By Dennis Lee

As soon as you step into Tocco’s sleek space, you get the sense that you’ve been transported straight to modern Italy. But along with the sexy vibe, the first thing you’ll notice is the wood-fired pizza oven. The pizza is an absolute must; for pizza purists, the Neapolitan-style Margherita pizza is perfection in simplicity. The crust is thin, light, and airy, delicately painted with San Marzano crushed tomatoes, and topped with fresh mozzarella and basil. And no trip to an Italian restaurant would be complete without pasta, would it? The tortelli alla crema is your perfect pick: little packages of ricotta smoothly blended with spinach, coated in a rich cream sauce studded with fragrant black truffles. To cap off the meal, you can’t say no to classic tiramisu, and this version does not disappoint. It’s spongy, fluffy, and easy on the espresso—a key detail.

the crowd

a man with personality
Bruno Abate, the owner, is known to greet his customers like they are his family. He’s fiercely proud of his food and its pure Italian heritage. As he says, it’s “no fusion and no confusion.” If you have the chance, talk to him. It’ll make your night.

smooth vibes
The décor at Tocco will transport you from a gritty stretch of Milwaukee Avenue to a sleek, trendy restaurant plucked straight from Italy. It’s definitely a place to take a date… if you’re in the mood.



Tue–Sun 5 PM–11 PM
closed Monday

price range

$6 (zuppa del giorno) to $22 (scottata)