Bar Cargo

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$30 and under
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Pizza Bar

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Bar Cargo is a Roman pizza bar concept brought to you by Anthony Stefani, the son of notable Chicago restaurateur Phil Stefani. It was on a family trip to Italy that Anthony Stefani first fell in love with Roman-style pizza and where the concept for Bar Cargo came to life. After months of working with local chefs, pizzaiolos, and even a world pizza champion, the dough recipe and 96-hour rise process was perfected. The result is a thicker crust that is both light and airy. Topped with fresh & fun ingredients and baked in the Castelli ovens imported from Italy, the perfect Roman-style pizza is achieved. Outside of the Roman pizzas, the menu includes a wide variety of bar bites, sandwiches, and salads. The name Bar Cargo is a nod to the shipping containers used throughout the concept’s structure and the many authentic Italian ingredients that are being shipped via cargo containers for their famous Roman-style pizza.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time and the best service! Our drinks were never empty!

OT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a work group before the opera. Fast service, great pizzas and excellent drinks! Definitely recommend and especially for large groups. Not too busy or crowded either

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice place with quick service and a nice bar. Food is great but keep in mind the pizza serving is pretty good even when it says serves two. Definitely going again.

C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza, crust, cheese, everything! Also a very good beer selection!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza. I highly recommend the fun guy.

M
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a quiet post Christmas meal. Not a lot of people out and easy to get in. Happy hour drink special good.

t
Milwaukee
67 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is our pizza place when going to Chicago. Always good
Nice thing you can do 2 kinds of pizza on one. Service is always great.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Brunch was fun. I wish there would’ve been more of happy ambiance in the restaurant. It seemed very quiet and our server didn’t make us feel the most welcome or comfortable.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food was great but our waitress didn’t tell us when the kitchen was closing, so by the time we were ready for dessert she told us the kitchen was already closed.

MK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Solid atmosphere. Food is okay, we got the Chicago, the queen, and the Juliette. The first two were decent but the Juliette was literally crust w arugula and prosciutto on top. The crust is way too thick for a pizza like that.

Fried raviolis are also frozen from a bag as are the cheese curds. To sum it up, if someone suggested to go here I’d say “okay” but would likely suggest another spot. Better cheaper places nearby.

l
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Brunch was fun, I appreciated the mini champagne bottles instead of carafes of premixed mimosas. The pizza and the salad on the breakfast buffet were a nice addition.

r
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Cool bar/restaurant for good food with sports on in the background if you like that kind of thing... which we do!! 😁

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday spot

RG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good service and good food. Music was like being at a club. Very loud. Hard to talk. It was a sunday night and almost nobody there but you would have thought it was a packed club by the way they were pumping the music. Annoying.

BL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food! Good service! Great for a casual night out. Beautiful patio tucked away in river north! And it’s a Wisconsin football bar for games.

k
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, great environment, excellent service.

PK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bar Cargo. Great pizza. Nice place. Has not been to crowded the couple times I have been. Servers have been very attentive. All around a great place to get really good pizza.

HM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service could’ve been better but the food was amazing. Some of the best pizza I’ve had in Chicago. 10/10 would recommend.

LJ
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly and helpful crew working here. The pizza was excellent - crispy base, light and full of flavor. Great experience all round.

J
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried ravioli and fried artichoke YUM. A perfect outside, nice but not too boujie of a place. 10/10

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon Bar Cargo when we couldn’t get into any of the infamous Chicago style pizzerias. Great find!

m
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had a party of 6 people on a Saturday night and the majority of the crowd in the restaurant was around 25 years old. The food was good, it was just very loud with all of the large groups in there.

KN
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was great. The size of the pizza for the price was good as well. Server was friendly and the food was timely. Thank you!

BB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Roman style pizza was pretty good. Surprisingly, I may have enjoyed the white pizza more than the red but both were good. The outdoor patio area is a very enjoyable place to be weather permitting. Good service, good food, and good environment. Enjoy!

N
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went when they opened for lunch so it was not too crowded. The food was great and highly recommend it.

MI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the vibe at Bar Cargo. It is great for meeting friends or couple time. The food is consistently delicious. I recommend the calamari and cookout pizza - our favorites. TVs are well-places for watching sports and the music adds energy - always something to Shazam for later.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, but I’m super bummed they took my two favorite things off the menu- arancini with spaghetti and the Roman pizza. Bring them back, please!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing pizza for the money.

OT
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beer garden is adorable! Good food too, would definitely go back

L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Expensive and small wine pour

JB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was hesitant about booking this place, but I am so glad that I did!!! Granted it is not Chicago deep dish, but the pizza was excellent!! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and the service was great! I would recommend.

BB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious pizza. A small was more than enough for two people plus leftovers! Great experience! I've already started recommending to friends.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was absolutely delicious. I’m still thinking about it. I don’t live in Chicago but I am definitely going back and having another pizza at Bar cargo!

MM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the pizza! Had the Queen and Cheese Please and it was fantastic. Also has the Wisconsin cheese curds which were amazing (and we are from WI)! Also had fantastic service from the bartenders and waitress. We watched the Bucks game and also enjoyed the environment. We will be back for sure!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place but music too loud to hold a conversation. But we are over 60 so that probably explains it!!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great back patio!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bottomless mimosa and pizza!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Thanks for making our night so great! My husband and I both made reservations for our friends and they were super accommodating and giving us a big space (we had like 18). Thank you!

JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The host was great, however the food was lack luster for the price. Pizza was mostly bread and flavorless as were most of the sliders.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Roman pizzeria in River North area. Different and interesting pizza selections. Will be back again. Great place to watch a game.