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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
I was very disappointed with our meal. I have been to Gioco’s before and enjoyed it. However, this last visit changed my mind. My date liked his steak. I ordered the risotto special ( it had small chunks of fillet ) and I was very disappointed. The risotto was tasteless. Plus, it was so noisy that my date and I had a hard time hearing each other. But the service was impeccable! There are so many other good Italian restaurants in Chicago — I will not be back.
This was an excellent new find! I was looking in the neighborhood as we had massages at Versailles...also excellent..so I wanted to park once and not worry. The waiter was smart and knew how to steer us in the right direction and the kitchen split all the dishes we got so we could really enjoy a variety. All dishes were great...beet salad with a variety of beets, mushroom and spinach appetizer..hello garlic! We split 2 entrees..the divine risotto of the day and the grilled chop that melted like a filet. Very attentive staff...except no bday treat...but we ordered a dessert and it was great. I can't wait to take more folks here. Loved it!
We have been going to Gioco for six years now and it is as good as ever. Truly well prepared, very fresh, consistently delicious pastas, fish, veal. Fabulous burratta and ripe tomato appetizer, crusty fresh bread with delicious garlic infused olive oil. The service is second to none with professional wait staff.
And incredible warm, charming, turn of the century Chicago atmosphere.
A favorite of ours!
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
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