While downtown Chicago offers so much Italian fare, Piccolo Sogno has proven to be the road-less-travelled for those who are looking to try a more affordable yet still authentic traditional Italian cuisine. The name, chosen by owners Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo, literally means “little dream” in Italian, but its rustic Italian cuisine and impressive selection of all-Italian wine list shows that it is more than just that.

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Guests who enter this Italian restaurant will find themselves standing on a terrazzo floor surrounded by blue walls. They’re also notice the beautiful marble bar. But more than just the interior, Piccolo Sogno will treat guests with incredible Italian food like their wood-fired pizzas, squash blossoms stuffed with fontina, meaty lasagnas, and carpaccios.

If the weather permits, guests will also get to enjoy the ivy-fringed patio that’s just perfect to dine at on a warm summer evening, especially with a bottle of one of restaurant’s best wines.

Restaurant Schedule

Piccolo Sogno is open every day for dinner.

Mondays to Thursdays: 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Fridays: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Saturdays: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Sundays: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Guests can reserve tables with Piccolo Sogno online through OpenTable.


Below are some of the items guests may find on Piccolo Sogno’s lunch or dinner menus. Note, however, that the food served here is seasonal and is therefore subject to change.

· Insalata: Caprese, Cavolo Nero, Inverno, Spinaci, Barbabietole, Mista

· Antipasti: Burrata, Cecina Fritta, Proscuitto de Parma, Frittura di Calamari, Cozze All’ Arrabiata, Zuppa D’ Inverno

· Paste: Lasagna Tipica di Bologna, Tortelli Invernale, Spaghetti Neri, Ravioli Piccolo Sogno, Gnocchi, Pappardelle Con Cinghiale, Tagliolini Alla Bolognese, Paglia E Fieno

· Panini: Proscuitto Cotto e Mozzarella, Pollo Parmesano, Vegetale, Porchetta

· Pizza: Margherita, Bianca con Rucola, Funghi, Diavolo, D’oro

· Secondi: Anatra e Spinaci, Battuta di Pollo, Salmone, Griglia Mista, Maiale Saltimbocca, Coada Alla Vaccinara

The restaurant also has a special menu for the Chicago Restaurant Week, where they offer three courses for a fixed price for both lunch and dinner. Below is a sample of their 2018 menu:

Lunch Menu ($22)

1st Course: Mista or Zuppa del Giorno

2nd Course: Ravioli, Lasagna Tipica di Bologna, Battuta di Pollo

3rd Course: Biscotti, Panna Cotta, Torta di Ricotta

Dinner Menu ($33)

1st Course: Caprese, Inverno, Mista, Zuppa del Giorno

2nd Course: Ravioli, Pappardelle con Cinghiale, Polletto Alla Griglia, Salmone, Rosticciana

3rd Course: Biscotti, Panna Cotta, Mousse de Cioccolato

Some of the items on the menu are gluten free, which are available upon request.


Piccolo Sogno also caters to parties and other private events. They are open to serving business events like corporate lunches and seminars as well as intimate gatherings like family reunions or birthdays. They offer a customizable menu to help cater to the needs of the occasion.

To know more about the restaurant, call 312-421-0077 or visit their official website.


Piccolo Sogno, 464 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60642, Phone: 312-421-0077

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