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Dinotto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Dinotto.com
  • Phone: (312) 202-0302
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Dinotto features two interior dining rooms which may be reserved for private dining for groups from 30 up to 50 guests. Please inquire directly for your customized menus for your Special Event.
  • Private Party Contact: Dino or JC (312) 202-0302

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wells
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line Sedgwick stop is two blocks away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet Parking (off street) from 5pm - closing. There are two adjacent parking lots and some limited street parking available.
A word from Dinotto
Family-owned, Award-Winning Dinotto Ristorante is a popular neighborhood Italian restaurant across the street from Second City and Piper"s Alley Entertainment Complex. We serve classically prepared cuisine in a simple setting that projects European warmth and intimacy. Pair a spectacular wine with your salad and cooked-to-order entrée. Our Chef features Gluten free, low-fat, and several customized dietary options. In addition to the acclaimed food, we are renowned for friendly, attentive service and our Award-winning outdoor dining "Piazza"Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Ordered gluten-free pasta with shrimp and was brought regular pasta with chicken which is what my friend ordered. So I had to wait substantial amount of time while they prepared my entre' and then it was very oily and unappealing and pasta under cooked. Not very many shrimp which were tough. No compensation for inconvenience was offered. Also we were told calamari was appetizer choice and then waiter came back and said the delivery hadn't arrived. Polenta appetizer was decent."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This is the first time i had ever been here and I was not disappointed. It was a beautiful night so we sat outside. Even though you're close to the street, you dont realize it. The food was fantastic. I had the lasagna, which was delicious. The next day that's all I could think about. I chose this restaurant for its proximity to Second City but would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Third visit to dinottos. Every time is better than the last! If im in Old Town, im coming to the perfect, cozy, most delicious restaurant in the area. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a group of friends. The food is simply amazing, service second to none . Small, but cozy and elegant. Must try."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was authentic Italian. Everyone in our group of 5 chose a different entree and all were pleased with their selection. We shared appetizers of caprese salad and melon with prosciutto and both were fresh and tasty. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Always a favorite place to dine. Love the outdoor ambiance!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. The waitress was very friendly and helpful to any questions we had. They had more than enough special of the day for appetizers and main entrees. The setting was romantic and lighting was great. The space is spacious too."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Dinotto has an excellent staff, frest menu selections and a very good wine list. The appertizer are creative including Polenta but their exceptional starter offerings are the grilled calamari and antipasta's. In addition, the location is a big plus at the busy and sometime noise intersection of Wells and North Avenue. But, the restaurant is an oasis and retreat from the hectic Old Town/Lincoln Park pace. It's outside dinner is both spacious, mostly quiet and gifted with responsive staff. Plus, for that occassional broadcasted sporting event, the outside dining has a flat screen...way cool. In summary, I would recommend Dinotto for the night out and yes, the special occassions."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had a great dinner. Food was well prepared an served hot. Staff was very attentive."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dinotto is always dependable as a genuine Italian restaurant. Their menu is filled with one great preparation after another. I enjoy trying dishes I haven't tried before, and I am never disappointed here. Plus the wine list has been updated to include many well-priced wines. Ask for a table outside to enjoy the nicest patio on the north side."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My cauliflower was burnt. M's pasta and scallops were just okay. Our service was okay. The tables were so close together that we felt as if we were a part of the conversation at the table next to us. I've been telling M for years that Dinotto's is not that great and encouraging her to go elsewhere; however, it wasn't until this dining experience that she agreed with me. This will probably be the last time we go unless M "forgets" and feels like giving it another shot."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " There were 8 in our group.The food was delicious. Most notable were the crispy risotto and the lasagna, both signature dishes and well worth the calories!The salmon and ahi tuna were also great.The variety of salads are notable. We had some bruschetta which was great. The staff was friendly, accommodating and helpful. The wine list was good. We would all go back and highly recommend this restaurant.The prices are very reasonable. The outside is very pretty. Unfortunately it was raining. We went to Dinotto before attending a play downtown.We were able to leave our car with the valet and take a cab to and from the play.I would recommend doing that as well. It was very easy and less hassle than trying to park downtown."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were attending a play and the restaurant was near the theater. We thought the food was very good. I had the veal and my friend had a pasta dish. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times. This time, we found the food less than we remembered. The sauces seemed "mushy". Not sure how else to describe them. Will try again, but will be careful on what dish(es) to order."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great Old Town location with a lovely outside seating area - inside tables are very nice too. Service was attentive and efficient. Good mixture of traditional Italian and other more contemporary choices. Would absolutely return nest time I am in Chicago!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I've lived in Chicago for about five years and my parents visit often. We went to Dinotto last minute on a Sunday night celebrating my dad's 60th birthday and had an amazing experience. The food was incredible, there were options for my Mom (gluten sensitive), and of all the places we went over the weekend this was the only restaurant that provided a complimentary desert for my dad's birthday (all the other places were "hot spots" in Chicago). Overall the service, atmosphere, and food can't be beat."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had a delicious dinner with friends. Try the cauliflower appetizer. Yum!! Never felt rushed. Great service and good price point."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Always reliable for delicious food, friendly and good service. I definitely prefer the atmosphere of the front room, to the back room, which seems more confined. Outdoor seating is nice, weather permitting. The best Tiramisu."