Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

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With rustic exposed brick walls, re-purposed farm wood and communal tables, Davanti Enoteca takes its cues from the small villages of Italy. Diners enjoy authentic Italian dishes they would find in the Italian countryside, but with a contemporary, creative twist.The start diners may choose from the selection of formaggi and salumi which is designed for guests to create their own boards by choosing from unique options. Instant classics include the boards that are presented to the table. The Foccacia de Recco is a flaky Ligurian style foccacia, baked and stuffed with creamy melted crescenza cheese and served with honeycomb to spread on the warm pastry. Buttery marscapone polenta is ladled on a wooden board and served with ragu of the day.
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MP
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marathon Day! We hosted supporters of a few runners. Great fun! Great food! Great service!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been here many times and have always had great experiences. This time, the food and service were off from what I have typically experienced. The pizza was burned on the bottom but not fully cooked on top and in general the food didn't taste as authentic as it has in the past. Maybe it was just an off night but it was disappointing.

KL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing, but it was very loud and the place was freezing everytime someone walked into the restaurant.

LD
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled upon this restaurant while doing a Google search for restaurants in the area. We sure got lucky with finding Davanti Enoteca. The service was excellent. Fun, knowledgeable, attentive waiter. Excellent food! Great portion sizes. We tried several things on the menu: Seared octopus, roasted beets, crispy brussels sprouts and the new york strip. Every dish was absolutely phenomenal! This is my new favorite restaurant. I could go every week and not get board with the food. Can't wait to go back!

E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

On a Sunday at 1.30pm with diners slowly starting to leave, yet service was slow. I don't know why they can't time it so everything comes out at once, plates just trickle out. By the time we got ketchup for the fries, we were basically done.

I know restaurants use runners to cover more tables, but on the rare occasion the server makes a visit to the table, they should ensure everybody is set for awhile. Plates are almost empty, dessert perhaps? Glasses are empty, another round?

It was ridiculously loud too. I think it was more the acoustics vs the music volume, and large + loud tables.

With service like this, I might as well go to a food hall.

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street
Responded on October 1, 2019

Dear Eric, Here at Davanti Enoteca we strive to give guests the best experience in food and hospitality. I'm sorry your visit with us was not up to your standards of expectations. Brunch time is usually busy and full of energy, therefore music can be louder than usual. I would love to invite you back for lunch/dinner on a quieter weekday to make up for your less than perfect experience. Call me at your convenience! Thank you! Dea Bebo General Manager 312 226 5550

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LL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Met an old friend who I hadn’t seen in years for Sunday brunch. Naturally we wanted to catch up on each other’s life. However it was so noisy that it was nearly impossible to carry on a conversation. We ended up leaving as quickly as possible so we could go someplace quieter to talk.

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service great as usual!

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood and the food was outstanding. Enjoyed their homemade pastas and polenta. The Limoncello was the perfect way to end the night.

OT
New Orleans
56 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here multiple times and it all is consistently excellent. I love the fresh arugula salad, the fresh pastas. Wine special on Wednesday is hard to beat!

KC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great homemade pasta!! Service was excellent, too!

MW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was outstanding. Virtually impossible to hear the person across the table from you. Loudest restaurant I have ever experienced. Great wait staff and really delicious and creative food. Too bad the noise made conversation impossible.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My all time favorite!! Can’t wait to go back ❤️

f
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there many times but not recently and i felt nostalgic for the place that night and I fell in love all over again. There was so many dishes I wanted to try. I had the salmon which was to die for because of the way it was cooked and the vegetables that came with it (artichokes and spinach).

OT
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very unique and delicious food. Italian with modern and interesting twists. Highly recommended for groups to share things. Also a great wine list

NZ
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good. the chicken liver was very good. They are generous with bread! sea food pasta was okay.

PD
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a late lunch this week. Fortunately the tables around us cleared out soon after my friend and I arrived, as the initial noise level was more than I could bear. Once things calmed down, we enjoyed the ambience but especially the food. We each had the asparagus soup that was a special that day — it was light and flavorful. Both our pasta dishes were delicious. Not sure I’d race back but it was fun to try.

TL
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Every time we come to Chicago we make it a priority to eat here at least once. This trip we did back to back nights. Our server Katrina was awesome. I would recommend Davanti Enoteca.

DP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent. The service not so great. I asked for the “house” Cabernet a 5oz glass. I’ve worked in the service industry myself for 10 years. When someone order “house” liquor/wine that’s code for cheap. So I ordered my wine. We ordered 2 appetizers and when he came back with our drinks we asked for food recommendations. Once we ordered our food and I felt like it was too much (while he was still at our table) I said, maybe we will not get one of the apps we ordered. He said it’s already at the window. Unless it’s on our table and we started eating it, that is not the right response. So he basically forced us to also eat/pay for the app (which was toast and spread by the way). We ate our delicious dinner and both ordered another drink. When our tab came. My two 5 oz glasses of “house” wine were $10 each. Seems a bit ridiculous. I felt like his goal was just to get our tab as expensive as possible and not really listening or caring about the customers. Sometimes “upselling” shouldn’t be the only goal.

a
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

the food is excellent. the servers were not very attentive when delivering to take away the completed dishes. However our server was great. This is the most underrated restaurant in Little Italy AND my favorite.

GG
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I'm torn, because on a week night, when the place isn't so crowded, it can be quite enjoyable. But on a weekend night, it was packed and there were several large tables with people almost shouting at one another to be heard, which only drove up the noise level even more. I could barely hear my wife, so conversation during dinner was almost impossible. The food and service were good, but the overall enjoyment level was very low. I would never go back on a weekend night, and probably only eat there again if I was walking by and saw that it wasn't packed and loud.

c
Chicago
151 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Reece took excellent professional care of us.
We decided to try new things.
Neither of us would order the prosciutto-veal meatballs again because they were overwhelmingly salty. Other than the delightful texture, we could discern nothing but salt in the meatballs or the sauce. We were disappointed.
The husband ordered the Pollo Limoncello and liked the flavors and the presentation atop cauliflowerettes. He'd order it again.
I ordered the Orichette ala Verdure with fennel sausage added. I liked the rapini which was perfectly cooked in all its glorious bitterness, and the crumbled fennel sausage. However, the pasta seemed gummy and undercooked to me. I was most disappointed and will not recommend this dish nor ever order it again.
The Brown Butter Blondie and the salted caramel gelato were excellent for dessert.
This is the first time we have been disappointed by the dishes selected at DaVanti Enoteca, but it's our fault for ordering new things without seeking advice!
Service was excellent. Ambience was noisy and friendly.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every minute of our dining experience. The food & ambiance on the roof top was perfect.

BL
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with lots of character - hostess very pleasant and welcoming - suggested roof top and it was lovely! Great food and great service - can’t wait to come back!

B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Too loud! The music sound was up too high, with that and everyone trying to talk over the music it was hard to have a dinner conversation.

LL
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I were celebrating the sale of our house in the suburbs. When we arrived the first thing I noticed was the loud music. Next I noticed how inappropriate the music was given the age of the clientele. I mentioned this observation to the seating host. He was polite but he didn’t do anything about it. The music really detracted from the overall dining experience.

OD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Octopus was excellent!

CH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best places to have unique Italian food in Chicago in my opinion. Came here for lunch on a Friday. The special cauliflower soup was delicious. My daughter and I split the burger -- very tasty and worth the money! Great place to have a conversation. Took 20 min to get our fruit tart dessert (sorry, forgot the name of the dish) from after placing my order. It was delicious but we didn't realize it would take so long to get our dessert order during a weekday lunch. Staff was very nice.

AC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rooftop patio is charming; food delicious, especially the special seasonal corn salad; and server was wonderfully attentive. Highly recommend for casual summer dining

IM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Davanti is one of the best italian I've had in my life. I am a total foodie and was pleasantly surprised with this hidden gem in little italy. The food is absolutely incredible, extremely savory and the selections are vast. We dined this past Saturday night, and were a larger party. Despite its busy Saturday night vibes, the service was exceptional. The staff went above and beyond and was so knowledgeable and attentive. The food was coursed out perfectly, I don't remember the last time I had that much fun and honestly can't wait to come back!!!! This restaurant goes down as my favorite italian in Chicago. THANK YOU to Dea and her amazing staff for going above and beyond! You are all exceptional! 5 stars does not do this place justice!

MN
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great and love small plates to sample a variety of items. Our server was personable and knowledgeable about the menu items. Slight hiccup when they brought out our main dishes separately and it took a little while for the desserts. Definitely will return

ND
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Outdoor deck small and hot

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great. We especially liked the polenta and ragu. They have a good wine list and the interior is nicely designed. The only complaint is the music they’re playing. It’s weird that a nice restaurant feels obligated to play pop tunes at such a loud volume. Our table and the one next to us asked them to lower the volume but they never did. At the end of the meal the manager told us they couldn’t turn it down because it was a part of their ambiance but I disagree. Carly Rae Jepsen is not integral to their success despite what they may believe.

DE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and unique dishes, attentive service. The Davanti Burger was divided by the four of us as an appetizer, and it is fantastic ! Other dishes we loved: Veal Meatballs, beet salad, and the white sangria for drinks. Had a great experience!

r
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I would describe this place as “Italian Gastropub”. Tried numerous appetizers which come out fast, then finished with the entree..Place was popping with a great vibe, but even my 22 year old son said that it would feel even more comfortable inside if there was Italian music instead of the piped in songs that really didn’t meld in with everything going on inside.. music a big contributor to overall feel, and theirs didn’t help. Other than that, we loved the place.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped here for lunch at the recommendation of so many glowing reviews, and were not disappointed. We started with the fried artichokes and crispy Brussels sprouts, then moved on to the octopus and burger ( which won them a trophy at Baconfest with that excellent bacon jam. Wow!). My boyfriend and I always share everything, and both agreed that it all was outstanding The outdoor rooftop seating is not available during lunch, FYI. There is a nice table by the front window that gives you a great view of the street, however. Love this place!

K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Chicago storefront restaurant. We went for Sunday brunch as well as previously for lunch. The menu is varied, with unique ingredients in each dish. It's not the typical "tomato sauce" Italian restaurant! The comfort of a neighborhood restaurant with superb service and unique, well-prepared food.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite modern italian places in the heart of little Italy

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here.

Amazing experience.

Reese was an exceptional staff member offering recommendations and ensuring we enjoyed the experience.

Great food.

Exceptional service.

Good vibe.

Absolutely loved it.

We’ll be back often!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect date night spot! We enjoyed a bottle of wine and amazing food. Each plate is designed to share and was delicious. There was an upstairs patio which had a great ambiance. We plan on going back again soon! Only great things to say about the food, service, and experience.

JM
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the roof top. It was great. No tv with sports to detract from conversation with my dining partner

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