Food was great, food was a
Food was great, food was a little slow coming out, but service was attentive.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
mom with aspie teens
This place could accommodate our need for a variety of good well prepared dishes as well as quiet enough to have a conversation without the din and noise that so often pervades restaurants today's restaurants. I dont enjoy having a shouting match while I am eating. My teens dislike loud noise too.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was visiting Chicago with my Italian parents for a few days and we, of course, had a craving for good Italian food one night. After about an hour of online review reading, we decided on Osteria Via Stata based on its rave reviews. The ambiance was dimly lit with exposed brick and wooden beams. The starter bread with roasted garlic cloves was sweet and delicious. We did a couple apps and pasta dishes. A couple of highlights: fresh mozzarella that melts in your mouth, fresh home-made pastas that taste fresh, Italian wines by the glass or bottle.
I will definitely take my husband here the next time we are in Chicago!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful all around!
We dined at Osteria Via Stato with our two adult children and everyone was happy with their food selections. We ate outdoors which was a bit street noisy but still lovely being outside. We enjoyed our appetizers family style which included calamari and shortrib bruschetta - both outstanding. The arugula salad with dates was wonderful. Our main courses were the seafood stew in a magnificent sauce and the Paccheri Pasta cooked to al dente perfection. I would return to the Osteria in a heartbeat.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good place, had reservation,
Good place, had reservation, wanted to sit outside but apparently that's "first come-first served". Sat inside, air conditioning way too high, freezing inside. Food and service very good though.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect time
You wouldn't expect such great ambiance in the middle of the Magnificent Mile. Great find!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visit Chicago every few months. Generally, we like to try new places, but we make an exception for Osteria Via Stato. The dinner there is amazing!!!! We always do the "Italian feast" where the price is fixed and you get the opportunity to try so many of their menu items. No question it's one of the best meals I've ever had!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here multiple times
Love this place!! Veal meatballs, short rib risotto, duck ragout, burnt caramel gelato. All absolutely fantastic!! Been here a few times. Chef David is always making something great and is very accommodating. Ashley is our favorite server in the city, though we did not have her this last time. For River North, the prices are very reasonable. Just go!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had our dinner outside.
We had our dinner outside. It was a wonderful night. The waiter was helpful, and seems to enjoy the food here.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is amazing, not much
Food is amazing, not much to say! Must try the gnocchi and short rib
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner
We celebrated my son's second birthday outside with a large party, and it was beautiful. Service was a bit slow, but über friendly, the food was fantastic and the ambience On the patio quite memorable.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful service again!
Destiny, our waitress, was so polite and accommodating. It made our date just right!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good options for lunch including a special three course choice. Well cooked and very tasty. Attentive staff.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time with Great food
I went with my girlfriend for dinner and sat on the patio. We had the dinner party menu which is filled with great selections. The portions were designed for the two of us and were excellent from starters to dessert. The waitstaff is great and knowledgeable about all of the selections. Even though we were outside, we felt we had our own little cozy spot to ourselves.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Italian restaurant
I was sitting on their patio, so noise is always an issue, especially when a fire engin comes by.
The salad I had as a starter was great and so were the paccheri pasta dish. Would definitely go back again. It's quick service with a great selection of wines at a price seems very reasonable. (it's more expensive at the Chili's on the other corner and Osteria's food is definitely much better)
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the variety and flexibility of our visit. The food was fun, enjoyable and creative. We were able to substitute or add items with no problem and our waiter could not have been nicer or more helpful. Great spot when you are in a busy part of the city. We look forward to our next visit.
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
It had been about a year since we last visited Osteria Via Stato and we were happy to see that they have continued to remain a place for authentic Italian cuisine. The quality of the food is simply amazing and there may be places near by that claim to be authentic small plate Italian, nothing can compare to Osteria. The beet and gorgonzola salad was a tribute to fresh, in season vegetables that this place is known for. The grilled octopus was so tender and tasty that we almost ordered a second one! The staff are very efficient, friendly and the free sparkling water is so very nice. We are definitely going back and will not wait a year this time!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
little italian, big on experience
Great ambiance great for romantic occasions. The lighting and low noise sets the mood well. The server is very helpful and was patient to go through the wine menu with me and not make me feel inadequate in my knowledge of wine. The food and appetizer suggestions were great. The note to have a bday dessert ready was perfect. Would definitely go again!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not a great server but I can
Not a great server but I can let that go because the food is so good as always
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Visit - Will Return
This was our first visit. Food was great, with a wide variety of items. Service was excellent. Our server made us very welcome and explained the different menu options. While we didn't order the "dinner party", it is a great idea and will be a serious choice on our next visit. We will definitely be back!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Make sure you don't get suckered
Make sure you don't get suckered into chowing down on the bread beforehand. Its tempting because its very fresh. We spent some time at the bar before sitting outside. The bartender was very sociable. Our waitress was very attentive and patient with our questions and checked in a couple of times during the meal. Everyone we encountered, including the hosts, were very pleasant and polite which made it hard not to like the place.
The food itself was very good. The calamari was average, the calabrian potatoes...while a little greasy....were very good, the "All Natural Parmesan-Encrusted Chicken" was excellent and the seasonal risotto was good.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
Seven people fed, seven people very happy and fulfilled! Seven different entries and everyone loved their food - not easy to accomplish! Hats off to the staff at this establishment.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently fabulous dining. Atmosphere from dining alfresco to intimate indoor rooms beautiful! Food and selections for everyone. Service attentive.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best thin crust pizza in Chicago
We stumbled upon this place the last time we visited Chicago - we liked it so much that we had to go back. Delicious pizza and fantastic wine menu and so reasonable. Great find!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food and great service
Osteria is always one of our favorites. The staff is super friendly from the valet to the servers, assistants and managers - they always make us feel welcome whether the restaurant is packed full or empty. The appetizers were delicious with the proscuitto being our favorite. The specical of shortrib bruschetta was unique and excellently prepared. Veal marsala was rich and cooked perfectly, risotto was creamy and had a light delicious air of truffles. Paccheri was perfectly al dente with a lovely hot and savory meat ragu over it. Our favorite dessert was the panna cotta which was delicate and well-flavored and the granita - absolutely fantastic - bold and fruity. An excellent meal which left us wanting more.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delcious food with excellent servic
My husband and I just visited Chicago for the first time and were so very pleased we found Osteria Via Stato. Although we had to wait for our table despite our reservation, it was only about a 10 minute delay. Our waitress was pleasant, efficient, and very helpful always with a smile on her face. We chose the Dinner Party Menu which was wonderful! The salmon carpaccio was our least favorite element to this dinner, but everything else quickly made up for it. The chef's selection (chicken and potato soup), bread, salad, and pastas were all delicious. The main course braised short rib my husband had was melt in your mouth amazing! Thank you Osteria Via Stato for helping make our first night in Chicago even more special!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian food!
We had a work group here for the chef's heirloom tomatoe meal. Fantastic! The wine pairings were great. Everyone enjoyed something special.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, wine and dessert outstanding!
It's unusual to find a restaurant that has really good food, affordable good wine and outstanding desserts all at once. We went with 2 friends (4 people total) and we all agreed this is one of them. A good value to boot! I highly recommend it.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a birthday/ family
We had a birthday/ family reunion at this restaurant and we couldn't have been more pleased! Two of us had been there before and we were not disappointed. The food is amazing.... try the baked onion!!!!! It is a gem..... We would return for a third time!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambience
The food was very good. The Penne with chicken had great tasting sauce.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks for helping make it special
We had a special celebration. The restaurant acted appropriately on the reservation notes, one of the pluses of going to a Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) restaurant, excellent service. Our waiter was great, personable, efficient and at no time did we feel rushed. Should I mention anything about the food? Okay, the Arugula salad was a tasty treat with dates, so was the vegetarian risotto that was made with locally grown vegetables and the other food/drinks we ordered. We were most appreciative of the entire staff for doing a great job. ~Bon appetit!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food & ideal service
The food is great, and the service was ideal--I don't like to be constantly interrupted and asked if everything is okay. The waitress was attentive and in tune with the fact that she did not want to interrupt our conversation. Aside from other patrons bumping your chair due to the small space, it's a great restaurant with friendly staff. I will be back when not training for a marathon and enjoy the extensive wine list!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful experience
On our getaway weekend to Chicago, we chose Osteria via Stato which was in the neighborhood of our hotel. We had an outstanding meal, all four of us loved the food. Service was great. The seafood stew was one of my best meals ever. The spinach ravioli had the most tender pasta I've ever tasted with really yummy butter sauce. The meal there was a highlight of our trip.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our anniversary here and we weren't disappointed! One the reservations I mentioned that it was our anniversary so when we showed up, Osteria gave us our own little romantic corner away from other diners in the restaurant. We were also given a complimentary dessert with our candle-light dinner. I would recommend this for a romantic date, or any other occasion, well worth it.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for Big Groups & Hotel Guests
An unusual restaurant, part of a hotel, with real character and ambiance. Truly excellent cuisine for all seasons and for all purposes. Hoisted by their own success, large parties have made it frustrating to book and the State street side (best) dining room seems to be closed these days even when not used by a large party? Good for large groups but disappointing for local couples and small parties. Mario's Chicken and the Braised Beef Short Rib entrées are always superb. Portions have got smaller and dishes mildly spicy. Service is outstanding from everyone. Barolo red wine by the glass was quite acceptable from an Italian only list.
