Subway: Blue to Grand(312) 421-0077 piccolosognorestaurant.com41.890905 -87.647648 464 N Halsted St (at Grand Ave) West Loop, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $20
Two Coco Pazzo vets—chef Tony Priolo and wine guru Ciro Longobardo—have capitalized on a Far West Loop building’s massive back patio space by creating one of the lushest urban retreats we’ve yet to find. Year-round, we tend to have the best luck with the starters and pizzas, which are perfect for passing among a big group. Order up a few bottles from the solid all-Italian wine list, and dig in to crispy calamari, fontina-stuffed squash blossoms, fresh pasta ribbons in veal ragù and a bubbly Margherita pizza. Velvety gelato in flavors like pistachio and hazelnut is a suitably simple ending.