Fornello Trattoria
Fornello Trattoria

Fornello Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fornellotrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 7734041800x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm -9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sheridan
  • Public Transit: Next door to Sheridan Red-line stop.
    Irving park and Sheridan - 80 Bus
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Have some available spots please call ahead for info
A word from Fornello Trattoria
Experience award-winning wine and old style, authentic Italian food made with only the freshest ingredients. Whether you are celebrating family, or enjoying a special night with a date, come in for an unforgettable experience.

Fornello will be the first thing on your mind the next morning.
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Fornello Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (7)romantic (6)kid-friendly (5)fit for foodies (4)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (3)special occasion (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great food, great service
    mandile23
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Reliable neighborhood joint. Delicious, traditional Italian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!! We WILL be back!!
    ashleyk328
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Fornello was recommended to me by a friend. During a weekend trip to Chicago with my children, I looked up how to get there and we made a reservation for 2 pm. Being unfamiliar with the city, we actually got there a half hour early, which was about an hour before they actually were supposed to open at 2:30 pm. However, they let us in and seated us and served us drinks, and as soon as they had enough staff in to start serving us lunch they did (it was still well before 2:30 at that point). The meal was outstanding, and my kids begged to take their leftovers with them even though we were traveling (we did). Even though we are 5 hours away by car I would almost drive back just to have dinner. I wish we could have taken them home with us!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fornello Trattoria - very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food here is very good, nice-sized portions, and at a reasonable price. Lots of options on the menu, and a great wine list. The service is very good as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So sad to see what is gone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    As long-time fans of Fornello, we were there often for many years because it was in the neighborhood and could be depended for perfect mussels, exquisitely fresh and flavorful eggplant and artichoke salads, savory veal cappelacci. The Matinis and the wines were delicious. The wait staff was knowledgeable and had personality, as did the room. Then they decided to redo it. Many of our favorite dishes and servers left. The space is now generic and the few favorite dishes that remain have inferior ingredients. And the servers, well it would be unkind to say how inattentive they are or how little they know. We keep trying the restaurant out of loyalty but it's not the same. Please bring back the old Fornello and all its wonderful elements!
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  • Great neighborhood Italian
    Chicagodiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food and service. We like the lemon chicken, chicken marsala, gnocchi with vodka cream sauce. Some things are great, everything is at least good. If you don't see it on the menu, ask and they often will make it for you anyway. They really try to accommodate. Good wine list too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 26 reviews are from the Fornello Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Enjoyable
    CLAIRE
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food and waiter were outstanding. We enjoyed our meal very much. Staff was very attentive to our needs. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant little place
    GasDocFL
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Good food, reasonably priced. Calamari was excellent. Other food was average or slightly above average, service could have been better. The night we went wasn't that busy, but the service was less than attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites....!
    Nikski9098
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    My friends/family have been coming to this place for over 15 years. I've had everything on the menu more than twice and I can honestly say there isn't one thing that I wouldn't recommend. I proposed to my fiancé here as well...! The staff made sure that it was a huge surprise by hiding the ring on her entree plate in a tomato cut in the shape of a rose.....!!!! When the restaurant closed recently for the remodel I can say I was a little upset it would lose its personal charm and family down home feeling you got when you walked into the place. (the always blazing fireplace in front of the bar they cooked pizza in) When they reopened I was pleasantly surprised with what they had done to the place. Check it out...! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy yummies! Awesome Calamari.
    Chels
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great neighborhood spot for delicious Italian, dine in, or delivery. Freshest Calamari I've had in a while, and not overpriced!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    4 people in the restaurant and I waited over an hour for my dinner. It was the worst meal ever. A gentlemen came in after me ordered the same meal because mind smelled so good. We both were disappointed. It was very salty, over cooked rice, and fishy smelling seafood. Don't waste your time and money.
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  • Great Place!!
    Eric
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Went with my parents, and we were all extremely happy. Our waiter knew his stuff, the owner was very nice. When we were ordering, we asked about a veggie we'd never heard of, eventually choosing against it- they gave us an order for free during the meal. We had an appetizer, salad, and different main courses and loved all of them. Highly recommend! I'll be taking the lady for sure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always return when in Chitown
    KCBluesAndFoodVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Whenever we are in Chicago we always make a point of dining at Fornello. The spicy calamari is delicious and our favorite dish. I love the meatball salad and usually pair it with baked clams. We shared the sausage and peppers which was authentic. The waitperson recommended an Umbrian red which complimented the meal. The server(Kelsey?) was very professional and warm.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    ph04VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Went to dinner here with a big party and the staff was very accommodating! The environment was very warm and welcoming. Our entire meal was delicious. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian on Irving Park
    Reviewer34567VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    My second visit was as great as the first. All of the seafood/pasta dishes are great. I enjoyed the calamari this time. The spaghetti bolognese is heavenly; order a side of sausage for a treat. This is the place to go for authentic, reasonably priced Italian food--love the eggplant or veal parmesan or any of the marsalas or vesuvios. With live music, free parking on the street, and friendly staff, this has become a favorite of ours, especially when we go to one of the nearby small theaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fornello's
    Fornellos
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    It seems like they have a new owner or cook? The Chicken Vesuvio did not taste the same? Not sure if it is new owners or new cook.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a nice experience!
