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Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George "Bugs" Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space. Cuisine: Gioco's menu offers rustic Italian dishes prepared with the finest available seasonal products. The menu features homemade pastas and wood-fired thin crust pizzas.
Chicago, IL 60605
Italian, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9pm
E 13th St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Red line train
Private Party Facilities:
Gioco offers rustic Italian fare in a chic Urban setting.
Private Party Contact:
CeCe & Sara: (312) 226-8878
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding rehearsal, Meeting,
Gioco Ratings and Reviews
Great spot for a date night or a special group gathering. The ambience is warm and welcoming especially on a chilly Chicago night. Great wine and pasta and even better service. The place has a ton of history to it from prohibition era Chicago I only wish the people working there knew more about it. Definitely reccomend!
Our server was friendly and initially attentive but there were long waits between delivering drinks and returning to take our orders, and between dropping off dessert menus and returning. This waiting is typical of Gioco. Whether it's a bug or feature depends on how much you like to linger. Food was great as always.
Good food/wine but too pricey. The food was good but some things we expected were missing. For example no balsamic or any type of vinaigrette was used on the caprese salad and no dipping sauce for the calamari. Overall, the prices were too high but it's Chicago and we don't go downtown that often. Unfortunately, next time we go downtown it probably won't be there.
We went to Gioco for the second time in about 10 years. The food was very good. We had grilled squid for appetizer, I had scaloppine alla saltimbocca, my husband had orecchiette, and the kids had pizza. We also had dessert. The light was uneven on our table, a little bit too dark for me and I could not see my food too well. The kids had a good time writing on the paper table cloth. Overall it is a very nice and cozy restaurant, but I was hoping that it was more authentic Italian. Major mistakes in the menus should be fixed.
Hadn't been here in several years. The quality of the food has regressed--our entrees were properly cooked but bland. Our server neglected to review the specials before attempting to take our orders. I had to ask. For the price, food and service should have been far better than it was. There are many Italian restaurants in Chicago with similar price points. At this point, Gioco cannot compete.
We very much enjoyed dining here. it has definitely made a huge turnaround over a number of years when it changed ownership and became a shadow of its former self. Gioco could still greatly benefit from adding back some of its original dishes: e.g., grilled warm epplant, tomato, and mozzarella caprese, a fig and arugula salad with perhaps roasted duck, and more. this dinner was memorable for the fried squid with marinara sauce, the absolutely delectable pappardelle with duck ragu, and a fine version of Caesar salad. The pappardelle was melt in your mouth delicious! The bread was also tasty. There was a mushroom soup very much enjoyed by our neighbors along with a gorgeous veal chop. Run, don't walk, to Gioco!
The food was good but it's a little pricy compared to other Italian restaurants in Chicago.
I picked this one because it was conveniently located compared to where my friends were staying for the weekend, and we did have a good time, but i wouldn't go back there on a normal occasion, i would go instead to Italian places in River North which have a better value in my personal opinion.
Gioco is our favorite restaurant. The food is delicious. There are so many great choices. The servers make you feel so special and attend to your every need. Now that Gioco started a happy hour from 4:30-6:30, we enjoy half price glasses of wine and appetizers at the bar before we sit down to a scrumptious dinner.
The service was pretty bad. We didn't know who our waiter was for the first 10 minutes of being seated. It wasn't very clear even after that, seeing as we had various people taking our order, bringing our plates, refilling our water, and pouring the wine. We had to ask for bread twice. The fettuccine was watery and the calamari was more chewy than I prefer
A cozy and romantic spot tucked away in the South Loop
Great food and service, amazing ambience; especially during early dinner hours. I took my wife here for her birthday and it left a clear impression.
Highly recommended for cozy dinners or a place to get a drink in peace
We had a couple of friends in from California and took them here on Monday night. The reservation was easy to make, but we must have been the only ones who had one because the restaurant was PACKED and there seemed to be only one server. He did a great job considering, but it did slow things down a bit... Not the end of the world because we had plenty to catch up on with our friends, but definitely worth noting. The food was great and the ambiance is really awesome. We will definitely go back when we are in the mood for Italian in the neighborhood.
My husband and I had dinner here about a month ago and decided to invite some friends to join us for our second visit. We hoped our great first visit wasn't a fluke. We are happy to report the food, atmosphere and service were all excellent! We shared the prosciutto and melon appetizer along with the margherita pizza. My husband had the steak risotto special and I had the gnocchi - both mouth-watering. Our guests had the halibut special and the linguini with clams - they both said their dishes were great as well. We shared two bottles of wine and, while we were the next-to-last table to leave, we never felt rushed by staff to get out the door. Service was attentive (almost too much) but I'd rather have that than not being able to find a server when you need one. The ambiance is very nice. It was a cooler evening but inside was a little warm. Whenever the door opened for servers to get to the outside tables, we all commented on the nice breeze and should have asked if they could leave the door opened. There wasn't any room for dessert but we'll save some next time. And there will be a next time!
My guests and I really enjoyed the restaurant. The food was very good and the service was also great! I would say the biggest surprise was the pricing of your wines. Pretty steep for our taste and pocket books! While not a connoisseur, I have had wines that tasted as good, if not better, for 1/2 the price of your cheapest bottle! So, while the food was good, and we all love having wine with dinner, we probably won't be back for that reason.
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