Sapori Trattoria
Sapori Trattoria

Sapori Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saporitrattoria.net/
  • Phone: 7738329999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday Dinner: 4:00pm-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday Dinner: 4:00pm-11:00PM; Sunday Dinner: 3:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Barbanente
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call restaurant for details.
  • Entertainment: Live conversation friendly accoustical jazz on Tuesdays
  • Special Events: Sapori often does Chef Hosted Wine Dinners...for additional details...see the manager on duty or email us.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Diversey
  • Public Transit: Diversey Brown Line, Fullerton Train stop, Clark St. Bus, Halsted Bus, Diversey Bus. Abundant Cabs at all Hours
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet available Friday-Saturday. Complimentary parking Sunday-Thursday in their private lot (The covered Home depot parking lot next door.
A word from Sapori Trattoria
Sapori is a popular neighborhood restaurant featuring an innovative presentation of Italian cuisine at a reasonable price. The restaurant has an intimate warm feel & a friendly helpful staff. The highly visible owner & Italian chef runs Sapori & focus on bringing customers uniquely satisfying dining experiences. Sapori offers an extensive, affordable wine list & a full selection of spirits. ***Reserve your birthday dinner with us & we will send you out a premium dessert for free - it's your birthday!***
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Sapori Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
261 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (178)fit for foodies (127)romantic (115)special occasion (110)good for groups (74)notable wine list (72)great for outdoor dining (72)hot spot (34)kid-friendly (20)late-night find (11)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Busy but worth it
    topratedVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our second time at this restaurant. We love the charm of the old building. It is always packed because the service and food are outstanding. It's happy and vibrant and loud, but everything you want when you need to feel like you are in Italy at your favorite trattoria. Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • October 18
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Outstanding restaurant experience. Great service, outstanding food; nice ambiance
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Never had a bad meal here. Quality food that pairs well with their moderately priced wine list. Highly recommend this restaurant, they do whatever possible for you to have a nice dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Itialian
    Matt
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food, ambience, wine et al is all very high quality Itialian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always amazing
    Jlevit
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I go here regularly, and the food and service are always amazing. They never disappoint! You must try this as I consider this my favorite Italian restaurant hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Going from all of the reviews and ratings we expected really good food. We were very disappointed in the quality - it was nothing special. They also gave us a form to fill out at end of meal not sure what it was about - felt it was so tacky I did not even look. We would compare this experience to an Olive Garden meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Second Visit
    samjam
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were in Chicago to celebrate a birthday. We ate here last year for the same occasion and decided to repeat the experience. We were very pleased once again. The salads, entrees [seafood pastas], desserts and wines were all excellent. Our server was first-rate - patient and helpful. This may be a new annual tradition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid neighborhood Italian
    nomadVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went night before marathon. Prices seemed high for food and decor, but portions were huge! Friendly but not the most attentive service. Food wasn't particularly creative but was tasty and fresh. Nice option to have in neighborhood.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Marathon Carbo Load
    ChicagoBadger
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had my parents in town the night before I ran my first marathon, and so (based on reviews online) I picked out Sapori Trattoria. The food was phenomenal. The service was attentive, but not annoying. Overall I had a great experience and will be coming back. Also, the pasta did a great job of getting me through all 26.2 miles!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carb loading!
    Calgary1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We visited Sapori Trattoria the night before the Chicago Marathon to load up on carbs. The waiter was very knowledgable and helpful when it came to the menu and wine list. Our food was unbelievable! The portion sizes were large and my only disappointment was that my stomach wasn't big enough to eat it all! I would definitely revisit this restaurant the next time I'm in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Be prepared for extremely generous portions and impeccable service
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Time!
    JBChicago
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had an amazing dinner! A perfect pumpkin appetizer (great for the Fall), and I had ribs. Ribs at an Italian place??? Unheard of! But they were Awesome! So tender! Never had any ribs as delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Enjoyable.
    Nick
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Visited Sapori with friends from out of state. It was a wonderful evening. Everything from the food to the service was top notch. We will absolutely be visiting again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Shannonmacaroni
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We spent our second anniversary dining at Sapori Trattoria and they made it a night to remember! We were led to a lovely private table and given customized menus that said "Happy Anniversary!" Lights in the quiet restaurant were dim, with romantic candles on each table. Our server, Meg, went above and beyond to make our evening special. We started off with the avocado crostinis- delectable! Then we ordered the Penne Cardinale and the capellaci de zucca (pumpkin ravioli). Both were delicious. We were full and opted out of ordering dessert, but Meg brought us a small tiramisu on the house to celebrate our anniversary. We will absolutely be back! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and welcoming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sapori is a gem for all occasions. Romantic for two, but good for a crowd, the ambiance and service is warm and welcoming. Most importantly, the food at Sapori is top notch and reliably executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sapori Trattoria is Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My reservation was ready when we arrived. They took us to a table to the side where we could talk easily and still take in the vibrance of the scene. We sat down after our menus were placed on the table and it read, "happy birthday Gayle" as a headline. It was a lovely surprise to both of us and especially to my dear Gayle. We order our food excitedly with plenty of requests for not so hot or on the side or split. They kindly honored every request. Our server was spot on with charm, refilling wine glasses and checking in just the right amount. Andrea was awesome. She never bat and eye at any of our needs. At the end of our meal, I did not even need to ask for dessert, it arrived with a candle in it and was set in front of Gayle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had such a wonderful experience at Sapori tucked into the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. The food was ouTstanding and the service extra special. Upon our next visit to Chicago this is a go to place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Small restaurant, but fantastic food & wine! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very overrated
    ahmed
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I ordered the lobster ravioli (the dish with the highest reviews) and I would probably give it a 6.5/10. My friend ordered the drop off the bone veal with lasagna and is around 7/10. The only we order we loved was the bruschetta.. that was really good (9/10)
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expected Better
    Willy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Was seated immediately upon arriving for a 7:15PM reservation. Server was great. Appoligized several times due to the fact that we waited almost an hour for our dinner to be served. Food was just avwerage for the price. Linguini Alle Vongole - Spaghetti with Clam sauce was overcooked. It was so hot when it came out it must have been microwaved. Risotto Pescatore was soupy and very fishy tasting. For the price, there are better alternatives.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frank D.
    Frank
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and wine list, with affordable pricing and large pasta portions. The food had an authentic italian taste, which will keep me coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick with the Basics
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We expected a lot of creative dishes but the award winning ravioli dish we ordered fell short (dry, overwhelming squash taste overshadowing raviolis). The waiter did an excellent job of correcting the problem, provided a free desert and even removed the item from the bill. Stick with the basics and this will be a great choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average dining
    HappyEater56
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We ate here as we were not able to get a reservation at short notice at other restaurants in Chicago. Whilst the food is not bad, it cannot be considered great cuisine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Terrific opening courses. Loved the Italian bread. We split a salad. Very creative and tasty. Loved the dressing. Not heavy. We both got the sea bass which was incredibly tender but maybe a bit too much with the garlic. Still good. Would get it again. Didn't get the desert but heard great things about it. Overall a real nice experience. Service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    stho
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Sapori is our go to place. The best veal meatballs ever, not to mention risotto and outstanding Bolognese. Love to go on Tuesday when they have small plates and we can order more than one of our favorites. And their bread is the best anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    SJA44
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had family visiting over the weekend, and they wanted to go to a great Italian Restaurant. I took them to Sapori Trattoria, and we were not disappointed. It was a great and pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was delicious. Great seafood pasta dishes. Each one I've had here over the times I've been has been delicious. A wonderful, independent neighborhood spot--my finance and I definitely want to start coming here more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tastee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The pumpkin ravioli was insanely tasty. I don't know how they do it, but they had unbelievably good service, especially considering how their size and busy they were. Everything was prompt, we never were wanting for a waiter or water. Normally this isn't something you notice unless the service was lacking, but they did such a great job that we had to give them a shout out. The place is big but very well divided so that it retains a good sense of intimacy. Definitely going to be coming back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but horrible service
    quirkychicaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had reservations at 8:30pm that we had made the same day. When we walked in at 8:30 we were told we had to wait another 15-20 minutes - what's the point of a reservation? We decided to wait outside. After 20 minutes, I went to check if our table was ready and was ignored for another 5 minutes by BOTH the host and hostess. After we were finally seated, the bus boy came by to say it'd be a few minutes on the bread as they were making it. A table was seated after us and was on their second bowl of bread before our waitress came by to check on our appetizer. She also was far more attentive to her other tables than ours. Food was great but with so many Italian places with far better service, I won't be a repeat diner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect after the Apollo!
    kgeats
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were looking for a nice, romantic place to go after the Apollo theatre. Our service was great, the food was fantastic, and the ambiance was perfect. Sit upstairs if you want a little more quiet and romantic atmosphere. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Incredible food and wine list. Service was fantastic. One of my favorite Italian spots in the city. Get the pumpkin pasta. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sapori
    foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    GREAT food!!! Would go back again even without the Groupon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food choice
    sindy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    it was great…the risotto was delish …the fish not so much..we would defiantly go back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Had a Great Meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As always, we had a great meal at Sapori. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, with great staff and the food is very good. We recommend it highly!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Ronin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The staff is very friendly. Vince and Ricardo are the managers and are nice guys. Carol was our waitress and is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Came here with a group of 7 and everyone loved it - great food/great service!! Appetizers were tasty and a good size. The dinner portions were large - especially the lasagna!! Very nice wine list too. Will definitely be returning when visiting Chicago - a very nice find away from downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    Goodfood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food is amazing. Tried the brussel sprout salad very different. My waiter was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UTDave
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    grilled calamari is awesome if you remove some of the sauce...lasagna portion is crazy large but very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint, cozy, tasty & reasonable
    Ionarib
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food and service were great. Ambiance is homey and warm. Wine list was fitting and well thought out. Prices are moderate enough to make it a regular spot. However, just hope you don't get seated next to a table of obnoxious New Yorkers, or you'll feel like you're sitting in THEIR dining room.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was fabulous, seating not
    AshTVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As usual, our dinner was fabulous. Unfortunately the seating situation was not. Of the many times I've dined at Sapori I've always felt bad for the two person table right in front on the bar. It's in the main pathway for patrons to enter/exit the restaurant and a steady stream of servers buzzing by to nearby tables. Anyone waiting for a table stands directly in front on the bar, which is basically right on top of this spot. Luckily it's the only time we've been stuck there, but it happened to be my husband's birthday & I'm seven months pregnant, so it was a little distracting/annoying to enjoy our evening out. That said, the food was delicious as always and our server couldn't have been sweeter. The pumpkin pasta will always be my fave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic