Cucina Paradiso

4.7
376 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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. 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.

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4.7
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DaniellaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

affordable and good pasta selection. I enjoyed how quickly the meal came and dim lighting.

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Thoms
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Covid 19 precautions were excellent. Would not hesitate to go again.
My food was good but not as good as I had expected for the price and reputation.
My wife's food was excellent.

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vipmarion
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good as usual and the pumpkin cheesecake dessert was outstanding. Service was good. COVID protocols made us feel very safe. The atmosphere is nice and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipMaestra4
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt safe there and the food was great as usual!

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ToddW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and quality Food at decent prices. An vibrant restaurant with lovely outdoor patio!

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vipMatsi
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really delicious. The put a bottle of water on the table, which really helps with COVID. That way the staff don't have to keep coming back to refill water glasses. There is an extensive wine list as well as several cocktail offerings.

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AmyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

seating selection was poor
we had reservations and we were seated next to the busing station
service was very slow on an evening we anticipated would be busy since it was Sweetest Day. The restaurant was not very busy.
Food was good other than the calamari (wasnt cooked enough)
We will be back but not for awhile

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MargeP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like to understand why 2 women are always put at small tables (even with reservations) while a couple of man & woman always get a large table. I see this all the time in all restaurants. With the distance between tables so large, why could we not have a larger table?

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early and they accommodated us no problem. Excellent social distancing. We basically had a room to ourselves. Service was great, I asked for an alcohol free cocktail, and they delivered! It was amazing! But the real reason we came was for the food. As always, the food was amazing. We always get the pear pizza and I would recommend it every time. We also ordered the rigatoni spinaci which was excellent. We used to live in the area, and make sure we come back at least once a year because this place is hands down the best! Thanks for a beautiful night!

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MichaelS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, servers were very respectful of social distancing and making sure we were comfortable. Would highly recommend.

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Laura
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cucina has recently invested in a new filtration system but I still wanted to sit outside--not too cold yet. We wanted to support Housing Forward, which Cucina had dedicated a portion of its funds to the organization. Food is always very good there. The Margherita pizza needed a bit more zing to it as tomatoes were not the best, but my arthichoke pasta was delicious and always the brussels are awesome.

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MARTYB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food here is always great, and they've done a nice job with the inside seating during COVID.

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AmyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious
service was great
wasnt too crazy about the drink selection but I definetly love their bar set up

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vipPeterD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent but the service lagged noticeably. Might have been an off night.

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KatherineA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our first time and we knew right away it was someplace we definitely wanted to go back to. Can’t wait to try more of their menu!

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Walker
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined outdoors. Lovely evening. Great pizza. Peach cobbler was outstanding.

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BethP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hadn't been to Cucina Paradiso in a while but it was quite lovely. The service was friendly and prompt and the food was delicious. Because we chose to eat outside, it was a little noisy due to the train but it was just a few short minutes and after that it was very pleasant. We had a group of 5 for a 21st birthday dinner and it seemed everyone was happy with their meal. I'd definitely return.

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vipEricP
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An old favorite that seems to be refreshed. New and more varied menu plus excellent flavors and value. Cocktails used to be a weak point but are now a strength. We had three different pastas plus two appetizers and all were very good. Services was strong and outdoor seating is great. Recommend you give it a try - or if you are like us and haven't been there in a while it is well worth a revisit.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my girlfriend here and we both loved it! The food and service were both amazing. The setting was very welcoming and had a nice cozy feeling to it.

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daw8071
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful bistro with easy parking, though we walked from the Harvey House. Sat on the patio, the service was spot on, wine we wanted wasn't available, but alternative suggested was great. The food came out quickly and was delicious.

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Cregan
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat inside and it was nice and quiet. Even though they were out of a few items we were interested in the server handled it beautifully. Always delicious!

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vipKellyM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Great to see quite a few people coming in for carry-out while we were there. We will be back soon!

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ChristianL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, great service.

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Chitownbarb
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our calamari was delicious. It was not chewy but tender and the breading was very light. We did not care too much for the crab cakes as it seemed to be mostly filler.

Our dinners were good. Chicken parm was tender and rigatoni Bolanese was very tasty.

We had not been there in a very long time but the food was still good.

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RobertaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK. Bread was cold. Didn’t get offer Parmesan cheese. Red wine was warm.

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3girlsmom
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Wine very good. Service great. Do have to appreciate busy street and train for outside.

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vipJohnk
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always consistent and great pasta dishes and calamari. Good value as the full portion usually can get another meal out of...

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Holly
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina Paradiso is one of my go-to restaurants. You are guaranteed of great quality, flavorful food and excellent service each time you go there. And they have a much coveted, covered outdoor dining area so you don't have to worry if it rains. Love this place!

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Grad71brad
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner - food was great and the staff was very helpful. Their outside set up was very pleasant -
covered so we were out of the sun.

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vipChrisF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The caliber and quality of food is beyond reproach ! Jose provided top notch service and our friends enjoyed their first visit to Cucina very much ! One of our favorite local spots and will continue to be.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING! The service was wonderful and our server was attentive and sweet.

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LindseyS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dinner! Family owned, delicious food and crafty drinks! Recommend for an Italian dinner on a beautiful evening!

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plnied
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We felt much more comfortable than atother restaurants offering outdoor seating. There was little to no walk thru pedestrians and the staff took the extra safety precautions that made us feel comfortable and relaxed. The food was delicious, too!

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vipMichaelE
Pittsburgh
170 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my faborites in Oak Park. The chef's menu is well balanced, and three presentation of the food is top notch. I love the beet salad.

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ErikJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

An Oak Park institution, Cucina Paradiso never disappoints! Our evening on their outdoor patio was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service good food

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Anonymous
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining experience and food are excellent. Service is also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shrimp appetizer was very salty and I thought it was pricey but the ambiance is lovely and the service was outstanding

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vipMichaelD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious with excellent service and great cocktails and wine. Highly recommended

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Roni
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service was very good. Patio dining is good so long as train or sirens not passing by. Love their bacon-wrapped dates and rigatoni bolognese.

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Cucina Paradiso offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 848-3434.

Cucina Paradiso is rated 4.7 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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