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1235 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607 (The Loop)
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Ranked #369 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: The Loop
Cross street: Racine
Transit: Green Line - Ashland/Grand Stop
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34 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Riverton, IL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Macello's menu is authentic, interesting, and delicious. As an appetizer, our table tried a burrata arrangement, barese sausage in fava beans, and stuffed eggplant, all of which were marvelous. Seafood is prominent on the menu, as well as assorted pizzas. The wine list offered a nice selection, and the service was attentive without being over-bearing. I highly recommend this Italian... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

On a recent trip to Chicago, we happily found two of the best moderately priced restaurants we've experienced anywhere in recent years. This was one of them. The menu was full of intriguing possibilities you seldom see in most restaurants (something for all tastes), and the wine list (especially on half-price nights) was really a treat with lots of Italian... More

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Boulder CO
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We enjoyed a relaxing evening and good meal in this deli/restaurant on Lake St. in Chicago. No problem getting a reservation on Friday night. Interesting decor with the large, fun lighting fixtures. I ordered a pizza Barese (artichokes and olives). It was one of the best pizzas I've had in a long time! The olives were not the standard black... More

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Libertyville, IL
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Dined here pre-theater You enter Macello trough a deli - and then to the restaurant. A wonderful mix of rustic and modern (the lighting that hangs from the ceiling is "fun" and hip) Some complain about it being under the L - but I loved it. Added to the "ambiance" Only two other tables were full, so we had our... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restaurant is located under the L tracks on Lake street just off Restaurant row on Randolph. I have been here 3 x in the last 2 months and the food is exceptional. Don't let the obscure location fool you.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The restaurant was ok at best a F and L (first and last). Their pizza was decent. Biggest problem was the food was under seasoned with little flavor. Nothing spectacular compared with the other great Italian restaurants in the city. Nice atmosphere expect so r get seated way in the back as there is a strong draft from the doors... More

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Orinda, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Oaky, this place had me with the aroma when I walked in the door. The nicely edited menu offered a good selection of pastas, meats, and pizza from the wood fired oven and some decent wines. We started with tasty a burrata, prosciutto, and arugula and toasted flatbread appetizer, and the grilled seafood. Both were excellent. The pasta dishes and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed an early sat pm dinner at Macellos. The space is open and simple with a small outdoor seating area as well. We opted not to dine with the Mosquitos and dined indoors. The fire from the wood burning oven added to the warm feel. The food was unique, served family style so we could all sample the various... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

My parents are both first generation natives of Triggiano Bari , Italy . I was born in the U.S. ; yet have been raised on authentic Italian cuisine all my life . My fondest memory is of my father walking me down a cobblestone street of Bari for a brick oven panzerotto ( or as you may recognize by name... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

When you walk down the street towards Macello's, you don't expect it to be such a nice place. But as soon as you walk in, you are pleasantly surprised. Macello's has a great atmosphere with a wall lined with wine bottles in rich colored wood, the brick oven adds warmth, and the spacing of the tables make seating very comfortable.... More

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