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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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