Don’t let the words Pizzeria scare you! Tocco is an upscale and hip Northern Italian restaurant located in the city of Chicago. The chef/owner Bruno Abate has listened to his gluten free customers! Aside from the daily fish specials, soups, grilled vegetables, divine salads and grilled steak–Tocco offers risotto and gluten free pasta to be used with any of their homemade sauces! Favorites of the gluten free boy include fresh tomato/basil sauce or aglio, olio and pepperincino! Homemade gelato, flourless chocolate cake, espresso poured over vanilla gelato or cappuccino ends the perfect Italian meal.
Bruno is a perfectionist–and his food is perfect also. When you make a reservation be sure to mention your gluten allergy and the seriousness of it. Ask your server to ensure the use of a clean pot and strainer to make your gluten free pasta.
Tocco has the coolest looooooong glass topped table as the centerpiece of their dining room- last time I counted I think the table fits 20 or 24 people! What a totally cool way to celebrate with a big group of friends. Make sure to request Eddie–he will treat you right–get your gluten free order rolling and keep your glasses full.
Another cool thing about Tocco is the big screen showing Italian fashion shows on the back wall. I told Bruno he should consider showing videos of HIMSELF cooking–I would love to learn some of his cooking secrets!
Summer at Tocco is nice because of his awesome side patio–or sit inside at the giant windows (windows open with huge industrial garage type doors). Also–as an added bonus for several months a year Bruno’s cousin comes from Italy and she cooks! The amazing chef gene runs in their family–I wish these people lived with us.
|totally cool center piece glass table at Tocco!|
Gluten free boy and his people at Tocco in front of the cool garage door windows!
I brought the cakes 🙂