Bruno Abate turns a former McDonald’s into a hip Wicker Park restaurant.

Bruno Abate with a steel sculpture–cum–winerack that he personally designed.

“This space is too much sexy!” Bruno Abate declared during a recent photo shoot at his upcoming restaurant. Ah, that’s the Bruno we know from Follia, the flashy lair that seamlessly merged pasta and fashion in the meatpacking district. Now the Naples native and his wife, Melissa, have set their sights on Wicker Park, where they’ve remade a former McDonald’s space into the casual-hip Tocco. Expect simple food such as wood-fired pizzas, a roomful of imported Italian furniture, and all manner of abstract art. “Life is a touch,” Abate says, explaining the translation of the restaurant’s name. “You’ve got to know how to touch food, touch a woman, touch a camera.” Too much sexy? Not possible. 1266 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-687-8895

Photography: Anna Knott



5 years ago
Posted by avheartth

Tocco is an amazing restaurant. The menu is very unique and the portions allow you to taste different dishes and leave you feeling full and light. Tocco is very modern and trendy and the staff is young and beautiful. If you do not know Bruno Abate he fits the ambiance and decor {and also the staff}! Tocco is definitely somewhere to visit.

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