Happy Friday foodies! I wanted to round out this week by circling back to my recent weekend in the windy city of Chicago! This amazing city is home to some even more amazing chefs and my experience at Piccolo Sogno was incredible. Chef Tony Priolo opened this restaurant in 2008 and prepares an exquisite cuisine night after night.
Piccolo Sogno actually means ‘little dream’ in Italian. Chef Tony and his business partner Circo Longobardo turned their little dream into a reality by opening this restaurant. The menu is seasonal which allows them to offer the freshest cuisine possible and their wine list is impressive! This was actually my second visit to Piccolo Sogno and I would run back in a heartbeat!
Our meal started with a glass of Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano and a quick chat with Chef Tony about his experience, Tuscany travels and the restaurant concept. I could not have felt more welcome in his restaurant! Next up was an order of Prosciutto di Parma and some of the best burrata that I have ever tasted. It was seriously like butter melting in your mouth with each bite. While sipping our wine and enjoying our appetizer, I couldn’t help but look around the quaint restaurant and feel like I was back in Italy. There was a lot of hustle and bustle around us, but it felt so intimate. Piccolo Sogno also offers one of the best patio scenes that I have come upon in my travels. On a warm summer night you can enjoy your meal below the setting sun and have your meal highlighted by their beautiful lighting.
Chef Tony also sent out their stuffed squash blossoms and a tasting of their baby artichoke salad before dinner was served. I’m a sucker for a good ravioli so I went for the four cheese ravioli with pine nuts, butter, Marsala glaze and Parmesan cheese. This isn’t the kind of Italian restaurant where they were a place full or marinara, this is the kind of place that serves authentic cuisine packed with flavor. Every. Single. Bite. That ravioli disappeared quickly from my plate! My husband is a sucker for risotto so he went for the special that featured risotto topped with clams, muscles, shrimp and calamari. He claims it was some of the best calamari that he has ever tasted. (Side note, I’m drooling just reminiscing about this meal!)
Dinner is never complete without dessert. We ordered up their ricotta cheesecake with berries and a lemon panna cotta topped with berries. Both were delicious and the berries were extremely fresh. I had to pry the panna cotta out of the hands of my husband just to try a bite!
Overall the experience at Piccolo Sogno was impressive. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I greatly appreciated Chef Tony taking the time to speak with me about his restaurant and experience in the industry. He made me feel welcome in his ‘home’ like a true Italian would do. If you’re heading to Chicago or live in the city, check out Piccolo Sogno! Be sure to make reservations because it’s definitely a popular spot to enjoy dinner.
Special thanks to Piccolo Sogno and Chef Tony for the amazing experience!