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 business meeting, special family occasion, or a romantic evening out, 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 Mastricolas 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 manages the restaurant’s all-French wine list.  Now 22 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: [email protected]

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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