style dining.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Racine
  • Public Transit: Green & Pink Line - Ashland/Lake, Morgan/Lake
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking during lunch hours 11am - 4pm.
    $8 Valet parking Fridays and Saturdays after 5:00pm
    Street and parking lot available after 6:00pm
    (Located on the northeast corner of Lake/Elizabeth)
A word from Macello
Italian cuisine from the Puglia region of Italy, Steaks & Chops. Macello, a rustic Italian restaurant and market/deli located in the Warehouse District (West Loop), offers an airy dining room with wood beams, exposed brick, and two wood-burning ovens. The menu features plenty of thin crust pizza; linguine with mixed seafood in a spicy cherry tomato sauce. The butcher shop inspired market located in the front of Macello stocks cured meats, cheese and food from the Puglia region- the "boot heel" of Italy. Macello appropriately translates to "slaughterhouse"-- the building housed a slaughterhouse in the 1920s.



Macello was recently rated as the "BEST PIZZA" in Chicago by Chicago Magazine (July 2010)



Will be open for lunch in September 2010!
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Macello reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (32)notable wine list (23)special occasion (17)romantic (14)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (7)hot spot (5)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good find in West Loop
    Dutch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My friend and I both had the spinach salad and the pasta bolognese. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • highly recommend
    Cassie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I found Macello through the ChefsFeed app, which recommended the pizza pugliese. We went for dinner in a small group before a concert at the United Center. Between two couples, we split two appetizers they had on special, pizza pugliese and two entrees and it was more than enough food for us (and we are big eaters). Everything blew us away in terms of the quality and authenticity of the food, the level of service and the ambiance of the space. It was just a beautiful meal altogether. They offered a grilled calamari and octopus dish over rapini and fava beans as one of the appetizers that was outstanding, the breads & pizza crust were fresh and light, the noodles homemade. We will definitely return and highly recommend Macello!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good the 2nd time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my second visit to Macello's and unfortunately it was not as good as my first visit back in June. The service and food were just so-so this go around. This is a very cute place with alot of potential. My first visit the salmon and risotto were delicious, the second visit the salmon was cooked ok but the risotto was way over cooked and tasted like mush. My dinner guest ordered a calzone and although the crust of the calzone was good the filling was watery and not good at all (my guest commented that he had better calzone's at sbarros'...ouch!). The panacotta and sorbet for dessert were very good (thankfully).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time here
    ChooseChicagoVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Was looking in this neighborhood, and saw the positive ratings on OpenTable. There is a little deli in the front as you arrive, and a welcome fragrance from the wood burning pizza ovens. The staff is welcoming and proud of their menu and concept. The food was flavorful and just the right portion, without the over serving of food so common today. The service is quick, without being rushed. Try the sea bass.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    sloopy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Macello is one of those places in Chicago that I go back to at least once a month. I don't live in the West Loop but manage to get there often because the food is great, the service is always good, parking is so easy, and no matter if you order pizza, their brick ovens send out an aroma that just smells and feels like you are in Italy. Excellent cavatelli Al forno bolongnese, all pizza, perfect risotto and so on.....great find and not overly trendy which is nice in the west loop.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West loop gem
    Snoopdog
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My famy love this place for the delicious food, attentive service and great atmosphere. A real gem
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wow-what a fantastic place! We went here for a bachelorette party dinner and it was absolutely wonderful. Brilliant back patio, impeccable service, delicious food and wine list(highly recommend the Carciofi Ripieni and Pizza Macello). The atmosphere of the back patio made the evening-relaxed and felt like you're in Italy. I am definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Barney
    BarneyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and ambience were not as good as the last three visits to the restaurant. It was too hot to eat outside on the patio and the outdoor spot does not meet expectation - needs more vegetation and atmostphere. Stick to the indoor space!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chicago Spot
    BiddyBoo
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Macello's is just an all around great spot - a small outdoor patio in back, and a warm, inviting dining room with always good food and friendly staff. We have been there multiple times and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hidden Gem
    Adda40VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Tucked away in an industrial area below the Lake Street "L" is a hidden gem for regional Italian fare. Macello features the Barese regional style cuisine. In addition to the numerous meat and fish entrees, pizzas and flat breads are also prepared in the prominent wood-burning oven. Vegetarians will also praise the numerous meatless options. One of my favorites are the Farro based dishes which are a welcome alternative to the ubiquitous pasta and risotto dishes found in many Italian restaurants. The dining room is most inviting, set around a continuously burning brick oven. The delightful and serene backyard dining area is a wonderful place to sample the delicious food when the weather permits. You will soon forget the your urban location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    jenniferVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Really enjoyed our experience - our server was fantatstic!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great italian food
    SASsyEater
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was great and the ambiance was also wonderful. The only complaint was that the server was a tad distracted for such a small place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smokey Business Lunch
    TimeZoneTravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I chose this location as it was a midway point to interview a potential employee over lunch. The place was dead, completely empty at noon on a Monday. However, within 30 minutes of sitting down, a few more patrons also arrived. The decor was pretty interesting: half warehouse loft and half Italian market; the place couldn't really decide what it was. But, the biggest takeaway was the smokiness of the place. The two fire ovens either weren't properly flued or mismanaged. Once we left the building, we were covered in a campfire smoke smell. It was so annoying that I had to leave my office early to shower and change clothes before my afternoon flight. I would not recommend this place for a business lunch, but the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I actually work a few blocks away from the restaurant and had never been in. It is beautiful inside and good food. Excellent wine!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in a relaxed setting
    picolo61
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Interesting décor, great service, tasty food with a homemade touch, strong Italian wine list, lively atmosphere, good value. A nice neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Macello
    Wineanddineme
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We found this restaurant last minute because we didn't want to eat at City Winery where we were going to and it was a great find. Our food was wonderful and we had a very personable waiter and the decorations were fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and abundant
    Poisson
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Have been to Macello twice for business dinners. The room is attractive, warmly decorated and good for conversation. The food is beautifully prepared and the portions are rather enormous - the seafood in particular has been excellent. The pizzas are first-rate as well. Good list of interesting Italian wines. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • macello
    mikeeats59
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It was our second time dining here. The food is excellent, service good and prompt. A really nice room also. We enjoyed the the shrimp oregano appetizer as well as the carpaccio, which is topped with a little arugula salad that features grape tomatoes and shaved pecorino. Then we ordered a salad to share without realizing that the salad was essentially the same thing we just had with the carpaccio. Although the onus for such a misstep was on us, a little heads up from the server would have been appreciated. That said, the meal was lovely and they treated us to complimentary dessert and limoncello. I would recommend Macello for the quality food, service and atmosphere. Nice wine list too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have been here many times and it never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved Macello
    nam426VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This restaurant is amazing. The food was spectacular, we felt like we were back in Italy. The colorful atmosphere was great and fits with the vibrant personality of the food and people working there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    maddymadVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    What a great experience.... Outstanding menu, great bar area, roomy restaurant and even has a quiet, outdoor dining area. Loved the artwork on the walls and the painting on the walls in the women's room blew me away. The food??? great! scallop appetizer, salad etc all outstanding. Our entrees were great as well. Service was attentive until it got a bit busy..... had to wait way too long for our bill. Definitely try the homemade Limencello!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2BonAppetite
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This was my brother-in-law and nephews birthday celebration and although I was only visiting in Chicago they enjoyed it tremendously and said their family would certainly visit there again. It was a very quaint Italian restaurant and the food and wine selection was exceptional. The waiter provided excellent service and information on the dishes we each selected. When visiting again I would definitely return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrating a graduation.
    Italianfoodie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    One of our familie's favorite neighborhood restaurant. Love the Chilean sea bass!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    Dgbrown52
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went last Saturday and initially sat on the patio...very nice, but too hot for 5:30 in the afternoon...would be perfect in the evening. The waiter and hostess, however, were very happy to reseat us in the restaurant, even though we had already ordered. Decor is great, food was delicious, service was very good, and price was reasonable. We'll be back to try the pizza!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service to match!
    Chitowndrummer
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We live nearby and can walk to Macello, for which we are very grateful! This is a wonderful neighborhood Italian place where the quality of the food is exceeded only by the outstanding service. They have a wood-burning oven that produces delicious, authentic think crust pizzas and other entrees, and in general everything on the creative menu tastes like it is made from scratch. The restaurant also boasts an extensive and affordable wine selection as well as a deli counter up front for carrying out pastas, cheeses, olives and other imported Italian delicacies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but good
    Traveljunky62VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Old warehouse redone so acoustics are loud. Food is solid italian with a twist. Stuffed artichokes were excellent, so were desserts (gelato and cannoli). Veggie risotto was a hit. Least impressive was the pizza with artichokes and olives. Good ingrediets bit should have been chopped and spread over pizza. Early there was a kids graduation party, but after they left it was still noisy. Worth a try!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    ChewChewBean
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our 2nd visit. Very good food, nice neighborhood vibe, friendly service. Enjoyed the pizzas a lot. Huge party (20?!) was arriving and settling in as we were leaving. This was good since the noise level amped up to a point that would have diminished our experience. We will definitely be back! It was too chilly to use the patio but we look forward to that!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 472 reviews are from the Macello reviews archive.
