Formento's

4.6
1979 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
What 1979 people are saying
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P03tJyM5
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Place was empty at first but quickly filled up. Loved it!

TK
vipTomK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great food and service. one of my favorite spots!!

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BarbA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Made reservations for a birthday dinner so was a little disappointed when we were seated in the bar in the last booth with a view of the back service area. When I asked if we could sit in the dining room, got a curt reply of “No” from the hostess. That being said, our wait person, Daniella could not have been nicer. All the service was very good and the food was outstanding. We had the whipped ricotta, Nonna’s meatballs, bucatini carbonara, chicken parmigiana, canestri and chocolate cake. Will definitely be back.

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RebeccaC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Formento’s was amazing!! The service was attentive but not overbearing and the food was unparalleled. They were super accommodating of dietary restrictions at our table- one vegetarian and one gluten free person. They went above and beyond, bring us gluten-free bread and olives in place of the sourdough and focaccia that came with our dishes. The food itself was divine and they were speedy but not rushed with the service. So good & can’t wait to return!

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vipTrishA
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOme of the best pasta i have ever eaten—amazing. Also we had a great server. Enjoyed the entire experience —will be back.

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vipMauriceR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just incredible all around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To kick off the holiday season, we visited Formentos Sat night. While we were originally seated in the bar area, when we asked if we could be moved to the main dining room, we were graciously accommodated!!!! Great, cozy atmosphere and great food!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall good. For some reason the recommended the pasta as a side dish. Pasta is usually the main course

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great Food, everything we ordered was well prepared and nicely presented. Our server Nicolas was excellent, he made great recommendations and was always attentive. Great location, valet parking.

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SW7933
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business dinner with a large group. Good food and served in a reasonable time frame.

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vipbtff
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. This is a team that knows how to handle a large group before a concert at the United Center. Kudos!

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vipAndreaH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The octopus was overcooked. meatballs and kale salad were excellent. the tortelloni was a little bland. the meatballs and pasta weren't hot.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good but not on par with price range. Very comparable to other standard Italian restaurants at a lower price point

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Formento’s website advertises Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30. When I arrived early for the 5pm reservation, I was presented the happy hour drinks menu at the bar. When we were seated at the table, I asked for the happy hour food menu. I was informed they do not do happy hour. At all. Which is not true because they gave me a happy hour menu at the bar. I was confused as Google Maps also had on their menu excerpts from their happy hour food menu. One of the top reasons I picked a reservation here was for their happy hour menu which was nonexistent. If Formento’s does not have a happy hour, I would suggest not advertising for one.

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Yumster
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Meh. My husband has no problem letting me take the driver's seat at a restaurant...I usually pick the wine, the appetizers...but I think the waiter had a problem with him deferring to me. The food was great, the experience, not so much. The last time we came here it was a wonderful experience...but we probably won't be back.

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vipZacharyK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here from the moment I walked in. The bartender, Travis, was funny and friendly, and made a damn good set of cocktails. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was my wifes birthday, they said happy birthday in the beginning but i would expect for a 300$ meal they would have brought a desert or offered at the end...

Kinda disappointing in a large way

It was also well over an hour before we got our main course...

Just not what i expected

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HelenK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Delicious food. Cocktail was a bit underwhelming but the food made up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience

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vipSnehaS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food is extremely salty. All items very overly salted which made for a pretty unsatisfactory meal.

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DeniseM
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sat in bar, waiter attentive, food good but pastas small portions except chick parm was huge. Problem was noise was so loud we could barely talk.

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vipJSChi
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. One of us had squid ink pasta and the other tortellini. Dessert good also. Highly recommended!

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SarahA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating to our big party and the service was great! Food was delicious

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ColetteC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Formento's is consistently good!

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marial
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience, not too fancy but elevated Italian food. Service was helpful and quick, atmosphere was warm & family friendly. Definitely will go back!

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vipMarlene85
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. We had steaks and different pasta dishes at our table. The bartender created a new drink on the spot that we couldn't get enough of. We will definitely be going back very soon.

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vipLaurie
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seven of us sampled many of the different items on the menu in anticipation of a dinner for 40 people in March upstairs in their event venue. We all loved everything that we ate.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit to Foremento’s, but our first without a large group. Although our meal was quite expensive for two people, the quality on all levels of our experience were well worth the price. We have been there for large parties and now as a date, Foremento’s never disappoints! Exquisite food, exceptional drinks and service, overall always a lovely experience, Foremento’s will always be a go to for a special occasion!

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vipCcha
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Disappointed as Formentos has always been a go-to Italian spot for us. Drinks took 30 mins to arrive. Food took forever as well and was cold. Server didn’t even acknowledge the waits or apologize. Won’t be recommending anymore!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Formentos, my favorite restaurant in the entire US, never fails — the food, service, and drinks always hit it out of the park.

I recommend this place to everyone and I hold other restaurants to the Formentos standard.

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vipLakeviewLocavore
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We thought everything tasted OK, but the portions are SO small for the $$$ they charge - especially the wine pours. And I am not a big drinker!

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Anthony
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. Our server was attentive, and very helpful with food allergies/sensitivities. The ambience was "energetic" so it was difficult to hear other people in our party but other than that it was a good night out!

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LaramieD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Had to pay $10 to reserve table. When two of my guests arrived 10 minutes before me they were informed that if they sat at table the clock was ticking on a 2-hour window. Never mind any consideration for one of them being blind which I pointed out in the reservation. Then when I arrived, they were too busy seating walk ins so we were given last table available by a service area.

Waiter was very good but overwhelmed to give great service. Busboys not well trained as they didn’t clear table until I wrangled one or two at different times during dinner.

Food was excellent and kudos to kitchen keeping up with a packed restaurant.

One of my guests ordered a martini that was served in a sherry glass!!!! So wrong.

Noise level horrendous.

$800 for four guests. Ya’ll decide if worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for date night or intimate dinner. Fine Italian and fish.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I came in for our anniversary. I don’t usually write reviews but the restaurant and our server, Sydney, absolutely deserves some recognition. Our reservation was a little behind but we didn’t mind at all, we just hung out at the bar for a few minutes and grabbed a cocktail while we waited. As soon as we got to our table, they brought over some Prosecco to celebrate which we thought was absolutely adorable. Our server Sydney comes by and she’s fantastic. Knowledgeable about the menu, hospitable, happy, great energy and honestly, everything you want when you go out, especially for a special occasion. The meal went on and of course we took her recommendations on everything and it was fantastic. And to top everything off their somm brought us some amari to pair with our desserts that we got at the end of the night. Overall Formento’s was every bit of an amazing experience and will recommend to everyone

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved! The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. We had calamari as a starter and it was almost too much for us to finish, in fear we wouldn’t be able to eat dinner. Had to skip dessert! The restaurant feels dark in the best way, and cozy. It was pouring rain outside and it felt warm and inviting inside. Really had a nice experience.

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SusanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. Ambience was lively and fun. Maggie was our server and she was amazing. We were really impressed with her.

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You can order delivery directly from Formento's using the Order Online button. Formento's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Formento's is rated 4.6 stars by 1979 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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