Via Veneto
Via Veneto

Via Veneto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.viavenetochicago.com/
  • Phone: 7732670888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Thursday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony Barbanente
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Custom Menu serving authentic Italian Cuisine.
  • Private Party Facilities: Via Veneto can accommodate parties 25 - 200. From intimate groups to elegant parties, we are even the perfect setting for business meetings with microphone and screens available for presentations.
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Barbenente 7732670888

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Park
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Via Veneto
Via Veneto offers authentic Italian cuisine. Family owned with affordable prices. Voted one of the top 10 Restaurants in Chicago by the Sun Times and Tribune.
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Via Veneto reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)great for lunch (3)romantic (3)fit for foodies (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Chicago's Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant was featured on the "Chicago' Best" t.v. show and the food was great. My friend and I had the black ink lobster spaghetti and it was good. We also had the oysters for an appetizer, which were amazing. We had several staff waiting on us and the atmosphere had a cozy neighborhood feel. This was a trek for us - glad we experienced it, but probably would not travel all the way out to Skokie, unless we had other plans in the neighborhood. But for those who live out that way and want some very good Italian food - I'd recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Traditional Italian
    Tamale
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was excellent and the service was excellent. All ingredients were fresh and entrees and appetizers were served hot direct either the oven or skillet to the table. also received a $20 gift certificate for future dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    JARoyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were looking for an Italian place not far from where we live. This popped up on Yelp and we were not disappointed. The spaghetti and meatballs was a comfort meal come true and the lemon spaghetti was a new fave. Spumoni hit the spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JeanVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food always good and love the traditional look but the music played overhead is at odds with both. I don't go to a classic italian restaurant and want to listen to bad pop and/or dance music. They should play opera or italian standards or classical music or jazz.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 293 reviews are from the Via Veneto reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    My husband said he had the best lamb he has ever had.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my personal favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service is awesome when the owner and his wife recognized frequent customers. The food is always delicious and the wine selection is good. Great place to treat my wife for our anniversary and any other occation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DawnM
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We were there at 5:00, so there were only a few other diners. The service, (our waiter, Tim) was excellent. He offered welcome suggestions for wine and entrees. The food was delicious with generous portions.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Started out ok, but then went south
    ColonVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had a reservation for four. Seated right away. The bread was placed on the table quickly along with oil and vinegar and Parmesan. Bread was crispy and warm. Salads were large portion and tasty. Entrees were very disappointing. Two in our party ordered the papedelle bolognese. It was awful. Very tomatoey with meat. Clearly no carrots, celery, onion or cream. Just tomato sauce and chunks of meet. The Branzino was the same way. The fish tasted like it had been frozen and was slathered in tomato sauce. The winning dish in our party was the porcini risotto which was quite tasty. Desserts were ok. Won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Sunday Luncheon
    Mayfoot
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We did not intend to do the Easter Brunch. From what we could see, the selections looked quite extensive. Children were eveywhere. We chose to dine in the restuarant off of the menu. It was adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining, moderate prices
    berkshire
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    If you want a moderately- priced meal that's not a part of a big franchise empire of restaurants then Via Veneto is your kind of dining. The service is great, empty bottles and dishes are quickly removed from the table and wait staff checked in often and paid attention to our dining needs. The food is very good and the presentation is suitable as well. So support this local business that is somewhat obscurred in its location but hopefully can draw many diners from the surrounding neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    PaulB
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I've been here many times. I am always inpressed. Authentic Italian cuisine. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The food was good, service a little slow, they weren't in a rush to get us to leave. One meal was late, and they gave us a free tiramisu. It was large and the best we have ever had. everyone was nice. They kept our waters and drinks filled.
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  • Opera Night
    JamesA
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner on Friday. It was opera night. The branzino was delightful. Save space for the salted caramel cake or the semifredo as both are excellent. As a note, while they are singing, keep the conversation down. Angela is always my favorite server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly and accommodating
    Judy
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Very friendly and accommodating staff. Great food - different and varied selections for ravioli dishes! Went Sunday at noon - very quiet and comfortable. Hardly knew there was a party happening on the other side of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brought friends here for their
    HappyBosnianVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Brought friends here for their first time and they loved it. Turns out their family is from the same region of Italy as the Barbanente family, which brought on a lively discussion of mutually-known friends and families. Another reason why going to Via Veneto is a great experience that goes beyond the terrific food and attentive service. Grilled octopus and calamari, pistachio ravioli, tortellini carbonara, zuppa de peace and chicken park were all great, as usual. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HAH - Restaurant Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Via Veneto is a classy place, attentive service with a variety of wines, but the food lacked taste.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Surprise
    EvanstonFam3
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I'd left it late to book a table for Valentines Day and found Via Veneto on Open Table. I'd never eaten here before so it was a gamble. Boy did it pay off. The food was amazing, downtown calibre cuisine up North and at a fair price. So enjoyed our evening - everyone from couples to families and big parties added to a lovely ambience. Loved it! I tried the Gorgonzola and pear parcels - to die for yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabuloso, food has always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Fabuloso, food has always been fantastic. Service was good. We went on Valentines day so it was really busy. The owners a constantly walking the floor to see if you need anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day dinner was
    HappyBosnianVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentine's Day dinner was very nice -- even on a night that can be dicey for restaurants. This is one of our favorite go-to places and we had the usual experience: friendly and helpful staff, very enjoyable food and a nice place to sit and visit for a couple of hours. We will return shortly with friends and are looking forward to having the "other" items we did not order this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Donna
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We dine here at least 3 times a month and have never been disappointed. The staff if attentive and knowledgable of the wine list. If you can't decide on an entree, just ask your server. You won't be disappointed in their selection. The tuna and Chilean sea bass are my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • philly
    PhillyVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Via Veneto is always a good reliable restaurant to eat at..
