New Tivoli

Street Address: 
183 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL

Culled from: Drury, John. Dining in Chicago, New York: The John Day Company, 1931, pp. XXXXXX.

Note: The Newberry Library holds the personal papers of author John Drury.

NEW TIVOLI, 183 West Madison Street

In some respects, one of the most interesting restaurants in Chicago. William Piccolo, the courteous and debonair proprietor, will sing operatic numbers at your table; the waiters speak two or three languages; the cuisine is Italian and French; intimate booths are arranged around the walls; the food is excellent and reasonable; and newspaper celebrities and writers are always plentiful among the gay and cosmopolitan diners and lunchers.

Piccolo's is a favorite eating place of lone Quimby, of the Chicago Evening Post, author of "Murder for Love"; Paul Gilbert, the veteran reporter and man-about-town; John Ashenhurst, of the American; Howard Mayer, also of the American; Loren Carroll, author of "Wild Onion"; Seymour Berkson, of the Examiner; Vaughan Schoemaker, the cartoonist; A. L. Mahoney, the pohce reporter; Al Rose and Julius Rosenthal, both of the Times; and a host of other newspaper people. State Senator Harry Starr, Judge Francis Borelli, and Tito Schipa, the opera singer, also dine here frequently.

The New Tivoli is situated "one flight up" and a few doors west of Maurice's. There are 50 and 65 cent luncheons and $1.00 and $1.25 dinners. The New Tivoli is also popular among after-theatre crowds.




1931 - 1931



This is so amazing! William Piccolo is my grandfather. I never got to meet him. I am so thrilled to read this article! I am doing some research on my father's side and this is a great start!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

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