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Macello Details

  • 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: Italian, Steak
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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)."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My famy love this place for the delicious food, attentive service and great atmosphere. A real gem"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our experience - our server was fantatstic!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I actually work a few blocks away from the restaurant and had never been in. It is beautiful inside and good food. Excellent wine!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Interesting décor, great service, tasty food with a homemade touch, strong Italian wine list, lively atmosphere, good value. A nice neighborhood find."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been here many times and it never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "One of our familie's favorite neighborhood restaurant. Love the Chilean sea bass!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Macello is always a food treat. Unusual pastas, fish, wood burning treats (rack of lamb tonight), cheeses and more."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food, as ever, was excellent. Definitely must try the fish salad! Great spot to run into friends. "
    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"
    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"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Macello has a great atmosphere and even better food. Service was great and portions were plentiful."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Very close to UC. Our party of four had a nice meal and really enjoyed the atmosphere of Macello. I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Macello. I ordered the fish special, which was fantastic. The wine selection was perfect. A lovely evening."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "One of the best hidden gems in the city for Italian! Get either of the pastas cooked in the wood fire oven and you will leave full and very happy!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014