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Second time also a charm
This was our second visit and was as consistently good as the first. My son and his girlfriend joined us and as part of the younger generation, were equally impressed with the service, quality of the food and atmosphere. Bill, our server was a gem. I love the menu options (ala carte or family style). Still can't get an answer as to why the red wine is chilled?
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. Service was as well. Our waiter was also a sommelier, which made things nice since we were not too familiar with Italian wines. Wine list is extensive.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of My Top Ten
Osteria via Stato is consistent in every way; food is reliably delicious, service impeccable, ambiance is cozy and warm. It feels like Italy to me. It's no secret that I love Osteria via Stato.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to the pizzeria side it was exactly what we were looking for. If you like thin crust this might be the best in Chicago. Good crust, good sauce, appropriate amount of cheese, well balanced.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Osteria Via Stato
Very good experience at Osteria Via Stato on N. State St. We were welcomed when we arrived and promptly seated in the dining room that is warm and welcoming. It was a very nice atmosphere with great service and really good food. Would definately go there again and recommend to a friend.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful Italian dining
Loved Osteria for dining and atmosphere! Food was delicious and wine bottles were reasonably priced. Excellent service and lively conversation in the dining room made this an experience we will repeat.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food, especially the pizza, was fantastic. We will return there the next time we are in the city.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall very good
The service was terrific and the food was good. The only reason I don't say great is because it was too salty. I had the risotto with pork shoulder and my friend had the scallop special. Both were very tasty but way too salty.
We were there early on a Sunday evening as we had a show to go to. Everyone was very friendly, from the bartender to the hostess to the wait staff. Overall, we were pleased with the experience and would go back.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
New to the city
Moved here 4 months ago. Have had many enjoyable dining experiences in the area, this may be the best one yet. Amazing food. Delicious. I appreciated the family style option as we were able to try so many items. Looking forward to returning.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dined here last year while attending a conference and couldn't wait to come back again this year. The food and service was as spectacular as I remember. The use of local fresh ingredients shines in the food. They have a rare talent to provide a perfect meal from appetizers to dessert. The service is outstanding and the wine list is excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and confident that they will have a wonderful experience. Try the Traditional Italian Dinner ifor the whole table as it's incredible.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yummy, as Always
We celebrated a birthday last night. There were four women, chatting nonstop and eating up a storm. The wine and food were absolutely superb and the service above and beyond. Delightful evening and we cannot wait to return! I had given a party here a few years ago in the private party room. It went without a hitch. Outdoors is great in good weather and the adjoining pizza café is great, too. Loved it!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
True Chicago Italian
Exactly what we were hoping for in Chicago Italian. Food was outstanding and not over priced. Service was excellent. The Parmesan chicken was excellent. My wife had the butternut ravioli which she said was best she ever had. Would definitely return and recommend to friends.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The host team noticed my Open
The host team noticed my Open Table request for a table for two in a quieter section of the restaurant and provided a great location. Coat check in winter months. Every person working at the restaurant was happy, friendly, and knowledgeable. A "service-focused" undertone was noticeable, well appreciated!
Our server was attentive but provided a completely unrushed guest experience. Food was delicious. I especially recommend the gnocchi and the PEI mussels. Flavors are rich. Don't be afraid to try something new. Noise level is on the higher side for the type of dining experience.
I highly recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner if you are entertaining friends, family, or a significant other. Not "kid-friendly".
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate at the restaurant versus
We ate at the restaurant versus the bar side while staying next door at the Embassy Suites hotel. The food, service and ambiance were all amazing. One of the people in our party was running late due to local traffic and the server could not have been nicer or more accommodating to our table. The food was flavorful and I appreciated having the option of a smaller (half) serving size. I also enjoyed the impressive wine list and, again, our server was helpful and knowledgeable with this as well. We will definitley be back!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with my girlfriend for
Went with my girlfriend for her birthday. We decided to have the Italian Dinner which included 4 appetizer samples that were fantastic. You can have more of any or all of these. Then moved on to our entree with a side. We had our choice of several different ones which included chicken, veal, steaks and fish. All followed by dessert. We enjoyed our meal so much we had no room for dessert. The waiter was very knowledgeable and made our dining experience more enjoyable. We spent close to 2 hours and not once did we feel rushed to finish. The place was full, but not too noisy.
Will go back for a special occasion.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM