Bar Cargo

4.7
121 reviews
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Pizza Bar
Bar Cargo is a Roman pizza bar concept brought to you by Anthony Stefani, the son of notable Chicago restaurateur Phil Stefani. The Stefanis have brought World Pizza Champion and Roman native Massimo Moresi to share his unique Roman style pizzas with Chicago in a fun and casual environment with a beverage program consisting of Italian-American influenced craft cocktails and beers. 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 Italian goods that are being shipped via cargo containers for their authentic Roman-style pizza.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kale artichoke dip, caprese salad and pizza was AMAZING

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OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great pizza!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE bar cargo! Their pizza is delicious! We come all the time and will continue to- my favorite is the mushroom sausage!

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NJ
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

pizza was delicious, service was mediocre - very pushy waitress even though we kept ordering and there was no wait / crowd to get in.

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really liked Bar Cargo. Had Sunday brunch, food was hot and very good. Pizza was very tasty. I would come back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner, Anthony, and our server Grace were so hospitable and accommodating for our group of 10. The pizza was AMAZING and the patio has several heaters to keep warm throughout seasons. Strongly recommend for events or just a date night out.

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AL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very large portions. Pizza very good. Hard to comment on noise level it wasn't very busy at the time,

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NI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent NYE here and the service was outstanding.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! It has the best pizza that I have ever eaten! The Roman Style crust and fresh ingredients were so delicious that we went back for lunch the next day! Wish pizza was this good in TN!!

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot with good food and good prices - would recommend in the River North area!

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M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have made Bar Cargo a regular for pizza and a drink. Nice atmosphere, great service and love their pizza. Crust is perfect.

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t
Milwaukee
53 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best pizza we have ever had in Chicago. Wil be back. Our server Mandy was one of the best servers we have ever had. We asked her to pick the pizza for us so she half & half. I would of never thought of ordering a pizza with chicken and avocado that was one 1/2, roman was the other. It was the best ever.
She was so happy that we asked her option and she wasn't scared to order for us. We had the side salad too, it is bigger than what you would expect, nice and cold and crisp. Told the hostess how happy we were with our dinner, she was very happy about it and was going to pass the word on.
THIS IS A GO BACK TO.

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KG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great pizza. Different than your typical “Italian” pizza. Cool environment. Outdoor area look fun for summer!

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N
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place. I really liked the pizza, it was tasty. Not too loud but not quiet. Definitely will be going back.

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L
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I am from Rome, italy. This was the best roman pizza i have had in the US in 26 years!

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w
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pizza! We like Bar Cargo’s pizza. The crust is crunchy and not too doughy. The ingredients are fresh and delicious. Service is good and friendly.

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H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real Italian pizza right in the middle of Chicago! The appetizer (Calamari & Wi cheese curds) were great as was the Pear Arugula salad. Loved the donut dessert for my birthday:) Thanks to the great staff for great service!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very fun waitress and amazing pizza!

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CE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome!!!

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i
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This place is SOOOO overpriced for what you get. Seriously. Went there... 3 drinks and an appetizer and it was $60.00!!! Not returning. Not worth the experience or food.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The wait staff is rude and unfriendly. The brunch options are great though and it is a fun football atmosphere!

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Pizza selection, good atmosphere and a good place to watch a game.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took us almost 30 min to be seated with a reservation on a Friday night but pizza was good

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our visit was top notch, from making the reservation to leaving. We were meeting a friend that was coming from the hospital so he was running behind. We were never rushed or made to feel like we were a nuisance. The Roman was maybe the best pizza I've ever had - crackly crust, high quality ingredients...absolutely delicious. Our waitress (whose name I have forgotten) was great - attentive but not hovering, nice and funny.

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KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and ambiance the apps are great too. Pizza is very reasonably priced and delicious very large portions, cocktails and wine are pretty expensive.

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CE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Always remembered and greeted warmly by the same host who has been there for a while. Service is great! They make a cheeseless pizza for my wife to accommodate her dairy allergy. It’s our son’s favorite place and he’s four. Just loves dancing to the music and watching the cooks make the pizzas. We’ll always keep coming back

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AS
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve gone for the bottomless/buffet brunch. Drinks were good. Food was ok for a buffet. Outdoor patio space is adorable. Went back tonight for dinner. I liked the pizza. Shared with my husband and has more than enough for a third person. So, a meal for three under $25 is pretty good!