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "In the last 5-6 years we have dined here several times, in groups of 4 to 12 and have had uniformly outstanding food and service. Whenever we have introduced a new people to the restaurant, they have been very pleased with our choice. What's unusual for me, is that I actually listen to the specials and usually choose one. Last week I have a great ravioli dish. Also, the prices seem so reasonable for the level of quality, including the wines. We just keep coming back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "A group of my coworkers and I were visiting Chicago on business. We had tickets for Up Comedy Club, and read that this restaurant was right across the street and had good reviews. Seemed too good to be true, but it wasn't! The servers were personable, professional and very attentive to the needs of our group. The food and wine were amazing, and they took the initiative to ask if we were seeing a show, and then to be mindful of the time for us. Would not hesitate to recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and service! One of the top spots in Old Town."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were in the neighborhood and wanted a quick, no frills dinner. The 1/2 price Wine Wednesday caught our eye, so we checked OpenTable to see if we coul get a last minute reservation. We would not go out of our way to go there again."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great ambiance, service and food. This spot is very close to Second City so it is a great spot for dinner before the show!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The food was mediocre the night we were there. Many dishes seemed over-salted and the salad was over-dressed. Nothing was bad, but it wasn't the quality we were expecting."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were disappointed with Dinotto and don't plan to go back. Though our server was friendly and tried to be helpful, the kitchen was very slow. As we had a show following dinner, it was too tight to have dessert even though we think we allowed plenty of time. When the food finally came, items were served warm, not hot. Normally, I would have sent it back but as it had already been so long, we didn't have time to wait any longer. The tables in the front portion of the restaurant are pretty close together, making conversation not very private and possibly difficult. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Dinotto was terrific for our quick dinner before an evening meeting at school. The valet kept our car for both dinner and our meeting which allowed us to linger over dinner longer than if we had needed to repark. I ordered the eggplant parmesan, which was prepared to order and served with walnuts, delicious. My dinner companion ordered the lasagna and loved it. The waiter put our leftovers in the fridge while we attended our meeting and we picked them up when we returned for the car. Really an expectedly terrific dinner. We'll be back with the whole family."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great for after Second City. A bit more upscale than I had expected; bill for 5 people was $112 without gratuity"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Four great meals here, red wine, so-so Cosmopolitan, French bread (Italian with that needed salt :)) yummy pasta, fish, chicken. House salad was usual and service top notch. Great for before Second City."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "After all these years, one still gets a sense of authentic at DiNotto. Good food, good value, difficult menu because of so many appealing choices."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Olga was our server and was attentive and sweet. The manager checked in and was friendly. Wine was great. Reasonably priced, a great find! Directly across North Avenue from Up Comedy Club/Second City."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our waiter, Dimitri, was informative, attentive and funny. The eggplant was full of flavor without being smothered in sauce. Don't get me wrong, the sauce was wonderful and had a great depth of taste. It was just nice to be able to enjoy the eggplant as well. The veal dish was enjoyed until the very end. If you are getting an entree I suggest you split one of the salads for your appetizer as they are very large."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was once a must go to place gone way downhill"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I'm going to start this review by saying my mom and Aunt are in town, both of whom are Italian. I was looking for a yummy neighborhood restaurant to take them to. Dinotto was perfect. Lovely ambiance, fantastic service and delicious food. They loved it. The eggplant parmesan is a must try!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Perfect example of why owners who really care produce the best-in food, atmosphere, and a totally enjoyable experience.. When you immediately feel as if you are among friends, you know you have found one of the best!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was alright but very pricey for no bigger than what the portions were. Service was great, waiter was very helpful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dining experience. The food was excellent (best Lasagna ever), our waitress Olga was friendly and attentive, and the hostess was welcoming and accommodating. This was our first time there and we will definitely be back; looking forward to dining al fresco in the summer. One last note - the valet person was extremely courteous and helpful in spite of terrible, snowy weather. Everyone made our dining expereience memorable."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Service was excellent, enjoyed the chicken rosemarino and the risotto was also delicious. It wasn't crowded at 6 p.m. so the noise level certainly wasn't an issue."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "If you live in the Gold Coast/Old Town area, Dinotto is the perfect place for a delicious dinner. Our server was very attentive and explained the menu and recommended several dishes. We opted for a pasta dish and chicken dish. Both were yummy. This restaurant was convenient to Second City, where we had tickets for the late show."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife had the Restaurant Week menu and ordered a la carte. The best part of the meal was the bread pudding dessert. My caprese salad featured good-quality fresh mozzarella, but the out-of-season tomatoes were flavorless and too tough. My wife enjoyed her salmon entrée, but my veal Milanese wasn't very good - the meat was pounded too thin and the coating seemed to be a commercial product such as Golden Dipt (which is oft used for fried perch and fried smelts)."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We went here for restaurant week and the food and service were incredible. Definitely recommended."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Enjoyed eating upscale food in a casual environment...Chopped was playing on the TV. Food was excellent. I especially liked the tomato based sauces...very fresh tasting. Service was outstanding. Can't wait to return in warmer weather to enjoy dining on the patio."
    Dined on 12/28/2013