RPM Italian
RPM Italian

RPM Italian

  • 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
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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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
RPM Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
948 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (619)special occasion (607)fit for foodies (557)romantic (426)good for groups (348)vibrant bar scene (319)notable wine list (270)neighborhood gem (165)late-night find (113)great for lunch (69)kid-friendly (29)great for brunch (20)scenic view (18)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Hello, I visited the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    Hello, I visited the restaurant on 06/14 for my birthday. Upon arriving I went to the desk and advised that I had a reservation for 10:00 p.m and then was given a flashing device and was told I would be called when the table was ready. I thought the purpose of making a reservation was to not have to wait on a table... I wasn't call to be seated until 10:20 p.m. which took away from the time I had planned for later on in the evening and once seated wasn't at all happy with where I was seated. I did however enjoy the food and especially like the little birthday treat I was given. Just wanted to voice my concerns about the reservation, thanks.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aside from having to book
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    Aside from having to book months in advance to get a weekend table, we loved everything about RPM. The ambiance is beautiful - the bar is fun and energetic - great place for an after work drink. We arrived early for a drink but were then seated promptly at our reservation time. Don't remember our servers name, but he was probably the tallest guy there (6'5") he was attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend the artichoke appetizer and any of the bar bites - all were very good. Duck pasta dish was outstanding. All pasta dishes are on the small side which is nice so you can try other things without overdoing it. Chocolate hazelnut gelato dessert is a nice splurge as well. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, but portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    Food was good, but portions are small for the price. I had the Spicy King Crab with Squid Ink pasta and there was barely any crab meat. I also had the tempura battered calamari and shrimp, which was very good. Note: The only way to sit in the dining room is to have a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed. Wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    Not impressed. Wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly but the food was under seasoned. Did not live up to my expectations after reading other positive reviews.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Outstanding service, friendly staff, positively scrumptious food, and an inviting atmosphere. We had an spectacular and unforgettable time!! Thank you
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is fabulous; something
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Food is fabulous; something for everyone. Appropriate portion sizes. Don't miss dessert. Also, be prepared for a noisy restaurant. Very "in" right now, so good people watching.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hard to get in to, very popular
    SGeoghegan
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Hard to get in to, very popular hot spot right now. Meatballs and Italian Salad were very good and the Short Rib pasta was our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ech, not so great
    formerchefaaVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    RPM will succeed, if only because its a lettuce entertain restaurant with a great location. Essentially, its just an Italian restaurant, but nothing super special about it. The fried Zuchini needed salt, or seasoning, or something instead of just a taste of batter. Polenta dish was decadent and tasty, but way too big for a starter. The garlic bread was the best thing we ate. Pasta dishes are very small, and not worth $14. The special pasta I got (burrata stuffed ravioli) had ZERO flavor. They must be raking in the bucks with this idea. Sorry Bill and Guiliana, despite that, I hope you succeed, or at least make some changes!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it! The food was so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Loved it! The food was so amazing, we got to our table really quickly and they didn't push us out the door even though it was jam packed even early evening on a weekday. Totally a current hot spot!! Decor is very modern and has a cool vibe. Friendly and helpful staff that seemed to be really happy to be there which is always good!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went here because I watch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    I went here because I watch Giulliana and Bill and I absolutely loved it!! I will definitely go back!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We made a special trip to
    deb57
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    We made a special trip to Chicago to try out this restaurant. The food was great and was not overly expensive. They had a good wine list and a lot of nice mixed drink specials. I would go back again. We split two of the smaller dishes one was Mama's pasta disk and the other the procusitto and marascapone pasta. Desserts to die for.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • L.A. Girl in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Ambience of restaurant was sophisticated and chic perfect for young professionals and seasoned foodies yet comfortable for casual tourists. Great food/flavors/presentation and enjoyed the small plates options to be able to taste multiple dishes and share. Nice energy inside and excellent attention by servers. The tartufo dessert was recommended by server and was the icing on the cake after a memorable dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed my night out, everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Enjoyed my night out, everything was great. the waiter was excellent at suggestions made the dinner perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pasta DiPandi - Don't Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    Felt like we were crashing a party as soon as we walked in the front door. High energy, well-dressed crowd. Food was fabulous - Mama DiPandi's pasta is unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RPM rates a 12 out of 10!!!
    nancy
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    RPM rates a 12 out of 10!!! I went to see what it was all about, not expecting the food to be so fantastic. Literally, every single bite from the appetizer to the main course and side dish to the dessert were to die for! I took my grown son and the noise level was even fine for me!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant! From the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    Great restaurant! From the design, service and food.Portions are small so you don't feel stuffed when you leave. I reccomend the Main Lobster Ravioli... Very good. Hazelnut Torfutu for dessert was absolutely amazing!! I will eat here every time I visit Chicago now!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I came to visit from California
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    I came to visit from California this week to see my BFF and the one thing I wanted to do was try out RPM Italian. Made reservations way in advance, thankfully. The place is beautiful inside. It wasn't too busy at 5:30 but by the time we left at 7, it was packed. I can see why. Not only does it have a great atmosphere, but the service was amazing and the food was incredible. My friend and I shared several dishes including the Lobster Buffalo Caprese, roman-style artichokes, Giuliana salad and of course had to try Mama Dipandi's pasta. It was all so delicious. For dessert we had the cannoli. It was delish! We've been telling everyone how fabulous it is and they can't wait to try it either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would rate the dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    I would rate the dinner experience excellent all around, but we got there a little early for our reservation and was unable to have a drink. The bartenders ignored me for over 20 minutes, I did not let it ruin the night. Everyone else was exceptional!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent overall experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    Excellent overall experience!! Food, Service, Ambience A+!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    I was pleasantly surprised how good everything was. My niece was in town, and she wanted to go there. Everything was delicious. I like the smaller portions, but still had left overs to take home. It was a great lunch the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been trying to eat here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    I've been trying to eat here for a while and couldn't get a reservation at the times I was in Chicago. I totally understand why this place is always packed! The food was amazing and flavorful! The menu has a lot of options from small appetizers to larger meals so it is perfect for sharing. This is definitely a place I would return to the next time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The decor was great but for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    The decor was great but for all the hype the food was just ok. Our table was glad that we tried RPM but probably won't rush to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the food and the decor
    kathybVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Loved the food and the decor and the location. The waitor was a little depressed.... I will be back in 2 weeks: that's the best review I can give!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So much fun with great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    So much fun with great service! Made the night ten times better to have someone so friendly!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is easy to see why this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    It is easy to see why this new restaurant is so popular: Great ambiance, fabulous service, great food. Excellent place to start out a night and you must try it if you haven't been. We loved the build out. Highly recommend the booth tables along the sides of the restaurant. Also highly recommend Alex as a server - he is wonderful. Everybody that worked there appeared to love being there. Great energy. Portions are, as they advise, small so do order several items and be sure to share. Great cocktails from the bar. The food is very good but my wife would say it is more built toward a scene than a "foodie experience". We agreed that is in no way bad, think it is exactly what they are after, and that it is a great night out!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing, worth the trip!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    RPM was everything we had hoped it would be and more! The smaller portion sizes allowed us to try several things off the menu. The meatballs and peppers with provalone where amazing. Giulana's salad was sweet and tasty. Mama DePandi's Buccatini was delish, but the Ravioli was absolutely out of this world! Bill's desert with the salted caramel was very good but the canolis were by far the best I've ever had. Very light and very tastey. The service was great, our waitress was very knowledgable and our table was always kept clean. The only thing that would have made the night greater would have been if Giuliana and Bill were there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just plain spectacular.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    We ordered a bunch of things to share among the 4 in our group. Fritto Misto was amazing. Prawns, Mama DiPandi's pasta and the Lobster Ravioli were also tremendous. But make sure you save room for dessert. The Chocolate Bundino and the Mission Figs were just ridiculously amazing. The Server was great, helpful and attentive. Cant wait to go back when it's easier to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I took my wife here for our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    I took my wife here for our 2nd anniversary and we had a phenomenal time. I don't know if it was on purpose or not but they seated us in the back in a large rounded corner booth that was a little quieter and therefore more romantic. The Mediterranean Sea Bass small plate had a great taste, kind of like ceviche. And the eggplant parm was amazing. Plus, they provided a couple tiny bites of gelato for our anniversary. We definitely plan on going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smaller portions allow diner
    Lankylady
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    Smaller portions allow diner to sample a variety of items on the menu without filling up on a single one. Everything was delicious. Prices reflect this type of dining experience and especially for a large city were quite modest. Noise level was similar to what is found in open ceiling, warehouse design facilities: much higher than intimate dining and more equivalent to large bar settings. Service was very good with pacing between courses neither too sluggish nor too rushed. Description notes casual dining but an aside to new customers, the majority of diners were wearing business casual attire. Felt this would be an excellent menu for a group to order from and share items.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MUSTTTTT GO!!!
    foodie
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    So so so sooooo yummy!!!!!! Tried three appetizers and three pastas all were amazing!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best spagetti I ever had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    2nd time here in a month. This time we tried some of the other things the we missed previously such as Salami and Cheese and desert. Favorite dish goes to Mama Depandis Pasta and Spagetti and meatball, the pasta is done perfectly. Possible the best I have ever had - truly amazing. During our previous visit we enjoyed the Octopus, fried olives, Gnocchi, Ricotta cheese and bread. So next time I will be having Salami and Cheese, Spagetti and meatball, and finish up with a Budini. That will be my perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I are fans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    My husband and I are fans the Rancics, not so much of Italian food so my expectations were low. The service was impeccable, the food was wonderful & we had a great time admiring the beautiful decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect meal...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    This place is amazing!  The staff is very attentive and the food is out of this world!! Don't miss the meatballs, short rib pappardelle or the potato gnocchi !  You won't be sorry!!  The pinwheel is pretty good too :) This place is amazing!  The staff is very attentive and the food is out of this world!! Don't miss the meatballs, short rib pappardelle or the potato gnocchi !  You won't be sorry!!  For dessert don't miss the tartufo The pinwheel is pretty good too :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    My husband and I thought that this was absolutely fantastic. It was very authentic Italian and the portions were just the right size. The service was wonderful and I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. I have already told several people about this restaurant. I look forward to going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was really looking forward
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    I was really looking forward to eating at RPM and I was not disappointed. The food and atmosphere was great and our server was so nice! She recommended great stuff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food average, ambiance great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    The ambiance is great. Our server seemed annoyed with our questions about the menu as there wasn't much description. The salad, bread and mushrooms were great. The pasta portions very small and the entrees were overpriced. For the price, I think you should get some complimentary bread. Definitely not the best Italian food, but good vibe.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama Depand's pasta is Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    Mama Depand's pasta is Delish! I was in City for the weekend, and one my request was to eat at RMP Italian. The whole experience was Excelent!! :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a reservation for 4pm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    We had a reservation for 4pm on a Monday. I was relieved to see another couple with a baby, because it really didn't look like a "kid-friendly" place! However, thy did have high chairs, and even those were cool! The lighting, furniture, overall decor- amazing! I love how they have taken traditional Italian design and dining elements (I.e., Carrara marble bar top, family style dining) and put a modern twist on them. All of the food was amazing; the meatballs were so tasty, and I absolutely loved the sauce. My husband said the hazelnut gelato in a chocolate shell (can't remember what it was called) was the best dessert he had ever had. I would definitely recommend RPM!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    excellent customer service regarding f/u with reservation made online. great valet, our waiter Bobby was FANTASTIC, patient, knew everyting about anything, got my car out for me without us waiting, impeccable manners!! Now the food...Wedge cesear salad, TOO much black pepper and you didn't ask! Mama DiPandi's Bucatini Pomadora delicious, too tiny a portion, Meatball was delicious but don't ask for 1 large because it is the size of a tiny meatloaf! truffle garlic bread is DELICIOUS, Bellini was BIG and yummy, lobster caperse salad bland, an appetizer that was 5 little breaded cheese balls not so good. Price was what you'd expect of the area. I'd go back. Recommendations: ask before you pepper, put some descriptions on menu, pasta portions.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So delicious! Mama DePandi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    So delicious! Mama DePandi did not disappoint! From the buratta cheese to the fried olives to the meatballs - all around delicious! The meatballs were out of this world. We all agreed on that! and the 2 pasta dishes we tried we delicious. Mama DePandi's and the pappardelle.....AWESOME! and the dessert is not to be missed! we got this huge chocolate ball that was just insanely good. Ask about it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate