Bella Bacinos

3.5
23 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Bar Seating
Over 40 years of Chicago tradition!

Bacino’s founder, Dan Bacin opened the first Bacino’s 40 years ago in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Dan had been running a popular art-and-culture radio station and publishing a companion magazine when he decided to sell that business and open his own restaurant. After a great deal of research and advice from leading restaurateurs, he decided on the very competitive pizza business. After all, Chicago was a world class pizza market with over 3,300 pizza purveyors, but Dan’s mission was to use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients – fresh mozzarella, fresh vegetables, and even making his very own pizza sauce. Bacino’s became a great success topping AOL’s pizza pol and having the top selling pizza at the Taste of Chicago for many years.
What 23 People Are Saying
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3.7
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3.6
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was good. It took an hour to get a pizza.

T
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Horrible service. Inept, uncaring, incompetent. The wrong wine, 45 minutes for two 10” pizza!? Avoid this place!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

The restaurant is inside of a value hotel and looks like the continental breakfast station. But... the food is fantastic! Great for a big loud group. Great for kids. Not a romantic date night type of place.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We arrived about 15 minutes before our reservation, so they told us to sit in the waiting area because we were early. They seated others without reservations and seemed to forget us. I asked them about a table again a little bit after our reservation time and we were seated. However, we were ignored a LONG time before any servers took our drink and food orders. They just walked by us. It took awhile before our bread and salad was served. The food tasted good, but then there was a bug in my husband's pasta dish. They didn't charge us for our meal.

VM
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Poor service
Food was not to what I expected in terms of taste and calamari came out cold
Room was too cold

A
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This restaurant is inside a hotel lobby. We arrived for our reservation and asked to be seated outside. It was clear they were busy and the person who seated us was flustered. Our waitress came and asked for a drink order. We ordered drinks and asked for water. A few minutes later she brought the drinks but no water. We saw her one more time - reminded her of the water and ordered our food. It never came nor did she. We waited one hour. Very poor service. We notified the gentleman who seated us and he merely said I’m sorry. We left. We were running in a race the next day and had chosen this place for pasta. Very disappointing.

K
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, really poor (but friendly) service . Extremely long wait time for......everything.

JP
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Nice place if just considering the food. And I am not all that picky with ambiance, but would have been nice to know that the restaurant was located in a hotel lobby before making reservations. We would have chosen to go elsewhere.

MH
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We took a large group of 20 people here for dinner. The restaurant was very accommodating of our group and were very friendly. The pizza was not as delicious as Giordanos but it was very, very good. Staff service was exception and much better than Giordanos. I’d highly recommend this place.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

This was in a hotel lobby.... didnt feel like a restaurant at all

MN
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place inside a hotel, slightly table crowded.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Location: inside hotel by the lobby. Has some outdoor tables but only 4.
Ordered the Stuffed pizza: it was great!

JN
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This has been my wife and I's favorite go to when we are downtown Chicago for quite sometime.
They are in a new location which is nice, quite and clean. But doesn't have the views that it used to.
The food is excellent and always consistent. We only wish the menu had everything that it used to or at least offered the same selection as their other store in Lincoln Park.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Hotel lobby-adjacent

OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Made a reservation and went there for lunch. Except that it was closed that day while reservations were still available. So the restaurant was very quiet. When a restaurant is closed when they are supposed to be open, you inconvenience your potential customers.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The cheese deep dish pizza is amazing here! Better than most places in Chicago! And best yet - no wait and they take reservations!!!

MP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We liked the food and the server was pleasant, but eating in a hotel restaurant breakfast space like that is weird and lacking in ambience. I would rather try their other locations instead. For someone visiting Chicago who is looking for Chicago-style pizza in a less crowded environment, though, this could be perfect.

TW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic deep dish pizza. Very flavorful. Modest prices, even with the wine.

JC
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was above average. Slightly overpriced in my opinion.

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service

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C
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Disappointed! They are recently relocated to a hotel and missing the charm of previous location. Say they are going to begin remodeling very soon so I hope that will help return their former vibe. Had to go down back stairway to use restroom. Tried to call elevator for return but it would not come down to the basement level which was surprising as the fitness room was also located there. It was kind of scary down there. Pizza was good. Minimal wine list. Service just ok.

V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

The thin pizza crust tasted like cardboard, the mozzarella slid off nothing compared to piping hot stringy mozzarella. No way would I would consider this a pizzeria. Worse than a store bought pizza.

K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The menu online is very different than the one in the restaurant. The dough of the stuffed pizza was bland and there is limited dessert options.