Pizzeria da Nella
Pizzeria da Nella

Pizzeria da Nella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pizzeriadanella.com/
  • Phone: 7732816600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday:Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: Lunch: 11:00am- 4:00pm
    Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
    Sunday: Lunch: 11am- 4pm
    Dinner: 4pm- 10 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Janssen Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pizzeria da Nella
Deep dish is as authentically Chicago as Lake Shore Drive traffic, but in the past few years, Neapolitan-style pizza has given it a run for its money. A big reason for its popularity is the pies at Spacca Napoli, a Ravenswood restaurant that opened in 2006 with pies by Nella Grassano, a Naples native who started baking in her family's pizzeria when she was just 12 years old.
After leaving Spacca Napoli in 2007, Grassano reappeared briefly at Nella Pizzeria Napoletana before that restaurant closed. Now, Grassano is back (hopefully for good this time) at her own Lincoln Park restaurant, Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Pizzeria da Nella reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (27)good for groups (27)neighborhood gem (22)kid-friendly (20)fit for foodies (15)great for lunch (9)special occasion (6)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)romantic (2)Show More
  • Best pizza napoletana in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I´m a pizza lover and outside of Italy, Pizzeria da Nella is the best place to have a delicious napoletana pizza.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Gnocchi is amazing. Great marinara sauce. Pizzas are wonderful too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    AliD20
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Stumbled upon this restaurant while looking for a pizza place when family came in from out of town. The patio area was fantastic! Service was great, the pizza tasty and the menu was extensive. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something different on the Chicago pizza scene.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pizza!
    JLBcottageVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always great pizza and pasta! Our go to pizza place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza
    Linda
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    If you want thin crust pizza like you find in Naples, Italy, this is the place for you. Authentic and delicious. Also, other entrees are delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always Great salad & Pizza...Oh the wine was nice as well!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pizza, nice patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very good authentic Italian pizza. Their sausage is especially good. Large patio was great for a party of 11, and quiet despite being right on Fullerton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best Margherita Pizza in Chgo
    mikeinchgo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service was amazing and it was my third time. The appetizer, fresh salad with Octopus, the wine, the Margherita and Truffle Pizzas were incredible. One of the best and authentic pizzas I have had outside of Napoli! Nella and Frank put their hearts and souls into this place and the food and service proves their love and dedication to a great establishment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Stop for Wood Fired Pizza
    BucciBergeronVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Since we unfortunately live in a food deprived suburb and travel to Michigan several weekends, we are always looking for great restaurants close to 90/94 to get our city fix a couple times a week. Da Nella's was great, not only because the pizzas, salads and appetizers were delicious, fresh and authentic, but they are always open. Perfect if you're mobile and need a late lunch or early dinner. We will be back often!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service I've had in a while..
    KatyMess
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was good but the service was a joke. It took the server over an hour to come to our table and talk to us. Dinner reservation was for 7:15 and by 8:15 we still only had waters. I had to ask the hostess 3 seperate times if someone could come over. Once we finally put in our order, we were told they would bring us bread until our food came out. We had to ask repeatedly for the bread and oil until different servers ended up bringing out one for each of us- it was so disorganized. Would not go back.
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  • my visit to Chicago
    yummeth
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Came from Texas for some good pizza. Finding Pizza de Bella was an accidental miracle. Service was above excellent! Thank You
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza
    food4u
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Neapolitan style white pizza with truffle oil was outstanding. Our server was very knowledgable and helpful. For example, he recommended ordering only one salad which was more than ample for two people. There were more diners in the outdoor dining area than inside so it was hard to judge what the noise level would be on a crowded night. The ingredients used in the food preparation were of high quality. The restaurant is definitely worth another visit to try some of the other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neapolitan heaven
    RaReVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    You come for the Neapolitan style pizza (just a few minutes thin crust pizza in a 900 degree oven) and it does not disappoint. Large selection of great toppings (arugula, prosciutto, spicy sausage, shrimp, bufalata) - very authentic just like the ones you find in Italy. One of the must visit pizza places in Chicago with a great outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I couldn't recommend this place highly enough - I've been here 3 times and have had their pizza, pasta, and tiramisu and have never been disappointed. Absolutely delicious. The restaurant has a nice rustic feel to it with the beautiful woodstove in the back. Try this place out - you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Neapolitan !
    Sonomarko
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our first time here was wonderful- we will be back! If you are from, have lived in, or just love Naples (Napoli), eat here !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    pizza
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Lobster rosoto is a must pizza is also bery good great service food came out pretty fast I will be back soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, quiet place, OK service
    mmkad4
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Restaurant was voted as one of the best in Chicago, so I was surprised to find that it was practically empty when I arrived (to be honest, it was Sunday at around 9pm, so that might have been the reason). The margherita pizza was delicious, but the server was more concerned with counting his tips with other servers at the bar than taking my order. After the order was taken, though, the pizza came out very quickly. All in all, I'd give it another try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A touch of Italy
    Rica
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The tomato sauce is out of this world. It was literally the best I ever tasted, even better than ours homemade. The pizza was excellent, but the dough was a little too thick, especially the crust. Overall though, it reminded me of being back home in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza was very tasty
    AAI007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    we went there for pizza and it was pretty yummy. service was not so attentive, we were dissapointed to get our wine in non-wine glasses, but in plain short water glasses...but again, you go there for the pizza....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Pizzeria da Nella reviews archive.
  • TORiaJVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Fried calamari plate was excellent. The two glasses of Italian wine--quite expensive at $12 each--had been poorly stored.
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  • always a great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    wonderful homemade pasta, true Neapolitan style pizza, friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizzas not what they use to be.
    luv2pizza
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Nice clean space and very attentive waitress. We had the fried calamari as an appetizer and it was very good. The pizzas were a different story. We ordered three different pizzas and there was one thing that they all had in common. The crust on all of them was undercooked and extremely soggy towards the middle of the pizzas.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful pizza
    LauraWoods
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The pizza is outstanding, and the calamari is my favorite in Chicago. Everything I've tried has been really good quality and excellent flavor: the pizza, caprese, calamari, risotto, bolognese and bruschetta are all great. Good Italian wines, too. I love the food here, and the servers are great. The hosts could be nicer, but overall it's one of my favorite special occasion restaurants, and a pretty easy walk from the Fullerton Red/Brown line station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Their pizza is absolutely amazing. Taste exactly like Italy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Neopolitan Style Pizza!
    ChiGal81
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went here with a group of 8 because I heard it was kid-friendly and had great pizza. We love Spacca Napoli, so had to give this place a try. It was perfect. The noise level minimized my toddler's sometimes loud babbling and made it fun and energetic. We had the cheese/cream/prosciutto and calamari appetizers. Both were delish. We also tried a couple pizzas. Delightfully chewy crust and divine toppings. We sat inside but saw they have a cute patio, so we'll definitely be back this summer. Great place for a group (and for little ones).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • angelicflyer2014VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My husband and I were invited to this charming restaurant by a very good friend of his who is Italian. His Mom was visiting from Italy and he wanted her to meet us. When trying to decide on a place to go, he said if we had Italian, it had to be "real" Italian food, because his Mom would like anything else. He suggested Pizzeria da Nella. This was our first time at restaurant, and my husband and I loved every aspect of it. Authentic Italian. Owner and servers were all very personable. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Adgirl
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    If you love Italy, you'll find the food here to be as close as it gets in Chicago. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic pizza from Naples
    CatnipVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Best pizza in Chicago! With a thin crust, it's simply delicious ...just like they make it in Naples.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for large groups
    ToriVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I'm a huge fan of Spacca Napoli so I organized a birthday dinner for my boyfriend with a party of 15 on a Friday night at Pizzeria da Nella to try a different scene with pizza we already know we like. The service was quick and stayed on top of our drink orders despite the large crowd. It was perfect since the pizza comes out so quickly it didn't take too long for everyone's order. The food was as always awesome - I love the Diavola and the Prosciutto and Arugula pizzas, definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We love this place, the margarita pizza is our absolute favorite. However, the restaurant has turned into a family only place, so having a quiet dinner out with my husband is impossible. There are children throughout the restaurant, some behaved, some not. We have come later in the evening, and its still filled with kids. It used to be a very quiet place, so its disappointing that we can't enjoy a quieter dinner like we used to. However, it probably won't stop us because we love love love the food.
