Cucina Paradiso

4.6
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302 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cucina Paradiso is an energetic, lively spot serving delicious Italian and new American cuisine. Paradiso's kitchen is a popular culinary destination now, as ever, known for its wonderful thin-crust pizzas and creative entrees. Over the span of its 20+ year existence Cucina Paradiso has undergone sweeping interior space updates and currently welcomes its guests into a stylish, modern, yet warm dining room. An outdoor sidewalk Cafe compliments the diner's experience during the warmer months. Cucina's staff are dedicated to serving all customers in a prompt, approachable yet professional manner. Whether you are in the mood for juicy beef tenderloin, a baked goat cheese appetizer or a signature dish from the nightly specials, it'll only take one visit to see why this place is so treasured.Cucina Paradiso offers an ample selection of fine wine, spirits, choice beer & craft cocktails. For frequent diners, the Devozione points-based rewards card is well worth a look.
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PO
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent and the food was outstanding!

FB
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and an enjoyable evening . We had the salmon and sea bass...both were fantastic.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent.

v
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best visit yet. Brock was excellent server. Bussers were attentive. Food was great. Bacon-wrapped dates -always a winner. Pork medallions and mushroom tortelacci were perfect. Dark chocolate panna cotta and complimentary doughnuts were spot on, too. Couldn't have been better.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! We shared the a pasta dish and beef tenderloin. We shared a small dessert lemon blueberry custard so delicious!

LN
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for my birthday dinner. The waitress was fabulous, so fun and attentive. I had the special orrichiette and it was delicious. My dad had the penne with sausage and it was okay. The wine list is great.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was busy but staffed appropriately. They ran out of desserts but supplemented from regular menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

We were very unhappy with our experience. There were a lot of mess-ups with service. First, they were slow with our drinks and a table next to us that ordered after us got their drinks first. Then a waiter spilled food on my wife’s coat. Later in the evening they suddenly told us that they had run out of multiple desserts that we had ordered, they basically had run out of ALL desserts on the menu except for ice cream. Then they offered a random new dessert instead that hadn’t even been on the menu...which tasted like Jell-O pudding with fruit added rather than a gourmet mousse. Yes, the waitress felt bad and comped some desserts. But it was just unpleasant all around, which is particularly unfortunate because it was my wife’s birthday.

JR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic. Everything on menu is great. Good ambiance and efficient service!!

OT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was nice we sat down. Didn’t know it was restaurant week, but enjoyed it. Waitress was on point with all information. Minus the whiskey selection in what they had. I had the salmon with the Brussels sprout appetizers and tirmisu. My bestie had the salad wand the schnitzel with the lava cake. The lava cake was good, but wasn’t lava enough for me. It tasted delicious none the less. Great food as always. Always will go back.

SF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu was very limited. More pasta dishes would be nice.
Husband had filet. It was good but potatoes were not hot.

Service just ok. Somewhat lackadaisical.

LS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

ES
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect date night restaurant. The food was superb; the service unobtrusive but happy to provide excellent recommendations when asked.

B
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I am not in the habit of writing criticisms but in this case I feel that it might be helpful to the restaurant. I was at the restaurant at a table for 5. Every few minutes the man bussing the table came over to pick up plates often even before the diner had finished eating. And if that wasn’t annoying enough he then wiped the table, while we were actually eating with what appeared to be a dirty cloth. It was very uncomfortable.

Most of the diners enjoyed their meal but I didn’t. I ordered a salad with a side of grilled shrimp. The shrimp were very hard and dry. I was disappointed.

On a more positive note the restaurant gave my sister a really nice birthday dessert! Thank you for that!

CM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

WL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish.
Comfortable
Great food
Good value

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great New Years Eve dinner
Fish dishes fantastic!
Cocktails are very good too

P
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Cucina but lately they just put a very big and heavy bottle of water on the table and just leave it. I am a senior and have bad wrists and every time before they walk away I have to ask to have the water glass filled. They used to pour from a pitcher so why can’t they pour it from a bottle??
Also the bus girl tried to take away my bread plate while I was still eating bread and there was still bread in the basket. Also tried to take my salad plate while I was still eating the salad.
Otherwise server was fabulous and food wonderful.

T
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place & cozy. Phenomenal service & really good food. It was our first time & we will be back for sure Many times!!

GW
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of the very best things about Cucina is a person - waiter, Jose. Jose has been our server a couple of times and he is by far one of the best reasons to come here.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Food was exquisite and brought on a promptly manner! Overall such a delightful experience!

OT
Veracruz
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time! Lovely ambiance

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food was good with reasonable prices. My wife were in to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The staff went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our anniversary. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

A
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We don't usually choose Italian when we go out to eat, but since we had a gift card for Cucina Paradiso, we decided to go. It was very good, and if somebody is looking for an Italian restaurant in the Oak Park area, it's one of the ones we'd recommend.

OT
London
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with friends. Good food, good service. Decent prices.

Dates in Bacon were delightful. Grilled octopus too. Special pasta was super tasty, all other pastas were very good.


Would go back.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice ambience. Went for a business dinner, food was just terrific and the environment was perfect.

T
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is still so good here. Truly the best restaurant in Oak Park. We had the chocolate lava cake and the bread pudding for dessert. Two of the best desserts I've ever had.

s
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderfully , delicious Sunday evening meal......Waiteer was top notch....nothing but the BEST service.......all 4 meals hot, beautifully presented, and scrumptious!
We WILL be back again....

b
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently reliable — a very good spot in Oak Park.

5
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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MV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Scrumptious food AND an extra attentive waiter made the night Lovely—the pear pizza with Gorgonzola was a hit and had amazing flavor—I’d it would be enhanced with a thinner crust. the waiter managed to deliver on a specialty cocktail and extra mushrooms!

GE
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and other waitstaff were friendly and attentive. The calamari abruzzi appetizer, halibut and shells pasta dish were all delicious.

MT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cucina. One of our few go-to places. Each night, Sunday - Thursday they have great specials. Congrats on their 24th anniversary!

ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service. Had a wonderful meal. The ambiance was very welcoming. Would highly recommend.

PO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was difficult to have a conversation. The surfaces are hard with nothing to help deaden the reverberations.

TK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing here. Great atmosphere.

HB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed celebrating their Anniversary! Always have a good experience ant Cucina Paradiso.

w
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. Good, efficient service, Fab food, And comfortable, classic setting. Will be back. Definitely do the bacon wrapped dates. Pizza, pasta, chicken, shrimp...all yummy! Nice wine selection too.

N
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Convenient location, metered parking nearby. Disappointed with Limited entree choices. Apple arugula salad couldn’t taste the prosciutto and the pecans were absent. Chicken pizza was over cooked and mozzarella cheese is so basic. Pistachio chicken w/polenta was fair.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there recently with my 3 brothers, everyone loved the food. Had both the fried and grilled calamari appetizers, both delicious. We had the pumpkin ravioli entree... the sauce was tremendous. Also had the baked halibut, I only wish I could make it that tasty and cooked just right. We have been going there for years and are never disappointed. Our server was an extremely polite and attentive young man unfortunately forgot his name, but will go back soon and find out.

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