il Porcellino

4.7
1475 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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1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything tasted amazing you could tell it was fresh.

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MW
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were delicious!

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

Great! Gave us a free mini appetizer because it was our first time dining there. Recommend the burrata!

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MK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time I’ve been to Il Porcellino and it did not disappoint. We had a fantastic time! The food, the music, the drinks, and the service were exactly what we were looking for in a birthday celebration! We will definitely be back!

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j
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and the food was excellent!

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EF
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the dozen or so times I have been here, Il Porcellino never fails to impress in every respect. The newest item I noticed (and tried) is the PORCELLINO BACON RAVIOLI. Great.

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WK
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & staff were superior! Great experience & we’ll be back again.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for a great meal with many great options

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service, great choice!

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f
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The burrata appetizer was very tasty. My husband ordered veal parm and we didn't find out they were out until after we received our app. The lasagna was good but they make it seem like burrata is a major part of the lasagna (hence, the name) but really there is just a small amount on top. The eggplant parm was light and tender but, unfortunately, it was served just warm. I asked for extra sauce and the sauce was cold. The waitress did replace the sauce, which, on the second attempt was served hot. The restaurant is comfortable and cozy. I might give it another try, if for nothing else some drinks and apps.

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great food and great service from our server Rafa. 10/10 would reccomend

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p
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome experience at il Porcellino! Food was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was very good.

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JC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! Great service and wonderful food! We will be back!!

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c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was great! We had reservations and they sat us right away. The also had round tables for parties of 6, which was great so that everyone could chat with everyone. Highly recommended.

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F
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was delicious!! The atmosphere was nice with the lighting above the dining room. We will be back!

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t
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience as usual. Thank you so much for the great time!

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LM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening. Got the family style meal. Each and every course was top notch. Get dessert! The atmosphere in the restaurant was lovely. I look forward to returning as soon as I can.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always from the staff. Highly recommended

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KK
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional! Every meal was perfectly prepared and delicious! We cannot wait to go again.

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just got into town and were craving Italian. We lucked out in finding il Porcellino and we snagged an opening that was 30 minutes later! The food was delicious and the service was spectacular! We will definitely eat here again the next time that we’re in Chicago!

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DR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great food at a reasonable price.

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D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great! The service was fabulous. Our server Thaise was fun and knowledgeable. Loved the family style for four option. It was a terrific value. Can’t wait to go again!

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F
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were amazing! I would highly recommend Il Porcellino.

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MB
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Our server was awesome, helpful, attentive and so kind. The food was great, exactly what we were looking for.

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

Outstanding food and service at a great price. We've been twice and each time was excellent. Our server was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and prompt. Highly recommend il Porcellino for a classic Italian dinner in Chicago.

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VF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic dinner! Best lasagna I've had, good sized portions, very friendly and knowledgeable waitress.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was great and so was the wine. The ravioli was fantastic, especially the meat sauce. My husband got the gnocchi which is apparently their number 1, but it was not good. The gnocchi was too soft and definitely didn’t taste homemade. Hard to believe an Italian restaurant doesn’t automatically provide bread either. But service was great and the food wasn’t bad overall.

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RD
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was okay but nothing special. My pasta was boring but the caprese salad was tasty. Others liked their dinners more than I did. Interesting interior decorations.

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves il Porcellino! Great friendly service. The food is amazing.

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LD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good not great the risotto dish they bring out was very good bread was good. Spaghetti about under cooked sauce was average service was excellent. I’d come back again for a casual lunch service was quick for the most part water always filled so overall pretty good

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic overall experience! I can't wait to have dinner here again!

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NP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our food and the service was amazing

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DK
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Busy place - food is above average but expected more variety from this chain. Not many seafood dishes on the menu. Place was too crowded with people and it caused service delays. Probably well liked eatery for the local residents

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PG
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Recommend the brick chicken

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Environment was great, soft lighting, great music, and just an overall great atmosphere. The food and service was outstanding, will definitely be back.

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KS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional Italian food and wine. Extremely reasonable and DELICIOUS. Such a great experience from the moment we walked in until we left. Highly recommend this gem.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date. It's cozy and all the staff is super friendly. The food is great. Great value for the service and food.

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SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

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L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Excellent service. Overall fun time

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