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RPM Italian
RPM Italian

RPM Italian Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://rpmitalian.com
  • Phone: (312) 222-1888
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday: 4:00pm-1am, Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Doug Psaltis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dearborn & Illinois
  • Public Transit: Grand Ave. Red Line
  • Parking: Valet
A word from RPM Italian
RPM Italian presents cuisine that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, with dishes intended to be shared. Chef partner Doug Psaltis has created a menu which features a variety of cold and hot antipasti, more than a dozen freshly prepared in-house pastas, and a selection of salads, prime steaks, chops and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also has an open bar area where guests can order a signature cocktail created by acclaimed bartender Paul McGee, or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list. Sophisticated and chic, RPM Italian is perfect for a great meal or late night out.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Went here with my wife and our two sons (3 and 18 months). Not exactly the place to take kids but the staff was great with them. We had the prosciutto, truffled garlic bread, caesar wedge salad, spaghetti, short-rib Bolognese and the kids shared a cheese pizza. The pizza must have been good as the kids devoured it. Our food was amazing as was still good as cold left-overs the next day in our hotel. They also brought 4 mini gelato ice cream cones for the boys at the end of our meal. Would be a great place as a date night but the restaurant made it great for the kids too. Would go back again."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for a belated birthday dinner. He is a foodie himself and he loved the ambiance and all the cuisine RPM had to offer. He particularly likes Italian fare (as do I) and this tasted like grandmother's cooking. For starters, we had the fried olives, provolone-stuffed spicy red peppers (YUM), mini pizza and meatballs. For the meal, my boyfriend couldn't resist the meatballs so he had spaghetti with a heaping meatball, I had the filet mignon with asparagus. It was my second time here and his first. He was wowed by the atmosphere, decoration and the food. I absolutely love this place and service- we can't wait to be back! RPM- thank you for an incredible experience your home-cooked food. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Everything about RPM Italian was spectacular; refreshing Piccola Rosa drinks at the bar, delicious food, especially the meatballs and pappardelle bolognese, attentive service and everyone was welcoming and pleasant from the time we walked in the door. Love the decor as well."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food, wine, service and ambience was incredible. I will definately dine there again on my next trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was delicious especially the pastas, great atmosphere and yummy cocktails. Also great service would highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Wonderful Italian food. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. I highly recommend the Sweet Corn Agnolotti, holy smokes, it was delicious! The service was fantastic and the food was outstanding. We'll definitely be going back to RPM."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "good food and great service. Would like to see oysters added to the appetizer"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Wonderful service from the waitress. Beautiful atmosphere. The gnocchi portions are quite small without a big taste. The greet staff kept several of us waiting past the opening time. It seems as if they could have seated us instead of keeping us in the foyer. I'm not in a big hurry to go back in consideration of the wonderful competition in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My husband planned a perfect anniversary dinner at RPM and I could not have been more thrilled. It was my first time at the restaurant but certainly not my last. The food, drinks and service were OUTSTANDING!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Fantastic menu with knowledgeable and unpretentious service. We had 2 starters, salad and shared entrees and everything was absolutely wonderful!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I've been to many restaurants in the Chicago area, and RPM Italian impressed from start to finish. Though we had to reserve several weeks in advance for a four-top, it was well worth the wait. Every course ordered was as exquisite as the last, the service was impeccable, and the ambiance perfect. I could not have asked for a better experience. Compared to other establishments in the area, RPM Italian is the clear choice to make."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food is wonderful and the service is impeccable. I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Another perfect dinner at RPM with my sister. We loved every single course, and there were many! I look forward to eating at RPM again soon."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Had dinner with wife and one of her friends. It was an excellent night with great food and drinks. Had an awesome waitress who reccomended the perfect food and drinks."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had the Filet Mingon, the Maine Lobster Ravioli, a special offer wheat pasta and the mama something or other pasta. The filet was literally like butter! so delicious, and the best steak I've ever had. The Lobster Ravioli was perfect! So yummy, it was a favorite for sure. the wheat pasta they had as a special was also incredibly good, the only things that were slightly less good were the mamas pasta dish, it was like bloated spaghetti, and the garlic potatoes were waaaayyy too garlicky, tasted like fake potatoes and had too much salt on them. Otherwise, we were blown away by the food and service. definitely will be a return visit on our next trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was excellent the one and only problem we had is one of our appetizers did not make it out. Once we brought it to our waiters attention it was quickly brought to the table."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "took a while to get a reservation but SO worth it... will definetly be back"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It was my wife and I's first time eating at RPM Italian and I must say it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was perfect and the food matched it every step of the way, from appetizers all the way to dessert. The style of the restaurant was refreshing and was complimented perfectly by the staff and their service. My wife and I raved about RPM Italian to everyone we've talked to afterwards and would not hesitate to go back for more!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Everything was amazing: food, service, the atmosphere. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We booked this restuarant as a recommendation from a family member and we informed them of our special occasion on booking (honeymoon from ireland) not only did they give us a great table but the staff were so friendly and were so welcoming we would definatley recommend this to friends visiting Chicago in the future."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great meal! The porterhouse and pastas were outstanding."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Pastas were fabulous! Fun experience. Worthy of the hype. Will visit again when in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is a must when in Chicago! Food is amazing and the atmosphere is fun"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The experience at other local Italian eateries is much better. Go to Quartino's instead. Some portions were microscopic at RPM and some were decent. The music was techno in nature rather than fitting the type of food and that was annoying. It is not an authentic Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I love food but I also love to talk to my dinner companions so I'm torn about this place. The small plates were excellent, escpecially the provolone stuffed peppers, but I had to lean forward several times to hear what my friends were saying. Just too loud and I think it stems from the music and in response, people raise the volume of their voices to be heard. The result is a cacophony of loud music and loud voices. The food is the saving grace, here."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "RPM is the perfect date night or special occasion spot. The food was pricey but fabulous. Would highly recommend for lovers of Italian food."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Slow service, mediocre quality food, poor wine selection by glass."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food was nothing special, way over priced for Italian food, and not even good Italian food at that. The way the seating is set up you have no privacy, your almost literally sharing dinner and conversations with the people next to you, and not by choice. Being that space is limited and people are packed in there the noise level was a little much. We ate and left, didn't even want to see the desert menu. I would take a small mom & pop Italian restaurant any day over rpm. I wouldn't recommend rpm to my family or friends unfortunately."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Out for our 18th anniversary with our best man and maid of honor to celebrate and it was sooooo special! Even though we're in our early 40s, we are health conscious and some of us have dietary restrictions. The RPM menu was FABULOUS!!!!!! We even had dessert."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Delicious and perfect portions! Great service. Loved it!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I'll be honest, we came to RPM at our daughter's insistence because she loves Bill and Giuliana so much! And we had a lovely evening. We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary that evening, in Chicago from Ottawa, and we're greeted with a happy anniversary from the hostess to the waiter and given complimentary champagne to begin, our meal was delicious, perfect portion sizes, hot and unique. Ambience was fun and exciting. Noise didn't bother us, but we come from a big Italian fam so we're used to noisy. Thanks to all!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "One of the best bargains on the menu is the Carbonara - which is served table side as the wait person tosses the pasta with a raw egg which makes for a delicious creamy dish. There is an amazing list of appetizers - we had the special stuffed zuccini flowers filled with ricotta and lightly battered. Also the mushroom aracinni served on tomato sauce - is marvelous and big enough to share. The restaurant was crowded and this was at a six o'clock seating. Despite how busy they were - the service was impeccable. Reservations are a must. You will have a lovely time."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try out RPM for a few weeks now and I am glad I finally got the chance. The food was delicious (smaller portions but reasonably priced) and the service was outstanding. All the employees were well versed and very polite. Food was brought out in a timely fashion and was very good. I will be recommending to many."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Although we decided to make a reservation after arriving in Chicago, we were able to secure a time for an early supper. Our party consisted of my mother, two teen-aged daughters and myself. For starters we had the house-made ricotta and bread. Truly amazing! The ricotta was smooth and buttery and we even ate some with a spoon! Four pasta dishes were ordered: Parmesan risotto, tortelloni, pappardelle with THE most delicious tomato meat sauce (made with shredded roast!), and gnocchi. We all shared with one another and there wasn't a poor choice in the bunch! The atmosphere was elegant but not uncomfortable and the service was excellent. We all felt really special and it was definitely a highlight of our trip!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed every minute if the dinner. Our server, Ivan was superb. We highly recommend going but make reservations early!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "First and foremost, our Server Zoe was very attentive - loved her! The portions were perfect - not too big, just right. Food was great, especially the zucchini flowers! The place is beautifulm trendy, and we were able to hear ourselves talk. We would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The Rancics, Melmans and chef Doug Psaltis are amazing. Can't wait to come back and try RPM Steak."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Having read reviews online after booking, I was convened the food wouldn't be up to much, but I was most pleasantly surprised. Would visit again!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This place was hopping! We had a reservation and still had to wait about 40 minutes, but to their credit (without asking) the manager greeted us at our table and immediately apologized for the wait and sent over two delicious appetizers to compensate. Very nice on the part of the manager and kept us already happy customers even happier! Great wine service and great food. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food was nice but nothing memorable. Chicago had a lot of great restaurants. This is not one. It is fine for the young and trendy crowd. I would go for a cocktail and appetizers."
    Dined on 8/11/2014