Formento's

4.7
1745 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 1745 people are saying
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Calvin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork neck gravy is the best around. Always a pleasure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Paoulina (hope I’m spelling that right) was absolutely fantastic; friendly, attentive and recommendations given were spot on. The espresso martini was the espresso martini I have been missing and craving. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good kind of expensive drinks but good food

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great restaurant I loved the atmosphere. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Worst Ribeye I ever ate. Room was so dark I could hardly see what I was eating

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Everything— the food, the service, the wine. 10/10!

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Hape12
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was great for the date: cozy and quiet. The server was attentive but gave us our space. Although the food was good, it was the presence of too much salt in two of the four dishes that turned us off. Mushrooms esp.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fenomenal meal. The pastas were perfect as was the branzino. We got a great wine recommendation as well. Thanks.

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vipTomp
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to get back and be greeted so warmly by Harry. Our food was excellent as usual. Always done to perfection.

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AshleyR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The service was good, but the food took a long time to come out and was not hot when it arrived. I didn't feel it was worth the cost.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Two main comments on our experience:

Due to COVID-19 the upstairs “event” area is where we were seated. This area looks and feels nothing like the cozy warm lounge feel of the actual restaurant on the first floor.

The menu is not completely accurate. Our orders came with a meatball/sausage side plate that was not mentioned on the menu, and we had already order the meatball appetizer. Too many meatballs for one dinner.

Our server was however really great and made us feel like we were at least adjacent to a nice restaurant.

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MegC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!
We ordered the whipped ricotta, meatballs, and cauliflower to start. Then ordered the bone-in ribeye, crispy potatoes, and the cacio e pepe. Then for dessert we had the chocolate cake and Pana Cotta. Everything was amazing and nothing disappointed. Would definitely go back!

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vipStaceyZ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was excellent but the service was just fair. There were a lot of empty dishes left on our table that we had to ask multiple times for someone to come and take them. Once our food was served, no one ever came back to ask how things were or if we needed anything until they came back around to see if we wanted dessert. Our server was very nice but he seemed overwhelmed and busy.

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ValC
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pam was so sweet & attentive! The food portions were a good size (though I would’ve liked more octopus on the plate). Loved the decor & the vibe. It was a little loud overall but that’s what a hoppin’ restaurant on a Friday sounds like. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Say up stairs. Felt like I was in an elementary school gym with tables set up. Even set next to a curtain to split up the room.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Horrible service since lockdowns. I live 4 blocks away, so I’ve been here many times. How disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good vibe good service and the steak was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at Formento’s! The staff is super attentive and is happy to answer any questions you have about the menu or ingredients. The pastas are small and meant to be shared, but we barely made it to the entree portion, we were already getting full! I will definitely be back here for dates or showing family around the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely go back!

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vipamp228
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was very salty but good. Vibe and service was fantastic. Drinks were average.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great!! Best pasta I’ve had (I had the spring pesto veggie past)

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TimV
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambiance. Had a nice vibe with good music. The music could’ve been just a bit lower as we had a table of eight and it was hard to hear if you were at one of the ends. Regardless I highly recommend Formentos.

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anythinggoes
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Great place; menu was a bit confusing as were told differently on certain items once we arrived.

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vipdutter
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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KarsonC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed my experience there! Was a great dinner outing celebrating a loved ones birthday. Food was great and the vibe was nice! Great, friendly staff.

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viplegallybrunette
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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KellyC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our dinner reservation was at 6:45 PM and wasn't seated until after 7:00 PM. We stood by the host stand for approx. 20 minutes. Many others were waiting as well so it was crowded, awkward, and uncomfortable especially during these COVID times when social distancing is important.
Positive note- Once we were seated, we had a great spot by the windows and the food was good. The brussel sprouts and octopus were delicious.

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KevinS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time out, loved the food, best callamari I have had in two years

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Formento’s was a great dining experience. We had the meatballs and whipped ricotta to start. Both were delicious. The meatballs were outstanding. For entrees, we had the carbonara bucatini and the scallops. They were excellent. The scallops were seared perfectly and were seriously the largest scallops I’ve ever seen. For dessert, they sent us home with some complimentary chocolate cake for our anniversary. It was incredible and so thoughtful! Formento’s service is always top notch and they go above and beyond. I will be back even just for that tasty chocolate cake!

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vipJeannette
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Wait staff was very professional and helpful. Drinks were appropriately priced.
We ordered two of the smaller sized pastas and upgraded to the full size. The Agnolotti was very uneventful, bland and didn't have all of the ingredients the waiter specifically said it had. For the extra price, this was a waste of money and a disappointment; we expected more from this restaurant.
Service was slow and a bit uneven. We figured this was because of adjusting to the post COVID customer numbers.

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BillG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was good but the wine was expensive with small pours.

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vipEmilyR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Didn't like sitting in the back room. Will request to sit in front next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

For a Fulton market priced Italian restaurant, the food was sub-par. Otherwise, had a nice time.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As first timers in Chicago and first timers at the restaurant I could say the overall experience exceeded our expectations! The short rib was to die for and so was the calamari. Our waiter was extremely hospitable and had great recommendations. Def would recommend to anyone looking for a nice, quietItalian spot!

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alibaby7
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Beware of when you order pasta as a main dish- and no starter or appetizer... the price doubles, even though the portion does not. Our server did not explain this, nor does the menu indicate that there are two sizes and varying prices for the dishes. We were shocked to discover a simple carbonara (made with bucatini pasta) was $35 - and the glasses of wine are definitely under whelming. Will not be back. Compared to fine dining in NYC, this place doesn’t offer anything special, and is not worth what they are charging.

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fritz
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant and was great to be there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and the food was delicious.

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vipLeeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Stick to what they do best, the pasta. The cacio e pepe was perfect, but the steak, potatoes, and fried calamari were just not worth it. At that price, you could find a much better steak experience at one of Chicago's many classic steakhouses. I will say, though, if you're touting a dry-aged, painstakingly sourced piece of beef, set at a price comparable to that of say a Gibson's or a S&W's, you have an expectation. And those expectations were not met. No tasty, charred crust. Cook was spot on, a well-executed medium rare, but the steak was somewhat lukewarm. Potatoes were simply prepared, but possibly over-seasoned. And the fried calamari was fried well, but the portion size didn't really match the expectations we had when dining at a place that models its approach after a traditional red sauce Italian American joint. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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RAnay
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cant go wrong, whether its a date, out with friends or with kids (we had two tweens) the menu has options for all and everything we ordered was really good. Service was friendly, no issues there at all.

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Formento's is rated 4.7 stars by 1745 OpenTable diners.

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