il Porcellino

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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 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waiter, food and service

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food overall was very good with many great options on the menu. The main issue was service. We weren’t seated until 25 minutes after our reservation time. It then took quite some time to get drinks and orders after that. They did apologize and offered free appetizers and other compensations which we appreciated. Feels like they may have taken on more capacity than they could though which unfortunately did impact our overall experience.

AS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted as if you’ve been coming for years (was our first visit). Alan, the host, and Sammie, our wait-staffer, like long-lost family. Roasted stuffed artichoke, like my Italian grandmother, would I have had one, would have served me with delicious delight. Perfect entrees. Fresh bombolini and white peach sorbet to top it all off- we will be back.

MK
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was really great - provided great recommendations, very attentive and accommodating, and gave us every reason to come back next time we’re in town. The food was great (get their house lasagna!). We ended up ordering 3 dishes and sharing between 3 of us and it was a great meal.

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

Great food and wine! Service was lovely. I’ll definitely be back.

BK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe! The food was awesome! Salmon was wild and not farmed raised . Had a great time

KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience ! We are from out of town in for the marathon and our server was patient, answered any questions we had, and was super attentive to our needs. We will absolutely be back when we visit Chicago again !

G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely will be back!
7:00 reservations but not seated until 7:20 due to a table lingering.
Upside is a nice table and you are not rushed!
Great server also!!

SC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was incredible. Food was amazing; we ordered the family style meal with Green chopped salad (delish & flavorful), fried calamari (tender and great), roasted artichoke, cacio e pepe, orecchiette (one of our FAVES), chicken parmesan and brick chicken vesuvio (incredible tender and delicious)!! Overall so impressed by the service and food!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance with great service. The letdown was the food. It arrived lukewarm at best and was flavorless. Way to expensive for that quality. I would not recommend with all of the other options in the area.

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

We went for our pre-Marathon pasta meal. It was delicious and the staff couldn’t have been more attentive. When I mentioned I was allergic to shellfish, they brought an alternative to the complementary app. Looking forward to visiting again !

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

Love it here always come for the pre dinner before Chicago Marathon. Only non good thing is my old fashioned wasn’t good. I’ve always had great ones here!

SO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for Chicago Marathon - found this wonderful restaurant. Delicious food, freindly and helpful waitstaff. Recommend and would go back the next time I am in town.

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

Our night was amazing
We has the Lasagna and the Casio pepe and the truffle garlic bread
It WAS THE BEST ITALIAN we had

R
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julio made our experience perfect. They started us out with some arincini and we also got apps, food was very timely and Julio, our server, made us feel at home. The food was unbelievable and the service was top notch. Most definitely would come back next time we’re back in the city

AV
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the lighting and decor. The food was really delicious and the serving size was perfect. The service here is awesome. Food came out quickly. Highly recommend this restaurant!

GF
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you like Italian food, you’ll love this restaurant! All the pasta dishes are amazing. Great bar. Fun place with great people watching.

C
Nashville
54 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance with cozy lighting. Friendly service. Vegetarian-friendly. We’ll definitely return.

K
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

FA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. We loved the grilled calamari. The marinara sauce is their specialty and it shows.

R
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were seated all the way to the end, we were very well taken care of. The food was delicious and the presentation was lovely. We very much enjoyed our time there. On a busy Monday night we never felt rushed. Jacob, the gentleman assigned to our table, was very good: professional, attentive and friendly.

TM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and service was wonderful. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant

k
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with this restaurant! Took my girlfriend for her birthday and couldn't have been happier. We both had several drinks, appetizers, an entree each, and multiple desserts (one even complimentary with a candle since they knew it was a birthday celebration) and our bill barely broke $100. There are very few places still in this city where the food is that good and the prices are that reasonable. Would recommend to anyone!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good experience. Service was courteous and friendly. The food was exquisite and cooked to perfection. I ordered the Halibut with grilled broccoli rabe, it was really delicious. I recommend it.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I were in Chicago for the first time this past weekend. Il Porcellino was in walking distance from our hotel. I made a reservation on open table and arrived about 20 minutes early. We were sat before our reservation time. Our waitress offered suggestions for drinks for my husband. We ordered meatballs for an appetizers and pasta dishes for our entree. Our food was outstanding and was offered bread on the house to soak up our sauce afterwards. We decided on donuts for dessert and was also bought out lemon pepper cookies. We had a very pleasant experience.

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

Excellent food!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was on point! Traditional and cooked perfectly.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter our waiter was superb. Nice experience overall.

C
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing, so worth the wait. We traveled from Bloomington, IL on the train and train was running late...the restaurant was so kind to keep our reservation changes. Also the were very busy, but still serves for fast and waiter was understanding that we want to be to our next destination on time. I will be back il Porcellino's.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was mediocre at best which was a letdown as we waited at least an hour to get it.

FD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. The waiter was always there at the right times, without being obtrusive. It was a very enjoyable dinner!

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

Had a lovely dinner.

t
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu had some creative items I hadn't had before, and the food was very good. Service was attentive without being intrusive and very helpful. It was a good experience and we will go back.

VP
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and bread ($7) to die for! Food was excellent. Cocktails served in French champaign glasses were a bit lame for $15.

SL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always make a point to visit il Porcellino at least once every time I come to Chicago. I found it initially due to the proximity to my hotel, but ever since that first visit I've eaten here every time I come to Chicago.

The service is outstanding. I've never had any food that wasn't outstanding, although once I tasted the Steak Grigliata, it was difficult to stray from that dish to anything else. The steak melts in your mouth and the garlic fries are absolutely scrumptious.

Start with the loaf of garlic bread. Any entree will be outstanding. I love the salted caramel semifreddo for dessert. Enjoy the experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but came out cold originally and had to send back.

K
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Great food and ambiance. Everything we had was perfect.

RS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic very helpful and professional.
We would come again.
Love the lighting and music.....

E
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The garlic bread was excellent. We really enjoyed the service as well. This is definitely above average experiencewith a good price and excellent service.

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