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About Bacchanalia - Chicago

Just minutes away from downtown Chicago, experience authentic Italian Cuisine. This family owned and operated restaurant has been in business for over 31 years;the Pieri Family from Pisa, Italy has brought all their delectable recipes here to Chicago from their hometown. This restaurant is well known for generous portions and great quality at reasonable prices. All entrees are prepared fresh to order, so a customization to your order is happily accommodated.

The restaurant is recognized by many Chicago food critics and it has also been chosen by Zagat's as being one of the 1000 Top Italian restaurants in our country. We are a small hidden gem in this great big city. The restaurant atmosphere is cozy and quaint and the service is friendly and accommodating. Come let us feed you.


2413 S. Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday- Thursday: 11:00AM - 3:30PM

Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30PM - 9:30PM

Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM

Sunday: 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Cross Street:
W 24th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(773) 254-6555

Website:
http://www.bacchanaliainchicago.com/

Entertainment:
We do not have live music, however we do have a variety of Italian songs playing in our establishment.

Catering:
We offer catering for almost any occasion, we have packages available, or entrees are also available by the tray. You can also customize your own package. Delivery is available. Visit out website at bacchanaliainchicago.com or call us at 773-254-6555 for more information.

Parking Details:
Street Parking is Available-
Valet Parking Available if necessary $5.00 Lunch
$7.00 Dinner

Public Transit:
CTA bus service has a Western Avenue stop at 24th Street is one block from restaurant. Also a CTA Blue Island Avenue bus at Oakley is one and a half blocks away. The CTA Pink Line El-Train exits on Western and 21st Street about 7 blocks from restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Maria Genchi & Luigi Amaya

Private Party Facilities:
We offer private parties Saturday and Sunday afternoons in addition to Monday-Thursday evenings, pending the party is of forty people or more. Smaller parties available anytime. Packages starting at $13.95

Private Party Contact:
Dan or Paula Pieri: (773) 254-6555

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bacchanalia - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.2

value

4.4

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Romantic (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Fun (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was fantastic. Service was fantastic. Great value. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I've been coming here for years and although it had been some time since my last visit I was to learn they had changed cooks, food wasnt the same and increased pricing for alcoholic beverages to a ridiculous unwarrented amount! Not the same great place it used to be. Sad to see such a great place change in the wrong direction. I NO LONGER recommend this place. So sad.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Hadn't been to Bacchanalias in years. I had the veal Parmesan and my friend had the lasagna. Neither one of us really enjoyed our meals. Her lasagna looked like a mess on the plate. My veal was ok with bolognese sauce that was too salty and slightly tart. I have had better.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Pretty blah Italian restaurant. No specials. Routine calamari. Routine bruschetta.
Tables pushed together were unmatched and awkward for our party of 6. Routine chicken Marsala. Routine everything. Good, but not special.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Awesome as usual brought my brother and his wife for the first time I don't think they will ever eat on the north side again they loved it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We absolutely love this place!! We make a point to take family and out-of-town guests!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It would have been five stars all around but one of the dishes (Chicken Parm) was lacking in flavor. The meat sauce was fantastic!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Date night with my husband. Meal was quite tasty, HUGE portions! Service was extremely attentive. We each saved room for...and ordered...dessert. My husband was trying to choose between his "usual" favorite, tiramisu, and something he had never tried before. He decided to experiment and try something different. The waitress brought him a slice of tiramisu, too!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A hidden gem! Great tasting authentic Italian cuisine. Friendy and efficient service - they truly make you feel welcome and thank you profusely for coming. Best meats sauce that I've ever had! Try the Tiramisu - It's a recipe from Italy and it's to die for! The prices are reasonable and the serving size are large. I highly recommend it and it's worth the drive. We've been there twice now and drive in from Downers Grove each time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good and service is always great

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I had the chicken Vesuvius (trying to eat healthy), and it was very good. My friends both had the gnocchi (one had spinach & the other cheese), and they both loved their dishes. I tried some of the spinach gnocchi, and it was to die for! I would describe them as little pillows from Heaven! So fresh and delicious!!! I would drive in from the suburbs just for this dish.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Amazing food. Been going for almost 40 years. Still one of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago !

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·Dined on July 15, 2017

I took my wife here over 40 years ago when we were dating. Great Italian food. The meatballs are very good, but a little on the small side. Service is good,but when it's busy,they tend to rush you. They use to send me notices of specials and deals,but I haven't gotten anything lately.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Food and service were good. Disappointed they said they did NOT HAVE my Open Table reservation - and there were 7 of us celebrating a birthday!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Went here for my husband's birthday after he requested 'authentic' Italian. I stumbled upon Bacchanalia, and it did not disappoint! Food and service were amazing. Our waitress and bus boy were super attentive. If you want AUTHENTIC Italian, with zero frills, this is your spot. It's on a quaint street in Pilsen/Heart of Italy neighborhood. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This is my family's favorite restaurant. Everything is delicious. It's a small, cozy authentic Italian restaurant and we're always excited to go back.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Despite talking to the restaurant directly, we were not informed of a street festival, that made it impossible to reach for someone totally unfamiliar with the area.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2017

In a neighborhood of good Italian restaurants, this one is excellent. I had the best veal saltimbocca ever, without tons of cheese, but with outstanding flavor. A seat near the window in back let in the light of summer. The service is friendly and attentive. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We needed a place to seat 14 last minute for a graduation dinner and OpenTable led us to Bacchanalia. We were soo glad it did. Such a cute, neighborhood Italian restaurant with delicious food. They accommodated us so well and everyone enjoyed their dishes. The bus boy especially was so polite and helpful. Thank you so much

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Chicken Vesuvio, Shrimp Vesuvio, their own tiramisu. We never ever leave hungry or disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Had reservation and were seated right away. Amazing staff. Very attentive. Liz our waitress was wonderful. Food was amazing. Come hungry. Will be back.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I've heard about it for years and finally decide to try it ...well worth the wait and will definitely return...Great food and old style cuisine...I would recommend it for sure...xoxo

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

First of all you should know this is not in' little Italy' as we thought>it is in' heart of italy' about 3 miles further out. the food is authentic Italian and very good but the atmosphere is like you are in a grandmas home. Sorry to say the stuffed clams are not so good>>fresh but lacking flavor. If you were in the area this would be worth the stop, but as a destination place it falls a little short. While waiting for the uber we found the characters at the bar to be very colorfull!!!! and friendly>>fun to talk to>>>could have spent more time there

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Bacchanalia was perfect. I hadn't been to the original Italian neighborhood in many years and wanted to do something different with our kids for there Spring Break and celebrate their birthdays. Loved it!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We have eaten here before and the atmosphere and the people that work there are great. Liz is such and wonderful person who is a server, the owner Paula is so nice. The drinks are fabulous and food is delicious, it's just a fun place to go on a date or with friends. We'll be back there often!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Romantic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Authentic neighborhood restaurant. Owners in the kitchen and employees are locals. Food great, everyone friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We had a delicious meal of authentic Iltalian food. Great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Quaint little place, great food and staff was unbelievable. Shrimp vesuvio was A M A Z I N G !!!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My husband & I went for Valentines dinner. Heart shaped crab cakes and heart raviolis in vodka sauce EXCELLENT!! Service superb! We enjoyed the clams (so fresh & delicious) Fish salad and minestrone soup-the best! Darling little place, Frank Sinatra music playing, love the decor ( old school Italian) NEIGHBORHOOD GEM!!! Reasonable prices too ... We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2017

We all loved our meal. Great service would go again gladly

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We did end up waiting 45 minutes past our wait time but we were enjoying a cocktail at the bar and the company of the vivacious owner/bartender (Paula). We didn't mind the wait and as a thank you they sent over a delicious appetizer as for being so patient. The food was good, traditional Italian and seeing the colorful family dynamics of the staff was half the fun - reminded me of my childhood with a large family that has since scattered! We especially enjoyed the lasagna (grandma's recipe!).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Just wasn't like we thought it would be!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2017

This was a fun an homey place in he heart of little Italy. Great family restaurant with big portions and good home-made food!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Simply one of the best Italian places we have been, far away from Palatine but well worth the trip-we will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Whole Chicken Vesuvio is the best! Even with winter tomatoes, they do a great job with their tomato and onion salad, sweating the onions and getting the oil, vinegar and oregano just right.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We had dinner at Bacchanalia on New Year's Eve after attending a play in the city. This was not our first visit and Bacchanalia never disappoints. This time we introduced some our our friends to the restaurant and they loved it as much as we do. The food is old time Italian and the location is a little corner of the city named Old Italy. This is what Taylor Street used to be before "modernization".
Everything was delicious. We especially recommend the calamari which has the lightest breading imaginable accompanied by their excellent marinara sauce and the eggplant-sausage lasagna. The servings are plentiful with enough left over for take home boxes. We had a couple of bottles of an excellent Chianti Classico that was reasonably priced.
Parking is at a premium in this part of the city so we recommend using the valet service.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We love coming back. The food is great and the staff remembers us - we feel like family.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Great food, great service. Very nice drink list. It's low lit but family friendly, nice casual ambiance. The decor needs a little updating but all in all, I'd recommend it to friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Casual, Spicy, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Great food. Chill ambiance. Fabulous meal!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2016

They definitely need space heaters in the restaurant during the winter... Forgot how super cold it gets in there (they need to either invest in insulation, or be willing to pay a lil more I that gas bill & up the heat for their customers)

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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