Trattoria Gianni
Trattoria Gianni

Trattoria Gianni

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriagianni.com/
  • Phone: 3122661976
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gianni Delisi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have several areas for private parties up to 100 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Gianni Delisi 3122661976
  • Special Events: Please call us to arrange any of your special needs. We plan events for parties up to 100 people. 312-266-1976

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willow
  • Public Transit: Halsted bus #8 at Willow. Red Line at Clybourn and North Avenue.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Street parking.
A word from Trattoria Gianni
Since its doors opened in 1988, Gianni Delisi’s family-run Italian trattoria has flourished as a mainstay on the Chicago restaurant scene. Enhance your dining experience and opt to sit out under the stars in our NEW 96 SEAT AL FRESCO DINING AREA - NOW OPEN! Trattoria Gianni's menu features a diverse selection of regional Italian cuisine, augmented with superb daily specials and an array of delectable desserts to delight your palate. Gianni's boasts an extensive wine list, a full bar and a special selection of grappas. The restaurant has been awarded 3 stars from the Chicago Tribune, 3 1/2 stars from the Chicago Sun Times and has consistently received excellent ratings from Zagats.
Located in the heart of the Lincoln Park theatre district -- directly across the street from Steppenwolf theatre and a few doors north of The Royal George -- Trattoria Gianni's has long been a dining destination for theatergoers before and after the shows.
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Trattoria Gianni reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (60)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (21)romantic (16)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (14)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Woodydines
    WoodydinesVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was fine. I\ would recommend it as a place to go before the theatre. It was completely empty when we were there at 8pm on a Thursday,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    goodfoodluvr
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The walls of the entry and reception area are covered with clippings about the restaurant and photos of the owner with customers, which created the warm & friendly feeling of a family owned business. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. Everyone in our party had pasta dishes, which were all prepared well, and quite tasty, though not necessarily exceptional. I would definitely come back, and will recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took our son and his girlfriend out for dinner based on a friend's recommendation. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great gem
    Italianfoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Lovely, quiet place with quality menu options. Like being in Italy. What i liked was for a Sun. eve. was able to get a rez day before when lot of other places were booked. Large dining room, and quiet, a big change from teeny places bursting with folks and loud talk. Plus large outdoor option, ie., lovely garden seating. For us, a winner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    DineroutgalVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dined in after going to the theater. The restaurant was not too busy or crowded. We were seated immediately, however, several minutes passed and we flagged down the bar tender to order our food as our waiter did not return. The food was basic but good and was served promptly. We were glad we ate after theater so the lack of service did not affect our timing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great REAL Italian
    Cattop6
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice neighborhood restaurant to complement a night at the Royal George or Steppenwolf. Wonderful menu selection and food is authentic and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After teater
    Theaterfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    After attending Steppenwolf, Gianni's is a great place for after theater eating. It is convenient and has valet parking in addition to a wonderful patio. Ambience in this place is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with the family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My vegetarian family (10 people) attended this restaurant for dinner on a Friday night. We were able to make reservations pretty easily, which was one of the reasons we chose it. The food and service were great. The restaurant itself has the tucked-in NYC feel. The vegetarian selections are delicious, including the off-the-menu selections that the waiter suggested AND the eggplant parmesan that we requested. The eggplant parmesan was one of the best that I've ever had. It wasn't heavily encrusted and the eggplant itself was fresh and perfectly cooked. The cannoli at the end of the night is well worth it, so save room!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed, again.
    localresident
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Disappointed the last two visits, will not return. Service was poor both times, and last visit we were charged for items that the table next to us ordered!! We brought it to their attention and the charges were removed. However, food was mediocre, a shame as the outdoor eating area is lovely in the summer. We were there on a beautiful Friday summer evening and the place was almost empty. Not surprised now.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steppenwolf Go-To
    CincinnatiKid
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a great spot for a pre-Steppenwolf performance meal. Friendly Sicilian owner on the premise. Great, authentic, mostly southern Italian menu. A little or a lot, depending upon your hunger. Attentive staff will have you out the door, to cross the street, in perfect timing to the Theatre,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food slow service
    GourmetGene
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The outdoor patio is very nice and comfortable. The food is good enough and I would probably try it again. They didn't seem to have enough waitstaff the night we were there and service was very, very slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Outdoor space is just lovely, food is amazing and everyone was very friendly. If you have not tried this hidden gem do so! You won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    BLTBAH
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We eat in this area several times a year and for some reason seldom pick Trattoria Gianni. Sitting outside on the patio had beautiful ambience, however the food presentation and taste just doesn't stack up in our opinion against the other local restaurants. However, the outdoor patio was pretty crowded so obviously others don't agree with us. Of the 4 entrees - the gnocchi was the best!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicagofoodie312
    Chicagofoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was good, but our server was awkward and made us feel like we had never been to a restaurant before. He came off as rude and arrogant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moms80
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Gianni's made our mother's 80th birthday special. The food was great, the outdoor seating was comfortable and nicely decorated. Mom loved all the attention. They accommodated our party of 12 with a smile. It was a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    Murph353VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went here after a show at the Royal George Theater. It is very close to the theater. We were fortunate the weather was beautiful so we were able to eat outside. It was a very nice setting. As the sun began to set they brought around candles to each table with made it even nicer. To start, we ordered the bruschetta and Polenta al Funghi di Bosco Both were very good but I particularly liked the polenta. Two of us had the Risotto Funghi-we both really liked it. The other two had pasta,Cappellini al Pomodoro and Ravioli Burro, and both said their dishes were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our meal
    Norma
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoyed all the courses we ate and so did our friends. The staff was friendly and accommodating since we had theater tickets to Steppenwolf. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enjoyed dining on the beautiful patio! Food & service were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor patio is great.
    cvon
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and service is always good. We sat outside for the first time and it is lovely. Some specials are made for the warm weather, grilled vegetable starter is so perfect for summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner before Steppenwolfe
    KangaandChloeVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET, TRATTORIA GIANNI IS A WONDERFUL BEFORE THEATRE DINNER SPOT, ESPECIALLY ON A WARM SUMMER EVENING. DELICIOUS ITALIAN FOOD, ACCOMMODATING CHEF, SO NO ONE IS LATE FOR THE PLAY, AND VARIED ITALIAN WINE LIST.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    great place to have dinner before or after a show. service is very good, food great, prices reasonable
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steppenwolf Area
    Sahtein
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Nice spot in the Steppenwolf area where if you tell them you have a 7:30 curtain, they make sure to take your order and serve it soon after. I don't think of Gianni as a destination unless headed for the theatre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinermeisterVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our reservation was honored on time, service was pretty good for the most part, but I did not appreciate being talked up into a different price bracket for the bottle of wine we were considering ordering. I know I could have said no, but who wants to be considered a "cheapskate?" The burrata was exceptional, the pork chop very mediocre, my dining companions seemed to enjoy the pasta, and the ambiance was very nice (rain was threatening or we may have opted to sit outdoors on the very enticing patio). Certainly very convenient for before or after Steppenwolf theater performances.
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  • Excellent pre-theater option
    chicagodiner
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely pre-Steppenwolf dinner at Trattoria Gianni's recently. Excellent food, both in-door and outdoor garden tables, gracious service, and background music at a level for music lovers and conversationalists alike. The restaurant is located directly across the street from the theater and has been in operation for years. We're sorry we didn't step in the door sooner. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • significant slippage
    arthurVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had dined here before theater several times previously....it was never outstanding, but acceptable. This time, nothing went right. Salads were slow coming...the smallest basil leaf I ever saw dressed the top of the caprice salad, one entree order was completely wrong, the more expensive salmon dish was substituted for a less expensive one ordered & couldn't be replaced in a timely manner & the obviously previously baked piece of salmon was burnt on the outside, an obvious attempt to make it looked broiled gone wrong. The by- the -glass wine serving came in a microscopic glass only half filled. We never saw the waiter after he took our order. They must have sensed something was wrong, but the comp'ed desert wine was about one teaspoon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steppenwolf Starter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Trattoria Gianni was the perfect fit for a dinner prior to hitting a show at Steppenwolf. The service was quick and attentive. The server asked if we were going to the theater as we were seated and the dining pace was unhurried, but clearly mindful of the clock. The food was simple and good, not tremendous. Really the right fit for the occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Standby
    IIJLVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Trattoria Gianni has stood the test of time. The food has remained tasty, up-to-date and a good value for many years. The addition of an outdoor eating area is a real plus during the summer months. Although that eating area faces the street, street noise is not an issue as the sound is buffered by plantings. Another plus is that Trattoria Gianni is an dining excellent choice when attending neighborhood theaters such as Steppenwolf or Royal George. The waitstaff understands the need for restaurant patrons to be served in a timely manner. It's always a pleasure to dine at Trattoria Gianni.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super friendly, low key, good food
    visitingchicago
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    my pasta pomodoro was fresh tasting and perfectly seasoned. our server was energetic and friendly, but not over-bearing. highly recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Once again a great mean. Daniel is a wonderful waiter. Bus staff is also great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite place
    BeverlyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service is great and we love the food. It's our favorite place in the city. The owner takes great pains to make sure that everything is perfect and that the service, and atmosphere are top notch. In the summer, there is a lovely patio so you can choose to dine inside or outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • convenient to Steppenwolf
    lhgoad
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nice to be able to just walk across the street from a play to get dinner. Cozy little spot, nice outdoor seating, attentive staff. The beet salad was nice, but I was not able to finish it before my entree arrived. My salmon was good but the veggies were over cooked. Still. I would recommend this spot for a before or after theater experience, just let them know if you are NOT in a rush:)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KGbaby
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    There were eight of us celebrating our son's engagement! We sat outside on the patio. Dinner was delicious, service very efficient, a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitchen Closed
    KitchenClosedVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    As always, warm greetings by owners, excellent food and service. Dined outdoors and loved the setting. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a winner
    goodeatz
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I have eaten here north of a dozen times. The service is spectacular as is the food. Good tip---check the Steppenwolf Theatre's schedule....it really clears out at showtime and you can have a romantic dinner with your sweetie.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theatre preview
    sugrlmp
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The four of us often visit Trattoria Giannni before attending theatre in the neighborhood. It is our favorite place to eat before the theatre. The food is excellent and the wait staff is very accommodating. I have recommended this restaurant to many friends. We love this place!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before theater dining
    Kardlady
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Four women dined here before theater. We didn't order drinks and I got the impression our waiter wasn't too happy. We had an hour and 1/4 to eat which was plenty. The food was very good, not great but waiter forgot one of our main dishes which we were sharing. We will go back. Excellent location and valet parking.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tepid
    Carla
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food had little taste. Chicken marsala was never familiar with marsala. Small portions. Disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 520 reviews are from the Trattoria Gianni reviews archive.
  • Pre-Steppenwolf dining
    AnnetteVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food at Trattoria Gianni is excellent. Saturday evening I had a special appetizer and special entrée and was very happy with both of them. Servings are generous -- my husband had a huge dish of pasta that he couldn't finish. We had theatre tickets, and one of our party was late to dinner, but our waitress still managed to get us served in time to get to the play with time to spare. My only complaint about Trattoria Gianni is that it's a bit crowded. Other diners had to squeeze past us to get to their tables, and that wasn't fun for either them or us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bones
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Enjoyable dinner venue. We had a good server who was kind about repeating ingredients for those of us on special diets. The food was well seasoned and while I would not have minded larger servings of vegetables, they were cooked perfectly. For those looking for a comfortable experience with a mid range price, Trattoria Gianni's is a great choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat and Run
    LoriKVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This is a great old fashion Italian Restaurant. Great for a quick dinner before you run off to Steppenwolf Theater or The Royal George Theater. Takes reservations. Our waitress wasn't the best but she tried. Food came quickly which was nice if you are going to theater. Great house salads and menu selections are good. Seems they always have a neighborhood crowd there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate