Macello

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**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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals for all

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

N
Chicago
24 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
27 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
67 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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I first have to say, the food was amazing - authentic, well-prepared, delicious. We had the bracciole and orecchiette, and a pork chop saltimbocca that was a featured special. The restaurant itself is very appealing. Dark wood, soft lighting, with colorful globes that hang from the ceiling and a wall mural of bright colors. The stone oven is visible at one end of the dining room, which added a nice touch. Our server was charming and knowledgeable about the menu. He saw we weren’t in a hurry and never rushed the service. My only “ding” to the evening was that my sister had told him that we were celebrating my birthday. After dinner he presented us with dessert menus; we assumed there was not going to be a complimentary dessert so we ordered a dessert to share. When he brought the paid dessert he also had a comp piece of tiramisu with a candle - he and another server sang “Happy Birthday”. Very nice except that had we known a comp dessert was coming we would not have purchased one. We felt slightly “tricked”. None the less, it was a great meal - I’ll definitely return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 50th birthday. The food and service was excellent. Joe and his staff are excellent.

GC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Macellos and it did not disappoint. The food and service is excellent. We will be back!

PB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre-game meal spot. Very authentic Italian, with great wine and great service!

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. Our entire group was pleased.

D
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I first discovered Macellos during Chicago restaurant week several years ago. I so enjoyed my dinner and value at that time, that I’ve been back many times and never been disappointed. At this visit I brought three friends from out of town who all appreciate a good meal. My guess totally enjoyed their meal and were impressed with The gluten-free menu and selections. The surf and turf was excellent with the steaks prepared perfectly. Our waiter also suggested a scallops special appetizer. The scallops were a generous size, cooked perfectly, and very flavorful. To accompany our meal we had a wonderful bottle of wine and a great time was enjoyed by all. Thanks to our waiter who made great suggestions and was always attentive, we had a great time and experience

MG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great place for before a game at the United Center. Good food fairly priced. Scallops special was outstanding and their Calamari is always near perfect. If it was not under the L tracks it would be another star on Ambiance.

NP
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The location is a bit out of the way, with a noisy el just outside the front door, but inside you quickly forget about that with the cheerful pizza ovens visible fire, the bold floral wallpaper, and enormous balls of light overhead in amazing patterns and colors. It has a festive and eclectic atmosphere. The food was AMAZING. My sea bass was tender and buttery and melt in my mouth delicious and the pasta and pizza are top notch. Service was also excellent. The only downside was the place turned off the lights and took away our water glasses to get us out of there and it wasn't even 9PM! Ok, it was Sunday but still. Who closes a restaurant before 9PM?

MK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have never been so we decided to try it out. The four of enjoyed our meals then sat and talked. We never felt rushed. We live a fair distance away, but would return when we are back on the area.

RO
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been here several times on past business trips. Great service, Wednesday night half price wine nights with excellent selections to choose from.
Seafood appetizer was fantastic, octopus, squid. Pasta with braciole in red sauce. So good, look forward to going back on the next trip.

G
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Macello! It’s our “go to” place for dinner! We always know we will get great food and wonderful service!

DO
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful Italian restaurant.

RR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Strawberry Bellini!
Margarita pizza-yum!

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LS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Macello never disappoints! Our group of 10, celebrating a special evening, received a warm welcome, excellent recommendations from servers for both food and wine selection. Attentive service, delicious foods and wine made for yet another memorable evening at Macello!

J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A very nice place. Food was average Italian fare. A little too heavy on sauce and cheese. I had a dish with mussels and beans and pasta. Two of the mussels were not opened. Lack of quality control?. Wine was excellent and service was outstanding.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Phenomenal

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JJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Macello for many years and have been recommending it to just about everyone we know. I have never had a bad experience here. The food is great, the wine selection is very good and the service is fantastic. We highly recommend Macello!! Our favorite things to order. - Cavatelli al forno - Orrechiette with Brasciole - Burrata flatbread - Chocolate Lava cake - Margarita Pizza Buon Apetito!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining at Macello. Wonderful meal and experience. I love the trendy, beautiful unique decor and ambiance. Intimate but lively. Hot, fresh, delicious food with great daily specials, which I took advantage of this time and was not disappointed! Cannot wait to return! I’ve already referred two people!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was very accommodating, and came back to check on us regularly. The lamb shank special was ordered by myself and my companion, and we both enjoyed it very much!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having music on Wednesday nights makes this a special dining experience. It reminded me of a restaurant I went to in Italy with music. Food selection was very good allowing for full dinner to pasta to pizza. I will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Great atmosphere, good music, good food, cozy and inviting on a rainy day! Service was outstanding!

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking out of town guests out for dinner. We sat outside on the patio. Very nice

V
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our anniversary and were so happy that we did. The service provided was outstanding and personable and the food was great. The portion sizes are very good and our server was exemplary and all his recommendations were excellent.

We started with the grilled Octopus, Calamari and Shrimp appetizer which was very good. We had the pizza macello which was good and the pasta Tartufata which was a great creamy dish that had plenty of mushrooms and sausage. We finished the evening with limoncello and tiramisu and it was the perfect way to end the evening.

We will definitely come back to enjoy the excellent food, laid back atmosphere and warm and welcoming employees.

JA
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were very excited to go to Macello but, unfortunately, our expectations were not met. We (four of us) stayed at the pasta/pizza side of the menu. The pizza was ok and the pasta dishes were borderline ok.
The waiter sold us a Brunelllo wine but after we got the bottle it was a Rosso di Montalcino (good but NOT THE SAME THING). Also, we all agreed that the waiter was incredibly arrogant. First, I don’t know why they have to pretend to have an Italian accent. And... One of us was actually Italian and he started to lecture her about the food and the dishes.
The place do have potential but some stuff needs to be adjusted. Also, the noise level is quite high.

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a joy to eat there- the food is fantastic and our waiters are always friendly... and their olives!!!!!

RS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with kids got an early dinner. Great food and got it within an hour. Dinner was a success!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing meal I’ve had lately— we celebrated my birthday and it could not be more perfect. The staff was amazing and made sure we were properly celebrated— the food was incredible and literally not one complaint. We lov Macello!!!!

w
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! That’s the point right?

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely food. A little rushed service but everyone was wonderful!

PA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My huband and I stopped in prior to a City Winery concert. We had a great scallop appetizer. We also has the Marcelo pizza...sausage was delicious. Wonderful wine selection at fair prices. We would return.

FD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very positive overall experience while dining at Macello! Good food and atmosphere at reasonable prices!

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