  • Unusual, gourmet Italian food..
    BethVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Macello is always a food treat. Unusual pastas, fish, wood burning treats (rack of lamb tonight), cheeses and more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great way to celebrate
    ComicRicky
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Went here after law school graduation. We were seated immediately and our waiter was very attentive. The Zuppa di Pesce was not on the menu, but the chef prepared it for me. It was fantastic. Wines are not over priced and high quality. Since I told them on OpenTable we were celebrating, they brought us complimentary Lemoncello shots with the dessert. Really nice. The chairs are the only drawback. They are a little tough to sit on for more than an hour or so, but don't let that detract from your experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    msgjkg88VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was our second visit and enjoyed it even more! Their seafood is outstanding! Pastas are amazing. Huge portions. I had the seafood risotto which was filled with so much seafood. Only complaint was the rice was a tad too al dente. Service is very attentive -- but both times we have been here was early before a show, so I can't speak for what it is like when the restaurant is full. Will definitely go back. Tons of variety on their menu!
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  • Slipped a bit
    dineinthecity
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I came here prior to a Hawks game. We allowed plenty of time, so our dinner was not rushed at all. Macello has always been a favorite spot, but it was a little disappointing this time. From our waiter, who was indifferent the entire time, to the dishes, which were off, they missed the mark. Stuffed artichoke app was bland, grilled octopus and calamari were rubbery and lacking flavor, and the braciole tasted like red sauce from a jar. Too bad, I hope this place hasn't slipped permanently
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What happened?
    Veganfoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I'm hoping this was just an off night because I've been to macello a handful of times and it's always been wonderful. Last night the waiter was consistently rude, the appetizer bread was burnt and had an 'off' taste and the food was just mediocre. What a disappointing night out with friends. I'm really glad we weren't there for a special occasion or with out of town guests. It will be a while before I give it another try.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are Going Back
    TCDM
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We went early on a Thursday because we were going to a play. That makes it difficult to make a judgment on ambiance when the place is more crowded. That said, our food was very good! The Pork Chop stuffed with prosciutto was delicious, and massive! The mushroom risotto that accompanied it was so good that all of us agreed that the next time we came we would be very tempted to try the risotto entrees. The mixed seafood grill over pasta really satisfied the true fish lover in our group -- even though it too was quite large, there was none left for the doggie bag! Two interesting pastas with different red sauce were fine, but not anything to rave about. Stick to the slightly different items, and we think you will be very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real deal
    BestAunt
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is a great little find for authentic Italian food. Our waiter was great- very helpful and friendly (also authentic Italian!). I would definitely encourage people to try it out if they are looking for a nice, upscale casual place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and coming back!
    HBarry
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My husband and I wanted to celebrate a new job and found Macello. We were able to get a Friday night reservation that day and I was not disappointed. Food was great. Service was pleasant. Wine was fabulous. A few notes: 1. We received a call a few hours before our reservation to tell us that they had been just slightly overbooked at our time due to a Black Hawks game and attendees wanting to eat and get out by a certain time. I was more than happy to push it back a half hour to make things easier for everyone and thankful for the call! Great service! 2. Get a bottle from the Italian region that their menu pulls from 3. Server very pleasant and helpful.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining exper
    PrincessVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food, as ever, was excellent. Definitely must try the fish salad! Great spot to run into friends.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bland this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Dined here numerous times before but this time our pasta dishes were lacking flavor. We added salt to help but still a disappointment
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • peewee
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    As always food was great and service was top notch even on a very busy Friday night Great spot to go before an event at the UC
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Macello - good times and good food
    ACBBankerVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Macello has a great atmosphere and even better food. Service was great and portions were plentiful.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    sugarocket99
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Everything about the experience was perfect - from the waiter's wine recommendations to special food items presented that were not on the menu - all in all, my favorite Italian place in the city. Never fails to disappoint!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.