Piccolo SognoChicago Bites Podcast #155

When in doubt, picture desset first... especially when it's a thousand layer cake that looks this good.

When in doubt, picture dessert first... especially when it looks this good.

Piccolo Sogno means “little dream” in Italian, and Chef Tony Priolo creates dishes that are worth dreaming about. Watching him cook with longtime friend Dirk Flannigan from The Gage earlier this year at Chicago Gourmet, it was obvious that Priolo has a passion for fresh, authentic, Italian food. Listen in to hear how his love for good food translated when we visited his River West dining room.

Chicago Bites (17.3 M)

Show Notes:
00:00 – 03:07 Does this destination restaurant have an “old school” vibe?
03:08 – 04:45 Enjoying the beautiful dining room and spying in the kitchen
04:46 – 07:55 Chickpea fries, squash flan, and twice-baked veggie stew
07:56 – 08:45 Wine by-the-glass: pairing, tasting, and snobbery
08:46 – 09:36 Pizza and other temptations to look forward to
09:37 – 11:33 From spice to truffles, it was pasta bliss
11:34 – 12:16 Braised short ribs fell off the bone and were too good to share
12:17 – 12:39 Flavors and textures working together and making us happy
12:40 – 13:36 Million layer pastry with fresh whipped cream and custard
13:37 – 15:00 Excellent service and affordability
15:01 – 16:01 Rating and Sign-off

The Spaghetti Neri Fruitti di Mare had a kick that made my mouth happy.

The Spaghetti Neri Fruitti di Mare had a kick that made my mouth happy.

Piccolo Sogno
464 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 421-0077 | Make Reservations
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Bridget’s Ratings Tammy’s Ratings
Food Quality 4 4
Value 4 4
Service 3 3
Ambiance 4 4
Overall 8 8.5

Price per person: $50

Related Chicago Bites reviews:
The Gage
Il Mulino
Procecco
Vivo

Online buzz about Piccolo Sogno:
Metromix
The Local Tourist

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The Cecina Fritta was one of three unique starters we tried and a table favorite.

The Cecina Fritta, or chickpea fries, was one of three unique starters we tried and a table favorite.

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