Piccolo Sogno
Piccolo Sogno

Piccolo Sogno

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://piccolosognorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (312) 421-0077
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony Priolo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room seats up to 36 people
  • Private Party Contact: Ciro Longobardo 3124210077

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand
  • Public Transit: CTA Blue Line & Grand Bus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet with Private Lot
A word from Piccolo Sogno
Regional Italian cuisine featuring a combination of local and Italian ingredients.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Piccolo Sogno reviews from OpenTable diners
278 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (189)fit for foodies (150)special occasion (146)romantic (139)notable wine list (110)neighborhood gem (105)good for groups (85)hot spot (61)great for lunch (44)scenic view (18)late-night find (15)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • Authentic Italian, Wonderful Ambience
    Marti
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    After hearing my friends rave about Piccolo Sogno, I finally had the opportunity to experience this wonderful restaurant! The service from the minute you walk in is welcoming and food was fantastic as was the wine list! I look forward to returning and making this one of my favorite spots to return too. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a good guess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Call me simple, but I enjoy classic Italian dishes - when I don't see one on the menu, that leaves someone like me guessing at what I'm ordering. I made a good guess, but when I'm out to dinner I like my odds being higher than 50-50. Prices were lower than what I expected. Meal portion was not that large, but I did not leave hungry. Overall we had a memorable experience. AND they have parking!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    MarioVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I come here 2-3 times per year especially in the summer, best outdoor seating in Chicago. Over the summer the manager came by and asked us if we'd tried the pizza's so we went last Saturday and it was delicious. My friend had the Piccolo Ravioli and she loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening. Great food and wait staff.
    LindyLou
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Just a little too loud in the dining room for conversation. I will eat at the bar next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ricardo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    outstanding waiter. I told him to order for us and the whole experience was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This Resturant was recommended to me by friends from Chicago and frankly they have undersold it. I travel extensively and this was a really outstanding find. Great food and service will definitely be back any
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but noisy
    Dave
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food outstanding. Service excellent. However, very loud. This is the place to come for a great meal, but not a quiet, romantic outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Delivers
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Consistently one of the best Italian spots in Chicago. Great pasta, seafood, and salads. Always good service. This time we had Miguel take care of us. He was friendly and helpful. Great wine selection too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Piccolo Sogno
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is TRUE Italian food - everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Spot On!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The fish is the BEST in the city! Consistently fresh and amazing. The service is impeccable. Great for romantic dinner or with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • from Charleston SC
    CharlestonSCFoodie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    gracious hosts, Alberto was from a movie, enjoyed the meal with us,spot on wine list, appealing appetizers, special for the day authentic antipasto plate, then Mediterranean sea bass cooked whole, then removed from the bone with a light wine sauce capers fennel, meaty, balanced to enjoy the taste of the fish, sauce which was just enough to cover the fish but not drowning;my friend had the SPAGHETTI NERI “FRUTTI DI MARE”, hearty pasta cooked to balance the plentiful bounty from the sea again the amount of sauce did not get in the way of each forkful, coated the contents of the dish, not drowning, so he could enjoy the taste of all of the dish,mille foglia and italian cheese cake with fresh berries for dessert ridiculous, DELIZIOSO
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    ChattyVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is the second special occasion spent at Piccolo Sogno and they did not disappoint! We like the quieter, more intimate area in the back room so we asked to be seated there (too cold to go outside which is of course the best option). Service was lovely, not stuffy at all, and we loved our meals. My husband had the piccolo sogno ravioli and I had the lamb special. Many great appetizer and dessert choice to round out the meal. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Luvtherivernorth
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great patio but very crowded and noisy. Food was good but would not go back any time soon. Lots of others places with much better food. Great beet salad though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    ItalianFoodSnob
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent food. Excellent ambience. Would recommend to any fan of traditional Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Picollo Sogno has great food, service but it would have been nice to see more racial diversity as wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect all around
    Slooper2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We sat outside and the ambiance was perfect. The service was exquisite and the food was delicious! I would come back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Night
    taylorann
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We recently had dinner at Picollo for our Anniversary dinner. Our table was quiet, and everything from the calamari, gnocchi, spiced wild boar ragu, and the pork shank was phenomenal! The only complaint that I had was the service. The restaurant was fairly busy, but the waiters seemed more than frazzled. I had to ask twice for cheese, and I asked twice to have our candle relit. I also had to ask to put our order in. But the food was so amazing, it redeemed the experience! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for Italian
    Armabcg
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always a great outdoor spot! Patio is awesome and the hand made pasta is gray and the specials never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delivers
    grobes
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is about my 4th or 5th time at Piccolo sogno, and they have always delivered phenomenal food with top notch service. This time I had a salt crusted whole fish that was cooked perfect. We also had a pizza, several starters (including a house made venison sausage), a wonderful beet salad, and all passed our deserts around so we could get a taste of everything. The cheese desert had some tasty choices and the chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream was a stand out. Whenever I come into the city to catch a show at the United Center or the Chicago Theater I end up starting at Piccolo Sogno and I'm going to continue that tradition because I am always impressed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal at Piccolo
    RHWPVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had a wonderful meal and they have fresh truffles flown in from Italy to compliment any meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed with seating!
    LisaKatee1019
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had been wanting to try Piccolo Sogno forever. Finally decided to go for my Birthday and booked a reservation on 10/19. It was myself, my 77 yr old Mother and my daughter. We were seated in the back in a "room" that looked like it was constructed for winter, outside of the main dining room. It had wood "walls" and a tent overhead. Highly disappointing! I would have requested to be reseated but I did not wanted to embarrass my Mother. Food & service was wonderful. But, seriously I'm about ambience in a restaurant that has it. Had it been summer I would have loved to sit in the garden. But, it was fall and I was made to feel like we were pushed to the outside of the restaurant. For $300 you could at least pretend to care and seat us inside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And unexpectedly horrible evening
    VillaLaPlayaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We recently dined at Piccolo Sogno and left of the place wishing we never entered. We are big foodies. We invited out-of-town guest to join us for an evening of Italian fare. The noise level was intolerable. Service was decent and the food was very well prepared.The ambience however ruined the entire evening. We could not engage each other in conversation due to the high noise level. A table of 6 behind us was so loud that several other tables left before their meal was completed. 2 of these guests shouted the entire visit, and I know way too much about their personal lives by now. To make matters worse, our waiter and manager did nothing about it despite our complaints.
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  • Outstanding Italian dining!
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This place has the combination of really great food and service in a beautiful setting! Pizza appetizer was superb with very crisp thin crust, Branzino, the whole fish, fresh and perfectly prepared, and the hen, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, also terrific! On previous visits we have also enjoyed the wonderful pastas and the duck, which is amazing! Nice Italian wines. Full bar as well. The Chef Tony and /or his partner Cirro usually stop by to make sure you are enjoying everything. Cannot beat this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Have never had a bad experience here. Regular menu is great, but make sure to study the specials. Always something great on the list. Had traditional Italian oxtail that tasted like it was being served in Rome. Gnocchi special with sweet peppers was different and a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Fare
    LunchLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've been here often over the years, but not in the last year or so. Things have changed! What was once a decent restaurant is now exceptional. A quick review of the lunch menu is all it takes to see that the offerings are not the ordinary things you'd expect to see on an Italian restaurant's menu. One that caught my attention was triangle-shaped pasta squares, with mushrooms and asparagus ... which was not only unusual, but prepared perfectly, with all the flavors coming together so subtly, yet so powerfully, that you barely recognized what you'd ordered! And this was LUNCH! I will most certainly return to sample the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the Sea Bass!!!
    ChicagoDnMe
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went on a recommendation from our friends for our Anniversary dinner. They suggested asking for service from 2 of their favorite wait staff, but unfortunately it was both their day off. I'm not sure how better the service would have been, because we were very impressed with Franco. I'm generally not a seafood lover, but I could have eaten Sea Bass all night!. portions were good sized, and presentation was Stunning. The Sort Ribs were tender and delectable. The desert was good and not too over the top ; but honestly, I was so stuffed, I don't think I could have appreciated anything more at that point. All my wife could say is "We'll be back.... Don't be surprised if it's as early as tomorrow for lunch!"