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Carrie
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This family owned restaurant is not very impressive from the outside, but the food is authentic, homemade Italian. The menu features Italian "staples", as well as more contemporary dishes (Ahi tuna, Scallop risotto, etc..). Servers, as well as owners, provide attentive but not intrusive service. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We brought friends for their
    HappyBosnianVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We brought friends for their first time at Via Veneto because the food, the service and the staff make the evening a sure thing. The menu offers a wide variety of scratch-made Italian delights and the specials were particularly interesting, Pasta and seafood are always well-executted and creative -- one of tonight's was a pistachio-filled ravioli in a surprisingly light cream sauce. Our guests were glad to have experienced Via and we all agreed that a return visit was in order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find!
    AK47VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    I was looking for a restaurant in this area to meet a friend for dinner and took a chance on Via Veneto, where I had never been. It was great! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Don't miss the Flourless Chocolate Cake!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something is Mising
    Vitorio
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Long time ago, this was one of our favorite restaurant. However, the restaurant was locate at Peterson Ave. Since they move to this location on Lincoln Ave they have not been the same. They have more space and the location have the potential to be great, but something is missing. The food is not the same. My guess is that they a different cook; the presentation lacks the gourmet style of the old rest.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Via Venetto
    SteveDM
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    We went on a Monday night so it was rather quiet. The food was fantastic. I had the pumpkin Lasagna which was tasty. We also had the grilled Calamari and Tiramisu for dessert. Nice neighborhood run family restaurant
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Taste of Italy!!
    BigAl
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    If you're looking for a nice family oriented, quiet, with great food and where the staff is extremely friendly, well then head out to Via Veneto. On our recent visit we begged our 14 yr old to accompany us and at 1st she did not want to go because she is a very picky eater and thought she would not like the food. To my surprise she finished her entire chicken with broccoli, green beans, potatoes and a really awesome sauce dish and still had room for a tiramisu. I had their lasagna and I must say it was just as delicious. Honestly you can't go wrong and if you're lucky you might even learn a few italian words as the lady that waited on us was speaking in Italian to us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian Food
    Mela526VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Food is quite authentic as owners are from Italy. It is served piping hot as it should be. The sauces are very tasty and you can tell made in an italian way. Service is quick and very friendly. They have a menu that is quite larger than most Italian restaurants I have been to. There is alot to choose from. You will enjoy it!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were the only ones in the
    dori19
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We were the only ones in the restaurant on a Sat. for lunch. Seemed to be no employees either. One person was washing the floors as well as seating people, taking orders and maybe cooking as well! Very odd. Food was ok - nothing special.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    An eggplant aficionado, I am hooked on Via Veneto's Melanzane Ripiene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Philly
    PhillyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    This was the 1st time at this restaurant and the food was very good as well as the service. I will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 4 bad meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Fish was filled with large bones. Are veal was so tough I needed a steak knife, taste was bad too.
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    great for lunch
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  • Another fine time at this
    HappyBosnianVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Another fine time at this family favorite. Friendly and attentive service. Well-executed dishes from both the basic menu and the weekly specials. Very pleasant and comfortable dining room. Mid-range pricing with good value. All in all, a terrific family-run neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    Bird1218VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Dining at Via Veneto is consistently excellent. We're noticed many new, highly creative dishes appearing. We thoroughly enjoyed the squash blossoms, the peach, arugula and provolone pizza, and our beautiful pasta with squash, zucchini, and grilled shrimp (we asked for the addition of the shrimp), and our artichoke and fennel salad. Everything was very fresh and beautifully flavorful! We noticed that the banquet rooms were set up for a wedding -- lucky bride and groom -- it was magnificent! We particularly appreciate that we are able to dine al fresco, and bring our well-behaved dog -- very Italian, indeed! Come home to Via Veneto -- its always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Abbondanza Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Generous portions, attentive service, a bit pricey. Spaghetti and meat sauce was disappointing, but other selections were quite good, including mushroom ravioli.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Nice place to eat. Can be romantic, for groups and family friendly. Its a nice environment, good ambiance and decor. Service is great. The prices are pretty standard, but you get a good portion for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ravioli is their thing
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Ravioli with pistachio and mascarpone was delicioius. It had the perfect amount of sweet and savory. They have several ravioli dishes on the menu, all homemade. It must be what their known for. Their martinis are colosal. On the down side they touted a lemon lobster linguini special which was good, but nothing special. However, the rub was that when the dish came out the pasta was capellini, not linguine. We laughed.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molto Bello
    Bird1218VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    We recently returned from Puglia, Italy, and were seeking the "real deal" in Chicago. Via Veneto is it! Authentic, fresh, complex flavors, beautifully prepared! Try the pistachio ravioli - amazing! We are dog owners/lovers, and the patio welcomes our (well-behaved) dogs to join us for dinner. We feel that we are visiting beloved Italian family when we dine at Via Veneto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent. However,
    RickC
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The food was excellent. However, I came in with a large gathering, and the obvious attention paid to each dish made the wait for entrees extraordinarily long.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, we had a thoroughly
    HappyBosnianVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Once again, we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. This family-run and customer-friendly restaurant has been our longtime go-to for Italian. Its menu and kitchen are particularly strong in seafood and past, while offering a wide variety of other feel-executed dishes. Service is always attentive and helpful when special requests are made. When we take friends here for their first time, they always ask to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.