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

contact us

Email: contact@lapetitefolie.com

Phone: 773-493-1394

reservations

Phone: 773-493-1394

location

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.

follow us

join our mailing list

thank you to our community & friends

After a year of struggle with the scourge of our pandemic, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our very loyal customers for their continued patronage. It’s been a difficult time for everyone but your unwavering support has left us incredibly humbled. We will be forever grateful.

We would also like to thank our employees for their attentive and gracious work. They endured both a decrease in hours and an increase in responsibilities. So we would like to thank Max, Harlan, Allan, Sonya, Florence and Sasha – all exceptional members of the greater University of Chicago community. To our IT guru David and our social media maven Amy, many many thanks. To University Real Estate Operations, our thanks for your assistance. And to our French connections – Michele and Tony in Cannes, Jane, Chris and Joelle in Paris and Stephanie in the Vende ́e – merci a ̀ tous!

As we slowly begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, la petite folie will begin the process of re-booting. With the recent changes in Covid guidelines we are now able to cater in your home or office/conference room, soon with staff if required, and will continue with our carry-out service. As dining becomes safer, we will work toward re-opening our dining rooms. We will post to our website – lapetitefolie.com – all menu changes and updates as we progress.

Encore, un grand merci et nous espe ́rons a ̀ biento ̂t.
Mike and Mary Mastricola

~ updated April 6th ~

~ updated May 5th ~