Macello
Macello

Macello

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://macellochicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 850-9870
  • 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
84 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (36)notable wine list (27)romantic (26)special occasion (20)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (11)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Place! Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Second time here. Great place and very close to united center making it s good choice for a pre game meal. Pizza is outstanding and the overall feel of the place is very warm. We will definitely be going back many times this winter before hawks games,
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky find
    WildIrishProse
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    There is nothing not to like about Macellos, however, open table's "minimum character" requirement for reviews is another matter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Macellos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Brick oven pizza was delicious and the steak was cooked to perfection! A great place for a little italian get away. Although, my wife and I were seated towards the entrance, I would have liked to be closer to the brick ovens next time, it would have made for a much cozier dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food; Lackluster Service
    StrigineFoodie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My wife discovered this gem in the meat-packing district on a daytime Chicago pizza tour, and loved the food so much we came back several days later for dinner. Easily accessible from the L, Macello serves highly authentic Italian food in a charming atmosphere; the pizza is as close as we have found state-side to our all-time favorite in Florence. There is one wood-burning oven reserved exclusively for pizza, and another for locally-produced sausages and meats. The wine list is robust and varied, with numerous specials half-price by the bottle Mondays-Tuesdays-Wednesdays. Unfortunately, the service for our dinner was disappointingly slow and inattentive, particularly on a very quiet night. With good service, Macello would sparkle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good find
    cabernet
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This is a great spot with good ambience in the west loop area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seesee66
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We are not from the area so I chose this restaurant off of mapquest due to the proximity of a concert I dropped my child off at. I was not disappointed!! I know my steak but this steak was out of this world!! It melted in my mouth. My husband enjoyed a pasta dish that he absolutely loved as well. The atmosphere and decor is lovely. My only complaint is the noise level. It was pretty hard to hear and understand the server. I highly recommend Macello. I've already been telling my co-workers about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish
    PreoliVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved everything about our experience at Macellos. Food was delicious and service was great. Will be back soon. Make sure to have dessert...yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must do
    Eileen
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A definite place to visit. We had salad and pizza it was terrific!! Seated right on time with our reservation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good!!!
    Kenzienicole
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My friends and I found this place on yelp and decided to try it, and we were not dissappointed. The food delicious and authentic. It took a bit of time to get our food, although, it was a saturday night and it was busy so that could easily be why. Also we had some bread to keep us company:) The restaurant itslef is very cool and trendy. Definitely reccommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happening West Loop Spot
    XCooperWestLooper
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I live in the neighborhood & had heard about Macello from a good friend & neighbor. Great vibe, beautiful decor, well-informed waiter, very reasonable wine by the glass prices. We started with the Macello coal oven pizza for our appetizer which was awesome & then moved on to entrees. Amazing seafood choices - 3 of 5 people in my group ordered a seafood entree and all raved. We dined for 3 hours on the night of an event at the United Center with no pressure to leave. We'll most definitely return - what a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoJoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Was very expensive for what was received. The taste was excellent but $ 36 for a small piece of sea bass is high!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Find!
    sjlisbonVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Tucked away and a bit outside of the Chicago downtown area is a real find. The wood burning stove is enough to get you salivating and the resulting pizza is a treat. Had a salmon special of the day with shrimp risotto and asparagus - one of the most moist and tasty salmons I've ever had. Not your typical trendy restaurant - but authentic in ambiance, service and food! Nice touches with Chef's treat at beginning and end of meal. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience...
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First visit to Macello and will definitely plan on doing it again. Quaint neighborhood location with great service, ambiance and amazing food. Pastas are all enjoyable and the catch of the day, Grouper, was prepared amazingly. Selected the restaurant as it was close to the United Center...recommend checking it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Unfortunately I touted Macello as my new favorite Italian spot in Chicago. While the Macello pizza was as tasty as ever (never change this!), the pasta selection (main reason we came) was poor and not well cooked. The apps were just okay but they came out all at once crowding the table and rushing the meal. For a restaurant that was only half full, they sat four of us adults right in front of the entrance facing the kitchen, come on. The wine list is so unimaginative; I wish they would change at least seasonally and go for some non-Banfi producers. Wont take company there again, maybe just stop in with the husband for a pizza and a salad.
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  • always great
    peewee
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Macello never disappoints My wife and I love it before Blackhawk games The food and service are always outstanding
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Came here for lunch with a few other coworkers and have a great time. We were given free soup as an appetizer, and split the Pizza Pugliese, sandwich and Insalata Spinaci. All of the food was delicious, especially the Pizza Pugliese. Our server was very nice and attentive, but never hovered. I will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    FamilybrownVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband and I stumbled across Macello on Open Table! It is wonderful. The service was excellent, and the food delicious. It served many of the dishes straight out of a beautify wood burning oven. Don't miss this wonderful spot! I am hesitant to overstate their excellence, for fear that we won't be able to get a reservation the next time we find ourselves in the West Loop! We loved It!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    WGN15111VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Ate here on a week night before a concert at City Winery. Very good food, but was surprised how empty the place was. Really enjoyed the atmosphere (very rustic) and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Dinner
    Annabella
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything we ordered was delicious. My two guests are very discriminating diners from New York City and were wowed. Only negative is the loud volume from voices on a busy Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    sloopyVIP
    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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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.
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    neighborhood gem
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 489 reviews are from the Macello reviews archive.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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.
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    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
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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
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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.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    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
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    • 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!
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    neighborhood gem
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic