Piccolo Sogno “Little Dream”
Piccolo Sogno opened its doors to Chicago in July 2008. The name, which means “little dream,” in Italian, was chosen by partners Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo because it had always been their dream to open a restaurant of their own. Piccolo Sogno features a menu of fresh, seasonal rustic Italian cuisine with an impressive all-Italian wine list. “The restaurant fits our personal goal to get to the heart of Italian wine and food,” says executive chef Priolo. “You go to Italy for simple food, prepared by hand with local ingredients and served with local wines. That’s why people love eating in Italy, and we wanted to bring that experience to Chicago.”
Priolo’s menu, offers a wide selection of regional Italian dishes–from homemade pastas and hand-tossed pizzas prepared in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven to Roman-style pork and Mediterranean sea bass—as well as homemade gelato and sorbet. Menu prices are moderate, with entrees ranging from $12 to $24.
The wine list is both comprehensive and approachable, as Ciro Longobardo, an expert in Italian wines, has carefully chosen each of the 400+ selections and trained his staff to offer well-informed recommendations to customers. “Italian wines can be confusing for many people,” says Longobardo. “We wanted to provide diners with an appreciation of the enormous variety of Italian wines without overwhelming them. That’s why we pay special attention to making sure our staff can help them select a wine that pairs perfectly with their meal.”
In 2012, with four successful years under their belts, Tony and Ciro decided to expand their horizons. They decided to open another restaurant – Piccolo Sogno Due.