Everyone enjoyed themselves.
Everyone enjoyed themselves. Waiter was fab. No complaints and will always come back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to go to for a
Great place to go to for a nice dinner before going to the theater. They are very conscious of when you need to leave for your show, which is very nice. And great food!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was great, very
The service was great, very friendly and helpful without being obnoxious. The food was very tasty, although the calamari were a weak spot. They tasted like they had been frozen rather than fresh, very rubbery and not very flavorful. Otherwise, the steaks were well cooked and seasoned, and the fish special - walleye - tasted fresh and was well prepared. We'd eat there again. It was very quiet however, almost strange how empty the place was. Not necesarily a good sign on a Friday night!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for after or before a show
Excellent food and service. Our table was set back almost in a little room. Great place to talk.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food. Good service. They
Good food. Good service. They should clean the restaurant, especially the floor.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My friend from Colorado, who
My friend from Colorado, who is a gourmet cook, loved her dinner and we did too!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was fabulous from thefood to the service! Great. Place to go to prior to the book of mormon
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a treat
Ordered the lamb special of the evening and loved every bite! Service was excellent and never felt rushed.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall a great experience. The food was delicious. Specials were all very inviting and hard to choose from.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
La Cantina A hidden gem
We started with House- made Buratta cheese deliciously fresh and the mini shrimp meatballs seasoned perfectly!
We highly recommend for dinner Salmone al Pistacchio and the Pollo Mattone . The fish of the day was fresh bass truly fresh truly delicious. We were impressed how fresh all our food was, perfectly balanced and prepared as ordered was obvious no short cuts here! Don't forget dessert the special was fresh blueberry/peach cobbler better then grandmas!!!
We will defiantly be back!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate here before Book of Mormon, and would highly recommend the location, service, atmosphere, and food! I am always a fan of bread with dipping oil and parmesan to start off with. This place is a theater district classic with authentic and not overly heavy food.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived 15 minutes before
We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation and were greeted promptly and seated right away. Water was provided without asking followed by bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese. Our waitress was efficient and pleasant. I enjoyed the lasagna with meat sauce--salad was crisp and fresh. My husband enjoyed the special fish which was a type of sea bass. Desserts were good and coffee was refilled in a timely manner. My only complaint is that the entrée arrived before I was finished with my salad. The restaurant has no windows so is cozy.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff worked very well to ensure that you would be served and out in time for the play you were seeing. In fact, it's one of the first things they ask you. Loved the food. Service was great. Got there a little early and was seated right away.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had been to the Village many times but never La Cantina. They were wonderful, accommodated my dietary needs, helped make my birthday memorable in every way.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the veal limon and it was sliced thin and very tender to eat. The server was polite and attentive. All 4 of us were pleased with our meals.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good and consistent food,
very good and consistent food, attentive wait staff
a perfect pre-theater meal ...they can get you food fast
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three great places in one,
Three great places in one, we enjoyed everything. the salad i had topped with Chicken had so much chicken on it I was amazed. The Parmesan risotto was enjoyed by everyone at our table. My sister had the shrimp cocktail and it was also excellent.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Chicago Classic
As usual Italian Village will never disappoint. After all these years it still serves good food at affordable prices. Service is always great and they take pride in what they do. Best Tiramisu in all of Chicago!!!
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
On the way to the show
This restaurant was great for their speedy service if needed. Living in the western suburbs sometimes the drive downtown can take anywhere from 40 min to 1.5 hrs.- unfortunately we experienced the 1.5 hr commute, were half hour late for the reservation but the restaurant was great! Seated us immediately, took our order and we were able to enjoy our wine and dinner and make it to the show on time.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, great food, great dining experience. The staff was friendly and always happy to suggest their favorites, and the food was exactly what was advertised. Yum!!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful service and great food
Popped into this restaurant on a Friday evening while visiting Chicago. The ambiance was that of an Italian bistro. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The chicken piccata was light and perfectly cooked. The chef's special pistachio and lemon cake was wonderful ... both light and flavorful. They also easily accommodated us with a side of gluten-free pasta when requested. Would definitely revisit.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over all good service great food
However, the lady attending us was every five seconds asking if we were fine, she kinda rushed us to order. I would prefer that she would let us order when we were ready.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
After the show...
Service was perfect. Food was great. Needs some upkeep. Lasagna was great.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Village La Cantina
It was fine. Service was good. Food wasn't bad but could have been better. Should have eaten on the main level, The Village, or upstairs at Vivere.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were going to a play and got stuck in traffic so we called to say we would be late for our reservation. The hostess was wonderful and said not to worry. We arrived 30 minutes late and were taken right to a booth that we had requested. We told our server we now only had 45 minutes to eat and get to our play. He was fantastic and got us our drinks and food as quick as possible. It worked out great and we were at our play 5 minutes early. The food was incredible. We came back after the play to pick up our car and the valet service was also incredible. Had our car in 5 minutes. Just a wonderful experience and can't wait to go back when we have more time.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I brought friends from Europe here and they loved the food as much as I do. The service is excellent and all of our food was served quickly, hot and very fresh. They have the best cannoli too!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Theater Night Out
In by 6pm, out by 7:50 for Book of Mormon at 8pm. all six diners loved their choices. fresh bread was plentiful and the caprese appetizer special was fantastic!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food close to theatre
My fiance and I went there before a show at the Bank of America theater. We had reservations for 5:30pm, hoping to have time before a 7:30pm show. When we sat down, they immediately asked if we were going to the show that evening, and when we said yes, they made sure we could make it on time. It was great service!
We ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo and Tortellini, and both were great.
The wine list was extensive with bottles to fit all price ranges.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the fillet fish dinner special and found it to be cooked to perfection. There are so many other items on the menu that look yummy.. i am definitely going back
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. Terrific
Great food and service. Terrific location, minutes from theater. Would go again!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the time we walked in to the time we left, we were treated so kindly. We met our daughter there before heading to the Book of Mormon which is just across the street. Our waiter Ron gave us wonderful suggestions on appetizers and wine. The appetizer with burrata, tomato and pesto which he recommended was beautiful and delicious. The 3 entrees were just slightly above average with very average presentation. Pricing was fair for the area I believe. All things considered it was a good experience and I would go back.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was fantastic. We were celebrating my girlfriend's birthday and everyone from the wait staff to management made us feel very special. The food was top notch. I ordered a bone in filet mignon and it definitely achieved the "Wow" factor. We can't wait to go back.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Chicago Classic!
We chose Cantina for a pre-theater dinner. The location is good, and we knew we would have good food and wine. Our server made an excellent wine recommendation. The lasagna was awesome!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I didn't know this restaurant existed, and then I found it online. I didn't realize Italian Vilkagevwas three restaurants, so when I walked in and realized we were eating underground, I was skeptical. But I could not have been more pleased. The service was impeccable, the food was great, and the underground atmosphere was charming.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine before a show
We've dined at the 'Village' restaurant in the Italian Village complex but wanted to try La Cantina (there are 3 restaurants in one building). It's located on the lower level. The food was very good and waiter was great-asked right away if we were going to a show so we could time dinner appropriately. We really like that we can valet park there and walk to the theater for the show (about 4-5 blocks to Chicago Theater). It was a bit chilly inside and felt a little like we were eating in the wine cellar, but overall we enjoyed our experience.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Chicago Tradition
I've been going here for 38 years plus so there must be a reason. I've never had a bad meal in any of the three restaurants and the the service has always been wonderful.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came to the restaurant to celebrate a bachelorette party. It was amazing. We had our own little table in the back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for Pre-show dinner
We chose this classic Chicago spot for a nice dinner before seeing The Book of Mormon at the Bank of America Theater. Our waitress told us she'd make sure we got out with plenty of time to walk down the street to the theater. Our food was served quickly and cooked perfectly. We even had plenty of time for a cup of coffee and a delicious tiramisu. My only complaint was that I had failed to remember the rather low ceilings. Not a problem for most, but my 6'8" companion did have to dodge a few light fixtures and low door frame on our way to our booth.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service. Waiter recommended an exceptionally tasty blended red wine. Also, they speed up service if your heading to the theatre. Home cooked meal.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at La Cantina turned out to be great! We had a party of our and ordered steak, fish of the day and a seafood salad among other dishes.. Everything tasted very good, especially filet mignon-delicious.
The service happened to be really outstanding! Our waitress was knowledgeable, efficient and friendly!
Hope to be visit Italian Village again soon!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Time to visit again
It had been a very long time since we last dined at the iconic Italian Village. We were to be in downtown Chicago and decided to have lunch at the Village and chose the LaCantina, the restaurant in the lower level. It was raining out and we came in around 1:00 PM so the lunch crowd was dwindling and it was quiet and no crowds to contend with. We each chose a luncheon special that came with either soup or salad and shared our lunch entrees. My husband's caneloni with two different sauces was flavorful and my pumpkin type ravioli, a little pillow unlike the traditional shape, with raisins and greens and a light butter sauce was enjoyable.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful service and food
We went for our anniversary and we absolutely loved it! The service was phenomenal and they really wanted us to be comfortable. The food itself came in a timely manner and was scrumptious. Kind people, great food. What more could we ask for? The ambience was quaint as well.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My son recommended this restaurant. Never went there though I passed it over the last 30 years. Very cute inside. Great service. I love eggplant parmesan and was dissappointed that I had to use a knife to cut it. It was very hard. Didn't want to.send it back for something else as we were trying to catch the fireworks from the parade.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
La Catina, was fabulous, the
La Catina, was fabulous, the atomosphere, food and service were just excellent. Would defintley be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always Very Good
We've been dining at La Cantina for many years and have never been disappointed. The wine list is incredible! They are also very accommodating so if you don't see exactly what you want on the menu, ask the server, most of the time they can make it for you. Over all, the prices are reasonable and the quality / service is very good.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner before theater
We were attracted partially by the valet parking and the proximity to the theater district. Our meal surpassed expectations. The selections were very good and the food was well prepared. I am diabetic and my body reacts poorly to lower quality ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised by my numbers later that evening and the next morning. I consider that an indication of high quality ingredients, a lack of artificial ingredients and moderation in the use of salt. La Cantina will be a frequent destination when we are in that area of the city.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out with friends, tried a new spot. Food was fantastic, Interesting specials as well as traditionals. Will go again soon.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have dined at the Italine Village several times, but this was my first time dining at La Cantina and was very pleasantly surprised. The food was wonderful and so was the service. It was an enjoyable evening.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went here before show at Oriental. A fabulous two hour dining experience. From great wine, bread, Tuscan clam chowder, fresh salads, melt in your mouth steak filet, gooseberry cod to cheesecake and chocolate martinis. Would definitely go back. Great location for dinner before a theatre show.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you want old school feel
If you want old school feel and charm, Italian Village is it. Food is consistent, service was very good and the bonus - they offer valet parking and hold the car until after your event! Thank you!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM