Love the patioWe had a wonderful dinner Sunday evening outside in the new patio. Loved it. Great service and atmosphere. We'll definitely be back!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat pre- SteppenwolfStop in for dinner before Steppenwolf. Food is great and they pay attention to your schedule.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was delicious, theThe food was delicious, the service was excellent and the ambience was quaint and charming. Ideal for a first date, romantic dinner or night out with the family. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed ourself and the staff was very nice, warm and friendly.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe all ejoyed our dinner andWe all ejoyed our dinner and the service was great5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, charming placeService from beginning to end was friendly and efficient. We were greeted promptly and seated outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. We ordered a tasty appetizer plate of flavorful olives, cheese, peppers and mushrooms. After this we expected equally flavorful meals, but found one main course bland. The linguine with shrimp and scallops mixed in a garlic olive oil sauce was spot on with the garlic. A little more garlic would have been too much for the breath to take. The spaghetti bolognese could have used more spices. Dessert was the homemade tiramisu which was a fresh enormous piece of deliciousness. We shared the dessert without difficulty as the piece was so large. Although we didn't eat inside, it was very charming.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was really good, waitressFood was really good, waitress was very sweet but a bit slow. Trattoria Gianni has a lovely outdoor area, I highly recommend sitting outside if you can.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGood choice near SteppenwolfWe tried Trattoria Gianni for a Sunday dinner before a matinee at Steppenwolf and were pleasantly surprised. At one p.m., we were alone in the dining room, but the patio seemed popular. All the staff were very welcoming and friendly. Daily specials as well as the regular menu, with fairly standard Italian fare. Appetizer of calamari was light and tender, a special version of a caprese salad was exceptional, and our main courses - we both chose a type of tagliatelle - were very flavorful. The panna cotta dessert was delicious as well. Finishing up with a strong cup of coffee, we were out the door just in time to cross the street and take our seats for the play. Definitely worth a return visit.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMCozy, relaxing place. AcrossCozy, relaxing place. Across the street from Steppenwolf Theater, it's great for before a show. Authentic Italian quisine. Personal, attentive service. Excellent value for the price.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMTry the Risotto with Mushrooms!The risotto with mushroom and truffle oil is divine! This is a great Italian Lincoln Park gem that is very reasonable! I've recommended it to all my family and friends!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBest near Steppenwolf TheatreWe always stop in before Steppenwolf performances. The new outdoor patio is a huge plus.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMA Favorite in Lincoln ParkFantastic cocktails. Such good service, the bar tender came to check on our specs before starting!
Great hors d'oevres. Eggplant, burrata and grilled octopus were stellar.
Salmon excellent, white fish good. Homemade pasta delicious with tangy sausage.
Enjoyed desserts and cuppacino.
Ambiance lovely. Always so hospitable!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMNot just for a theater nightMy wife and I were looking for a restaurant that we had never been to before and we came upon Trattoria Gianni. We went on a Friday night and were pleasantly surprised by our experience. It's close proximity to the Steppenwolf Theater area makes it an obvious choice for dinner before the theater or dessert after the theater. However, Gianni's should be considered for more than just a night at the theater. The food was great and a good value.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and convenienceWe selected this restaurant because of its proximity to the Royal George Theater. The valet parking was not exhorbitant, the food was very good and we will come back again.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMDependably GoodI've been to Trattoria Gianni several times prior to attending shows at Steppenwolf Theater. We are always able to get out in time for the show and have never been disappointed by the food or service.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Restaurant Before TheaterThis Italian Restaurant is consistently good. It's the perfect restaurant location if you are going to the Steppenwolf or Royal George Theater. The food is always good, as is the service. They are very aware of the time constraints of dinner before the show. Also, valet park your car here as they will keep it until after the show.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a most enjoyable diningWe had a most enjoyable dining experience...pleasant wait staff....very good food...nice choices....pleasant owner contact...patio looks very nice when weather improves.....we will come again....4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, the food and serviceAs always, the food and service were great! This is our favorite pre-theater place to go.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGood choice for pre theaterGood choice for pre theater dining. The bass was excelent as was the grilled calamari. It gets very busy pre theater but they get every one out on time.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMnever lets me down!I keep coming back! Gianni continues to run a fine and reasonably priced operation with delicious found, fine service and nice ambiance. If you come after the theater crowd departs, it calms down greatly taking on a more sedate atmosphere. Be sure to save room for the fabulous desserts!!