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Pizzeria da Nella
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Pizzeria da Nella Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pizzeriadanella.com
  • Phone: (773) 281-6600
  • 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: Pizzeria, Italian
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our first time here was wonderful- we will be back! If you are from, have lived in, or just love Naples (Napoli), eat here !"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Lobster rosoto is a must pizza is also bery good great service food came out pretty fast I will be back soon"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Fried calamari plate was excellent. The two glasses of Italian wine--quite expensive at $12 each--had been poorly stored."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "wonderful homemade pasta, true Neapolitan style pizza, friendly staff."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "If you love Italy, you'll find the food here to be as close as it gets in Chicago. Amazing."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Best pizza in Chicago! With a thin crust, it's simply delicious ...just like they make it in Naples."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The pizza at Nella is incredible. This time we had the risotto and bolgonese as well. Both were great!"
    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..."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We ordered 2 Italian beers. One was super delicious. I think it was called Colessi. We also offer the lobster avocado appetizer special which was fresh and light and tasty. Also ordered the arugula salad which was perfectly simple & awesome. The pizza was PHENOMENAL!! The crust was so light and fluffy and perfect. The sauce is to die for. This will.definitely be a regular thin crust pizza joint for me."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had a party of 8, service was excellent, pizza was very good. Happy to find another Neapolitan style pizza place in Chicago"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Top notch pizzas; i will go back despite the distance from my usual stomping grounds. Entrees were average to very good. A very unusual beer menu featuring craft Italian beers was a highlight; possibly unique in the city. Salads were very good; some appetizers were a bit off. Go for the pizza."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Excellent Neapolitan style pizza. Great thin pizza with chewy crust and quality ingredients. Enjoyed appetizers as well."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Everything about this restaurant was great. The service was outstanding. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Nella's is awesome- the best pizza outside of Italy, but also terrific seafood and past. Lobster risotto- yum! When our good friends who live in the burbs visit us Nella's is the only restaurant they want to go to."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Poor selection of beer. Pizza was average. Had to scream to be heard. Overall, not so much."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Nella serves brick oven pizzas that rival the best that Italy has to offer."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We went with some long time friends of ours that we had not seen in a while. Our waiter was charming and the service was very attentive without being intrusive. We had a lot of catching up to do and we never felt pressured to order our meals. We started with two enormous antipasto plates - one seafood the other with italian sausages and such. Both were very well prepared and presented. The wine list is really fun. Many italian wines from near Naples, mostly Lachryma di Christy but reasonably priced and the rosso we had was perfect with the antipasto and pizza. Pizzas were delicious. We had thin crust with interesting combinations of toppings. After the 2 antipasto plates, 2 pizzas were plenty for the 6 of us. Reasonably priced too."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We picked this place because of it's high rating on Open Table and we were not disappointed at all! It was excellent. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Well worth leaving our hotel area in the Chicago Loop for this restaurant. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We found this after a full day of moving into the neighborhood. It was great, the wait staff was wonderful and the food was even better. Great beer menu and very unique items on the menu."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Like how fast the pizza came out. Very thin and delicious!!"
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "Very good, oven-fired pizza with fine crust and high-quality ingredients at a good price. Great service. Casual atmosphere."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Really good Neapolitan-style pizza. Excellent menu. Service was good but not great. Still worth going to."
    Dined on 9/12/2013