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Fornello Trattoria

57 reviews
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$30 and under
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Experience award-winning wine and old style, authentic Italian food made with only the freshest ingredients. Whether you are celebrating family, or enjoying a special night with a date, come in for an unforgettable experience.

Fornello will be the first thing on your mind the next morning.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm -9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 404-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
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Parking details
Have some available spots please call ahead for info
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Public transit
Next door to Sheridan Red-line stop.
Irving park and Sheridan - 80 Bus
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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vipliv2eat (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

Wonderful evening! Great staff, especially Cheryl. She offered great recommendations, took into our attempt at eating healthy, and was very accommodating. Food was delicious, grilled calamari, arugula salad with strawberries with champagne vinaigrette, butterflied pork, rapini and fagioli, tiramisu traditional with a twist.

vipMmmmFood (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

The wine list and food were quite quality were quite average at best. The atmosphere felt very old fashioned...and not the good kind. There are much better Italian restaurants out there that have better quality food for the price. Disappointed.

BoscoJosie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

My husband and I recently moved to the area and we had a wonderful dinner here. Our server was amazing and even took time to chat with us. Great food and service!!

Robyne (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

We were unexpectedly surprised by the quality of the food. We didn't meet the chef but the menu and presentation were delicious.
Kudos Chef !
Service was impeccable, charming and attentive.
As a frequent diner in many fine restaurants I would say Fornello's will easily become a favorite.

Amyjazz19 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2015

The food was great. Even greater was the service. Our server, Ryan was funny, personable and very knowledgeable. I will go back to have another meal there -- and I will call and find out ahead of time if he's working and will ask to have him as a server. Great night all around.

JJJJ (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

Went to dinner with family. Great service( Ryan was great) and the potions were perfect. food delicious and hit the spot.

vipjerry (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

Made a 6 30 reservation and was seated by a very harried host in a full restaurant. We waited 15 minutes before a server appeared.
We ordered drinks and waited to order. We had to ask twice to get the server back to order. 35 minutes
after being seated we ordered and waited and waited. We were told by
hosts that they were very very busy.
They appeared to be short staffed.
Our meal hadn't arrived by 7 35 and we were told it would be another 10 minutes. We had 8 00 theatre tickets 5 blocks away We left
and we weren't the only ones.
We ended up eating after the play
at another restaurant in the area
where we were served timely.
A true dining disaster

GingaNinja (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

Fantastic food. Our server was super knowledgable. We asked her to pace our visit to our needs and she nailed it.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2015

We love this place. The food is great and so is the staff!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2015

Best pasta vodka & grilled calamari we have ever had. Been there 3 times in 3 weeks now. Live music was great and the staff was very nice and helpful with their recommendations.

Milo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2015

Have been to this restaurants numerous times in the last 12 years. We have never had a bad meal or experience here. Even though we live in Northwest Indiana, this place is worth the drive. It has become tradition that we always come here to eat before we go to a Cubs game.

vipQTIPS (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

We liked it. The Q’s decided to have a drink and Mr. Q had the lasagna. Mrs. Q had one of the specials of the day. She really wanted the Braised Beef Ravioli that is on their internet menu but not on their restaurant menu. We were told that the restaurant was recently redecorated. The drinks were ok. The decent food, service is worth another visit for a before/or after Theater meal. They have nice outdoor seating, if that what you prefer, or sit at the bar. If in the neighborhood, give it a try. You might enjoy!

vipNeighbor (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Was looking for comfort food - early on a cold Friday night. Been here once before and loved it.

This time, besides my order, I had one simple request - which was botched: ”When my entrée arrives please bring me a glass of the Barbera.”

I’m in an empty restaurant on a Friday night. No more than 3 tables occupied the whole time I was there. My entrée is delivered - by someone not my server - and I wait for my wine. And I wait.

The restaurant was over-staffed (not a bad thing for diners) and when I first arrived there was intense focus on learning how to fold napkins and place the tableware.

But now I can see at the bar 5 staff standing around. Bartender watching the TV. No waiting glass of wine.

I try to get anyone’s attention - by sitting up frozen and staring intently hoping to will someone to turn their head to you. No luck. The chef comes out and grabs my server’s attention and gets her on a exercise to correct the placement of some wine glasses on an empty table. She moves them about an inch to the left. Then she moves down the row of empty tables - she now has a mission! - away from me, fixing the placement of the glasses.

She finishes and finally walks my way. At this point a 4-top is being seated next to me. My server gets close. I call out "May I have my glass of wine?!" I say it loud enough that the 4-top all look at me. My server’s response isn’t “Yes, sir” or “I’m on it”. It’s “Are you ready for it now?” I say “Yes I am, I had asked for it when my entrée arrived”, motioning to my congealing food.

I watch the bartender pour a white, my server and he confer, and then he puts the white aside and pours the red. She brings it to me. And apologizes by stating that she “asked them to tell me when your entrée came out.”

The restaurant is slow and overstaffed. I hear the manager ask one of the servers if he wants to go home and the server says yes.

At least the empty tables got some attention tonight. They looked lovely and cared for.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2015

Although I lost my passport there. I will be back for sure!

vipbuckeyegirl (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2015

really good service and good food. wish there was a marinara sauce for pasta and some soup choices but still good