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Tocco Pizza e Arte
Tocco Pizza e Arte

Tocco Pizza e Arte Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (773) 687-8895
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday to Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Bruno Abate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Angel Pacheco

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Paulina
  • Public Transit: CTA bus: Milwaukee-56, Division-70; Blue Line "L" stop: Division
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Metered Parking
A word from Tocco Pizza e Arte
The couple behind Follia built this chic, modern Italian spot in Wicker Park. Two wood-burning ovens churn out pizzas like the classic margherita plus there's a wine friendly menu of appetizers, homemade pasta and more. Expect selections such as tortelli in a truffle cream sauce, risotto of the day, fresh fish and steak.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Hands down some of the best Italian food you will find in the city. Too many restaurants try to be something they are not. Tocco has the right equation based on the food, service, quality, and price. I feel as though they really deliver on what consumers value in a dining experience. The food is authentic, well thought thru, well executed, and very fresh. The prices are very reasonable considering the high quality ingredients that are utilized, and the portion size is just right. The service has been very good both times I have been."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is a must visit Italian establishment that offers authentic, elegant, and old world preparation along with presentations extraordinaire, all in a Milanese environment that is truly approachable and unforgettable!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Poor service, rushed at first, then ignored, entrees arrived not together. Hard to overlook this. And the place was not full"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It is consistently great food and excellent service. The restaurateur is unique in that he always stops by the table welcoming you! Never seems really busy so I hope they can keep it open because it's one of my favorite places! I for one am going to bring more friends there!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went here in a group of 6 and had a great dinner. The service and food was amazing and I'd recommend to anyone"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • " Our dining experience at Tocca was the worst service ever at any restaurant we have ever been to. It was slow from start to finish. Our friends ate their main courses while our arrived 25 minutes later with no explanation. It took an hour to take our order. The food was good but there are too many options in Chicago to ever return there."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was true Italian prepared with care. It was great sitting inside by the large open window that faced the outdoor sitting area. Gnocchi, pizza and pasta were wonderful. Calamari was the best we ever had and we were with people who travel everywhere. Bruno imports his ingredients and it shows in the quality of the food. It almost felt like Italy as we sat surrounded by Italian-speaking diners. And the ambiance and decor in the restaurant was like being in another world when you walk in the door."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was my 4th time dining at Tocco. The food as usual was good. The thin pizza crust is amazing. However despite our reservation we were seated after 30 minutes. After another 20 with just water and Bread we were asked if we wanted to order drinks! That set the tone of the evening. Several large parties ensured that we were ignored. It was an embarrassing experience as we had taken our friends who were visiting here to what we called an amazing pizza restaurant. I'm never going back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • " Bruno is a wonderful host and chef with the finest Italian food in Chicago."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I am a huge fan of Tocco Pizza e Arte. I love everything about this place. Bruno, thank you for bringing a spirit of Italy to Chicago. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Don't waste your time when there's a million better choices in the neighborhood "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Tocco is amazing all around. One of the best fine Italian restaurants I've found in the city. I am so excited that they are starting to do brunch. We attended the first weekend, so I am really excited to see what new brunch items they start adding to the menu. Chef Bruno is amazing and you feel like part of his family the moment you enter his restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A hidden gem. Food was amazing. Bruno is awesome. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Everyone was very friendly, and our waitress was great. The food was amazing! Good place for a date or group of friends looking for great food and cool atmosphere. I would def recommend."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Was craving carbonara and heard from a friend that Tocco had a great one and she wasn't lying. Perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles, savory pancetta and well tempered eggs throughout the dish. Owner or manager (older gentleman) made sure we were well taken care of and satisfied. Great service"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Passed this place a TON of times - I thought it was a vacant building. Turns out that they just don't open until 5pm. Truly a hidden gem. Must mention: Impeccable service - on all levels, really. The ambience is ultra romantic. And they have the most amazing, homemade, crushed red pepper. (I know that sounds weird..but- you'll understand once you try it!) Cannot wait to come back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First time and it will not be last. The menu looked really good with offerings in pizza, pasta, fish, and hefty appetizers. We loved the decor of the dining room and bar/lounge; and cannot wait to return for more. Tried beef carpaccio salad for an appetizer that was on special for the evening, followed by a pizza. The two portions were perfect."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "One of the best Italian restaurants in the city! The decor is very modern and chic and the homemade pasta is to die for!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We love this place! Fabulous, authentic pastas! Always have great specials. Service is excellent. Plus they have this huge screen with a continuous loop of shots of Italy. If you've ever been to Italy, you will find it very entertaining (or distracting)! Very modern feel in dining room. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great food and really good service! The cheese sauce on the gnocchi was especially good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Lovely, light dishes but beware if you come during prime dinner hours, you could be waiting a while to get seated."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is very authentic at Tocco. Bruno is excellent, making food and wine suggestions. A lot of fun. The hostess is VERY off putting and not welcoming, in the least bit. We had a very sweet, energetic waitress. However, there was one other waitress and another woman walking around (not sure what her title was) who looked as though if you gave them $100 to smile and act as if they were interested at all in being present, that they would turn you down. Very, VERY off putting. For these reasons, it is likely that we would not make an effort to get back to Tocco. There is something about the ambiance that is very cold. If you don't care about anything but the excellence of the food, by all means go. It is very delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I were excited to try a new restaurant for valentines day. Boy were we disappointed! Not much to choose from on the menu and when you get it the portions are way to small for the price. The server was very nice and attentive. At one point they had someone from the kitchen to around with oysters to sample for a price. Together we make very good money and I do believe because of our age we were overlooked. He never came to our table yet went to everyone else's. We will never come back and never ever recommend this place. Horrible experience. If you're looking for sample sized food you came to the right place if you're looking for an actual Italian meal don't come here!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It's sometimes easy to forget about Bruno's place because it's off the beaten path. But the food is always fantastic and puts a lot of hipster restaurants to shame. No undercooked, over sauced, under-seasoned food with 10 different elements that seem like they came out of Chopped-basket. It's not about pig cheek and pig ear, and blah blah blah. Here, the burrata is beyond compare - makes Balena's burrata seem store bought. The pizza crust, thin but not matza-thin. The wine list well currated and not overpriced. The desserts actually satisfy your sweet tooth. Definitely worth trying and if you haven't been there in a while, worth going back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed after eating at Tocco. We went to celebrate a college graduation and birthday with a party of 5 and Mila was so amazing that my dad tipped her 30%! If you know my dad, this would leave you in complete shock, but even he was that impressed! She was extremely helpful and honest with her suggestions and did everything with a genuine smile. I also like the round tables as it's easier to engage in conversation with the table."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went the Saturday night that it started snowing AGAIN so the restaurant was on the quiet side but did not lack for diners. The service was attentive and the food was authentic Italian which is sometimes hard to find. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great food, sophisticated decor and service. Welcoming. Guests are usually greeted personally by the owner. Very gracious."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "If you are looking for authentic Italian food, this is the place to go. The owner Bruno went around to each table to make sure everything was OK. Portions are Italian sized not American, the pasta is flavored by the sauce and not drowned in it like so many restaurants. We didn't have one of the pizzas but they did look good. Tiramisu was home made and very good. Interesting wine list from different regions of Italy."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We dined at Tocca Pizza e Arte Thursday night before seeing a play at The Den Theatre down the street. The decor is sharp and intriguing (although the bar stools, while striking, are uncomfortable and seemingly made for children), and the food and service were impeccable. I liked that the portions were very reasonable, as you would find in Europe; no one had to take anything home but no one left hungry, either. We all had pasta, not pizza. I was puzzled by how quiet it was for a Thursday night, however. I hope others take the time to discover it. Prices were very reasonable, too. We had a fine dining experience and highly recommend it to others."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We just had dinner at Tocco and loved it. Fantastic food and service. It was very quiet on a Tuesday night and we had great personal attention, good pizzas, nice traditional pastas, and a great steak dish. Would return in the summer for sure."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Went here with my wife, and my sister and her boyfriend. Had the fried calamri appetizer, which is always a home run. Perfectly crispy and seasoned. I had the rack of lamb....outstanding. The boyfriend had the lasagna, and both my wife and sister each had pasta...best pasta in the city. And Bruno (the owner-chef) is an absolute character...right out of The Sopranos. This place is an absolute neighborhood gem. I've been here about 10 times, and it's always fantastic. I should keep it the best kept secret in the city so that it doesn't get too crowded."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We had an excellent margherita pizza, excellent pasta with pork ragu, and very good risotto, but the aglio e olio was terrible. The garlic was overcooked to the point where the burnt flavors overwhelmed the dish. Wine by the glass was decent, not great, with healthy sized pours."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The food was tasty but the portions are WAY too small for the price. Both my wife and I had entrees that were like the size of tapas. Italian "tapas" would've been fine if we had known that going in (like they tell you at RPM) or if it had been less pricey."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Tocco has never failed to please. They don't try to do everything under the sun, but each choice is particularly good. The service is attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We loved it! Such a surprise, I had never even heard of this place, so didn't expect it to be outstanding in every way! Felt like we were actually in Italy. Italian servers, host and very gregarious owner."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Took daughter out for dinner as we were visiting her in Chicago and had a wonderful relaxing and enjoyable meal in the comfortable and chic Tocco. It was not too busy but had a lively and warm crowd. Easy to find, park and dinner was delightful. We shared several plates of fresh and tasty offerings; truly Italian. Our server could not have been more charming and gracious. Overall, a lovely dining experience. Would strongly recommend Tocco."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "The pasta was as good as my own cooking, and I am not much of a cook. Unsure what had happened - this place was decent."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Great authentic Italian food. A big patio with nice chairs. Very chic interior. Side wall opens to patio for a nice open environment on good days. Service is good, not super fast, but they give you the feeling that they want you to sit and enjoy your time there. They aren't trying to rush anyone out the door so they can turn more tables. They play a (muted) italian travel documentary on one wall all the time, I find this alternately cool and a little off-putting, my girlfriend likes it though, she spends a lot of time saying, "I've been there, I've been there." Don't miss this place, the surrounding businesses may not be as hip as the Damen/North/Milwaukee area but this is definitely a gem."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Delicious, thin crust pizza like in Italy. Very cool, modern vibe. Good date place."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "So pleasantly surprised with the caliber of food, it was all delicious from the appetizer through to desert! You could tell the waitress loved her job and really knew the menu, she made excellent recommendations! I can't wait to take more friends there!"
    Dined on 8/23/2013