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Piccolo Mondo - Hyde Park

4.4
301 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Argentinean
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Every Day: 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Dinner: Every Day: 4:00PM to 9:00PM
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Phone number
(773) 643-1106
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Norberto Zas
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Catering
Pan y Vino Catering. www.panyvino.net
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cornell
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Parking details
There is parking located across from the restaurant. Enter on Cornell Ave, Left side.
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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.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 301 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food is always excellent in its preparation, and in its taste.
The salmon is just great. And then we went back a few days later for lunch to get a pasta dish which is freshly made. Really a great neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great first experience! Myself and a group of friends visited Piccolo Mondo prior to seeing a show at the Court theater. My friends were running approximately 30 minutes late however the staff was happy honor the reservation and to seat me in the interim. The waiter was exceptionally helpful in identifying menu items that would be quick to be served in order to allow us time to make our show on time. Everyone ordered different dishes with very positive feedback.

We all would definitely visit again.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was the one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. The waiters are a joke. They take forever to take your order and then disappear. They seem more interested in refilling water glasses that asking is everything satisfactory or do you need something more like sauce, bread, etc. We had to establish eye contact in order to get their attention and then when a request was made we felt rushed like it was not their pleasure to wait. The kicker was when my niece ordered the lemonade, it was brought to her in a child size clear plastic cup (with lid) and a straw. She is 40 years old.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This is a regular stop for my wife and me. We enjoy the always well prepared food, the attentive but not-cloying service and the European feel. The wine list is reasonably priced and the seafood is pretty darn tasty, with or without pasta...

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Entertained out of town guests for a business lunch, this was the perfect place! They accommodated a group of 7 and all guests raved about the food and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was very good. Service very slow and inattentive. We had to ask to order, ask for more water, ask for more drinks, ask for the check etc.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Only two other tables in the restaurant when I sat down. Took forever for the server to approach the table. Certainly acted like I was an inconvenience. Even felt like I was rushed to get out.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We were there celebrating a special occasion. The staff was outstanding, very attentive but not overbearing. The food was very very good... I recommend the lambchops, A+.. The prices we as expected.. I'm absolutely going back.. YUMMY!!! 😁

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Piccolo Mondo was a nice local restaurant, but honestly the food was just ok for me (lack luster). Bread was cold, wine was warm, and pasta could have used some seasoning. The staff were great though! Just not my favorite.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was pretty good but quite overpriced. For this kind of restaurant, I would have expected warm bread.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

My first time there and I brought family visiting from out of town. We all agreed it was excellent - the food, the service, the ambiance. It's also easy to get to from 15 bus in HP. One of my new favorites.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

It’s in a very accessible location right across the park median from the Museum or Science and Industry and close to Lakeshore Drive. It’s a Hyde Park local gem in a historic building that has been around for a long time. It’s a great place to have a quiet dinner in a beautiful space. Excellent food and attentive service without being obtrusive. Highly recommend . I had not been to for awhile since I moved from Hyde Park but so glad that I went back and will return soon.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Amazing experience and food was a plus! We absolutely loved the service and the cleanest of the restaurant. Plus, the music was so soft perfect for conversations with friends.

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1.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food was terrible. Mushy Linguini with clams out of a can. Reheated previously frozen,probably for a long time, Eggplant Parmesan was gun metal gray in color and flavorless. Ugg!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Just looking for good food

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

This is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with a fairly standard Italian menu. Food is well prepared and portions are generous. Their minestrone soup is the best in town!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentines Day lunch. Exceptional service. A favorite!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Nice location with plenty of street parking.
Nice classic restaurant

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Just ok food. Nothing special about this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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