Nando Milano Trattoria
Nando Milano Trattoria

Nando Milano Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nandomilano.com/
  • Phone: 7734862636
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Tuesday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Wednesday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Thursday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Friday : 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    Saturday : 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    Sunday : 5 pm. - 10 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alessio Vullo, and Sous Chef Ester Giacchetto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer full menu availability for catering!
  • Special Events: Monday - Industry Night
    - Every Monday we feature $20 liters of house wine for people in the restaurant industry

    Tuesday - Romeo and Juliette
    - Every Tuesdsay celebrate romance with us; couples dining receive a complementary dessert

    Wednesday - Mercoledi Italiano
    - Once monthly we will feature a ticketed regional tasting menu. Details coming soon, check our website for updates!

    Thursday - Notte delle Donne
    - Every Thursday is ladies' night at Nando! Women get 1/2 priced cocktails!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hoyne
  • Public Transit: One city block west of the Blue Line - Division stop, one city block south of the Blue Line - Damen stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: City street parking; pay per hour until 9:00 pm.
A word from Nando Milano Trattoria
With decades in the family restaurant business, Dario Vullo has brought his family's legacy to the United States to share the great traditions of food in Italy to Chicago with the help of his fiancé and co-owner, Amy Yetasook. Amy is a newly proclaimed Chicagoan and med student studying to become a surgeon.

Executive Chef/brother Alessio Vullo and restaurant namesake Nando (a dignified Italian dachshund) complete the restaurant family. Chef Alessio holds the Vullo family secrets, instructing the team every morning in making fresh pasta, breads, and desserts to the highest Italian standards.

We hope you will stop in and experience our cozy Italian world.

