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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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Outstanding food!!!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

There are many really good Italian restaurants in Chicago. Formento’s is not one of them. Try Club Lucky, Antico, Tarantino’s, Buena Terra, Mia’s, or even Tuscany.

My experience on a Friday night...
Arrived right on time tonight. Table was not ready. Asked the host stand if it would be a few minutes of wait time or more like 15. They said 15, so we ordered drinks. Before we received our drinks, they told us our table was ready. Very frustrating for us and our server. Drinks were fine.

Ordered the calamari and Bucatini carbonara. Calamari was very good. The Bucatini was not very good - doughy noodles and not hot. For main entrees ordered the Salmon and the Scallops. Neither was very good - Salmon was fine but wasn’t served as described on the menu (almost no spinach); Scallops were small (4 of them) and the accompanying vegetables were bitter and could barely taste the apple accompanying the scallops.

Meal was expensive considering we didn’t enjoy the meal or the experience. The West Loop has awesome restaurants (Swift & Sons, Girl & the Goat, La Sirena Clandestina, and even Greek Islands).

Based on tonight’s experience, I feel confident saying there are better Italian restaurants in almost every neighborhood in the city.

BL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought two clients to Formento's for dinner and we were all more than pleased with our experience. The food was amazing and the service was top-notch! I awoke the next morning already thinking about when I can return with my wife. Thanks.

f
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in Chicago all of our lives and this was a great find. The food was perfect, with many options, italian classics, but very creative, from appetizers, pasta and grilled meats and seafood/fish. They are also very good with dietary restrictions, particularly with serious ones, like Celiac Disease. The service was absolutely awesome. The atmosphere was comfortable, inviting and perfect for larger groups, with large booths that fit up to 8 people. We had toddlers with our group and while we ate on the earlier side, Formentos was very accommodating and we didn't feel awkward about having kids there.

IV
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST crab cake benedict ever! Todd, you outdid yourself with the squash slices for that fall-feeling!

R
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our pizza appetizer was cold and old. The food tasted like we were in a Mexican restaurant. I wanted chicken breast with my pasta and instead got bread crumb chicken. Food was definitely not Italian. Was sad I wasted a night and money in Chicago at a horrible restaurant when there are so many others to enjoy. Sorry but will never go back or recommend. Wish I can get my money back.

z
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One reason we went was because of the many good reviews, but it was just good enough. —not special. It is definitely not a romantic special-occasion place for two, but looked like it is a good fit for a group of 5 to 7. Many of the dishes and appetizers are for more than two people. The food was good, but nothing stood out compared to other dining options such as Monteverde, RPM Italian or Viaggio’s; all of which I would recommend ahead of Formento’s —especially if it is only two of you, but also for the food and deserts. Again, the food was good, and the atmosphere pretty nice, but it’s not a one couple place to me.

J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an early dinner. Service was very good and food was spectacular.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience2

Tables were too close together! Could barely hear.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server! Wish I could remember her name. She gave us a full menu rundown and recommended the lamb. So glad she did, it was fantastic! Will come again.

RC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and good service. Tables are a little close together.

f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Formento's recently via a recommendation from a co-worker because I was looking for a new restaurant with great chicken parm and carbonara. Formento's did not disappoint on either front! First I discovered that the menu had been modified and they were now serving veal parm. I politely asked my server if the kitchen wouldn't mind making chicken parm instead being that it was my entire reason for the visit and they were so gracious to accommodate me. The chicken parm was phenomenal and the carbonara was out of this world. I also enjoyed one of the best old fashions I've had in a long time. If you are looking for a great dining experience, this restaurant will deliver. I can't wait to go back!

BH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service fantastic portions too small mozzarella salad had almost no mozzarella gnocchi too salty and very small portions meatballs were good wine OK but overpriced very dissatisfied.

CH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved that they offer gluten free pasta - and it's made in house! It was delicious, too! I had only planned to eat half of my portion, but it was so good, I couldn't stop! And our server, Jesus, was wonderful - he was very knowledgeable about the wine list and the pasta options. I'll definitely be back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and our server Ana was fantastic

WH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We had to speak to a manager at the end after very poor service. Our apps took 40 minutes to come out and were wrong. As well as drink orders were wrong and lamb was under cooked and had to be sent back.

NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner.
Waitress was absolutely fantastic. Very friendly and made the entire experience wonderful. I would go back in a heartbeat.

AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience2

We were upstairs in the large table area. Service was hard to come by and often a different person. There were 7 of us and th here well over 2 hours. That's too much. Food was good, not amazing or worth the price. I was kinda disappointed and I wanted to love it. It wasn't bad...I just had my Hope's much higher. Def get the meatballs, burrata, and pistachio ice cream, but not necessarily in that order!

NP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience with phenomenal service from the sommelier helping with wine, to the waitress with an upbeat attitude and attentiveness, to Chef Todd checking in on our food. Will not be disappointed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food was really great!

VM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and lets just say that I will be coming back over and over! The food was incredible and the service was impeccable! Delaney our waitress, made our first time experience wonderful!

B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent!
The only thing was that when I made the reservation, I put in that I was celebrating my friends birthday. When the server brought our desert I said happy birthday to him, and she said I should have let her know so she could have done something for him. I’m not sure if you send a desert over for birthdays or not, but I paid for one, which is fine.
We really enjoyed our meal!

CL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bucatelli and the meatball appetizer were amazing!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly great service! Wonderful food that enables a very productive business meeting.

BW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was terrific. The truffles were delicious and special. The food was well presented and tasty. The atmosphere was great for a business dinner.

A
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food overpriced and mediocre at best. Ambiance and service was good. Packed so it must have good reviews.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriends birthday so we went to Formentos to celebrate. Everything was great. What put it over the edge was when the waiter heard me say that it was his birthday, in addition to the chocolate cake that we ordered, he came out with ice cream and a candle in it. The simple, extra step really topped our experience.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The veal parm is amazing!!!

AA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Formento's was awesome for my group of 10. It was a great atmosphere for a celebration and the food was amazing!!

CK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicago Marathon!

SB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always fine food and good service. This place bustles with young people, families, and also older diners. Atmosphere is extremely friendly. Just a little on the pricey side.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mom Birthday

LN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Staff was kind and welcoming but service was slow and most of us weren't thrilled with our dishes.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon .

Wanted a meal for Chicago Marathon

C
Cleveland
58 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! Just came for the second time and was even more impressed than the first! Had a large party and everyone loved it! It’s a must visit! The best food, first class service and second to none options! Highly highly recommend!!

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Formento’s was amazing. Our server, Antonio, was very personable and made great recommendations. The Bucatini was some of the best pasta I’ve ever eaten. Would highly recommend

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Ive eaten here before and had a great
Experience. This time was good with the exception of being seated around 9 for an 815 reservation. We were told they were over booked and running behind.... Our table was cramped and pushed against the pole to make room for more tables. It was an awkward spot...

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loved the olives

R
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Linda was an amazing server and the ambiance was beautiful and easy to have a conversation with friends we haven't seen in years. The meatballs were very good for an appetizer and the entrée portions were generous. We had the veal chop, Branzino, and brick chicken. All three were very good. The side of pasta was tasty but for $17 it was very small. The side of broccoli rapini was very good and enough for four people. Drink pours were very stingy, with the second one being smaller than the first. Aside from that, I will likely go back again.

L
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome great service

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