Formento's

4.7
1849 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 David Schwartz 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Mon - Thu 4:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 1849 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FDAG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I understand that staffing is short now- and they were all
friendly and did there job well. But for the price of the meal, food just came out too slow. Our server should
Have come out to apologize and he didn’t- and perhaps offer more bread or ask if we wanted another drink, on the house would have been nice. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service.

JW
vipJeffW
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere! A bit delayed in taking our initial order, but each course was orchestrated with perfection!

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vipfoodie16
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a little bit of everything from octopus to profiteroles. We all enjoyed everything. The gluten free pasta was a wonderful option for those needing to avoid gluten. Service was knowledgeable and attentive.

WD
WineDineFeast
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were there for a meal prior to a concert at the United Center.
The first words out of the hostess mouth as we sat down were:
"You have 1 hour and 45 minute dining limit on your table. Since you your reservation was at 5:45 you now have 1 hour and 40 minutes."
Although we had no intention of dining for a long time, we experienced this as harsh and unwelcoming.
I can't believe a high end dining establishment would put a time limit on a table.

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vipEatOutTooOften
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dining experience. Every menu item we tried was incredibly delicious. Starting with the Fritto Misto, the pepperoncini aioli added an interesting flavor that grew better with each bite. We then tried the Wood-Roasted Beets Salad, and OMG! The flavor was freaking awesome. The fried quinoa and Sicilian pistachios gave it an interesting texture as well as enhancing the flavor to perfection. For the main dish, I had the Whole Grilled Branzino, served with pea tips (a green leafy root vegetable) and chilies, which added just a bit of heat but nothing overwhelming. These ingredients were the perfect combination to the hint of smoky flavor – and the fish just melted in my mouth! My husband had the dinner portion of Bucatini Cacio e Pepe – and enjoyed every last bite to the bottom of the bowl. I deal with a food allergy, and the executive chef came out go introduce himself and make sure they were accommodating my allergies. The service was exceptional, from keeping our beverage glasses full to changing silverware between each course and checking back at regular intervals to make sure we were satisfied with everything. Our only disappointment was not having room for dessert! And I regret not taking any pictures because the presentation was beautiful. We look forward to going back.

CN
ChicagoNative
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This was disappointing visit to what is considered an upscale restaurant. Server was unattentive and forced us to order the entire dining course at once when we were really considerring just ordering apps and orderring as needed. I understand this may have to do with efficiency, but that put an immediate damper on the experience, as there were many items we wanted to try. We probably would have ordered more, had we been allowed to order that way. We like to eat. She didn't check in on us, or ask if we need another adult beverage, but checked in on the table around us. Brought the receipt with no pen and then rushed us for our signature after wards. I can go on, but i'll leave it there. These times are difficult for everyone to navigate and we went out knowing that patience would be needed as we have heard that restaurants are understaffed. However, I was not expecting poor service on top of that.

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vipJane
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food, portions were small even with family style. Service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This has little resemblance to quality Italian. It’s an overpriced American version and the pasta is poor quality. Overcooked. Salty and just not good.

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vipDebbieV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome anniversary dinner with friends! Great food, service, drinks & atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing service and even better food! I have tried many Italian restaurants in Chicago and this is top 5 for sure!

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Luba
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, but by far what made our experience was our server. I think her name was Pamela, Pam? I hope I didn't mess that up because she was super nice, very knowledgeable, helped accommodate our party's dietary restrictions, and was absolutely amazing at checking in without interrupting our conversations. Our food came out quickly, our drinks were constantly getting refilled, and we were able to just enjoy ourselves.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service, food was amazing. Loved the atmosphere as-well.

AD
AdamD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice outdoor seating arrangement. Service was solid. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

LH
vipLaurenH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our waiter was extremely uppity to us. We asked if there was an option to stay in the ~$50 bottle of wine price range and he literally laughed at us. Incredibly rude. Huge turn-off for our family. We will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town

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Olive
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, we received exceptional service and had such a lovely time. The food was outstanding! It was a very special experience. I love this restaurant!

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vipeatalot
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought it was terrific. I love swordfish and I had the best I've ever had. There were five in my group and everybody really liked their entrees. We shared appetizers and desserts . I tried three or four appetizers which were excellent. Most people liked the desserts. I liked the chocolate cake a lot. I'm anxious to go back there.

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ginab
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my son and girlfriend. Celebrating both!

LT
LinhT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants I have been too. Food was excellent. We had the ricotta, meatball appetizer, carbonera, ribeye, and spring onion pesto pasta. All were superb. I don't think I ever had ricotta that good before; it was light and refreshing, if that makes sense for cheese. The meatball was the perfect consistency and flavor served with a wonderful marinara sauce. Steak was seasoned and cooked beautifully. I ordered the spring onion by mistake (the waiter heard my order wrong) and was pleasantly surprise how good it was. The highlight of the meal was the carbonera though.

JR
JessR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best gluten free pasta in the city!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was extremely overpriced. $48 for pasta didn’t seem right to me.

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Steph
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Won’t be back

EM
EMFF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, mostly great service (our server was not the most eloquent at selling the food) and we had to wait almost 15 minutes after our reservation time to be seated, though a very cool vibe. Highly suggest the pastas and the Moscow mule, though their selection of wine is quite nice as well. Meatballs are a must and some of the salads pair well!

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vipPhil
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong with this West Loop restaurant. Everything was great. The bread and oil, the kale salad, the fruitti di mare, the carbonara (best I’ve had), and the chocolate cake and house made chocolate gelato. And the service was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So romantic, the ambience was AMAZING!

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AmyA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good experience! Everything was so delicious, the restaurant and bathrooms were very clean and everyone was super nice and attentive. We will definitely be back again.

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Allergy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is great with allergies and they take the time to listen. Thanks Formento's!

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slnelsen
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was extraordinary, the vibe was energetic but classy, and the staff was extremely attentive. This is a neighborhood gem and I will be coming back absolutely!

DJ
DonJack
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service and classic cocktails.

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vipasilmarie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Even with being short staffed, they were still extremely attentive.

LR
vipLauraR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great surprise. Didn’t expect it to be as delicious as it was. The menu was incredibly original while also incorporating much of the Italian flavors we are used to and love. Favorite dish was the ricotta with honey and grapes ap. So creamy and delicious. Highly recommend!

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AubreeL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and environment. I’ll be going here for all my special occasions!

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DS85
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pasta was amazing. The carbonara and orecchiette were some of the best I've had.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Great service and nice to be able to sit outside.

FC
vipFromChicagoSuburbs
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

General chaos in service. They missed bringing me an item altogether. My pasta portion was tiny, but my companion’s order was very large…. Confusing portion sizes, IMO. They comped us a bit on the bill, but that is not really the point, after such spotty service. I will not be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

I was very disappointed with our dining experience primarily because of the food. We ordered several courses: meatballs, bucatini, spinach, filet in bone and lamb. The food was over salted. In addition the spinach had a hot pepper flavoring that overpowered the dish. My lamb was not cooked appropriately twice. I asked for medium. When it first came out the outside was charred and well done when I cut into it. They redid and it was raw in the center. Definitely not worth the $200 we spent. Fortunately wait staff was apologetic and professsional. I will not be returning and do not recommend.

EM
ErnieM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Great wine list.

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vipthelarryb
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, you could tell pasta was fresh made and the experience was every bit of authentic. 10/10 would come back without a doubt!

AK
AbhiK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service, great ambience, really enjoyed ourselves

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Formento's is rated 4.7 stars by 1849 OpenTable diners.

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