Nando Milano Trattoria
Nando Milano Trattoria

Nando Milano Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nandomilano.com/
  • Phone: 7734862636
  • 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: 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 WinnerItalian
Nando Milano Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (52)great for outdoor dining (52)romantic (49)special occasion (35)notable wine list (26)good for groups (16)hot spot (13)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Top 3 restaurant for me. Took my girlfriend there for her birthday and it made me look great. Definitely going back anytime I cam
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a little rushed due
    Markobrady
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We were a little rushed due to theatre reservations but >70 mins should be enough time to eat. Waiter foregot appetizer order and was not completely knowledgable of daily offering. Mozzarella appet combined with tabule was unique and delicous together. Monk fish and beef ragu entrees were a plus, sea bass raviolli was not to my liking, Monk fish was much fresher. Nando worked to get us out in time to make the play which was appreciated. I would give it another try when we are not so rushed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Penny
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    My husband and I have been meaning to try Nando Milano for some time, and decided to dine there on Christmas Eve. The service was excellent - the owners treated us as if they'd known us for years. We ate entirely from the specials menu and the food was fantastic. We look forward to trying some of their standards in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade Italian
    AWisdom1350VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Homemade Italian pasta, amazing service. Gets better every time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent but music too loud
    Steve3
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Wonderfully helpful and welcoming staff, excellent food but music too loud for dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Dining Experience
    Gregorio
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I really don't know where to start. This is a very bold statement: That was the best dining experience I have ever had. I have been everywhere, I even noticed on FourSquare that Nando was the 35th different italian place I've checked in at (not even where I've been to, just checked in at). As soon as I walked in Dario treated us like gold. Talk about feeling like family, he intro'd me to everyone and even took me in the back to meet his brother (chef). Spent 3 hours there. The arrancini and baked mushroom with clams/mussels were insanely good. Ordered three entrees after that: Lasagna Cavatelli with prawns Crab stuffed ravioli with scallops The ambiance and food were ridiculous. I'm a native New Yorker and nothing comes close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy pasta, service a bit much
    LorenzoVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    First off, the pasta is quite delicious and I wish the staff at the restaurant acted a bit more confident about that fact. The service was sadly overbearing and a bit too pushy and promotional. The staff seemed very nice, but the abundance of "you're gonna love it," " you're going to come back over and over because the food is so good" comments from the moment you step in the door was a bit surprising and distasteful. The waitress also tried to push the most expensive item on the menu (white truffles) and pressured the table to order wine that was just a bit too expensive rather than giving cheaper options. Overall the food is worth going back for, but the service is a bit off-putting. A good neighborhood restaurant that could be great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food pushy service
    4forDinner
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were a group of four...Two of us arrived about 10 minuets ahead of the other couple....We were seated immediately that was good, because it is a very small place and almost nowhere to wait inside....As soon as we were seated the waiter rushed to get us menus and began explaining specials....We explained we were waiting for another couple, but that didn't seem to bother him....He pushed to take both our drink and meal orders even though we explained we would simply have drinks until the other couple arrived....As soon as they arrived he continued pushing us to order....Once the orders were placed the waiter calmed down but remained attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner with friends
    shabbyskid1
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Dario Vullo is the "front of the house" brother owners; Brother, chef Alessio creates the delicious food! From a genuine greeting at the door from Dario to the wonderful service from our server, Jelena, it was a great evening from start to finish. A variety of Limocello is made in house, including our favorite Limoncello martini, YUMMY! We visited during their Truffle Special. The homemade burrata cheese with black truffle oil and prosciutto on the side, as fantastic! The polenta with homemade sausage and shaved truffles was terrific too! Entrees ranged from perfectly cooked medium rare ribeye, to the Yellowtail made with truffles, to their menu stables of Gorganzola gnocchi and papardelle Bolognese. Visit this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a lovely meal. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We had a lovely meal. The food was delicious and we were well taken care of by the staff. Our table was a two top in a center aisle which meant that we were in a high traffic area and were continually dodging passers by from both sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Bother
    FoodBeestVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Tiny restaurant with too many Eastern European hosts, servers and busboys trying to sound Italian while hovering within conversation distance of our table or constantly rushing around us. Wonder Bread pretending to be Italian. No serving spoons for dishes we shared. Menu items they didn't have. Tough overcooked mussels. Overcooked pasta topped with tasteless(!) desiccated truffle shavings that felt like ash in our mouths. Lamb chops Milanese pounded so thin and breaded so heavily it could have been paper Milanese. Our waitress was lovely but inexperienced and poorly trained (her first week on the job). We don't be going back. Two many other really good options in town.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had to Write This Review
    Rick
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I saw all of the positive reviews for this restaurant before I ate there and I had to write this review after my experience. While the ambiance was nice, our experience was below expectation. The service was overly attentive - to the point that it became annoying. Our group was trying to converse but our waiter kept coming up to the table, interrupting our conversation each time. There was no wine and beer list. The food came to the table cooler than it should have been.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience!
    gosia
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Very romantic place with candles, nice music and great food. Will come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The host and the servers are proud of their restaurant, excited about the menu and very friendly and outgoing. The drinks are wonderful and the food is really outstanding. We enjoyed our meal outdoors on our first visit, and it was perfect. We sat inside on Friday night and it wasn't as intimate. There was an enthusiastic party of 12 in one corner and a spirited girls night out party of 4 in the opposite corner, so the noise level was more energetic that what we were up for, but we'll definitely return for another visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected delight
    XpnsAcctSpoiledVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    A small store front, a cozy room, fantastic food, and a warm and professional wait staff! We expected a typical Italian meal at a local neighborhood restaurant, and were thrilled to have our expectations be totally wrong.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    These folks do it very well. It felt like I was in Sicily with all the theatrics from the wait staff and phenomenal food orchestrated by the Sicilian Born Allesio. Finally, an Italian restaurant with an Italian Chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family run Italian restaurant
    BeerbrewerVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    First visit, went with a client for dinner. The service is very attentive, the bread and pasta are made on site, and the environment comfortable. We started with the caprese and arugal salads, both fresh and excellent. For dinner, pumpkin ravioli and pasta bolognese - not a drop left. For dessert, we shared the chocolate birds next - a special TNT was well worth the calories!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Wicker Park/Bucktown
    ChicagofrequentguestVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    We read the reviews on Open Table and decided to try as it's in our neighborhood . We were not disappointed. Great and interesting food, friendly service and a very small but very interesting wine list. We can't wait to return and try additional dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mi piace moltissimo!
