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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Casual (11)
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Good for Groups (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Tapas (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Romantic (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Waterfront (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 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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 (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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·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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·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 4, 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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 (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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·Dined on September 30, 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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·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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·Dined on September 2, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Spent the day at the Museum of Science & Industry with son and grandson; chose this neighborhood spot for dinner before driving back home to South Bend, Indiana.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We were there for a family birthday dinner at I o'clock on Saturday afternoon. The food was terrific and the service excellent. It is a white table cloth/linen napkin place and that is reflected in the price. It was worth it for a special occasion but not a sa regular go-to place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food and service were excellent! My bf and I went for dinner on a Saturday evening and it wasn't crowded. It was so close to the water, we walked around after our meal. I was blown away by the olive oil and crusty bread. So much so that I ate two baskets worth of bread soaked in that olive oil. I got the pasta duet (half spaghetti and half meat ravioli). I could only eat a little -read the previous sentences- but it was hot and they were not stingy with the meat sauce for the spaghetti or in the ravioli. Go for a group, go for a date, you'll probably see me there!

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Lovely dinner with a friend made even more special by the gorgeous environment and delicious food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The place is among the nicest, cleanest, and quietest in Hyde Park. One of the few places left where it is possible to have a conversation over a great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Perfect for a Sunday early dinner. Absolutely great food and service.Elaborate menu selection and wine list. Even free parking in Hyde Park!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The building is very beautiful in which the place abides. It has a homey feel, and the tables were spaced nicely. The waiter could have been friendlier; however, it was his personality and I wasn't there for him anyway. The food was excellent and love the Hyde Park area. It all fit.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. The waiter was very attentive. The atmosphere was relaxing. I would return again when we are back on campus.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Always consistently good. Octopuses is the best of anywhere in Chicago. Love it's European atmosphere, and can hear my company and talk not scream. Service is outstanding. And no trouble parking, they even have a free lot. Love this hidden gem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Italian and Argentian at one restaurant! A great combination. We tried some of both. The pastas were excellent. I loved the tapas. The restaurant was small but there were both small and large parties. The service was fast. Great wine lists with many South American choices.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I love the food and the service I've been at the restaurant several times and I just keep continuing visiting you guys thank you for a great service

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great service, food was hot when arrived. We were a little late for our reservation, and they happily rearranged tables for us when we got there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Located right across the park from the museum of science, this was a great dinner with my son. Excellent Italian food and very friendly waitstaff made the meal.
Walking distance along 56th Street from University of Chicago. We will definitely return :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The restaurant was sitting on a corner. That was quiet and quite. Inside it was very intimate Cosi restaurant. The food was fantastic period I wish the weather would gave us more selections of the night special and a good wine that we went with it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

My friend and I were in Hyde Park after visiting three museums and we were famished! Piccolo Mondo delivered delicious Italian comfort food - will definitely go back there!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Loved our Mother's Day experience and food here. Waiter could have been a little more attentive but in all fairness he was overloaded because it was Mother's Day. I would have given it a 5 star except the bathroom was unbelievably smelly & unkept with no trash bins in the stall & paper towel/toilet paper on the floor + paper towel dispenser didn't work. It did kinda make me apprehensive to revisit what was otherwise a great food/ambiance experience. I may revisit their European feel cafe if I'm just running in & out. It has lovely desserts + nice tea choices & coffee + other items.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

As ALWAYS.. Great Food. Great Value.. and The MOST EXCELLENT STAFF EVER. Even with our large party they were Patient and Kind. Top of The Line Service. Thanks You all❤️

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Good Food ... Great neighborhood place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

First of all, the restaurant overbooks and doesn't honor requests. The food is average, at best; the sauces overwhelmed the pastas in their excess; the bread was cheap; the room was overbearingly loud due to a table of ten diners. The waiter, however, was very attentive and courteous. The same could not be said for the fellow who seated us. Nothing stood out as being worthy of note. It would do in a pinch as a last-ditch neighborhood spot but definitely not a destination restaurant.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 6, 2017

ALWAYS A GREAT EXPERIENCE BEEN GOING THERE FOR YEARS

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Great place

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2017

The calamari was EXCELLENT!! We had to change our reservation and they were very accommodating and service at lunchtime was quick.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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