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  • Not impressed
    MikeL
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Nella may have taught them how to do it at Spacca Napoli, but today Spacca Napoli would never serve such a soggy pizza. And the mixed seafood grill was not worth anything near the $40 they charged for it. Nice $39 bottle of Primitivo, though.
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  • Authentic Italian
    Nina
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The place is very open and has beautiful scenes of Italy hanging on their walls. The wait staff is very friendly and the selection of pizza is very good, they make 10" Napolitian pizza in a wood burning oven, comes out delicious. I have never been to their outside patio in the summer but I am sure it is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The pizza is fantastic and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The pizza is fantastic and worth the trip, but the atmosphere is lacking a bit. We were there on a Friday night around 9:00 and it was almost empty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Pizza Napolitano
    CleoVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to give Pizzeria da Nella a try after reading a glowing review in the Chicago Reader. We shared the prosciutto de rucola pizza and it was delicious! The crust was the right combination of chewy and crunchy and the toppings of several slices of prosciutto and a huge mound of fresh arugula on a white sauce was perfect! I'll definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pizzeria da nella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I went here with a group of friends for pizza and wine over the weekend. The food was delicious and the ingredients all tasted really fresh! The wine list was impressive. The only thing that I did not like was that we felt rushed by our server. He cleared our plates and brought us the check without even asking if we would've liked some dessert. I would go back, but request someone else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good pizza and potentially a laid back atmosphere, but the girl in charge of takeout was sprinting around the restaurant organizing takeout orders. It was distracting and very odd.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME Pizza
    JillVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The pizza at Nella is incredible. This time we had the risotto and bolgonese as well. Both were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large Valentine's dinner party
    stklvr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a party of eight which is hard to accommodate especially on Valentine's but they were unfazed. All of us ordered food at different times (4 kids) but nobody seemed the slightest annoyed although there was no open seat in the restaurant. We order a multitude of dishes and ALL were outstanding. Pizza is to die for and the best risotto ever. Just like the food I had in Italy!!!Well, maybe not the desert...although my picky teen loved the nutella pizza. Great food, great Italian wine, good atmosphere . We'll be back for sure. I've been telling friends left and right to check it out...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ageist and Xenophobic Treatment
    CFLL
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I made a reservation for 7pm, my friends arrived before I did, were told by the hostess that the reservation had been made for 6:30 and that we would have to leave by 8. When I arrived, I confronted the hostess, showed her my email confirming the 7pm reservation, and asked if it was true that they planned to kick us out at 8. She superficially and patronizingly apologized and said she would "do her best." It was both rude and inappropriate. We are in our mid-twenties, and my two friends who arrived before I did and so claimed the reservation, each have foreign accents. I believe that they were the victims of both ageism and xenophobia, not to mention poor customer service. I was very disappointed by the way we were treated.
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  • delicious food with no fuss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    This place serves delicious food with no fuss, and despite the name, it doesn't just serve great pizza but also all kinds of authentic Italian full of flavor and fresh ingredients. Of course, the pizzas are the star of the show and feature the blistery yet chewy Neapolitan crust that the owner is famous for. The service is warm and friendly without being intrusive, and the restaurant is in a quiet neighborhood, very easy to find parking. Hope more people give this place a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.