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Tocco

By Jeff Ruby


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