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good. TheThe food was very good. The service was a little slow but that was not the server's fault, the restaurant was full with the pre-theater crowd. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMVery friendly, decent, goodVery friendly, decent, good italian family style food delivered with kindness and good humor. Dependable, neighborhood style restaurant. Just good people.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMCelebrated a surprise landmarkCelebrated a surprise landmark birthday. Staff couldn't have been more helpful or gracious. Food was wonderful and we made it out to our show in plenty of time!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food & serviceExcellent food & service ,never fails always great service the home made pappardelle are delicious ,the gnocchi are like pillows so light and delicious ,we were seated in the corner by the bar looking at there beautifull patio I think is one of the largest in Lincoln park can't wait for the weather to get warm the wine are well choosen great grapes varieties We will recommend to our friend ,4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this restaurant. WeI love this restaurant. We eat here every time we go to Steppenwolf and are never disappointed. The minestrone soup includes a range of interesting vegetables. I had veal marsala (not always on the menu, but available any time I've asked)--the veal is of high quality and the sauce is delicious. We usually order a 1/2 portion of pasta to share, which adds to the delightful meal.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was absolutelyThe service was absolutely fabulous! We will be eating out here again. :)4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this restaurant-Go try it!Visited Trattoria Gianni for the first time last Saturday, sooo glad I was able to reserve a table online at the last minute, viewed the menu, noiticed the gluten free choices and took the plunge. The service was great, we were seated right away, the food was outstanding, started with the caprese, cheese melted in your mouth, then came the carpaccio---it was delicious, for the main course I had the Conchiglie with rice noodles, my sister tried the dish and didn't notice the noodls were gluten free, I had to keep her fork from drifting my way, finally desert, 3 small scoops of sorbet that was delicious. Prices were very reasonable. Go, eat, you'll love it.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreeted warmly. AppetizersGreeted warmly. Appetizers were good, but the polenta w fungi, etc was superb - will definitely order again next time. Main dishes were good, with the cheese gnocchi best in the city. Desserts - flan ok, gelato trio skimpy. This restaurant is one of our favorite places when we come into the city because it is unpretentious and combines warmth, ambiance, good food and good service. On my open table reservation I said that we were celebrating a birthday. They brought a lit candle to the table and we joined in with happy birthday - we were happy that they paid attention to the reservation request, which we hadn't mentioned when we arrived.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMReally great food. The musselsReally great food. The mussels were the BEST I've ever had!! Will definitely be back!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA lovely spot - perfect pre-theaterA lovely spot - perfect pre-theater dining, service is prompt, food delicious. Valet parking helpful.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been to this restaurantWe have been to this restaurant many times and it is consistently good. The service is attentive without being overly intrusive and the food is delicious. Its a great place for dinner before or after the theater at Steppenwolf or Royal George as just step away.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGianni is one of our favoriteGianni is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. Delicious food and top notch service ALWAYS. Great ambiance and no rushing. Do yourself a favor and go to Gianni.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWalking distance to SteppenwolfWalking distance to Steppenwolf and Royal George. Nice little Italian spot with great food and service. Tables are close so a noisy group can impact dinner, but not a bad place to chat and dine. Our server was fabulous, gave us time to select our dinner and linger over coffee, but still get us out in time for our play.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGood place before the theater.We had dinner before the theater. It was the perfect place. The food was good and the waiter was wonderful. The prices were reasonable and we enjoyed the atmosphere. I'll recommend this restaurant anytime.accommodating3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a terrific place forThis is a terrific place for old world Italian food. We go here before every evening performance we attend at Steppenwolf which is just across the street. We discovered Gianni's because of our attendance at the theater, but it quickly became one of our favorites. An excellent menu with an extensive selection of antipasto, salad, seafood, pasta and meat dishes. A solid wine list and excellent, attentive service. Gianni has been doing this a long time and he does it very well.2/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is the perfect placeThis is the perfect place to have a late lunch (opens at 1 PM on Sundays) before seeing a play at Steppenwolf. The salads are fresh and include interesting ingredients. All pastas can be ordered as 1/2 portions, which are perfect for lunch. Service was efficient and pleasant. Great selection of wines by the glass.1/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went with a group and theWe went with a group and the waiters were fabulous. They offered to put together appetizers for the table to share and they were fabulous as was teh rest of the meal.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM