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River North’s new pizza bar debuts on Friday from a familiar name: Phil Stefani. Bar Cargo will supply the neighborhood with Roman-style square-cut pies, negronis, and Italian spirits. Stefani’s son, Anthony Stefani, helped flesh out the idea, bringing in a champion Italian pizza chef to share recipes. It’s the same recipe Phil Stefani used when daughter Gina Stefani opened Mad Social in West Loop.

The Bar Cargo name comes from the space’s design. Workers crafted the bar from a cargo container, and there’s an assortment of them throughout the restaurant. Travel plays an important part in the Stefanis’ lives, and the cargo containers are an homage to the many trips they’ve taken. Anthony Stefani reveled in the delight the first time he tried pizza chef Massimo “Max” Moresi’s food while in Italy. The crusts are crispy, but don’t crumble to pieces after a bite. Stefani supplies a spicy Calabrian hot sauce to complement the pies that any heat monger should try in their best interests.

They’ll also have an assortment of appetizers including wings, meatballs, and calamari. Pastas and sandwiches are also available. The pizzas come in two sizes ranging from $16 for a small margherita to $32 for the Cargo Combo (sausage, spicy soppressata, meatball, pancetta). Wash that down with a draft or frozen cocktail. They’ll serve lunch and dinner, and perhaps they’ll crack some eggs over some pizzas for weekend brunch.

Take a tour of the space below and see the menu below. Bar Cargo opens on Friday in River North.

Bar Cargo, 605 N. Wells Street, (312) 929-0065. Open 11 a.m. to midnight on Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.


Bar Cargo

605 North Wells Street, , IL 60654(312) 929-0065Visit Website


Bar Cargo

Bar Cargo is a Roman-style pizza bar that brings an authentic taste of Italy to the heart of River North. The pizzas are created using a unique custom blend of imported flours that are shipped overseas from Rome on Cargo containers - which have been incorporated into the fun, and industrial design of the restaurant. The dough has a 96 hour raise period that creates a perfectly light and crispy crust. Paired with a lively bar program featuring craft brews, creative cocktails and curated wines, the experience is one your guests won't soon forget.

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Venue Details

  • 605 N. Wells Street
    Chicago, IL 60654

  • 312-929-0065
  • 2 Private Spaces
Venue Categories
Event Types
  • Anniversary
  • Birthday Party
  • Cocktail
  • Other
  • Special Occasion



  • Full Buyout 150 Seated150 Standing
  • Partial Buyout
  • Cuisine

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    Bar Cargo

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    Time Out says

    Dig into Roman-style pizza crafted by World Pizza Champion Massimo "Max" Moresi at this River North space.



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    Address: 605 N Wells St
    Price: Under $20
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    Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am-midnight; Fri and Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–10pm
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    Bar Cargo

    Bar Cargo, River North’s concept from Anthony Stefani, son of famed restaurateur, Phil Stefani, brings a taste of Rome to Chicago. Enjoy Roman style pizza with great craft cocktails and beers in a fun and casual enviornment! Bar Cargo offers Happy Hour/Daily Special deals on items such as domestic beers, mixed drinks, and house wines!

    MON – THU, 5:00pm – 7:00p


    $5 Domestic Beers
    $5 Mixed Drinks
    $5 House Wine

    Last Updated on April 27, 2021 by HHRevolution

    QWhat is Bar Cargo?

    Bar Cargo, River North’s concept from Anthony Stefani, son of famed restaurateur, Phil Stefani, brings a taste of Rome to Chicago. Enjoy Roman style pizza with great craft cocktails and beers in a fun and casual enviornment!

    QWhere is Bar Cargo located?

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    Bar Cargo

    $$ •Pizza, Italian

    605 N Wells St, Chicago
    (312) 929-0065


    Take-Out/Delivery Options

    curbside pickup





    takes reservations

    staff wears masks

    many vegetarian options

    accepts credit cards

    outdoor seating

    trendy, casual

    moderate noise

    casual dress

    offers catering

    good for groups

    good for kids

    good for brunch, lunch, dinner

    street parking, valet parking

    waiter service

    free wi-fi

    happy hour specials

    full bar

    wheelchair accessible


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    Wednesday4 - 10PM
    Thursday4 - 10PM
    Friday4 - 10:30PM
    Saturday11AM - 10:30PM
    Sunday11AM - 9PM

    Hours or services may differ due to COVID-19. Please contact the business directly to verify hours and availability.

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    Bar Cargo

    For all our opinions about pizza, Chicagoans are still pretty open-minded. We’re known for deep dish, but we embrace thin-crust, St. Louis-style, Detroit-style, New Haven-style, and even 3D-printed Neapolitan hybrids brought to us by time travelers from the future. We’ll eat it all, unless it isn’t very good. Which is unfortunately the case with the pizza at Bar Cargo in River North.

    Not everything about the pizza here is bad, so we’ll start with the good part: the crust. It’s Roman-style, so thicker and airier than a Neapolitan crust, and it has a crispness that holds up well to toppings. This would all be fantastic, if the toppings were good. But they’re problematic. Take the namesake Bar Cargo pizza, for instance, which has sausage, soppressata, meatballs, and pancetta. The meat tastes highly processed, it’s way too salty overall, and the cheese is thick and bland. The carbonara pizza, with pancetta, egg yolk, and pecorino cheese, has similar issues: all traces of the egg yolk flavor are masked by the saltiness and rubbery texture of the meat. It’s a shame that these ingredients overshadow a crust that would taste excellent on its own.

    Other, non-pizza menu items are also disappointing. For example, the coccoli appetizer has balls of fried dough that are unpleasantly dense, plus stracciatella cheese that looks and tastes more like Laughing Cow. The tenderloin sliders have tough, too-dry buns that are almost impossible to bite through. The pear and arugula salad, with chopped dates and gorgonzola, has a nice balance of sweetness and saltiness, and the butternut squash ravioli is decent. However, at $14 and $17 respectively, those feel expensive for very average plates. There are other places doing better salads and pastas, and they have quality pizza, too.

    Bar Cargo has loud music, dark wood decor, and neon signs on the walls that give everything a red glow. It reminds us a lot of a TGI Friday’s, and we’d be willing to overlook that if the food was better. But too much of it just doesn’t really work.

    We take pizza seriously in this city, and there are a lot of good places to get it. You have to be doing something pretty impressive if you want your spot to be worth Chicagoans’ time. At the end of the day, there’s just too much great stuff going on elsewhere for you to eat Bar Cargo’s mediocre pies.

    Bar Cargo Pizza

    With the amount of meat on this pizza (sausage, soppressata, meatballs, and pancetta), you’d think it would manage to have some flavor other than salt. But that’s the primary thing you taste.

    Meatball Pizza

    The meatballs on this pizza basically just taste like bigger pieces of sausage, but our server assured us they were not. Either way, they taste like the sausage on a frozen pizza.

    Carbonara Pizza

    The egg yolk on this pie gets lost in the overwhelming saltiness of the large, rubbery pieces of pancetta.

    Arrabiata Pizza

    If you are going to have a pizza here, have this one. It’s topped with a bunch of tiny pachino tomatoes, spices, and no cheese. It’s basically a giant piece of bruschetta, which means the delicious crust has space to shine.


    These balls of fried dough are tough and dense. They’re served with prosciutto and a stracciatella cheese that has an unpleasantly processed flavor.


    Bar Cargo’s spin on arancini. These are made out of fried spaghetti carbonara instead of rice, and they’re tasty but greasy - they start to feel pretty heavy after a few bites. However, the arrabbiata sauce that comes on the side has a nice spicy flavor.

    Tenderloin Sliders

    These sliders each have a thick slice of beef tenderloin, plus gorgonzola cheese and a red onion jam. The tenderloin itself is fine, but it doesn’t work with the buns, which are dry and tough. Not fun to eat.

    Pear And Arugula Salad

    A solid salad with pear, walnuts, gorgonzola, dates, and a balsamic reduction dressing we like. At $14, though, it doesn’t seem worth it.

    Butternut Squash Ravioli

    The butternut squash ravioli is pretty good. Firm pasta, a brown butter sauce that works, and a good ratio of filling to dough. But again, it’s not $17 good.


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