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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.
Chicago, IL 60637
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Every Day: 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Dinner: Every Day: 4:00PM to 9:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Pan y Vino Catering. www.panyvino.net
There is parking located across from the restaurant. Enter on Cornell Ave, Left side.
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.
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Piccolo Mondo - Hyde Park Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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