Il Vicinato Ristorante
Il Vicinato Ristorante

Il Vicinato Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilvicinatochicago.com/
  • Phone: 7739275444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM
    Friday -11 AM to 11 PM
    Saturday- Noon to 11 PM
    Sunday - Noon to 8 PM

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Il Vicinato Ristorante
IL Vicinato is immersed in the Heart of Chicago’s Little Italy Neighborhood. This authentic piece of Italy is a hidden gem that has passionately created dishes from old world recipes for 40 years. Appetizers are a great start with such favorites as twice Baked Clams, Red Roasted Peppers, and Grilled Octopus. Our signature dishes include Homemade Veal Ravioli’s, Chicken Vesuvio, and Steak Rinaldo that will make your dining experience an event to remember. If you save room, choose from one of our delectable desserts! We have daily specials; some created and named after customers. Our welcoming atmosphere and family orientated staff will make you a “regular.” Customers come from city and suburbs alike to dine with us. Corporate events welcomed. Dishes are plentiful and accompanied by an extensive wine list and full bar. Great stop before United Center, U.S. Cell and Soldier Field. See us at Check Please, and a recent review by CLTV Chicago's Best.
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Il Vicinato Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • An old Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We eat here often. The food and service are very good. Its unpretentious and an excellent place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Most delicious Italian food, excellent service and great atmosphere! Loved it and will definitely return when in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • heidwrite
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Combines excellent, traditional dishes with professional wait staff in a friendly neighborhood way. Reasonable wine list. Both a comfortable, classic urban Italian dining room as well as a good-sized bar to eat in if you need to keep up with a game. So many choices to eat Italian in Chicago, but when I want someplace for a family gathering or some place just comfortable without compromising on food, Il Vicinato is the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Deal Italian
    Chip
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I grew up in the Philadelphia area and had many great Italian restaurant options. Since moving to the Denver area, I have been hard pressed to find anything that approached those Philly Italian restaurants. I was in Chicago dropping my son off at college and we found Il Vicinato on-line. What a find! This is real deal, old school, and reasonable (for Chicago) Italian food. I have tried several of the Italian Restaurants in Chicago's Little Italy (Taylor Street), but nothing comes close to Il Vicinato. It is off the beaten path, but don't let that keep you from going. The regular menu was really great, but the specials were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great family place
    danny
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    your server was very accommodating and attentive. the ambiance was old world and it was the perfect place for a sunday afternooon meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    Pands
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    One of the best. The veal ravioli is their specialty although I haven't had a bad meal. The antipasto salad for the table is a must. The staff is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Il Vicinato Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Overall great experience
    Carla
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food was quite a surprise! I ordered the black fettuccine with lobster, scallops and shrimp and it was excellent. My husband ordered the Veal ravioli and that was also very tasty. The home-made cheesecake was to die for. The service was also exceptional. Will definitely make a return trip to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss Il Vicinato
    MmaureenVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Il Vincinato is one of the best restaurants in Chicago. The menu is comprehensive with great specials every evening. I love the preparation of their fish dishes. The twice-baked clams are awesome and the chopped salad delicious. This is a warm, welcoming restaurant with outstanding service. Just a short taxi ride from downtown, this is a restaurant you should not miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quintessential Italian
    RickC
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Il Vincinato is my favorite restaurant on the planet. I am myself full-blooded Italian, and thus a harsh critic of Italian restaurants. This place fits all bills: The food is fantastic, the service is friendly and accommodating, and the ambiance is what one sees in old movies. Try it! Immediately!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian
    winendineme
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Dinner was delicious, they have the best homemade ravioli around. We love the pizza bread and zucchini appetizers. Service was fine, we did not fell rushed at all. One of the last great original places for excellent Italian. I would get here more often if it was closer to where I live.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    donlenny
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Went here before a Blackhawks game late afternoon on a sunday. My date and I sat in the front bar area of the restaurant.The specials were on a chalkboard next to the bar. Our waiter was excellent! Decsribed the specials and entire menu along with the wine list. For an appetizer had crab cakes which were excellent. Dinner (cant remember the exact name) had pasta shells stuffed with beef and peas covered in a spicy tomato sauce. Huge portions and the taste was incredible. No room for desert! Excellent service, excellent food, excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Sugar
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Brought a cake for after dinner and Ben put candles on it and came out signing happy birthday. What a surprise and treat. Food was great, authentic Italian! Had a great time and even got the round table I requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dinner!
    MmaureenVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We took friends from out of town to Il Vicanato. We had a wonderful evening. As always, the twice baked clams and chopped salad were a perfect start to the evening. We enjoyed wonderful dinners of pasta and fish, as well as red and white wine. The service was excellent and the ambience warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing and authentic Italian food
    JessSyd95
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very delicious and fresh food. Everyone enjoyed the food and loved the relax family and kid friendly environment. There were approx. 12 in our party and the waiter seamlessly catered to our every request and question. We did not feel rushed and were asked by several people if we were ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian:always want you to be happy
    Franman
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had to get my chicken vesuvio fix; as usual, outstanding! Great thing about the Veech is 1) they have great daily specials; the Fettucine with fresh seafood sounded delicious, as did the veal & fresh fish special (I had to go with my Vesuvio though) 2) their listed menu options are always delicious: my wife had the veal saltimbocca-no leftovers, no sir! 3) if you can describe an Italian dish, they'll prepare it for you, no questions asked. Desserts are almost all homemade: Tiramisu, very good; and the Chocolate homemade cake was really decadent! Service was well intentioned but several times we were wondering where he went. One of the groups had about 10 people in it & was a little over the top loud. Unusual noise though for the Veech.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian & fun
    Superchlorinal
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I didn't realize this neighborhood or this neighborhood restaurant existed until I read about it in the Tribune. Had a great time wandering around on an early Saturday afternoon, seeing all the houses & restaurants that went back several decades. Even though Vicinato's was obviously gearing up for a busy Saturday night, they made us feel very welcome for a late Saturday lunch. Oh, what a wonderful lunch it was, from the bottle of wine and bread & breadsticks in the basket to the veal ravioli & lobster ravioli that was our lunch. Perfect day, great service & very, very good food-Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place has not changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This place has not changed the "look inside" for a long time its like a trip to the past up the food is still good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent. The
    Keymari23
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was excellent. The waiter was very informative and patient. The spinach fettuccine with shrimp, lobster and scallops in vodka sauce was to die for....loved it!!!! I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dining Experience
    Coco
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I made a reservation for my husband's birthday at the last minute because we decided not to go to the restaurant we originally planned. I'm so glad we went. The food was delicious, the wine was great (I'm not a wine drinker) and the service was excellent. They even sang happy birthday to my husband without me requesting it. And it was reasonably priced. I will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Vicinato never fails
    Amtoc
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have been eating here for close to 20 years. No matter the occasion, Il Vicinato never fails to impress. We have been here romantic dinners, rehearsal dinners, dinner with friends, lunch alone and even brought our staff of 25 here once! We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • needs some updating
    Foodie5
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    the food is good and they know how to cook it but it seems they are taking short cuts and much of the "good quality" food was frozen. Their special appetizer was mushy and over the top to where it was not good someone needs to take charge
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Sammihoward
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Even not the most convenient from downtown it was worth the journey. Great menu and service was Amazing. The waiter drove us to the train since we couldn't get a taxi!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    Lucy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    You want great Italian food this is the place. If you don't see it on the menu they will make. The ravioli (homemade) was as little as a feather. They were delish! Service couldn't be nicer and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    AlexsJean
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food is great. Waiter very knowledgeable about food on the menu. Service quick and efficient
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Vicinato is Italian for
    JimS
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Il Vicinato is Italian for "the neighborhood." Love the name and the place. This neighborhood gem located just off Western on 24th Place has an excellent traditional menu. Loved the ravioli with meat sauce. The list of specials is impressive, and includes fresh fish prepared with some very fine sauces. Pistachio gelato for dessert--excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We discovered Il Vicinato
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We discovered Il Vicinato from a Trib article on "The Other Little Italy." We loved the place. Ambiance is traditional Italian. However, they were willing to make whatever we requested. For dietary reasons, I took their recipe for Veal alla Scallopine alla paramigiana and had them do it with chicken. And the canaloni was to die for.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    PaulV
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Great food at a reasonable price. Authentic food with pleasant and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delicious Classic
    Cindy
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    This is the first time I've been to Il Vicinato and it was a treat from the start. Comfortable atmosphere, friendly service, classic Italian offerings. - fresh and delicious. But even more - that special glow that only comes with time and history. In a city where restaurants change so fast, it's nice to visit one that has stood the test of time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was excellent.
    Linda1955VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Everything was excellent. Definitely will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • semi pleasant experience
    ozzie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the over all experience was decent, my girlfriend and i were ignored by the server on multiple occasions and were only really tended to when we asked for our check. server had to take our order twice because he forgot to write it down the first time. the drinks were left empty throughout the duration of the actual meal even though we asked for refills although the meal itself was AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very authentic Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Very authentic Italian restaurant with all the staples you crave. Excellent selection of wine. Romantic ambiance with décor reminiscent of Italy itself. Definitely a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a great place to eat...
    JimP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Had a group of 9 for lunch last week, what a great time. Thanks Felipe, Ben and Walter. You guys are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large groups ask for a round table
    KathytmVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had a group of 8 people and were stuffed around a rectangle table squeezed between bar end and windows. People sitting at the bar were right on top of us and had to move if we wanted to get out of our seat. It was not a good spot. If you are in a large group, request a round table or at least not by the bar. That way they can't squeeze you into the same spot we were.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Waiting
    stillwaiting
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had reservations at 6:15PM, pulled up to the restaurant a little after 6:00PM. There was no parking around the area so we opted to valet. We waited in the valet line for ten minutes only to have the attendant walk up to the car and tell us the lot was full. He didnt offer an alternative, ask if we had reservations or even apologize. So we went to Rosebud and had a great meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fire
    SJS1
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    While we were finishing up our meal an electrical fire erupted right outside the restaurant, due to icy conditions. The servers and manager were very gracious, continuously offering wine and drinks on the house. The fire department wouldn't allow us to leave for a while after the fire, so the entire place kind of became one big community. My friend and I ended up sitting and drinking wine even after we were allowed to leave. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great low key, old-fashioned dining
    JJJGGG
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    it is a no frills italian cuisine experience. their food is excellent. service is appropriate, and not over the top. wine list is lacking but expected from the low key decor. we go on random days, so its not terribly crowded, but I suspect its very popular on friday/saturday evenings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely neighborhood gem
    mmk319
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My husband and I have been coming here for years; he's been coming for decades. This is a cozy neighborhood Italian joint that knows how to fill your belly. They pour stiff drinks at the bar while you wait for your table, then are very friendly and helpful in directing you around the menu.Their homemade tortolini and ravioli in meat sauce is SO good, one of us gets it every time. My only with is that they had a few lighter items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit Every Time I'm in Town
    Pops
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Classic "old-world" neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is consistently well prepared with a robust menu. I try to make it a point to eat here every time I'm back in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We always love dining at Il Vicinato's. Never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso!!!
    ORSO
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The only thing better than the food was the attention to customer service. Our waiter, Hugo, was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate