Piccolo Mondo - Hyde Park

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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was very good and the food was excellent. I had the spinach lasagna and had left overs. Always great service and delicious food. Looking forward to returning!

P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, delightful ambiance

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a local hidden treasure! I really can’t say anything negative about the dining.. from the appetizer - calamari (prepared perfectly) to the desert (chocolate cake) everything was delicious! I will definitely go back and try more items on the menu!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

It was a great, quiet spot that was great for a romantic evening. I will definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very good experience. The grilled calamari was delicious. I had the Norwegian Salmon special which was terrific. My friend had the French crepes. She wasn’t as pleased with her choice. All in all we had a good experience.

a
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful place to enjoy dinner and especially good for the kind of new years eve celebration
we were looking forward to.
could hear each other, the food was marvelous, the service excellent as always, and the price
affordable.
delighted they remain in Hyde Park.

TK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of six. We all loved our food. The service was excellent.

CU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piccolo Mondo is the best! Great food and service.

B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening as usual. All good.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyth8ng was perfect. Another fantastic experience. We have been coming here for years.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and everything was amazing. Next time I'm home, I'll be back.

T
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Quality food, attentive service

H
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared a salad, had 3 different entrees (one fish, one pasta, one chicken) & had 3 different desserts. ALL were superb, as was the service! We'll be back!

LP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good and wasn't too expensive for lunch. The room was noisy. The service was spotty. It was open on a Monday. This restaurant doesn't give OpenTable points.

1
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A friend and I went for Piccolo Mondo for lunch. It is a great lunch spot. Not too crowded and quiet enough for easy conversation. The staff is always very attentive.
My friend is a vegan. She had a salad that she thought was very good. I'm a diary-free pescatarian. I had the tuna-stuffed tube pasta small plate. It was delicious and was enough food for lunch.

KV
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was adequate but fairly over priced for what you received. We needed a place to go before a musical performance at UChicago, and it fit the bill. My husband and I had entrees, water and split a dessert and it was nearly $80 for lunch. While I don't mind the price, the food did not live up to the price tag. Although nothing was wrong with it per se, I was not wowed. The servers seemed somewhat bored.

OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average at best and the prices were high given the quality. Dishes were very saucy and not particularly tasty.

RS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Amazing food and awesome service! We will be back.

SB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was very good. It was loud when we got there. We asked for a table where we could at least sit closer to each other so we could have a conversation but were told no. After it was half cleared out it got better. Wait staff was disinterested and not very attentive and at times rude. Our water glasses were never empty so that staff was very good and polite. I would not go back. Too many other restaurants with good food and pleasant wait staff.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

But I would warn friends that there might be only one server. We waited a pretty long time to be seated, have them take our order, and to check in on us for refills.

TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Very loud and service was a little “messy”

DG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went here for first time . Food was delicious (our waiter's suggestions were spot on) and service
was great. Would come back again!

B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Varied menu. Everything delicious.

BS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for dining with a group--the restaurant is conversation friendly and there is a large selection of entres. The service is attentive but not intrusive. I will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Hyde Park!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any of the chicken or seafood dishes are great. I am not a calamari person so I have no experience in that but the chicken or salmon are great!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We took our son there after the Museum of Science and Industry. Food was good, place was clean, servers were great

AW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be back. I absolutely adore this restaurant and the staff!

ET
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The server wasn’t that present and when he did come to the table he was off putting.

Food is amazing. Won’t go back because of the service!

LB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It is a very pleasant place with good service and good food. Very nice to have nearby.

LF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Topped off the night with some "to go" pastries from the counter that were delicious! Perfect night!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Piccolo Mondo offers excellent food in an unassuming, comfortable setting. It is both a wonderful neighborhood place for Hyde Park and a treat for fine dining. It is more like a place one would find in Europe than in the U S.

GJ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

not italian food very bland staff is alright when they wanna be the prices need to go down

J
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The menu was vast—-which may be why every dish couldn’t hit its mark. The calamari fritti was excellent; the eggplant parmigiana, just so so. The white fish was good but not great. The linguini vongole excellent. The service was superb. I’d say to the chef “focus”, show us the cuisine for which you have passion.

c
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Chicago science and industry museum in Hyde park with my son for his birthday and I was looking for a nice Italian restaurant nearby since he is attending college in Chicago This was the perfect hidden gem right near the museum. We got there early so be aware that if you are seated make sure the waiter marks your reservation down so you get credit on Open Table since we made reservations ahead of time and it wasn’t notated The food was great we started out with calamari. My son and I had a seafood pasta which was wonderful and my husband had the salmon special that he also really liked I had a cannoli and my husband had spumoni gelato Everything was very good and I would go again if I am in the area ! Also the ambience is very nice and there is little bakery when you enter

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Horrible food. Service was not great.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! I actually ate there twice in two days.

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience at my favorite restaurant in Hyde Park. They allowed me and my guests from Italy to remain peacefully for three hours of wonderful conversation among good friends.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I take all my guests here no complaints ever food, drinks and ambiance are great

LS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food. Bread is good and warm. Desserts a must