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About Piccolo Mondo - Hyde Park

Piccolo Mondo is an Italian restaurant located in Hyde Park's Historic Landmark Windermere House. Piccolo Mondo has been in the same location since 1985, located across from the Museum of Science and Industry and next to University of Chicago. Hyde Parkers and intellectuals of University of Chicago are long time patrons of the restaurant.

1642 E. 56th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Argentinean

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Every Day: 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Dinner: Every Day: 4:00PM to 9:00PM

Cross Street:
Cornell

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 643-1106

Website:
http://www.piccolomondo.us/

Catering:
Pan y Vino Catering. www.panyvino.net

Parking Details:
There is parking located across from the restaurant. Enter on Cornell Ave, Left side.

Public Transit:
From downtown Chicago, take the #6 bus to the S Hyde Park and 56th street stop near the Museum of Science and Industry. We are located one block to the west.

Executive Chef:
Norberto Zas

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Piccolo Mondo - Hyde Park Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
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Good for a Date (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tapas (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Waiter was annoyed when we didn’t order right away. Stormed off. Did that twice. On Valentine’s Day.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Valentines Day lunch. Exceptional service. A favorite!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Piccolo mondo was cozy, comfortable, friendly. The Italian fare is average to below average at best. My pasta was waterlogged and had some pieces of rigatoni mixed in with spaghetti. The flavors were washed out as well. There are not many places to eat in Hyde park pre theater. I would try again but price point was high for mediocre food. I will say the salad was delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful! We shared several small appetizers, a salad & entrees. Every dish was properly cooked & perfectly seasoned. Hope to return soon!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was not good. Went here years ago as a student, this was disappointing. Antipasti was terrible, the meat was past its prime. The seafood was blah, the chicken pesto was OK, but in general it was all just Blah! Made me sad, this was a restaurant you made your parents take you to because dorm food is not good, and this was also not good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful visiting with friends from the University of Chicago. The location was ideal for our purposes. Everyone enjoyed their entree. Service was very good. Food was very good not exceptional.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Good food, good value, and great desserts. A neighborhood institution for good reason.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This is a warm and friendly restaurant. It is always a pleasure to come here. The staff remembers you and greets you by name after you've been there a few times. The food is plentiful and good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Nice location with plenty of street parking.
Nice classic restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Just ok food. Nothing special about this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Pleasant atmosphere, service was great, food was very tasty and fresh.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our kids were in town for the holidays so we planned a family day. Parked in front of the restaurant in the afternoon and walked over to the museum. We spent 5 hours there and had reservation for 6pm. Tapas plates for starters that were tasty. We had house Salads, the dressing was fabulous. We had a couple bottles of nice red wine for the table, very reasonably priced. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and even wanted to share some wonderful desserts from the bakery. The service is exceptional, most of the people waiting on the tables have been there for twenty or thirty years. You can tell they’re invested.
We’ll be back for sure.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Bread was delicious although it would have been better warm. Service was good. Portions were quite small for the price.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful food, as always, and super service. A bit noisy, due to two birthday parties.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The whitefish tasted fishy and the lemon sauce was too thick for my taste.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a lovely evening of Italian food in a nice setting. The bread served was fresh and crusty with a fragrant olive oil and fresh-grated parm. My dinner was a chicken breast with smoked provolone, mushrooms and asparagus in a white wine sauce, complimented by a bottle of Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico. The Piccolo Mondo salad was quite nice, but perhaps too much dressing.

I've been here before and I am certainly looking forward to returning.