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant!
    Nana
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food, the serice, the ambiance, this restaurant never disappoints! We decided we would celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary there. Our server, Efron(?) was very attentive and actually apologized at the end of the evening because he didn't know it was our anniversary. He wanted to do something for us! This will always be our go to restaurant and not just for special ocassions! I highly recommend Piccolo Sogno.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    Gustavo
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great place to eat Italian food, talk to friends, relax.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    AjayVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was recommended by a business associate while I was in Chicago recently and proved to be a superb choice. The service was prompt, wine recommendation was right on, and the gnocchi was the most delicious I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York Loses
    NoMusic
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    From the moment we entered it was an enjoyable evening. I was entertaining a friend from New York who marveled at everything. Not only was the entire menu to her liking (I'm a returning diner so I already know) but the fact that we could easily carry on a conversation while dining was a gift (as was the bill in comparison to NY) And if there was music we didn't hear it. Appetizers and main courses were abundant though we both settled on pasta and were satisfied. A word to traditional gnocchi lovers, this is different than usual gnocchi though quite good. I had the prosciutto/melon appetizer which could have almost been a meal. Paper thin and tasty. She had an arugula salad. The only disappointment we felt were the desert choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suzanne
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Thought the food was just OK - not planning on returning anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Multo Bene
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Piccolo Sogno is a terrific restaurant that happens to be Italian. The decor, table settings and food presentation adds to the whole experience. The food is outstanding from perfectly dressed salads to the roasted Bronzino followed by a hot chocolate cake with gelato. You can,t find a better meal. We will go back to repeat a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a joke as fine dining
    LSRR
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Horrible management and service. Couldn't get a reservation for a certain time, so we went at an earlier time. We sat there next to empty tables until we left. We could have gone a half hour later with NO problem. 10+ waiters standing around, talking to each other over ghetto tables. Twice, we had to request that our empty glasses and plates be removed. Hostess was rude when we asked for another table. Here's a hint to the host staff...you are not all that....this is not a nightclub and you are not a bouncer, so smile and try to make people welcome. I think they should walk half a block to La Scarola and see what good service is all about. Tourist trap for people who think this is cool in the big city.
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  • BEST ITALIAN IN CHICAGO
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    These folks go out of the way to make your dining experience the best and It shows. The black squid ink risotto brought me back to Milan where I have had this before that only could rival the taste and quality of Picolo version! Sea Bass was the best ever and fileted for you! Now that's service! The waiters and busers are so attentive without being annoying, the perfect balance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Husband Approved
    PortPreferred
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My wife wanted to go for some time. The open table invite surprised her. She enjoyed the service, ambiance, and loved the food. Date night planned and completed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hard to beat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    wonderful evening- one of the last weather perfect nites in a special place- food and service match the atomsphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor dining
    Steakeater
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Good food, outstanding outdoor space & atmosphere. Service was Very rushed, we were just another table. Would probably return. Only complaint would be how close tables are to each other on the patio, very cramped.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outdoor Dining
    Bambino
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I love Piccolo Sogno. It all begins with the delicious balsamic vinegar at the table. Yum, yum! The pastas are terrific, especially the 4 cheese ravioli--like pillows for clouds. You can't go wrong with most dishes. With the weather fading in Chicago to cold, their outdoor patio is the perfect place to celebrate the last remnants of warmth before the next polar vortex cripples us. Don't wait! If the weather is great, get to Piccolo Sogno!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best al fresco dining in Chicago
    EmmyLou
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food is amazing but there are other good Italian restaurants in Chicago. However, the ambiance of the outdoor area is not to be matched. Add to that the excellent service and you have a unique experience. If only winter would go away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    Fazio55VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Nice garden seating on a beautiful night. Bronzino was very good, light and clean. Homemade pasta was overcooked to a mushy texture, disappointing good service and nice people make it a good chicago eatery.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.