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Riccardo Trattoria
Riccardo Trattoria

Riccardo Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.riccardotrattoria.com/index.htm
  • Phone: (773) 549-0038
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Riccardo Trattoria
Riccardo started his career at a very young age in Milan's prestigious "GIRARROSTO" family owned. Then, in 1982 he moved to the United States and he opened the famous Sonny Bono's in Los Angeles. In 1987 he started to work with his cousin Roberto Ruggeri (owner of Bice's Venture), with him he opened Bice New York, Los Angeles and many others around the world.

Now, after three years as Executive Chef of Bice in Chicago, and together with his wife (and sous chef), Veronica, and his cousin (and hostess), Barbara, he decided to continue his gastronomic artistry and creativity in his restaurant named after himself "Riccardo Trattoria."


Here through the craftsmanship of an Italian food connoisseur, dishes are prepared with an almost zen-like essentiality that has shaped Riccardo's professional and existential life course.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Hands down, the best Italian in Chicago. We have been eating at Riccardo's for 8 years and counting and it is still one of my most favorite restaurants in the city. Always delicious - feels as though you are eating in Italy."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "We always really enjoy Riccardo's; the food this time was top-notch"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "The service was perfect: timing, attention, explanation about the plates. Great!!! The food was very good too: prosciutto entree and pasta plates."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Best soft shell crab I have ever had. Extremely nice wait staff . Manager served us dessert and chatted about how we found them ."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Old fashioned feel to the room. Attentive service. The food is good, possibly better, but not great. Although it was a pleasant dining experience, the bill outpaced the quality of the food. The lasagna, made with bechamel and not tomato sauce, is forgettable and not recommended. My companion very much enjoyed the pork tenderloin. I would return, but will study the ample menu more carefully before choosing."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Elegant ambiance without pretensions; attentive and knowledgeable staff who don't overdo it; manageable list of excellent wines; and, best of all, delightful food. A great place."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This has become my favorite Chicago restaurant! Went there before a play with friends. They don't advertise much so it was a delightful surprise. Impeccable service, excellent Italian food."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "When one first walks in the restaurant it seems a bit small and stuffy but that fades away with the smells coming out of the kitchen. The food is excellent and the service extraordinary. We had a outstanding meal!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was superb, as was the service. Will come again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had dinner with another couple and everything we ordered was outstanding. The stuffed zucchini blossoms are the best Ive had anywhere and the portion was generous for an appetizer. All the pasta and Branzino we ordered was perfect. Caution this is the real deal so let the staff know in advance if you want pasta less aldente. Service was excellent - we overstayed a bit due to great conversation but nobody tried to hurry is out. Walked away as always more then satisfied. Already have res for next month!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything is delicious at Riccardo Trattoria. The service is wonderful too."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Consistenly delicious menu, dedicated waitstaff, charming decor, and the perfect date spot. My favorite restaurant in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This small friendly neighborhood restaurant has a big menu - big on choices and big on flavors. Everything has a wonderful home-cooked flavor. Friendly and welcoming service. A real gem."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Amazing, authentic Italian food in a quaint atmosphere. We recently dined at Riccardo Trattoria for our anniversary and couldn't have been happier with our choice. The service and food were both outstanding! We had the fried stuffed olives, focaccina, half order of risotto with blue cheese/parmigiana/pine nut/spinach, pappardelle with mushrooms and truffle cream sauce, trofie, and passion fruit panna cotta. All were delicious. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "All good. our first time there reccomended by a friend. The pastas were wonderful and everyone enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food, atmosphere, and service! Lots of vegetarian options as well. Will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Three of us dined. We arrived early for our reservation and had no wait. The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Since this is a small restaurant, the food is served as soon as the preparation is complete and so it was hot and beautifully prepared and presented. The menu is extensive. Definitely a go to place. One caution, there is no bar only the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great small spot in Lincoln Park for amazing Italian food. Their menu is amazing with around 20 specials each night of apps, mains etc. Had fried soft shell crab that was incredible. Best Branzino in town. Pastas all cut the mark. They make some dishes that are off the beaten path which is a good thing in my opinion. It can take a while as the servers all seem very busy. Maybe too busy at times. Love this place."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It was our first time - highly recommended - and it was great. Everyone loved their dishes. Especially the truffle/egg/polenta dish. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food and service. A bit too noisy. Great location in Lincoln Park, in a bustling neighborhood scene."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Every dish was outstanding The best dinner from beginning to end."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Riccardo Tarttoria is one of the best dining experience that you will ever have. From the moment you enter you are treated as a top one client. The food is probably one of the best in the entire city of Chicago. My husband and I were there for our anniversary. The waiter took care of us as if we were the only couple in the place. There is nothing on the menu that will not be exceptional. We highly recommend Riccardo Tarttoria for dinner and special occasion gatherings. They have an amazing wine list. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Delicious and fun; best when not too noisy so go early"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Local and out of town guests we needed the perfect spot...this was it...great variety, specialty dishes galore and real waiters that have real opinions and guide you to where you want to be...every recommendation was perfection...we had just a great night...truly an event."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Intimate, old-world trattoria serving pasta, risotto and main dishes infused with the flavors of Italy (truffles, porcini mushrooms). Attentive, informed, professional waiters. If you like authentic Italian cuisine, Ricardo Trattoria will not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Never disappoints. Pasta with truffles is to die for. Best Italian in the city."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Though the food was great (and very rich/heavy), we waited over 30 minutes for our table, despite our reservation. There was another group of 4 people who waited nearly as long, and they informed me that it was not the first time it happened to them."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I made a day-of reservation for a nice date with my girlfriend, but when I showed up at the time of the reservation, there were no spots available. Granted I probably should have made the reservation further in advance, but the 15 minute wait was not the ideal start to a nice night out. However, the pleasant staff more than made up for this with amazing service and a pleasant attitude (and of course, a complementary plate of calamari). It really means a lot when a restaurant acknowledges mistakes and is willing to make an effort to make it up to the customer. I will gladly return in the future."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We are from out of town and look forward to an evening at Riccardo Tattoria with each visit. The food and atmosphere are always perfect."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This restaurant looks and feels like a restaurant in Florence. The food is pure Italian. The plates are very simple, well prepared food. The waiters are really Italian for a change from other Chicago Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We wanted a restaurant within walking distance to our condo that was really good and we found it!! The food was great, the service very attentive and it wasn't loud and crazy. It was a great meal and we will go back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "As always, the food was superb. The trout was delicious. Do not miss out when they have soft shell crabs on the menu. We always order to share and it is fun. My kids love the ravioli. We were lucky to have been able to get a last minute reservation. I would recommend always making a reservation."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Solid food, good service with friendly host and waitstaff, reasonable prices. I had the special pasta with sage and a pink sauce, and really enjoyed it. My cousin got the swordfish, which was well-prepared. The eggplant and zucchini timbale was good. The pasta fagioli salad and broccoli rabe were misses."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The restaurant ambiance was really nice. Very small and intimate. Noise levels were low. Makes for a very nice date spot. The food selection was great, lot of choices. The food itself was GOOD. No complaints at all, but it wasn't incredible either. Service was so so. We ordered an appetizer that we weren't able to eat. The server took it away and said they would remove it from our bill, but they did not. Other than that, no complaints."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My family had a wonderful time . Tasty food and good service ."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This restaurant was very well reviewed in other travel sites and the reviews were right on. Food is outstanding and would be worthy served at some of the higher priced and perhaps fancier restaurants anywhere. Great value considering the quality and originality. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "A difficult table to get, but worth the effort. Every dish was terrific, from the zucchini blossoms to the suckling pig. Pasta were great and waitstaff was excellent, especially in pointing out the gems on the list that won't break the bank."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is our second dining experience at Riccardo trattoria. Again it was wonderful. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Riccardo's always delivers...and then some! It's impossible to have a bad meal or experience here--no matter what you order...no matter what the occasion."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Host and wait staff very friendly - memorable food and restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014