Macello

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
**Macello was recently rated #2 "BEST PIZZA" in Chicago by Chicago Magazine (November 2015)**

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.



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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to eat here in the neighborhood!!!! Always delicious and quiet so we can talk! Service perfect! We will be back!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, an excellent dining experience. Half price wine and live music on Wednesdays are awesome. Food was top notch.

D
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Macello for a date night. The atmosphere was energetic and fun. The service was awesome. We really appreciated the recommendations and preferences from our server. The food and wine were great! I would defintely return.

RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good pizza and pasta entrees.

DT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our reservation was for four on Saturday night at 6:30. We were seated promptly and separately (we were late) without any wait. Bus boys were at the table within two minutes, feeling our water. They kept it full all night. Our server was at our table within 10 minutes for a drink order, our drinks took another 10 minutes to arrive, and we placed an appetizer order then for the Margherita pizza. Good thin crust and good size for our party of four. I had had a big lunch so ordered only the spinach salad and the sausage and bean appetizer. The food was spectacularly good. My wife had a pasta similar to Tagliatelle but with a ridged edge, with a mushroom and sausage brown sauce which was equally delicious. The other couple had a Orecchiette with broccolini (and both the pasta and the sauce were delicious and cooked to perfect doneness) a nd another pasta with red sauce that I did not taste but which was said to be delicious. My house special Manhattan was so good I wanted a second, but had to wait another 10 minutes from the time My drink was empty to get a refill. The ratio of servers to customers was seemingly quite high, and resulted in a delay.
Other entrées on the menu besides pasta were very expensive – $44 for salmon, for example. $40 for saltimbocca, 42 for a lamb chop.
The food and setting was very authentic, though the cavernous roof and the party of 16 having a birthday party at the tableright next to us lent itself to a very loud environment.
We finished with coffees and a delicious chocolate mousse.

CG
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Macello's has become a favorite, tartufata is great as appetizer and prices are mostly reasonable.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and good service

JB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The room is very nice, and the service was attentive. My lamb chops were a bit charred and the pizza crust was a little soggy for my taste. But good enough that I'll be going back.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The restaurant was half occupied and they had all the diners seated in one section crammed together. It would have been nice to spread us out. Our server was not that great....he brought our food without silverware and walked off. My husband had to request silverware from the bar. The food was delicious though. I wish the service had been better.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve family dinner. Food and service were outstanding!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hawks game

CP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate a birthday and it was a pleasant experience. Nice atmosphere/decor. Food was great. Easy to find street parking. I would definitely come back.

B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My prior experiences have been very good, but this time the food took forever to come out and it really made the sitting time uncomfortably long. The food was good, but the specials were rather pricey and the server failed to mention the cost when presenting them as an option. Overall, it was rather disappointing and might cause me to try another place before my next Blackhawks game.

PB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to meet and have a excellent dinner. The staff is friendly and energetic.

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is magic💥

PM
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delicious pizza!

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L
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner! Excellent wine as well. So glad we found this restaurant on open table!

BO
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

eaten THERE SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE. never DISAPPOINTED.

R
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We have always enjoyed our meal at Mecello. I did get the gluten free option (Noodles), it wasn't the greatest. The rest of the table was very happy with their meals. We find that the restaurant is a bit crowded, and my seat left little room for me to move. I was up against another large table with an infant, and the baby was sleeping in her seat under the table, leaving the mother pushed out into the isle and up against my chair. I felt uncomfortable and their didn't seem to be anything the waitstaff could manage to do, as it is very close quarters . I understand that the more seating in a busy restaurant is important, although I'm not sure it's to their benefit to sandwich everyone in so they are uncomfortable. Otherwise our evening was very nice.

s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I went many many times at macello Is my favorite place. This time horrible, pizza was stale not like before anymore. The menu is all plastic look like a diner one. The food quality went down and the prices went up. Taste very different. Maybe they change the chef. The server was horrible and is the second time I got the same server, not attentive at all very meccanical not too much effort.

W
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great restaurant. We loved the atmosphere, food was excellent, and service outstanding. We will be back soon.

DT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I bring all out of town guests here and they love it!

ES
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago.

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GV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian restaurant with a beautiful eclectic atmosphere and helpful wait staff.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Our server was slow and not especially friendly. Other than that, the place was very good.

MF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Unfortunately, we had a terrible experience with our server on Saturday night. She “forgot” she took our order not just once, but twice!!! She literally came up to the table three different times and greeted us as if she never saw us before. It was really, really strange. She offered no apology. We waited for over an hour for two appetizers. We didn’t want to take chances on ordering any
More food, so we called it quits after the appetizers. Management was aware of the “problem”, but never came over to our table. . I wish the management had come over to talk to us, but they didn’t take the time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food and service. The ambiance is great too. I will come back again and highly recommend others go.

E
London
31 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was our third time dining at Macello. Our previous visits were in the summer, and we enjoyed sitting on the charming outdoor patio. On those occasions, we tried their specialty dishes from the Puglia region of Italy, and they were delicious. This time, on a chilly November evening, we ate inside. The restaurant was busy, but not overwhelming noisy. We tried the grilled vegetable appetizer (outstanding) and two of their individually sized pizzas, the Macello and the Bianca: both were excellent. We will definitely be going back again!

AK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I LOVE Macello. The food is wonderful, MUCH better than most Italian restaurants. The menu is more sophisticated and the wine is very good. The atmosphere is very warm and cozy yet cool and hip at the same time. Perfect for the West Loop! In the warm weather months, the back outside garden is amazing...super romantic! My only complaint is it can get noisy in the dining room and when they have live music, it can be hard to talk. I would suggest keeping the music level down or eliminating it...not needed because the food is so amazing and the ambience so charming.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals for all

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Bartender made excellent cocktails. Food delicious.

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

GENUINE ITALIAN, NOT CONTRIVED EXCELLENT VALUE. NOT A TOURIST TRAP

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Delicious and authentic food!

N
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Food was delicious

T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

On my second visit I was seated so that I could see more of the restaurant and I really enjoyed the vibe of Macello. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We were disappointed that we couldn’t order our fav appetizer because they were out of burrrata. My dinner partner and both ordered a dish with Laganellle and unfortunately the pasta was very dry. I typically prefer a saucier dish but there really wasn’t a sauce. My dish lacked flavor and I ended up adding salt to my pasta.
I love the restaurant and I’ll return but they had a very off night (food).

TB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was fantastic as always. Macello's staff is always welcoming, and I know I will always come back.

CC
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Big Miss: Arrived 15 minutes early for a 7:00 pm rsvp and the entry to the restaurant was a circus; so jammed with people waiting to be seated that for patrons trying to leave it was like swimming upstream. Finally made my way to the front of the mosh pit to find the hostess, who when she found my reservation said that there was going to be a wait but couldn’t/wouldn’t say how long. Apparently there was a show at the UC and a bunch of diners without rsvps showed up at 6:00 and the manager sat them apparently believing they would eat in an hour and leave for the show. Well, that didn’t happen until after 8:00, so our party of five was seated 1:15 hrs after our rsvp. Based on this train wreck experience, likely won’t be back. Too bad, this was a reliable favorite.

J
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We had a 6:45PM reservation on Saturday night, November 2 for six people which we confirmed via telephone on October 30th. We were not seated until 8:00PM because they were overbooked. How can you overbook with an online reservation system? The hostess was new and clueless. No explanations or offers for a free cocktail while we waited. MANY frustrated diners with similar experiences. Apparently, Macello is under new management. Lesson one in business, take care of your customers. We have had many wonderful meals at Macello, but we will not be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I feel for them, I do. I understand it’s new management. But wow, what a shame. Very very very very disappointed. Had a reservation for 6:45pm that they couldn’t even seat us for. Couldn’t even tell us when they could seat us. 6pm reservations in front of us who hadn’t sat. People fighting in line. Managers throwing the poor hostess under the bus and not helping her out. They had absolutely no clue what they were doing. Why even make the reservation? Not only that, but they called TWICE to confirm we were coming, which I said yes. Really upsetting, as this used to be one of our favorite spots in the city. Again I understand it’s under new management, but we will not be coming back again. Sad.

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