Pelago

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Mauro Mafrici is a Michelin starred Italian chef who has worked in some of the greatest international kitchens and luxury resort hotels of the world. His long resume of prestigious experiences in revered establishments culminated in the opening of his own critically acclaimed restaurant, Lo Scalco, in New York City which earned a coveted Michelin star in its first year open. Mauro has now brought his talents to Chicago with PELAGO.

The basis of Mauro’s cuisine is “sapori veri’: true, honest, genuine flavors used masterfully to create new sensations, forms and colors. Fresh seasonal ingredients from Italian and local sources will tantalize every taste bud as Mauro allows each bite to speak for itself in a clean, straightforward flavorful vocabulary. With each endeavor Mauro continues to look for new ways to incorporate regional Italian ingredients as he redefines Italian cooking.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Entrees were Ok, not great, but the problem we had was unfair pricing and padding of the bill. Double charges for drinks that were not ordered, a pasta tasting was brought to the table with no indication of price on menu or verbally. Thought it was a promo and ended up being $60 per person. Supposed promo appetizers totaled $480 for our table of 8. A Black Martini was ordered which should not come with olives but did. When the waiter was told he took his fingers and removed the olives. Really? A replacement drink was ordered and subsequently we were charged for both. Many of the staff were very nice but when we addressed the issues with the waiter he said that's the way it is. When leaving the restaurant the owner basically ignored our concerns and said he would simply reply to this comment. "People in Italy would be offended if they were informed of pricing" was his comment. Extremely disappointed. Buyer beware and double-check your bill! See attached

Pelago
Responded 4 days ago

I am completely disgusted with people like these, they eat like pigs and everything is fine until the bill arrives. Complaining in so many restaurants means either free dinner, half price or gift certificate for the next time. You make me sick. And please write the truth and not your made up story. Remember the fingers didn't go in the martini, Capra.

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BW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was the fifth or sixth visit to Pelago for my wife and me. We love the quiet ambiance, the attendant service and, of course, the quality of the food preparation, the main reason for coming.

T
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good lunch for my vacation date

C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and people. All occasions wonderful. Elegant dining..:

PB
Chicago
140 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always extremely good, always friendly and always a wonderful experience.

FX
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection - from the impeccable service to the chef’s individual attention and fresh/delicious food. The closest to actually eating in Italy that you will get in Chicago. A true gem.

g
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd visit. The moment we walked in the front desk greeted us like we were old friends welcoming us back. The black truffle pasta was delicious. The special seafood appetizer had this terrific sauce. My wife who is not a big seafood lover could not praise it enough. Service and quality of food are always at a high level. Appreciated the live music New Years Eve too. The singer was good and the volume level was appropriate for this type of restaurant. Will definitely be back.

C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in the neighborhood. The food and service are always great and they do a nice job of pairing wines with the food.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in town; service impeccable and Chef Mauro is there!

r
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outrageous food and impeccable service. One of my favorite dinners in a long time. The Veal chip was perfect. The baby octopus appetizer was tender and flavorful. The wine list is complete and impressive. Best service at a restaurant in 2019

JW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Disappointing NYE dinner. Started with ordering a bottle of wine recommended by our waiter. No sommelier. Another guy comes back with a different bottle, as the bottle recommended by our waiter was sold out. Why didn't our waiter come back with an apology? He was standing 30 feet away at the time and was not dealing with another table. I asked the new guy if the new recommended wine was on the wine menu. He said it wasn't. I asked the price and he said the same as the bottle that I originally ordered; $225. I looked up the wine on my favorite (and trusted) wine-rating website. It was rated 88. And the current retail price was $35.00. Ordered a different bottle from the wine list.

Our shared salad was meh. My wife had a veal chop. She liked it. I had the steak with foie gras. The steak was undercooked (rare vs. med-rare). The foie gras was whipped, with butter and cream? I could not taste foie gras at all. All for a mere $74.

It's too bad. Although Pelago has never been reasonable, at least you got value. Last night, the value was gone, and the prices were elevated.

We live in the neighborhood, and will never go back.

LO
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This is a very expensive restaurant so I expect service and food to live up to the cost. We asked to have 4 courses served separately. But the 2nd and 3rd courses came together and the server said the kitchen was too busy to accommodate us. This was very disappointing. Also, wine service was very slow. I asked for a glass of wine during on of the courses did not receive it until I was finished with the course. The pasta course was not up to standard. The pasta was overcooked and the rage was very stringy. All the other food was outstanding. My expectations were not met so this dampened the overall experience.

TC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best, if not the best Italian restaurant in Chicago. Food is outstanding from the appetizers and pastas and risottos to the main courses. A fantastic wine list is accompanying the food. The staff is fantastic, very professional, knowledgable and friendly. They really help you select and or customize your dishes and enjoying to provide you a great experience. Very Italian approach to run a restaurant from the dishes to the staff. And the best, the noise level is really low for a restaurant, which makes it so much more enjoyable.
I had at the gnocchi di patate in salsa tricolore and the salman in a mustard sauce. Strongly recommend the restaurant and the dishes.

B
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really delightful lunch with old friends visiting with us in Chicago. The restaurant is beautiful, tasteful and quiet. Excellent service and exceptional Italian cuisine. This was our first visit to Pelago and we will certainly return.

