Chicago >Food & Dining > Caro Mio Italian Restaurant
1827 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.965151 -87.675868
Neighborhoods: Far North Side, Ravenswood
The owner dared me to write this...so I am (I also assume he will respond-- if he does-- I am a woman and I think your restaurant is terrible. And no you cannot speak to my husband).
I am that bad review. And you may be asking yourself-- oh is this an isolated incident-- maybe she is sensitive, maybe she is harsh.
Well I will tell you. I don't cook. My husband and I rely on eating out. And this must be our punishment.
Calling Gordon Ramsey-- I really just got yelled at for telling a waiter I didn't like the food because it wasn't as described. The waiter replied- oh that isn't good, because the chef is in a bad mood and you don't want me to tell him." I said-- ' yes I do.' Now I wasn't looking for a free meal, but I am someone who openly avoids carbs and if I knew the salmon I paid $22 would be on a bed of only pasta-- I would have said-- oh wait is there a side salad? But i wasn't given the choice.
Now the humor-- the waiter got the chef. I don't know why I didn't expect the reality tv show ending. Maybe because I'm in my 30s and assumed we are all adults. But the chef came out angry-- and told me that I was wrong and that no one has ever complained about the food ever. Now I'm not a dumb person-- if you own a restaurant someone has complained about the food at some point. He said "You will pay" and I laughed and said "I will pay-- but you must know your food sucked." To which he quickly and cutely said-- I don't listen to people with that vocabulary. That made me giggle. I wasn't at my most eloquent-- but pay $70 for a meal you didn't eat and the eloquent flies right out the window. I will say that at one point after he looked at my husband and told him to 'stop me.' I looked at him and said 'from speaking?" and he said 'yes'.
So all and all-- if you don't believe this-- go there. After you complain-- think about this review. I eat out all the time-- he made me think of reality tv.
Best Italian food – That was my first visit to Chicago. I stayed near this restaurant. My co worker suggested me to their food. Their food is the best Italian food I've ever tasted. Friendly services with huge variety to select from. It is my regular hangout and I never felt bored or exhausted when I am there. Best for everyone. I will definitely go there when visit Chicago again.
Stay Away! – This place used to be a fun, popular byob joint with large portions of mediocre food, nice servers. Now, they have an incredibly rude manager who likes to gloat and smirk and give away reserved tables if the entire party is not present at exactly, and I mean exactly, the time of the reservation. If you want to stuff your face with pasta and red sauce buy the stuff yourself; if you want the full Caro Mio experience hire some middle school kid to come to your home and be rude to you to make him feel better about himself.
great neighborhood Italian – Caro Mio is romantic, friendly and totally unpretentious. I love it! The guys who own Caro Mio are very friendly and welcoming. The've often come up with recommendations for me when I couldn't decide what to order, and the food has been awesome every time. The little storefront setting is cozy and fun. It's a special occasion dinner at an inexpensive price.
terrible customer service – Some friends and I had reservations on a wed. evening at seven p.m.there and we were running a little bit late. We arrived about seven minutes after seven p.m gave the greeter our name in which the reservation was under and he told us since we were late our reservation had been cancelled. He was very rude and unprofessional. This was supposed to be a great evening out with old friends to celebrate a birthday, and he started our night out on a bad note.
Romantic Italian Dining with diverse menu. BYOB (and NO corkage!) – Can't believe I haven't been here sooner; since I moved into the Ravenswood neighborhood in May. Ambiance is small, quaint, romantically decorated and lit. Italian food served is wonderfully diverse and interesting; and, all seemed excellent. What more could ask for -- how about BYOB for an Italian Restaurant?? Believe it or not, it is (and, even harder to believe, with NO corkage fee). But, you doubters say, don't they just raise their prices to make up for it. Nope -- prices seemed average for fine Italian dining. ($15-17 for pasta dishes; and, 18-22 for chicken/meat/seafood dishes). How wonderful.
Wonderful Service! – Whether we are there once a month, or once a year, the owner greets us like old friends. Beautiful and calming. Always fresh flowers, always new art on the walls. You couldn't ask for a better neighborhood retreat. Bring your appetite, you will never leave hungry, and usually will have something leftover for lunch tomorrow. The gnocci is the best around.
Bad experience - very disppointed as we used to love this place. – What a huge disappointment this place was! We have been going there, infrequently, but over a period of about 5 years and it has really gone down hill. Wow! Really terrible food and we were "hustled" by the staff to eat and get out fast as it was Saturday night and I guess they wanted our table.
FIrst of all - the bread was stale and un-appetizing looking - just large hunks of white bread. Then our appetizer was awful - bland, sauce was tasteless, mushroom seemed boiled rather than grilled and what is with the SALT??? Everything was sooooo salty it was almost inedible.
My risotto was so ugly to look at - just a huge plate overflowing with rice - it could have fed 1/2 of the Fifth Army and sooo salty - my companion had a pasta dish that was so salty he felt almost ill afterwards although he did say the pasta was cooked very well - it was just the salt that ruined it. Plus not even a garnish with the risotto - ugh!
We will never be back.
Great atmosphere, awesome food – Our food was fantastic, our waiter was funny, and the atmosphere was cozy and dim, yet colorful. There's a lot of seafood on the menu, and all of it looked good. Our portions were huge, easily enough for two. We couldn't stay for dessert, but overall it was fantastic; we'll definitely eat there again soon. BYOB = awesome (no corking fee, either); also there's a large parking lot half a block away. Technically it's for employees of the medical center across the streets, but as it's closed nights and weekends, nobody seemed to be policing the lot, so game on.
The BEST kept secret BYOB Italian eating in town! – Go buy a lovely bottle of Red wine. Then make a reservation here- you will be ridiculously, gloriously happy that you did- You MUST have the green bean, tomato and homemade Mozzarella appetizer, the minestrone soup, then the Agnioletti Rossini Pasta and finally the tiramisu.
The service has always been superb, the servers are knoweldgeable and will reccommend what is freshest, most flavorfull and new for the season.
I think the surly reviewer below must've got lost on the way to the Olive Garden. If you are looking for true authentic Italian- this is where you go. The servers always remember what I've ordered before I open my mouth, and have been fantastic, asmart, kind and unobtrusive. I can't say enough good things- just go!
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