Formento's

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$31 to $50
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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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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicago Marathon!

SB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mom Birthday

LN
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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

C
Cleveland
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved the olives

R
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome great service

SF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Friendly staff. The room was a little dark for my taste, but it made sense with the decor. They were wonderful with my young child.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding pasta, rightsized so you can enjoy many different things and not require a take home box.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waitress was overly pushy. She crossed the boundaries of attentive and pushed us to order food we didn’t want. I didn’t have more than 5 minutes at a time to talk to my friend without getting interrupted for a sales pitch.

G
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined here at least a half dozen times. The food is always excellent-well prepared and appetizing. Our server was also fantastic-helpful and attentive without being too obtrusive. We had a lovely bottle of wine which complemented our meal perfectly. The only reason I've given 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is a bit pricey. But if you're in the mood for a nice night out for a special occasion, Formento's will not disappoint.

SP
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The server was a bit curt. She made me feel like I didn’t understand dining out, which is truly not the case. It was really loud, and the food was ok. The gentlemen clearing the table and filling up waters were polite and punctual. The manager was great as well.

RB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our weekly neighborhood go to Italian restaurant and we are never bored with the menus changing options and great service. Always feel satisfied and happy after dinner!

BK
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food and drinks on the menu. The atmosphere is pretty nice for a couple's date night. Only issue we had was that they were running behind and we had to wait about 15 minutes past our schedule time to sit down.

A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a positive experience in every way! Great managers, front desk hostess , servers and bus boys!

V
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, friendly service, delicious dessert.
Scallops, pork cap, and octopus were cooked just right. One of the best pork caps that I’ve had. Chocolate cake also was delicious and is a must-have!

MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with great tasting food and drinks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really liked their service!

J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and atmosphere was good.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
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
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service!! Very good food and fun neighborhood.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
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 on September 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was mediocre at best.

d
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
26 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.

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