Formento's

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Italian
Located in Fulton Market District within Chicago’s bustling West Loop, Formento’s is an Italian restaurant steeped with the bright and fresh flavors of Italy. Created as a nod to the owner’s grandmother, guests will experience an array of dishes from house-made pastas, seasonal antipasti and wood-fired fish and steak. At Formento’s, Chef Todd Stein combines new world culinary creativity with generations past. Our world-class wine program offers guests more than 300 varietals from around world. Three private event spaces can accommodate parties of 10 to 200 guests in an intimate second floor loft overlooking Restaurant Row, featuring a private bar and amenities.
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Sun - Thu 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We had a terrible experience. Our server was not attentive and. Or very knowledgeable about the menu. It took forever for her to take our order and even longer for the food to arrive. We had the crab avocado toast and lobster risotto for starters which were actually quite good. It then took about 40 minutes for our entrees to even arrive by which point we were incredibly antsy and starving. Our server only came to tell us our food was behind just before it arrived. When it did, my scallops were cold and had no seasoning. My boyfriend’s steak was cold. It was sent back to the kitchen to be re-fired yet it still came back cold. We sent it back and asked for the check. We went home hungry having only shared two starters which didn’t sit well for either of us. We both have stomach aches the next day. I’m so disappointed because we’d been looking forward to this reservation for over a month. Not a good ending to our anniversary, unfortunately.

AO
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and atmosphere was good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had phenomenal service. Everything we ordered was incredible. Highly recommend. Will definitely be coming back again soon!

W
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and really appreciated the sommelier coming over to help me try something new and different and respecting the price point.

All our servers recommendations were amazing and we ordered them all!!

Definitely will be back when back in Chicago 😊

EE
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Treating a long tine friend and co-goodie companion to dinner who was visiting from Atlanta. Seating was too close for intimate conversation.... the server and I talked about my preferences for a solid block of ice in my Manhattan but changed to an old fashion because of bourbon choice. Drink was lots of small cubes that watered the drink down. It was corrected. Loved loved love my kale salad. He lined the avocado toast and squid ink pasta. My fish, the cod special was a very small portion, the fish was not seasoned at all and was barely warm. I ate less than half while trying to get my waiters attention. By the time he arrived I was so disappointed with the dis and service that I just sent it back. They wanted to remake the dish and also offered me the menu to pick something else. I no longer had an appetite for dinner but we shared the chocolate lot cake which was very good....

j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service!! Very good food and fun neighborhood.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Beware! If you have nut alergies do not order lamb chops! Pesto dressing has pine nuts in it. Server did not tell us about that. We ordered replacement and ended up being charged for both portions.

r
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was mediocre at best.

d
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - service can be a but hectic and rushed - the place needs to chill

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing pasta and risotto

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F
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Our server Chloe, was so sweet, attentive and gracious. It was my sisters birthday which she remembered when dessert arrived.
The food was flavorful, perfectly seasoned and yummy.
We will be back, and soon!

AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here for our anniversary and the service was amazing. The servicing staff congratulated us and even brought our complimentary dessert. Every we had was delicious. The squid ink pasta and the lobster risotto were our favorites.

M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

This was my 5th visit here. The prior visits were excellent with outstanding food quality and great service.

This visit disappointed on many levels. We ordered 3 appetizers, while good, were HEAVILY salted. The main dishes were average, considering the price point for the items. The dessert was excellent.

As far as service , we felt like we were at a fast food restaurant- the waiter stopped by once to take our orders, then never again! He would scurry and run by our table, but would not make eye contact, hence I could never get his attention.

I asked the ‘bus boy’ for the waiter, instead the maitre d’ came and took our dessert order and bought us the check!????

The maitre d’ recognized the lack of service and did not charge us for some of the items in compensation of poor service and the 2.5 hours our meal ended up taking because of poor service.

More and more restaurants seem to be using salt very liberally in their foods, hiding the taste of the ingredients. Sadly, formentos seems to have gone this route....

HP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. In particular the veal parm was delicious and the portion size was really for two people. The service staff member was superb.

L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food here is amazing especially the cauliflower and the ricotta mousse. The pastas that we had were also exceptional as was salmon and scallops!

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, excellent service, very generous portions. The wine selection was perfect. We had a lovely experience with really tasty, subtle tastes , not overdone food

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service ! The Risotto and Octopus were really good , skid pasta and prawns could be better

H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had dinner on the outside patio with 2 friends. The staff were friendly, food was great, portions were sized well (not enormous). Only noise was from pedestrians and cars, nothing crazy. I found this to be a great place for a casual/nicer dinner with a date, friends, parents, coworkers. Per person was around $70 (with cocktails) so it's not for every night, but also not crazy.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful experience with phenomenal food. My only complaint is that we chose to sit outside and I feel like we were kind of forgotten about out there. When I had dined here previously indoors, the service was phenomenal.

R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Formento's has it all! The food it truly great - delicious and inspired.
This visit we sat outside and enjoyed the tastefully screened sidewalk that became a semi-private dining space. Our waiter (Murphy) and the wine steward were both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The service was just right, not hovering, but kept the meal moving at a nice pace. This is a favorite spot!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Formentos was by far the best Italian I have had in a long time. The waiter was so helpful in explaining the menu. The veal parm was out of this world, the service was top notch and the overall experience was incredible. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for Italian in the area.

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent as always.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Formento's is my boyfriend's favorite restaurant here in the city, and it never disappoints. He used to come when he was stationed all the way up at Great Lakes, and now that he's out of the Navy and calls Chicago home, he enjoys it even more. This last time we were here for his birthday, and were greeted by our server (who I believe was named Jordan), who was warm, inviting, but most certainly not overbearing. Since we come relatively regularly, we knew what appetizers we wanted (seriously - get the Whipped Ricotta), but this time we tried different pasta dishes than we normally order, and they were fabulous (I got the Fusilli and he got the Bucatini). I'm serious when I say we've never had a bad thing here, and recommend it to anyone when they're looking for a great date night, authentic Italian, or an intimate ambience.

ND
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - all of the pasta is home made and delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but wine list too expensive for price of food

IG
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

JF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service, enjoyed al fresco dining. Staff kind and welcoming. Look forward to next time, soon!

DJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Service was awesome. We love the location.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, but the service was impeccable. Amazing service throughout the evening. I had the carbonara and my guest had the canestri... on top of the artichoke, the tonnato with prosciutto, and meatballs... we left full and happy. Have the Sommelier choose a wine for you, you will not be disappointed!

A
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food tasty - especially the pastas. The burrata was fantastic, as well.

They did not honor a pricing error on their menu, unfortunately.

Overall good and would go back.

SM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I showed up for my reservation (on the wrong day... completely my own fault) they were so kind about it, seated us at the bar and fit us in when they could. It was fantastic food, drinks, and when they could have been rude, as the fault was ours, they were gracious. Will definitely be back (on the correct night).

L
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambience, delicious meal. Shared a salad or a pasta and chicken. Everything was delicious!

C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The hostesses and waitstaff were wonderful!! Great atmosphere!
We will be back!

PD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Food was excellent, service was attentive, and the ambiance was nice. Definitely going back!

ML
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service later was timely, assured, accurate and unobtrusive.

We ate Branzino, which was perfectly prepared. The fish was moist, light and delicious.

The Lobster Risotto was flavorful, sumptuous, and not heavy at all.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service made our anniversary celebration extra special.

u
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I enjoyed an outdoor table . This was enjoyable for the night was very pleasant. I had swordfish, y wife octopus. both selections were fantastic. The highlight of the evening was the peach tart!
The pastry chef created a memorable dish, I would recommend over and over.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter didn’t get our drink order for >15min. Octopus was tough and burnt. Pasta was small portion but delicious.

BS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary. They didn’t acknowledge it,but everything was very good. Especially the service!

G
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A great effort was made to seat us on time and get us served and out in time for a concert at the United Center. Our server was terrific! The issue we had was the noise level. It was really really loud. But the restaurant is great, the food is great, though slightly to "saucy" for me, but that's just me. I would order differently next time. Just keep in mind that it is a loud restaurant.

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