il Porcellino

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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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JG
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Italian restaurant we’ve had in recent years, hands down! The food was certainly all made in-house and the atmosphere was splendid as well. We will certainly be going back.

Highly recommend the Pappardelle!

S
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was delicious and our server was friendly and helpful. The wait for drinks and food was over long, especially between courses.

K
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I travel to Chicago often and it’s my favorite Italian food. The food is fresh and high quality; it doesn’t taste heavy or processed. It’s the best!!

RW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience here!!!! The food: mouthwatering. Service: amazing. Atmosphere: absolute perfection!!! The music was spot on and the decorations made it feel so cozy and lovely. Can’t wait to come back!

H
Denver
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is my second visit and both were great. the food and service are great here and i will be back.

s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No free bread! Main complaint.
No free bread! Main complaint.
No free bread! Main complaint.
No free bread! Main complaint.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were seated right on time. Service was excellent. Everyone loved their meal. We will be back!

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing time. Great food, great atmosphere, and a lot of fun.

e
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service left a bit to be desired...dropped the ball on our initial wine/cocktail order, super slow on our salads (they comped us though), then slow again on the entrees. Seemed to have been a kitchen issue. But, the food was very, very good, so i would try it again.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service3ambience4

It was terrible it was my wife’s birthday and I mentioned while making the reservation they didn’t do anything they sat at the bar high tops and when I told the host at the end about not doing the birthday She said she doesn’t care
Not going back

1
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was amazing! I can’t wait to go back.

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always! Food is solid and service was great!

MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Porcellino is a great little Italian place in River North. It is not pretentious and still has reasonably priced food and wine. The decorations are very nice and cozy year round.

JP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything! Cheese bread - omg. Lasagna even better! Service amazing!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I visited Chicago for his birthday and we went to il Porcellino for dinner and had an amazing time. Peter was a great server and even went the extra mile to give us a list of attractions. The food and drinks were amazing as well!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good, but overpriced considering the portion sizes.

BS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening with a good dinner, good service and fabulous gluten free pasta!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a bit early and were able to sit at the bar for around 20 minutes, it happened to be Happy Hour so we had a few glasses of wine beforehand. We had let the host know we were comfortable with one of the high top tables in the bar area and we ended up at a corner one right on the edge of dining room and bar, it was the perfect out-of-the-way table. Our server was attentive and helpful, as were the multiple other staff members who stopped by to fill water, clear plates, etc. All the food we had was excellent and I highly recommend the Roasted Artichoke appetizer. I felt prices were reasonable and the experience was great!

JM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at this restaurant and look forward to coming back. Our waitress was fantastic and the food was wonderful!

TG
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a marvelous time! From the moment we arrived, service was exceptional. The gentleman that took us to our table was welcoming and friendly. Mario was our server - he took great care of us and made excellent recommendations. Shout out to the male bartender as well - he made me the best espresso martini I have ever had! We enjoyed the burrata special, the cacio e pepe, and the tiramisu. So good!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Great food suggestions and service. Very personable and friendly. Will recommend and return in the future.

VH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here recently with a friend that was in town from San Francisco. We had the roasted broccoli which was amazing! I had the chicken limone which was great and highly recommend salted caramel semifreddo for dessert. Will definitely return.

NL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food. Ambiance is wonderful, music playing isn’t too loud & can easily carry on conversation. Have yet to dislike anything on the menu! Staff is attentive

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! We loved the ambiance. I was in town visiting my daughter and took her here. The restaurant was recommended to us.

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Other than being 35 minutes behind for our reservation, it was really great. Service was slow, but we were just enjoying the evening. Everyone we encountered was friendly and accommodating. The food was wonderful and the ambiance was lovely.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar service and great food

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garlic bread was incredible.

DS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited il Porcellino for the first time Saturday night. The food was great and the service was even better! Our server Mario was friendly and informative. The manager Maggie stopped by a couple of times to ensure a great experience. On our way home, my husband realized he accidentally dropped a blank check at the restaurant. We called, spoke to Audrey who confirmed they had found it and assured us not to worry. The whole team went above and beyond. I would highly recommend il Porcellino!

JG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Usually fantastic food and service. However this time getting seated with a reservation took close to 10 minutes with many open tables in the restaurant. Also all 4 of us who attended were racing to the bathroom shortly after. I enjoy Il Porcellino but this was a visit I would soon like to forget.

DE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food and service perfect! Always reliable to bring out of town friends.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary! 12years! Great everything and even received a nice ice cream treat as a special treat from the restaurant which was so sweet!

AG
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was mediocre - pasta tasted like it was not fresh, but frozen. Atmosphere is good.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with amazing delicious dishes. Good spot for group gatherings or romantic dates. Service was great and the items are very well priced. Great bang for your buck.

T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this restaurant. I live in California but this is my go to spot for a good meal. Last night I had the rigatoni and it was the best I’ve ever had. The vodka sauce was to die for!

CW
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yummy cheese ravioli. Nice wait staff too. Thanks. Fun and energetic place.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

My friend and I ordered 2 pasta dinners - both were bland and tasteless. Very disappointing. Drinks were very good as was the ambiance . Service was average. Will it go back for dinner ; drinks in a nice atmosphere only.

SC
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started with the garlic bread. This item is a must! Crunchy crust and soft interior, made more flavorful by the garlic-parsley oil poured over the loaf. I ordered the cheese ravioli with a bolognese sauce. It was delicious and went very nicely with the glass of Arneis I had with it. My dining partner ordered spaghetti and meatballs and liked his dish very much. We were too full for dessert, but that menu also looked tempting. The service was also very good. We’ll be back soon.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, the cheesy bread was fantastic and the bombolini was AMAZING!!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was great! The staff was very attentive and our server gave great suggestions with the food and drinks since we had never been there before. The food was excellent! The portions they give you are just the right size and everything from the appetizers to dessert was fantastic! Would definitely go here again!

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