Anna Maria Pasteria

4.6
353 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A mix of modern and traditional Italian cuisine, our cozy ristorante has long been a local favorite. Sisters Anna and Maria, originally from the Basilicata region of southern Italy, first opened the doors of Anna Maria Pasteria in 1989.

Beginning at age seven, Anna fell in love with cooking, creating her first plate of Pasta e Fagioli, a simple peasant dish which is now an Italian specialty. Enamored with cuisine and hospitality, Maria followed the family tradition and put her heart into making the best and most heavenly Tiramisu.

After two decades, Anna and Maria continue to dedicate themselves to the finest home-made Italian cuisine and service. Each entree is prepared to order with only the finest and freshest ingredients.

Specials

No corkage fee Sundays

No corkage fee Sunday’s! 2 bottle max.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 12, 2019

Ends: January 13, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-9:00PM

Buy 2 entrees get free appetizer

Buy 2 entrees get a free appetizer valued at 10.00. Discount taken off at end. This is available for dine in only.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 12, 2019

Ends: January 13, 2118

Availability: Mon-Wed 4:00PM-8:00PM

What 353 People Are Saying
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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Just so/so. i had salmon in my pasta dish. Very fishy. Didn't eat it. had higher hopes.

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite - excellent pastas, chicken vesuvio and the best tiramisu on the planet.

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PB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Anna Maria’s. It’s got great
food and wonderful service. It’s a little gem in the neighborhood. 👍

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MJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant. My husband and I go there at least once a month for the last 30 years. It’s far and away the best Italian food in the city if not the country. If what you want isn’t on the menu just and they will make it if they can...

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to favorite never lets me down.

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IL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anna Maria Pasteria is a very nice restaurant with a good menu and decent wine selection. Specials are really worthwhile. Service is quite good, but the noise level is not low.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood spot. Traditional Italian, friendly, consistent.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to Anna Maria's is a Valentine's day tradition of some 20+ years for my husband and me. The food has remained consistently wonderful through all the years. We particularly love the linguini with sea food,and the veal marsala, but everthing is of the same high quality. The vibe is friendly and warm. Service is always excptional.

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MJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in Chicago. We’ve been going there for over 25 years and we are never disappointed.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hospitality is unparalleled. We came from Iowa to Chicago. Our kids had a great experience. We definitely will come back

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s
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for Italian and couldn't have been more happy with this restaurant. The food and wine were fantastic. It's a cheeky little restaurant that is nicely decorated. Look like a lot of regulars eat there. The waitress was phenomenal and our food was REALLY good. I would go back in a second

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l
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect location for dinner if going to the Black Ensemble Theatre.

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BS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner before the theater

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KF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal before seeing a show. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Save room for cannolis 's !!

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PM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food. Convenient to theater. Good service. Very noisy.

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MJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the world. Never a disappointment. great service and great food.
will accommodate any reasonable wish even if not on the menu. My husband and my go to place

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M
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Anna Maria Pasteria and had a wonderful dinner and a lovely time. The service was great and we loved the ambience of the restaurant , we plan on going back soon.

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Each time we’ Eaten at the restaurant, the staff was exceptionally nice.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner before black Ensemble Theater

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This has been a favorite since they were located in Lakeview. Their red sauce is one of the best in the city and I find the atmosphere to be pleasant and usually quiet. They do cater to the theater crowd attending the Black Ensemble Theater so there are times when reservations are necessary and the nose level can be louder than normal. I am happy to see they can sustain their business with this crowd because there have been days when I was one of two customers in the restaurant. However, even on those occasions, the food and the service have always been up to par. I still give them three paws up.

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CP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was wonderful. Nice and cozy ambiance and delicious food.
Wait staff outstanding.
Thank you!

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TP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant had our table ready for us even with our early arrival. Food was fairly good; however, services was very slow. Luckily we allowed extra time or else we would have been late for our performance at the Black Ensemble Theater.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and convenient to black ensemble theatre.

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EW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We arrived a little late due to traffic but had called the restaurant to let them know. When we arrived ar 6:30 (the reservation was for 6:15), we were seated right away. We ordered drinks and an appetizer. When the drinks were served we ordered dinner. I wanted to order a different dish but was told it would take 25 minutes. At 7:35 we still had not gotten our food and because we had tickets for an 8:00 pm show, we left without eating. I did receive a call later with an apology and an offer of a free meal whenever we wanted to come back. When you plan to go out to dinner you tend not to eat beforehand. I choose this restaurant because it was near the theatre but I am really upset with the service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and nice friendly service at reasonable prices.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always eat here before attending Black Ensemble Theatre, which is just down the street. At first, it was because it was convenient, but it quickly became because of how much we enjoyed eating there. In a nutshell, it’s what you want from a “neighborhood restaurant “: cozy, inviting, super friendly, inexpensive, and tasty and well prepared Italian dishes. Just a great little place.

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DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Extremely convenient if going to the Black Ensemble Theater. We have dined at the restaurant several times. Never disappointed.

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LE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anna Maria's never disappoints! Great food & service on a consistent basis. We love going there!

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G
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and quiet so we can visit. Also they are very accommodating with special orders. We love it.

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KK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always eat here before The Black Ensemble Theater.

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c
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our first visit to this neighborhood spot. Tasty food, attractively presented. Excellent, unobtrusive staff. One of the few places where quiet conversation is possible. Some interesting, mostly Italian wines. Good value.

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of eight. Anna Maria accommodated us in a little alcove where we felt as if we were in a private home dining room. The menu was varied and the food was fantastic, as always. Our group especially enjoyed the Chicken Cannelloni, the Rotolo Aurora and the Cream of Artichoke Soup. The Amaretto Cake was a standout dessert. The wine list had a number of reasonably priced drinkable, approachable wines. Because we were such a large group, food service was understandably a bit slow. However, our waitress made sure we were taken care of with bread and drinks in short order. I highly recommend Anna Maria Pasteria!

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AV
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was fantastic. Service was excellent. Food was fabulous. Calamari was the best we have had in Chicago! The specials were delicious. Discount with Black Ensemble Theatre tickets! We will definitely be back!!

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a nice quiet place to enjoy great food and quiet conversation and Anna Maria Pasteria is perfect. We went on a weeknight and there were not many people there but everyone was respectfully quiet (even the children) and the service is flawless. My partner was having a special birthday and they brought him a cream puff with a candle in it. Perfect!

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at this restaurant and I look forward to eating there again. We were a party of 7 for dinner before a show. Our waiter was very attentive with great recommendations for wine and food. The service was timed appropriately with appetizers, main course and desert served at just the right time. The food was fantastic with all 7 of us enjoying what we ordered. Plus, we were right on time for our show a block away from the restaurant. I will be telling all of my friends about Anna Maria Pasteria!

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MG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great! My date was awful - but the restaurant was fantastic!

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MJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Anna Maria's never disappoints. Food is always great, service is wonderful and if you don't see what you want just ask your waiter. They will accommodate any reasonable request

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time with our group for a birthday party. We got a semi-private room and it felt really special. Other guests were so friendly and Anna herself was so inviting.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A great neighborhood restaurant. Great food and atmosphere.

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BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of seven was seated in the "family area" in back. Our older group appreciated how quiet it was back there. Service was outstanding, food was great. All of us really liked our entrees and deserts, but special raves were reserved for the Amaretto cake. We will definitely be back!

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