For nearly five years, Piccolo Sogno has served upscale Italian under the guidance of co-owner/general manager Ciro Longobardo and co-owner/executive chef Tony Priolo. Today, they open their second restaurant, focused on costal Italy, called Piccolo Sogno Due.
Translated to “little dream,” that is all Piccolo Sogno was before it’s opening in July 2008. Located on a quiet intersection of Halsted and Grand – they set out to open a restaurant that specialized in the rustic flavors of Italy with an all-Italian wine list. Little did they know the restaurant and backyard garden would become a must-try for Chicago diners seeking a taste of the Mediterranean.
Piccolo Sogno Due in River North has a more urban feel with white walls and glass chandeliers. It’s river-adjacent location, and a vibrant hand-painted fresco on the back wall, add to the airiness of the space. The menu is equally light – serving lunch and dinner with seasonal seafood, pasta and pizza.
If you find yourself there for lunch among business professionals, order the bruschetta on house made sepia (squid ink) toast with salt cod and olive oil plus pickled Tropea onions. If it is special occasion dinner you seek, go for the striped pasta stuffed with foie gras and topped with caramelized onions and aged balsamic.
Like it's sister restaurant the food is simple yet elegant, capturing the flavors of Italy with precise techniques. Both restaurants may have started as little dreams, but they deliver memorable dining experiences.
350 N. Clark St.; 312-822-0077