Love, Dario and Amy (owners)
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Nando Milano Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)great for outdoor dining (51)romantic (44)fit for foodies (41)special occasion (28)notable wine list (20)good for groups (16)hot spot (12)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • How have I not been here?
    JenK
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great spot, on the pricier side. That said the food was delicious and the service was impeccible. My only minor complaint is that it's pretty small. The tables are right next to each other. Would be an excellent choice for a special occasion or to bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weak
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were a party of 4. Only 1 person enjoyed their meal. My wife ordered an entree and the waitress returned and said they were out. She recomended another pasta dish & while my wife was hesitant because it didn't sound good, the waitress talked her into it. Well, needless to say, she did not enjoy it. The owner was made aware and came over to say "next time we will do better" however the meal was not taken off the check and they did not so much as offer a free dessert to make up for it. This is the first time I have ever given a restaurant a bad review, But, The bottom line - THE FOOD IS MEDIOCRE AND THE OWNER IS A JERK!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service
    amyspencer
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a great neighborhood spot for authentic Italian food at a great price. It is one of my favorites!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delights
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, friendly service, fresh ingredients, and good wine...who could ask for more for a neighborhood Italian restaurant! This is one of our "go to" spots for Homemade Italian Fare. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truthtellerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was good, but was overshadowed by the noise level. I'd never go back here. WELL, MAYBE IF THERE WERE OUTDOOR SEATING, BUT IT WAS THREATENING RAIN THE NIGHT I WAS THERE
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb pastas - great lemoncello
    bbcapri
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We love Nando's, the staff are very accommodating, small interior trattoria feel with al fresco in good weather on a quieter part of Division's Restaurant Row. The gnocchi are heavenly puffs, the fettucine bolognese is excellent and portofino is a great seafood option. I love finishing the meal with a lemoncello, sweet, lemony and just the right end to a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything I expected!
    YummyFood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I surprised my boyfriend to dinner at Nando with a part of 6. The food was outstanding and the service was amazing:)! The owner and waitress were always checking up on us to make sure that everything was ok. We all felt very welcomed. I defiantly will come back again. I highly recommend Nando to all my family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great service and food
    BeckerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service and food are awesome ...... I let them pick my wine and have never had a bad one
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not sure I will return
    misszee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great little spot, and friendly 'authentic' italian staff; but not really that impressed with the food. Pasta is definitely made in house - but the sauces are not 'simple / delicious' like you would find in italy. A good italian meal is fresh, simple, seasonal. That's the beauty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had dinner with fiends. All four of us loved our meals. Even with a street fair going on all around the outdoor seating the staff were attentive and service was undistracted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with my Foodie Boyfriend
    Foodafoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Absolutely loved our time at Nando Milano. Started off with a bread bag with a few different flavors of bread along with olive oil. Cocktails were delicious AND strong (which is the absolute best and rare to fine) and the calamari was some of the freshest I've ever had. My boyfriend mentioned that the caesar salad was the best he's ever had. For entrees, I had the seafood linguini (with GLUTEN FREE PASTA) and I didn't feel like I was missing anything; it almost tasted better than typical pasta. My boyfriend had the veal but was a little put off by the amount of truffle oil in the meal; it was too much for his liking. Either way, we both loved the food and ambience here and would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fatanstic food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was amazing and the food was something special. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don Mega
    DonMega
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It was a very good experience from a food standpoint. Service was rather slow but the food was worth the wait. If your in a hurry this might not be the place for you? Staff was extremely attentive and the owner/host were right on top of things. Won't hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great discovery
    BethVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I discovered Nando Milano through an open table search. I can't believe I hadn't heard about this place before - it's excellent! We had 4 diners in our group and every one of us loved our dinner. The pasta (all homemade) was excellent; ditto for the starters and salads and fresh-baked bread (which you will want plenty of so you can sop up all that good sauce left on the plate after the pasta is gone). The wine list has excellent choices. Our waitress was top-notch - thoroughly versed in all the food and wine and able to provide really helpful descriptions to help us make our choices. All staff members were incredibly friendly and professional. It was nice weather so we enjoyed the great outdoor area. Will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Date Night Success
    jdub
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I took my wife here for an 'into the city date night.' The food, setting and service were great. We sat on the patio in front of the restaurant. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian Place
    TammyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is a little italian neighborhood place and the food was terrific. They have nice outside area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nando Milano - hidden gem!
    Dorothy3
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I do love this place. Although it is tiny, it is a hidden gem in the neighborhood. The prices are decent, although the cocktails seemed a bit high. The service is always superb, the waitstaff is eager to recommend or suggest items based on your taste. I have not had a bad meal yet, but the only one complaint I had is that I got a pasta dish with shrimp and there were only 2 shrimp...I found that a little odd and skimpy...it was delicious though...just wished I had more shrimp! Even one more!!! There are very eager to please, but are not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find! Neighborhood Gem!
    cath23
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The lovely patio outside was packed. Food was amazing! Yelena, our server was warm, friendly & had great suggestions (which we went with) Started with Pork Meatballs, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio (both photo worthy & delicious) a Mixed Seafood dish & a Pasta dish. All Incredible! For main courses 2 of us had Branzino w/Asparagus which was light & tasty. Absolutely delicious! My husband had the Pork Chop which he devoured & the other man had Lobster & Scallops in a light, creamy sauce. We had a few wines w/dinner(nice list) then on to dessert. Apple Pie, heavenly (made in house) Cannoli, also delicious, along w/Coffee, Cappuccino & complimentary Biscotti. The owner, Dario, was very attentive & service was great! We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding total experience
    EnjoyEatingVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our visit to Nando Trattoria Milano was outstanding. Every dish that we tried was wonderful … the focaccia bread that we were served, the beautifully presented and delicious salad, and all three of us very much enjoyed our entrees … the lobster and pasta special, the rigatoni, and the lobster ravioli. The blonde pretty server Elena could not have been more helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italy on Division Street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nando Milano is a must! First, the outdoor patio made you feel like you were in some European cafe. Second, the service was wonderful, attentive without being overbearing. Third, the food.....ah yes, the food! Everything was amazing. Gnocchi al Rosso were like little pillows that melted in my mouth. The papparadelle with pork ragu was outstanding. Did I mention the pasta was homemade? The mussels as appetizer was unusual and very tasty. Homemade bread was so good dipped into the sauce of the appetizer and pasta. The desserts were delicious. Dario Vullo, the owner, was friendly and charming. His chef brother, Alessio, is an artist. This is a must for an amazing dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely amazing!
