il Porcellino

4.7
1558 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Il Porcellino, located in the heart of River North in downtown Chicago, is a neighborhood restaurant offering classic Italian-American comfort food in a casual setting. The seasonal menu focuses on housemade pastas, vegetable antipasti and daily specials, all crafted with ingredients sourced from quality artisans, purveyors and local farmers. The fun and approachable wine program encourages sharing with selections from southern and central Italy.
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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to il Procellinos with a group of 6 for my daughter's birthday. We had the family style dinner and everything was delicious. Great service! A big comfortable booth that easily sat six. Everyone in our group loved it!

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

Thanks to the other reviews i found this awesome place to dine.. i am a vegetarian so i generally have a hard time finding food i like. For us, the main criteria is ambience for which i would give full 5 stars because it was lovely inside as well as music was lit!! About the food , from the options i found, the garlic bread is a must try and would be honest that if was one of the best i had.. we also tried brussels sprouts without bacon with parmesan cheese which was aptly crisp, we loved that too. We ordered Rigatoni alla vodka which was not bad but would not give 5 stars.
Drinks were also very nicely presented and it tasted good.
I would like to make special mention about our server, i dnt remember her name but she was so pleasant and guided through the menu so nicely.
Overall experience was great and would highly recommend it for a date or with group of friends!!

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N
Chicago
242 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and will be back for sure. Nice twist on traditional Italian food. Great wine at reasonable prices. Service was truly friendly.

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

There was a bug in my daughter’s salad.

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s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food here is always so good and close to authentic.
But we were a group of 4 seated at a high top in the bar.
It was difficult to fit everything on the table and had to send food back to help clear space.

There was also a long lag time between our appetizers and our meal.

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JD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a packed-yet-charming dinner spot downtown on a Saturday night; we enjoyed a tasty drink at the bar as we waited for our table (highly recommend having reservations on the weekend) and then were ushered to a cozy booth. We were given two small, complimentary "tastes" of appetizers with our first round of drinks and we enjoyed the homemade bread w/ cheese and marinara as a starter. Don't miss the bread!
For dinner we tried some different housemade pastas---we all agreed that the noodles were cooked to perfection and that we liked the red sauces best of all. The parpadelle w/ meat ragu was insanely tasty. The next time we go we will save room for desserts---we left feeling very happy and full.
Our server was also just the nicest person---she was super helpful in making choices.

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

iL Porcellino is a very nice Italian restaurant just a few blocks north of the Chicago River. There's a bar in the front of the house, surrounded by high top tables and more tables in the back of the room, as well as a banquet room in the very back. This setup ensures there's a friendly 'roar' as background noise to your table conversation but never loud enough that you have to shout to one another. The thoughtful service is what sets this place apart. The food is decent. Drinks are expensive, more in keeping with the neighborhood. We would return.

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CK
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Food, service, music. All awesome! Our server Ashway was exceptional! Such a pleasant experience!

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lasagna’s sauce was extremely sweet

Food was very average for the price and fuzz

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BT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made reservations here after my white coat ceremony with my and my boyfriend's family. It was a bit crowded and I would've preferred a circular table, but otherwise it was a great atmosphere. Table favorites were the lobster ravioli, gnocchi, and spicy shrimp spaghetti. The tiramisu was divine & the Guiseppe cocktail is not to be missed.

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lasagna is their special, which is really tasty! Tiramisu is good, better if it were smaller and more bitter. Brussels sprouts are great with sweet sour vinegar (I think).

A little bit crowded inside, and a little bit noisy at dinner time.

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T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice location, historic and great food. The service Staff was attentive .

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service!
Will go there again as soon as possible

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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was outstanding. Good vibe/atmosphere! Went for a girls' night but would be a great date spot too!

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SP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is authentic Italian and delicious! Brussels sprouts and garlic bread fantastic. Even the gluten free pasta was good! The homemade pistachio ice cream was amazing! Highly recommend. We got there at 5:30 so had about 45 minutes on a Thursday night before place filled completely and became a little loud...but it is a fun lively atmosphere!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Waiter was knowledgeable and recommended things for us, food was PHENOMENAL and really made our anniversary special.

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MH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. A go to spot for me and out of town co-workers

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I
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good and service LOVED them cheese ball appetiixer

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The sautéed kale was amazing so we ordered a second, but we also ordered a second because we were really disappointed with our gnocchi and didn’t want to leave hungry. The decor and ambiance is beautiful, perfectly lit. Service was fine.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner - everything was delicious!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great. The genre of music played did not fit the Italian theme.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One restaurant I'll always come back to. From the lighting to the service. This is my favorite place to take anyone who's in town or just looking to have a delicious dinner. Server was amazing and helpful and made our anniversary super special.

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OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All occasions! From having a drink at the bar, to a family dinner for 20! Perfect every time!

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Stephanie was excellent. She was very attentive.

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NF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

House made pasta, Tuscan bread, and tiramisu was very good. The alfredo sauce was a bit disappointing, as I prefer a creamier, thicker version. The lemon sauce on their special was nice, however. Love the atmosphere and service was very good.

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DL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, relaxed atmosphere, reasonable prices and impeccable customer service!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were here for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday. We had been to Il Porcellino before and loved it so I took him out again for his birthday. They were super busy but the staff was still very attentive to our table. The food was brought out in a timely manner and delicious! You have to try the whole loaf garlic bread, it comes out sliced and lightly stuffed with cheese and herbs and then they drizzle a bit of butter sauce on it. After the meal, they brought out a birthday sundae with a candle on it as well. It was a great experience!

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BT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience!! So glad we found this gem. Wonderful food and wine and very knowledgeable waitress. Well done!!

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner and our waitress was super sweet !

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Friday negroni happy hour and am now obsessed. Now thinking about going there for my bachelorette...

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R
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place online and stopped in before a show at the Nederlander Theater and couldn’t be happier with the experience. The decor is beautiful, where classic Italian restaurant decor meets modern flavor.

Our waiter provided prompt, friendly, and attentive service throughout the experience. He even gave us free Prosecco for our anniversary. The food and drinks were amazing, and we could tell a lot of care went into every dish that came out of the kitchen. We would wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone and everyone looking for a great Italian restaurant

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SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was amazing and the food just as good. Recommend for friends, family or business meal. Definitely make a reservation!

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k
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all around!

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Z
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Food is delicious! Ambiance is great too! Highly recommend giving it a try!!

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TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lasagna is phenomenal Little tough for parking if coming from out of the city. All good though!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with friends

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GT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to place in River North after the theater. Love the Negroni cocktails and presentation at the bar. Our favorites are the brussel sprouts and whole loaf garlic bread or the meatballs for apps. Best lasagna anywhere! Love the pappardelle or sliced steak too. Cozy welcoming atmosphere conducive to conversation...music is not too loud.

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CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal here. Everything from our server to the drinks was great. I highly recommend visiting.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Great service.

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S
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, great food and service. Reservations are a must.

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