Oh yes, Our server, Juan, was informative and attentive.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Piccolo Mondo is a very nice neighborhood spot with very good food and a quiet and congenial dining room. It is a nice dinner spot and a great business lunch spot. The waiters are attentive and professional.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always love our dinners at Piccolo Mondo. The servers are very friendly and always to everything they can to accommodate us. Our food is always excellent and is reasonably priced. Can't wait for our next visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We were celebrating the granting of tenure to one of our group. We had a perfect table on an off night (Monday) and could make lots of noise without disturbing the restaurant. The food was lovely; the service was patient and understanding. This is a great neighborhood spot that has survived because the food is consistently good; the service is friendly; the setting is lovely. And, even though people don't realize it, there is, mercifully, a free parking lot at the Bret Harte School after 4pm. It can be accessed from Cornell Avenue (west side of street) immediately north of the new construction near the south corner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant (& bakery) in Hyde Park, across from the Museum of Science & Industry. Our waiter was reserved, but very competent. We even coaxed a smile out of him by the end of the evening! The food was delicious - big on flavor! We will definitely visit Piccolo Mondo again!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I had a pre-theatre dinner at Piccolo Mondo last weekend. This was a first time visit to the restaurant, and I confess I was a bit skeptical because Hyde Park is not known in Chicago as a first-choice destination for Italian food. I'm really glad we went! The food was excellent and fairly priced. Service was courteous and competent. I had a very tasty main course: shrimp, artichokes and capers with fettucine in a wine sauce. Wow, was it ever good! The flavors were vibrant and all ingredients were fresh. The insalata mista that I ordered ahead of the portata principale was equally fresh, and very nicely sprinkled with pecans, raisins and pine nuts. My wife ordered minestrone, followed by rigatoni with fresh mozzarella and sliced black olives in a pomodori sauce. Both were hits. The atmosphere is refreshingly relaxed, with moderate background sounds emanating from the house sound system and diner chit-chat. The only drawback is parking which is typically scarce in Hyde Park no matter what. We will return to Piccolo Mondo; in fact we are looking forward to a return visit!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I took my daughter and a friend and found it tasty with good service.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great little place, glad we saw it when we Googled places near the Museum of Science and Industry. Absolutely would recommend this place and go back again.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent choice! We had a large group (which expanded last minute), and the restaurant graciously accommodated us on a busy night. The service was great and the food even better! We will go back.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was not very good. Parking on the street was virtually impossible. Their parking lot was 1 1/2 blocks and down a dark alley. Not a good experience and we will not return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My group wanted to sit at a table where air wasn't blowing from the vents and the server appeared to have an issue about whether the table sat 4 or 6.
My food was NOT served hot. It was so cool that the server had to warm it up. I had the tiniest pieces of chicken ever. I did not expect plump or huge but, not tiny. This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I expected and anticipated better tasting food.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It's time for renovations. Tomatos and bread should not be cold. Restrooms should be upgraded.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Chose this place due to proximity to the Museum of Science and Industry and it was perfect! Delicious food, good wine, and nice ambience were all factors in why this place got such a good review from me. I wish I lived in Chicago because this would be a place to visit frequently.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I take a group of colleagues to Piccolo Mondo each fall at the time of an academic business meeting in Hyde Park. The food is always good and everyone has a good time. It is a reliable, friendly place with a good, extensive menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I was looking for an upscale restaurant with decent food. Although we did not receive a particularly warm welcome the restaurant was good. We arrived earlier than our reservation and since the restaurant was pretty much empty we were seated. The waiters were attentive however he did not pull out my chair. The restaurant was well appointed but seemed rather cool. The food was good and the Tapas I had was plentiful. I might return soon but parking is hard to find.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Piccolo Mondo is a favorite go-to spot for Hyde Parkers. I took my out-of-town guests there for a quiet Sunday night dinner. One guest had the lasagne, a specialty at this restaurant. He declared it the best he had had in some time. The other guest had a grilled calamari dish. It was not what she expected, but good. I had linguine with seafood and vegetables. The vegetable was primarily asparagus; the seafood included shrimp and scallops. It was quite good.

We shared a maple pecan tart, which was too sweet and the crust too firm.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Really just very average. Food was ok not great. Bread was cold, not particularly fresh. Waiter was a bit cranky and not very attentive.
Was meeting some students. Lots of elderly clientele so I assume a good neighbor location. Would not return. Too many good places out there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went to dinner upon recommendation of the Court Theatre after attending a performance. I enjoyed that it was an Italian restaurant with a Spanish flair. The food and ambience were good. The cappuccino and desserts were excellent. Service was acceptable. Our main waiter was okay, the other staff were very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This restaurant had absolutely terrible food and the service wasn't that good. The waiter barely came over to check on us and our food had been sitting because when it arrived, it was barely warm. Also there was a fly swimming in my wine and after I told the waiter, he said there's nothing he can do and after much asking, he took it off the receipt. I would never recommend this restaurant, the food was awful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very nice dining experience. Good food and ambiance. Great service. Positive experience all around. Lunch date.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I was visiting with 2 other friends. We shared a caprese salad, and potato croquettes. One of my friends and I each had the seafood crepes. My other friend tried the black noodles. All were excellent. Good amounts of sauce and other ingredients, and was not drowning in salt so the flavors all came through well. For dessert, they had the coconut sorbet served in coconut halves. I had, as usual, the profiteroles. We did not have wine or tea. Food was served with good timing. Dishes were all simple but flavorful. Staff were attentive, but not hovering. We did not feel rushed. It was, as is always true here, a very pleasant evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Brought my family. We had a wonderful meal. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Wonderful dinner and service! Will happily return the next time I'm in Chicago.

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