Piccolo Sogno | River West | Italian | Restaurant
Italian restaurant in the old Timo space; the chef is Tony Priolo (Coco Pazzo), and sommelier Ciro Longobardo has put together an impressive all-Italian wine list.

Our Review

Ex Coco Pazzo chef Tony Priolo and vino pro Ciro Longobardo’s Piccolo Sogno, or "little dream," offers one of the most idyllic outdoor dining areas in the city—and on most evenings, a parking lot packed with Beemers and Lexuses. But working through flat-flavored but ample meaty dishes like thick slabs of Roman-style porchetta or wine-braised beef brasato takes effort, especially in the aftermath of overpowering earlier courses such as greasy fried fontina-stuffed zucchini flowers. Someone knows what they’re doing with pastas, though, particularly the house-made green-and-white fettuccine with veal ragu. Service was well-informed and practically heroic in reaction to a kitchen clearly in the weeds.

Mike Sula

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