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Nando Milano Trattoria
Nando Milano Trattoria

Nando Milano Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nandomilano.com/
  • Phone: (773) 486-2636
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Menu was very impressive. Not your typical Italian place. Food was very good"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "More wonderful food and friendly service. This has become one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago. Bravo!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is a favorite restaurant for my customer and it did not disappoint. It was a great dinner with excellent food and excellent service."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I would recommend this place to everyone .... Great place for a date or a group "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Tremendous food. Beautiful presentation. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My mom said it was worth the drive in from the North Shore for Mother's Day! The team treated her like a Queen and we all loved relaxing on the patio. Tried some new dishes...tasty all around!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I heard the table next to us ask where the Nando Milano Trattoria chef buys the bread, pasta or gelato. His answer? They're all made in house. He told us about his Italian family's recipes made with a passion for exceptional, simple food. Real Italian in Chi-town? Yes, please!! We tried 4 dishes and 3 desserts. The lasagna bolognese and spinach-ricotta crepes - both light, uber creamy and out of this world. Pork shank and sea bass were melt-in-your-mouth tender. There are some go-to Italian classics when it comes to desserts...AND attention-grabbing tiramisu cheesecake, yogurt cheesecake + an Italian twist apple pie. YUM. Definitely making a patio reservation for our next special occasion! "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Went with a group of 8. Service was extremely attentive, and every table was full. The food was excellent!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I took my wife to Nando Milano for her birthday at my daughter's suggestion. The food was outstanding, the service friendly and attentive. The entire staff was top-notch. We had a terrific time.....we will definitely come back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent selection of fresh and true Italian food, yummy deserts. Warm, efficient service, very good cozy ambience. The wine list is a bit overpriced and understaffed; otherwise it would have gotten a full 5 stars across the board."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Nando's excellent food is paired with superb service to make a memorable experience. Dario, the owner, makes everyone feel like family (in a good way)."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Having lived in Chicago for more than 3 decades and having worked in the industry for half that time I have visited a lot of restaurants. One of the issues that I have had over the years is that for some reason the food I eat in Italy does not translate to the restaurants back in Chicago. I have found a few over the years that have come close but not until I ate at Nando Milano have I experienced the flavors and richness of a true Italian meal. Everything from a food perspective was like being transported back to the Italy. A perfect lasagna Bolagnese like nothing else you will find. The pork shank was perfectly cook and the Borolo sauce was exquisite. The friendliest staff you will ever experience and the best Canoli I have ever eaten."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have eaten at Nando's several times and first time in giving a review...the food is delicious. The pasta and bread, desserts are all home made by Alessio. The salads are fresh, crisp and so different, which is so nice, since I am a big salad eater. The risotto with peas, asparagus and bacon was wonderful. My husband had a generous portion of pork loin with mashed potatoes which was a very large serving and quite delicious. Highly recommend the restaurant and the service is impeccable. Abondonza!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Authentic Italian food prepared beautifully. Homemade pastas are delicious. The minestrone was fantastic. The host and wait staff were extremely attentive and friendly. After dinner drinks, limoncello, orange cello and chocolate whipped cream took an extraordinary dinner to the next level. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Chef Alessio said he's been adding new menu items and specials so we had a chance to try some. 5 star standouts? Super fresh mahi, tempting and tasty lamb AND new crispy polentas with shiitake mushrooms or a tomato/onion melange. Desserts? Delicioso any day! (Worth an extra workout to enjoy one, in my opinion.) Nando Milano team? Consistently great."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "this was our first time to nando, having heard about it for a while, and we absolutely loved it. we had the burrata which was on special that evening and it was so creamy and delicious. the pasta was flavorful and fresh, and all house made. the service was really great too, our waitress and the maitre'd were so attentive. they heard it was our anniversary and they comped us a dessert and a shot of orangecello (also house made). it was good, but we both loved the limoncello much better. overall it was a great experience, a cute space and very romantic. it did get a little noisy with very few couples in there, but it didn't get in the way of our dinner enjoyment in the least. overall, we had a great time at nando and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Disappointed with my experience. First off, its very small and very loud. We sat in table in a middle row and the wait staff bumped into me a number of times. In addition, they required us to order the appetizer and the main courses all at once. Once we received the appetizer, the wait staff, bus boys and anyone else passing by constantly bothered us as to whether we were finished yet. The food was decent, but would definitely not go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Delicious homemade pastas! BYOB with $15 corkage fee or full bar. Really cute restaurant, small but romantic. All of the staff was very friendly."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Every dish was excellent, but our favorite was the asparagus appetizer with egg. Service was very helpful with good recommendations for wine."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Just another standard meal from Nando, which means it was exceptional. Really turning into one of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We came out from the suburbs and even on a slow Sunday night, parking was nearly impossible. Main street itself is jam packed at all hours and most side streets are permit parking only so on the rare occasion you do find a spot, it's still a challenge. So give yourself time if you have a reservation. They do not do Valet on Sunday as well. Other than that (Since parking is always my biggest gripe), everything was top notch and perfect! I just feel bad for the restaurant as I know more parking around the area would also bring in more customers in to their business."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We have eaten at Nando's a few times and absolutely LOVE the authentic food, attentive waitstaff, and intimate environment. TRULY a neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was great and the staff was incredibly informative and attentive throughout the entire nite. I will definetly be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "These guys continue to impress us! Fantastic food with amazing service!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I checked out the reviews of this place & figured it would be the perfect spot for a Valentine's Day dinner & it really was. The place is pretty small so I could understand why reservations were needed. I actually preferred the smaller size of the place. The dimmed lit room with the candles on the tables gave it the perfect romantic atmosphere, but the only downside to that was it was pretty hard to read the menu without putting it up to your face. The service was great and we were greeted as soon as we walked in & walked out as we were leaving. Probably the most important part was that the food was great! Definitely saving this place in my back pocket for any upcoming special occasions."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I are from Nashville. We were craving Italian on Valentines Day, and this place was truly a gem. Wonderful music, atmospher, staff, and most importantly THE FOOD. So delicious! I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Outstanding service and a lovely environment! You can tell they're a bit new as some small things with the meal were off. The ceasar salad had a great dressing but lettuce was cut so small it became difficult to eat. The pasta was very fresh and delicious I will go back, it was a good meal and I'm sure the kitchen was overwhelmed on valentines day, but there were some small things throughout the meal that were below par (presentation of tiramisu for example)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Love this place. Service was a little lacking from previous visits."
    Dined on 2/14/2014