our approach

At la petite folie, some things never go out of style – like classically prepared, seasonal French cuisine with wine pairings; an intimate dining room, ideal for conversation; and gracious, unobtrusive service.

Whether it’s a special family occasion, romantic evening out, or a business meeting, our goal is to provide our guests with a personalized, incomparable experience that will bring you back again and again. We look forward to serving you…

our origins

la petite folie is Mary and Mike Mastricola’s love letter to the classic food and wines of France.  Mike and Mary have been Hyde Park residents since their college years at the University of Chicago.  Both hold BAs from the University.  Mary and Mike were married for five years when, with great curiosity and adventurous spirits, the couple quit their jobs, followed their hearts and moved to Paris.  Mary earned the Grand Diplôme – Cuisine et Pâtissier of the École Le Cordon Bleu, finishing first in her class in 1995.  Mike explored French history, culture, and wine.

The Mastricola’s returned to Hyde Park in 1996 and in June 1999, opened la petite folie in a lush, flower-filled courtyard.  Mary runs the kitchen while Mike tends the dining rooms and manages the restaurant’s all-French wine list.  Now 21 years later, we invite you to treat yourself to “a little extravagance” – our small taste of France in Chicago.

Bon Appétit!

Mike and Mary Mastricola


contact us

Email: contact@lapetitefolie.com

Phone: 773-493-1394


Phone: 773-493-1394


1504 E. 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

We are located in the courtyard of The Hyde Park Shopping Center at the corner of East 55th Street and Lake Park Boulevard.

Free parking is available in The Hyde Park Shopping Center’s 400-car parking lot.

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a note on re-opening

Although Chicago restaurants have been allowed to open to 100% capacity, like many other independently-owned restaurants, we are having problems finding sufficient staff to re-open our dining rooms.

We will continue to offer a carry-out menu at dinner only from Tuesday through Sunday.

We are, however, able to open the restaurant for private events of 20 or more guests. In addition, we are now catering events outside of the restaurant. Along with food and beverages, we can provide rentals, linens and service staff.

Please call Mary for more information – 773.493.1394.

We look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant as soon as we are able to open.

~ updated June 4th ~

~ updated July 26th ~