    Foodz
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Best food in Chicago yet! Everything is homemade and its absolutely incredible! Great patio and amazing service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian...one of the best
    Kzb3
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We took my daughter there for her 18th birthday...based on earlier reviews, and we weren't disappointed. We sat outside, which I believe would be the preferred seating on the happening part of west division. We were greeted by Dario, the owner, with a friendly welcome. From our reservation, he saw it was my daughters birthday, and proceeded to double kiss her cheeks. Very sweet. Appetizers were unique and delicious; this included polenta with speck (cured bacon) and mushrooms...this was made to perfection. Dinner included a 1/2 lobster, mussels with the freashest pasta. Incredible! We also had the gnocchi stuffed with ricotta, simple but none the less delicious. Finished with tiramisu, cannoli, and gelato...just a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was expecting more based on reviews
    LC2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I know my review will differ from most positive reviews posted about this place but I simply was disappointed. Food was just OK. It wasn't bad by any means and actually reminded me my last trip to Florence. It will be perfect for usual evening dinner but not for foodie exploration. Service was very attentive though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like coming home...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Wonderful as always. Between the setting, the food and the amazing care given by the guys running the restaurant, it's the perfect place to enjoy a meal in the city on a beautiful summer night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Menu was very impressive. Not your typical Italian place. Food was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, As Usual
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    More wonderful food and friendly service. This has become one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie & Patio Favorite
    AkashaVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I'm impressed by the variety of summer fusion selections. It really is more than just traditional Italian pastas and comfort food. I went with some friends who live to try restaurants across the country - and Nando Milano has our vote as a top spot for those who appreciate food and pairings. Loved the lobster profiteroles, red snapper and fresco desserts (real pineapple and gelato and raspberry cheesecake - YES, PLEASE! We liked it so well we went back to celebrate 3 summer birthdays on the patio. Our compliments to Dario, Chef Alessio and their staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    What a great find! Luca and his staff did a great job serving us terrific salads, pastas, and appetizers. This is a wonderful neighborhood Italian spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in the city!
    Lis4323VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is one of my favorite places in the city - some of the most authentic Italian, from the pastas to risotto to the fish and meat. Plus everyone that works there is pretty much from Italy and super friendly and fun to visit. The outdoor patio in the summer is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sparklebear
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in the city. Its like going to an old friend's house and having them cook you and amazing Italian meal. Best food in Chicago, bar none!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, distracting ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've heard such great things about this restaurant that I was excited to finally give it a try. Sadly I was disappointed. I'll start and say the food was very good. Our group had a mix of pasta and meat dishes and everyone enjoyed their meal. Unfortunately this couldn't overcome the negatives. We sat outside on a beautiful evening. The problem here was the music at the restaurant was blaring and trying to compete with the extremely loud, live rock music coming from the pawn shop next door. We were all on sensory overload. Our waiter also was not ideal. His English was not great and he couldn't answer our questions and simply confused us. Don't waste your time here.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic meal!
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Went here with a party of six - everyone's food was fantastic! We especially loved the veal ravioli and the beet infused gnocchi. Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Ultimate Dining Experience
    Gregorio
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The best, most authentic Italian I've ever had. I am moving back to NYC and will miss this gem. Dario, Alessio, Sergio, Luca and team are absolutely fantastic and make Nando Milano the best Italian restaurant I've ever visited (this coming from a first generation Italian who's been everywhere).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Nando Milano is an ok restaurant. For the money I think La Scarola or Club Lucky are better. Not saying anything was bad. I was just not blown away by anything. In this age where everything is house made you have to do something different to seperate yourself. This is where they fell short. Don't order their $33 shellfish pasta. The shell of the lobster was covered in barnacales as well as being somethered in red sauce. How is one supposed to crack a lobster without getting tomato sauce all over your hands. To make matters worse they bring you a tiny moist towelette that was large enough to clean 1/2 a finger off. Not worth the money! Service was pleasant, but not solid enough to overcome the mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 174 reviews are from the Nando Milano Trattoria reviews archive.
  • KenSmith
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This is a favorite restaurant for my customer and it did not disappoint. It was a great dinner with excellent food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite place in my hood
    BeckerVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I would recommend this place to everyone .... Great place for a date or a group
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!!
    CaliGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We celebrated my birthday here and all the staff helped to make it very special. They were all very friendly and knowledgeable. The pastas are all handmade and delicious. Even a simple caesar salad was wonderful. They even make their own limoncella! I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Lapdawg
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Tremendous food. Beautiful presentation. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old Country flavor and feel
    Brent
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Because I live in the 'burbs I'd not heard of Nando's, but I have a tradition of taking a client who visits Chicago each May for the National Restaurant Association show to dinner at an authentic Italian restaurant. Both of us were very pleased with Nando, from the wine list and menu to the impeccable service to the extraordinary fresh dish preparations. If I have a complaint (I don't), it's that the noise level is a little high--probably because this quaint restaurant is small and intimate. The noise is endurable thanks to the high quality of every other aspect of the experience. I highly recommend Nando to anyone who wishes to enjoy a genuine slice of real Italy in the Windy City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tutto Buono
    Chicago
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Just when you might have thought that Italian food is getting to be a bit predictable-along comes Nando Milano Trattoria. The room looks like the neighborhood gems I dined in throughout Italy. Warm, lived-in, traditional. Italian food with a little something unique in every preparation. The braised octopus had all four at our table raving. Butterflied pork chop Milanese sets the benchmark for this dish. Tender, succulent, crispy. Caccio e Pepe (rare in Chicago) in a luxurious pecorino romano based sauce is like a quick trip to Italia. Baby lamb chops, grilled and roasted were perfectly cooked. Wine list is modest but varied; with reasonable prices & labels beyond the usual restaurant suspects. Dario and his staff are extremely welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate