Formento's

4.7
1698 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 1698 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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KarsonC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

KC
KellyC
Chicago
7 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
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
2 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
16 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
14 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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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
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 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
4 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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PinheadFoodie
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food, service and mood were all fantastic. As the weather heats up, it’s best to stay out of the outdoor “bubbles” that are set up. We felt like plants in a greenhouse because, despite it being a cool and beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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TyneerW
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was inviting, hostess staff was friendly and professional. the waiter was knowledgeable and offered suggestions from the menu, however he lost interest when someone from our party returned their food because the meat was dry. He didn't want to try anything else because it was late in the evening; the waiter didn't like that. The bar tender ignored us as he was delivering drinks to an adjacent table we called for him and he just walked right by us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The waiter claimed that my party was too drunk to be served but we were sober. I’ve never had this experience at any restaurant and it was rude and inappropriate. Never going back, way to ruin my friends birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Carbonara in town! Never disappoints.

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vipTish
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and food was very good.

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vipJimS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic and service matched the quality of the food. You will pay a premium for dinner here, but were quite happy with our meals.

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SClark
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got everything on the restaurant week menu and everything was a hit. So good!

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vipSusanD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service any night of the week!

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AngieB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and even greater food. We tried the restaurant week menu and were pleasantly surprised at the portions. Can't wait to return.

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MoniqueA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for CRW and everything was amazing!! Food was great (meatballs, cacio de pepe, short rib), server was friendly and knowledgeable and tables well spaced for social distancing. I’ll definitely be back

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vipTrisha
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and hospitality. We went for restaurant week- Food was delicious and great value for the 4 courses!

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vipAuctioneerFoodieChicago
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The word outstanding is overused but not in this case. Formento's is outstanding. We have only been here a few times but every time has been fantastic. This time we were entertaining our highest ranked foodie friends and gourmet cooks from Park City, UT. We wanted to take them somewhere to WOW them and Formento's did. We ordered a number of appetizers, and then shared a number of entrees and desserts. Everything was great. You can't go wrong with this menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This was some of the worst service I have ever experienced. Actually this was the worst... ever. The hostess was terrible, refused to check us in, seemed very confused about what her job was. She took our temp twice because she forgot? She seemed so clueless that the manager came over to help her. The manager directed us to a bar table to wait for our table. The bartender was very rude right away saying “that table isn’t first come first serve”. Luckily the manager heard this and talked to him. While asking questions about what bourbons he had he said “we have a lot” and after pressing more wouldn’t tell me the name of any. I honestly considered leaving the service was so bad but have been waiting to try this place. We finally got seated - the server was much better and the food was good. I will never return to this restaurant.

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vipPlacidoH
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, best Italian experience in Chicago so far.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was great overall...we waited 20 minutes to be seated only to be seated on 3 two seater tables (combined) for 9 people so there were 4 people crammed onto one two seater table.

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KendraF
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for restaurant week, and it was an excellent experience! The food was really good, and the service was Attentive, yet not too bothersome.

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JennaC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow 🤩 all I can say is 10/10 will be here again. Everything was phenomenal.

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vipraeese
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Not sure if we will dine at Formentos anymore..

We are both vaccinated but they were really full inside...the air purified at the table was out of batteries..

Restaurants have suffers during the pandemic but we enjoyed the tent experience more..when asking about the snow globes they asked for $200 minimum...

Didn’t enjoy the food and felt uncomfortable with how full it was..

My wife and I both work in healthcare and will not be dining here until they have a more suitable arrangement outdoors

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vipChefMW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the staff is great and the food was outstanding. The restaurant brought out a few dishes we didn’t order and gave us dessert for the two birthdays we were celebrating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Served us wine at 9:30 and told us they close at 9. Felt rushed the whole time. Don't take reservations at 8:30 if u can't keep a table for dinner properly. Waitress disappeared after we put our food order in. Not worth the $ that we spent, considering the their general rush to get us out of the restaraunt. Wait staff and bus boys kept staring down tables till they left. Made us feel awkward the whole time. The food was great though.

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alibaby7
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good protocols for sanitation and distancing between guests; little table purifiers and personal gel sanitizer was reassuring. The wine list was extensive and their food options were plenty! The bucatini carbonara is AMAZING! Will definitely be back. Edit: the portion of the carbonara/ bucatini seemed small.. and now I know why! This is their “appetizer portion”- for $20. Not impressed.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific. I highly recommend anyone to visit!

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ConnorH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Server was excellent and had great recommendations.

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Foodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade Italian food, everyone enjoyed their meals! Will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience2

Sat six people in the middle of the restaurant where everyone was walking past us was very uncomfortable. Had to wait for staff for quite some time to take our orders, probably would not recommend going back here.

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vipHilty
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service wasn’t great, overall it wasn’t a great experience. Stay away from their Cacio Pepe

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Formento's is rated 4.7 stars by 1698 OpenTable diners.

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