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w
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed Bar Cargo. The pizza was delicious! Great crust with fresh toppings. Service was very good. Great outdoor patio!!

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SV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my 2nd time at Bar Cargo and it was even better than the first time! Met with friends for a Saturday lunch. We sat outside in their patio which was spacious and relaxing. The entire place is really cute...modern yet down to earth & great overall! For appetizer, we had the spaghetti carbornara aranchini....to die for! We ordered the half pepe & half mushroom & sausage pizza! Delicious! We were pleasantly surprised by the food, had great drinks, appreciated the friendly service and enjoyed the whole experience. Bar Cargo is a fun, refreshing change from all of the pretentious River North restaurants. It's a great addition to the neighborhood. Also, it gets busy but not over-crowded which adds to the fun & relaxing atmosphere. You have to try it out! I highly recommend it for a fun, casual get together with friends.

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MH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a delicious salad, and the pizza was really on point. Note that even though the small size says it serves 2, we still had extra left over with 3 people sharing a small pizza. We also had the arancini, which was tasty. Good selection of beers. Open air dining environment was wonderful.

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on a friend’s recommend and loved the pizza. We ordered two smalls for four people and had left overs. The pizza’s were fantastic. Great crusts with fresh toppings. Delicious. Ordered a rose cider and it was good too. Service was also great; Friendlyamd attentive. Their was a group party there too so would be great to host event here.

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RA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This was an AWFUL experience!!! First and foremost it was 98 degrees in Chicago yesterday August 26, 2018 with high humidity and they had their garage door like windows OPEN!!! Upon walking in I asked if they could close the window garage doors. Hostess said she would check. Well she never came back and we asked our server! Word was the owner likes them open. Supposedly the AC was at full force ~ NOT TRUE! We bought the Brunch Buffet (previously when I've been there for Sunday Brunch it was not a buffet and way better) and the bottomless minosas/bloody mary's. Waitress walked by our table numerous times as I tried to make eye contact with her for another mimosa, including waving my hands and glass in the air to no avail. My date went and found her. There were no ceiling fans and the atmoshere was oppressive!!! The Buffet Food was cold and NOT GOOD!!! We left after 45 minutes. DO NOT GO HERE!!!!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great patio and happy hour deals! Plus the food is amazing!

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TM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The CBT Pizza was delicious with many other tasty selections! Lots of options and great beer and wine menu too! The ambiance was perfect for an afternoon in the sun!

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KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pizzas are quite large fun outdoor patio with good music

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J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great informal spot for authentic Roman style pies. Menu has plenty of choices for even the pickiest of eaters.

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LF
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not sure who owns this restaurant but clearly he or she has never been to Rome. This pizza is a far from Roman as you can get. I guess when you're used to two inch deep dish, half an inch seems like Roman style. Anyway, leaving definitions behind, the pizza here is excellent. As a recent transplanted New York pizza snob, it passes all the tests. Quality mozzarella, sauce is delicious and the crust, even though a little thick, was cooked perfectly. They also have excellent cocktails and many, many beers. We had the pepperoni pizza, which they warned us was spicy. They didn't lie, it was, but just the way we like it. The pies are large. We got the small and took home four slices. All in all this place is a great value. It has a nice vibe and outdoor seating and the service was very attentive. Since its in our neighborhood, we will be back again and again.

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P
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The place was packed for the Friday night that I went there. It was hard to even hear the people at my own table when they talked to me. Still, I enjoyed the food. The pizzas are a very good size, so don't over order... which I'm sure is the trap that everyone falls into. The place being quite busy meant the service was slower than expected, but overall... a good experience. We especially enjoyed the popeye pizza with truffle oil. That was a fan favorite. Another favorite was the hummus, which was especially good. I would definitely recommend this place for the younger crowd looking for a bar with outdoor seating in the heart of the Loop.

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S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pizzas and fun atmosphere. Definately going back fo rmore.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely beautiful - step off the streets of Chicago and into a beautiful, outdoor-feeling retreat. The vibe is laid back and comfortable and the food matches: fantastic drinks (both standards and hipster), a diverse menu and fantastic pizza. Can not recommend this spot enough - somehow just as great for bachelorette parties as it is for families.

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