    Michelle
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We went here after a matinee show at the Mercury theater with a group of 8. It was empty at 530. But the staff was fun, helpful and attentive. We enjoyed spicy calamari at the server's suggestion. It was crisp and a zip of little cherry peppers. Bruchetta was delicious. We enjoyed the eggplant parm. Shrimp with a garlic butter sauce, steaks that were tender and cooked just right. We enjoyed a great evening. Thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Calamari
    KCBluesAndFoodVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    My wife and i dined at Fornello Trattoria on our last visit to Chicago. The service was impeccable. We each had a glass of proseco as an aperitif. Our server recommended a Sicilian wine which was suberb and a good value. For an appetizer we shared the calamari. Words cannot do justice to this dish. Tender, moist, tasted of the sea. Best ever!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the sea bass
    funtravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Went there at the last moment and were pleasantly surprised with food quality.had the sea bass and pumpkin ravioli and both were excellent!would go there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really is a neighborhood gem
    new2me
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We don't get into the city much and were looking for someplace to eat (moderately priced) within walking distance of Strawdog Theatre, for "dinner and a show". Fornello Trattoria is just a short walk away. We asked for the (brick oven) pizza menu, and the four cheese pizza was delicious. The minestrone soup was full of vege's - unique and delicious. The atmosphere was super comfortable and the service was great. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    This was our first visit to the newly redesigned and revamped Fornello. They've made some great leaps forward with the menu, which has become much more attuned to contemporary tastes with simpler and more flavorful dishes. The update of the restaurant works. They have made great improvements. I'm sorry it took us so long to take advantage of the new Fornello.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was OK- just OK-
    MIKEVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Everything was OK- just OK- The food was good, the price reasonable, service was good. Nothing was bad, nothing outstanding. We'd go back but not rush back. A pleasant restaurant, in no way memorable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, Casual Italian Food
    BMSt
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    I would give this place 3 1/2 stars but not 4. We liked the food and the value is very, very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Every Minute
    Jeff417
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We found this restaurant thanks to Open Table and will be returning next time in Chicago. Went with party of six and every dish was wonderful. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience. (And we are Italian. We know good food!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a fabulous night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    I started off at the bar for a drink before the rest of my party to arrive, had a great old fashioned made by Vince, the bartender that evening. Soon after, my date arrived and sat in the dining room which was beautiful with open faced brick and muted tones. We must have ordered every appetizer on the menu, just to try and see what we would like. The Tomato and onion salad, simple but wonderful flavor! you must get the baked clams, the breading and sauce is so wonderfully delicious i almost licked the plate! The burrata salad is flown in from Italy, and well worth it! Sausage and peppers, just like I make at home. i ended up after all of that, ordering the parmesan encrusted grouper, perfection. I will be back and taking many friends!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first time dining
    Loves2eatsweetsVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    This was our first time dining at Fornello. When I walked into the restaurant I thought it was beautiful. The décor was modern and the outdoor seating was lit up by beautiful lighting and an array of flowers. I decided to order the martini flight which offered four different mini size martinis. They were all delicious. The drink menu was extensive and my husband ordered a pum-king beer which was awesome! We both ordered pasta dishes for dinner. The portions were huge and the food authentic. Our waitress was friendly and we were even greeted by the general manager Ottavio. He offered us complimentary homemade lemoncello which was the perfect ending to a perfect meal! We will definitely be back again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was great, food terrible
    FaceVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Chef's plate of meats and cheeses is direct from Wal-Mart's grocery aisle: sliced processed cheeses and meats. Tuna carpaccio special was fishy and tasteless otherwise. Mushroom risotto was just passable. Seafood pasta dish was flavorless. Brighter note: our server was great. She took very good care of us. She did her own research to clear up our questions on the opaque wine list (one example: David Bruce is listed as a wine, not a winery). Kudos to her and good luck!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening out
    Rocks81
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    This place is a cute little neighborhood gem. The food is good, reasonably priced, and there's a "almost" cheesy ambience to it- from it's yellow Christmas lights outlining the outdoor seating area to the electric piano player that has the preprogrammed songs to serenade you with - from "lady in red" to "guantanemara". If you are just looking for a quaint dinner out- this is a great place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food overall was pretty
    girls5
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    The food overall was pretty good. I had the lobster ravioli and the sauce was excellent but the pasta could have been a little more tender. Another person in the group stated that the salmon was quite good. The negative was the live music the evening we were there. We were expecting a quieter atmosphere so our group could talk but the piano singer too loud for the size of the restaurant and ruined the ambience for us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italy on Irving Park
    OysterLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    This restaurant has terrific Italian food, fabulous service and wonderful atmosphere. A lovely out door patio. The recent remodel is beautiful. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Italian Restaurant!
    Flygirl
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Can't wait to go back to this wonderful little gem! We had a party of 6 on a Saturday night and were treated like we were the only ones in the place. The service was terrific! The food tasted as if "mama" were in the kitchen cooking up her home aid dishes. The outside seating was quaint. The live music was nice. The wine selection was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place
    Blue2289
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    This place was great, can't wait to go back to this place. Great price for the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.