D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

If you like people hovering over you- go there!
Can’t leave the purse beside you on the bench...
Had to hide it under the table
The food was a scam... pasta overloaded with tomato sauce... cold rolls of bread that were served with style but didn’t change the dryness of the bread.
To top it all, we were served with special pasta.. “white truffle “ pasta, very oily- didn’t taste like truffle. The charge for that pasta was 80 dollars... they don’t tell you the price- we should have asked.. we packed most of our meals- maybe the homeless guy we gave it too appreciated it. We went home to eat

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously fantastic in every way and a killer Italian wine list!!!!!!!

A
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful night out in Chicago this evening. Everyone was so nice from the moment we walked in. It was like we were there favorite customer. Spot on service with incredible food.
Tony was the Best. We will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We had high expectations for our dinner, but this was by far the worst dining experience we have ever had. We went to Pelago based on a recommendation from the concierge at the Ritz and also Tiffany’s. They now know of our horror story and Im pretty sure will not be sending people there anymore. We ordered 2 appetizers for the four of us but but we were charged for 8. We had thought it strange that our appetizers were divided into individual portions for us but our server never gave us a chance to even ask him about this. Than a martini glass was broken by one of their staff and the glass went all over our table. They did not offer to replace my friends drink nor did they apologize. Later on our friend took a drink of water and pulled a very large shard of glass from his mouth. My husband’s veal chop was so over done it was inedible. He was not given the choice to order a new one as our server was too put out to bother with it, so he literally when into the kitchen and threw a plate of chilled octopus (that was intended for another table) in front of my husband and took off again. When the bill came and we asked why we were charged for 8 appetizers, and also what would be done about the broken glass/plastic, he took $20 off the $700 bill!! The owner/chef became involved and to say the least this man is unhinged. He yelled at my husband and our friend saying we are “those kind of people” and we just want a free meal and to leave a bad yelp review. We did not ask nor want a free meal and I have never left a bad review on a restaurant. He was truly putting words in our mouths. He yelled at us to just get out and never come back. We paid $600 to be treated with no respect and left feeling stunned and emotionally abused.

F
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Have really enjoyed Pelago over the past several years. The food and service in particular have been very good. Not sure if there have been some changes but food was just okay and service was disappointing. In addition to the service being pushy, they served a wrong appetizer and mixed up a couple of entrees. Not sure if/when we will go back. Sad to see what was such a special place fall so short.

ML
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Expensive food for the amount of food one gets. The desserts were very expensive!!

GD
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love top notch true Italian food, this is the place for you. Quiet, charming, great wine list and wonderful food. Just one block off of Michigan Ave on a very quiet street. We will definitely be going back.

GN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely dining experience. The staff and chef are incredibly personable, the food is exquisitely prepared and presented, and the atmosphere civilized and elegant.

B
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was service. Definitely someplace to visit again.

r
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

ONe of my favorites in Chicago and one of the best italian restaurants I have ate at, even in Italy. Pata with white truffle superb. Also the fish.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We will not return even though we have a residence nearby. The pasta dinner dish we have gone there to enjoy has increased to an obscene price, now $78 for a small serving of white truffle linguine. No meat or anything else...
Price unreasonable, many excellent other Italian restaurants in the area. Pelago displays an arrogance only exceeded by the unreasonable price of their pasta.

CF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience, Pelago is my go-to for both elegant lunches and wonderful dinners. The restaurant is a treasure balancing outstanding food, thoughtful preparation/presentation, excellence in service and one of the most beautiful design aesthetics of a restaurants in the city. Outstanding all-around, every time! Five stars and two thumbs up.

M
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a first class experience and it never disappoints. The best Dover Sole and Pasta in the City. Service is exceptional.

SD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

When bill came I was charged for wine I did not order plus wine I did order. Server seemed put out when I pointed out the error
Overall an overpriced, unpleasant experience
I will never go back

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best chef makes your dish fresh for a small pleasant wait that is worth it

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Menu was perfect but the service was poor . Having the server always trying to sell and sell more is not what you expect from such a restaurant

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was fantastic and worked together as a team. They offered great suggestions. Everything was wonderful.

OT
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent white-table cloth iRoman fine dining t

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant but super pricey!

YK
London
99 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful love going here! My most favorite restraunt

PM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best kept secret in Chicago. A very exclusive, exquisite respite. The wine list is amazing and the personal attention to detail by the chef/owner is evident in every aspect of the experience.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wine is listed at about 3 times store price. I find this excessive, even though the list is terrific.
The risotto with white truffles was spectacular and the lamb chops were the best I have had at a restaurant. The rabbit was good but not great ( a little dry)

MH
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal we’ve had here is superb and the service is knowledgeable and attentive.

B
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It started out a bit iffy. The front desk was a little less than warm. I understand the no coats on the chair rules, so I would recommend they rehearse a more welcoming way of asking.
Now for the good stuff.
The wait staff was everything thing you would expect at a restaurant of this caliber.
The food was great. Beautiful presentation excellent portions and exquisite flavors.
If you haven’t tried Pelago you should.

PG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar. Delicious. Wonderful people. Food is phenomenal and the tasting menu is extraordinary.