    MightyDuck17
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    I really loved it! The calamari was fresh and had the most amazing sauces to go with it. For an entree had the Gnocci Della Nonna, it was fluffy as it should be and the sauce just made the dish one of the best pasta dishes I have had. After your meal try to homemade lemoncello, it is sure to please even the pickiest drinker. Any of the desserts are good, but I recommend anything with the blueberry sauce on top. This is a restaurant you will want to go to over and over again. Please try it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    JenBaronVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    This was our second time and it was perhaps better than the first! Every single bite of food was extraordinary. Simply Superb! This is by far the BEST Italian food we have EVER had! And we both were raised on Italian food! My boyfriend is 100% Italian and I am half. Our own mothers food does not compare. Eating at Nando Milano is like dying and going to Italian food Heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    This restaurant, for the price of the food, was average. We started with a reservation at 730 and were not seated until closer to 8. The food was average, the wait staff was also average. The greater was kind, helpful, always asking how we were. Slightly crowded and loud, which is to be expected in this neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Sparklebear
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    This is my new favorite for Italian. Chef Alessio makes superb italian food. This place is great for foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Maria
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The pear salad is crazy good, and so is the swordfish. The pumpkin ravioli was wonderful too. The atmosphere is so nice, just like being in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night!
    JspillerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    These guys continue to crank out great food in a great atmosphere! Love having this spot in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this restaurant. It
    cwrobes
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    I love this restaurant. It is cozy and authentically Italian. The wait staff is so fun, they make the evening a little more enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great gem, be prepared to wait
    cwinikatesVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    We had dinner here the other night. The wait staff was very attentive and incredibly nice. The food was great, although smaller portions, bigger prices. Everything was homemade including the pasta which is why I'm sure there was an upcharge. I think my only complaint was that it took a very long time to bring out the meals and the desserts. The place is small, but they were not busy- it was a Monday night so good luck if you choose a Friday and Saturday. Plan on staying a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Place
    Nadia1919
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Nando Milano is a neighbourhood dinner place for me. I go there often and so far I've never been disappointed. The restaurant is excited about its guests. They are always in a good mood, they are always curteous and the food is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Nano Milano is an authentic Italian restaurant that serves excellent food with choicest wines. Perhaps the best Italian food in the neighborhood, maybe the best in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service. Very nice
    FishVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Excellent service. Very nice outdoor patio - wonderful for an evening dinner in nice weather.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and great service
    Nadia1919
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Nando Milano is such a great find. The place is small so conveys an instant sense of intimacy and warmth. The staff is so friendly, you really feel you are somewhere in Italy. And the food does not disappoint. This is the second time I visited with friends and loved the food. There was six of us so we tried a wide variety of what's on offer and everyone was pleased with their selection. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcome to Italy
    DRTVVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Great surprise. Simply great Italian food. The real deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Authentic Italian Feel
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The food was excellent and the service was good with an authentic feel. Wide selection to choose from and good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Love
    Wish
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I have been here about 5 times in the past year, and every time it is consistently great. Service is impeccable. The owners do a fantastic job with trying to personally meet every guest. The food is original, and everything that I have tried has never been disappointing. Wonderful place for a romantic dinner, or simply a few bottles of wine with friends on the patio in the Summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Food and service were good, but over priced compared To other Italian restaurants in the area. I would go back and try It again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but disappointed
    ForgottenFriend
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I have been here many times, but for some reason I did not have a great experience. After calling multiple times to make a reservation, no one answered. I had to make a reservation online -- not that I don't enjoy OpenTable, I certainly do! I was just frustrated that I couldn't talk to someone. I felt like our waiter was trying to upsell us the entire time as well, which was annoying, because I wanted my friend from Italy to have a good experience with the food rather than purchasing the most expensive item on the menu. Most of all, I felt very unwelcome after more than a year of supporting their business and dining there. I am disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most impressive specials
    AkashaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    I've been here with some work colleagues, friends and loved ones. The specials continue to impress me. I try not to color my friends' opinions when I bring them here the first time. They've always found something that stands out - this time included. Cavatelli, pillowy gnocchi + perfectly paired red wine and la torta ricotta (creamy, finger-licking Italian cheesecake). Mamma mia! Wish they had a patio year-round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food!
    barb64VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    I doesn't get any better than this! Homemade pasta, wonderful service and house-made limoncello and rhubarb cello as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Trueitalianfood
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The service was outstanding, warm, and inviting! You feel like your part of the Italian family that owns the trattoria. The owner was the first to greet us at the door with a handshake and menu. He even remembered my name from my voice when I made the reservation. Nando Milano has a very authentic feel and great atmosphere for outside/inside dining. We will definitely be returning. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nando Milano felt so authentic.
    cwrobes
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Nando Milano felt so authentic. The wait staff was particularly helpful in identifying excellent menu choices. I would return in a heart beat. It's nice to find such a quality restaurant in a neighborhood location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Scaramouche
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Very authentic Italian trattoria with excellent enthusiastic service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.