il Porcellino

4.7
1326 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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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was OUTSTANDING! The food was phenomenal and the atmosphere fun after a long day in a convention booth.

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SC
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We started with the garlic loaf. The warm bread comes sliced in wedges, and our server poured a mixture of oil, garlic and herbs over it. Delicious! We chose classic spaghetti and meatballs and eggplant Parmesan for entrees. We topped off our meal with a multilayered slice of chocolate cake with whipped cream. My dining partner said he wants to go back soon.

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

Delicious food, prompt service.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out for a date night with my husband as a recommendation from a co worker and it did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was amazing! We got the calamari & bread to start. My husband got spaghetti & meatballs and I got the steak. Two thumbs up.

We will be back!

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SD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stephanie, our waitress, was terrific, helping us through our first time dining. Food plated generous and tastefully. Great wine by the gala choices.

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RC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit was absolutely memorable. I plan on going back very soon. Service, food , ambiance- 5 stars.

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a very pleasant dining experience at a great price. Our waiter was prompt and attentive to our needs. Also enjoyed the music!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 year anniversary

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for dinner with some friends. Food and service was outstanding. Will definitely be back.

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

Food was moderately priced for an Italian restaurant in this area and extremely delicious! We received excellent service and a complementary taste of a delicious appetizer. The restaurant itself was decorated tastefully and the vibe was warm and fun. I would highly recommend dining here.

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n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious Italian food! We enjoyed everything that we ordered! Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive! Would definately go back again!

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Really wanted to give a better review. I just have to say the service was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and catered to our every need. Our meatball appetizer was cold and they did exchange it for another order. The only problem was it came out just a little warmer than the first order. Chicken vesuvio was just ok. The lobster diavolo was the special and it was excellent. Finished the meal with some bombolinis which again were just ok. Not overly priced and a good amount of food for the price. All in all it was just ok.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! All 5 of us were beyond happy with our meals. The garlic bread that we started with was awesome and the desserts were amazing. Drinks were nothing to rave about especially for the cost. We did wait 45 minutes to be seated even though we had reservations well in advance. I considered removing a star for that but the food made up for it.

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RI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food a little pricey. I would suggest that the bread be complimentary because it is primarily an Italian restaurant and I can’t imagine going to an Italian restaurant and being charged for it. Also the wine was very pricey. With that said we did have a lovely dinner. It was a good place to celebrate my birthday

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

Such wonderful service and delicious Italian food for a great price! The dishes were unique and cooked perfectly, piping hot with authentic Italian flavors...
Great place for families, friends and business..

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o
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service even when crowded. All service staff were extremely attentive. I would recommend this place just on the service alone!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal

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P
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Had steak, chicken, pasta and we all enjoyed our meal, each dish had incredible flavor.

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JP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great front of house manager and food. Looking forward to our next meal there.

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

This restaurant is always a great go to with amazing food and a positive environment. The burrata is INCREDIBLE and always a must when dining at il Porcelino. I will definitely be back

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ST
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal on New Years Eve! Can always count on good food here. Got that wide noodle three mear dish. Yum

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LL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our NYE dinner here and couldn't have been happier with our choice! The interior of the restaurant is so cute! We were able to get seated at a booth which was great and our server, Eric, was awesome. We both got martini's which were okay, not the best and they didn't have blue cheese stuffed olives :( Our favorite part of our meal was the artichoke appetizer and the chopped salad! Both entrees were great as well. Will definitely be back here!

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GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We found il Porcellino this year post theater. Wonderful Negroni cocktails. You have to try them all! Beautiful space. Whole loaf garlic bread melts in your mouth. Brussel sprout appetizer and Lasagna the best we have ever had! We like to try new places but gravitate back to this lovely place!

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Retirement dinner with my wife. Always a great meal here

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DL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good! We had the chop salad, house garlic bread and the lasagna. The lasagna took a while to prepare but was good! Classic Italian affair and nothing out of the ordinary.

Our server was extremely attentive and helpful with making our choices. The ambiance feels warm and quite romantic at the same time being family friendly.

I must say the noise level was a bit high, but it was a Saturday evening, so it’s expected.

Overall a very satisfying dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambience were amazing! Wish I lived in Chicago so I could frequent here. Our server was AMAZING and went above and beyond for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant, loved the warm welcoming ambiance, wonderful service & food was very good. I’ll be back
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DW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambience and service were great! We didn't really like the food much that much, it was a bit bland. Especially for the price.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a true Italian meal. Wow, awesome lasagna as it is called very special. It is!

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JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

-Waited 15 mins for a table even with a reservation. Reservation for 745p, seated at 800p.
-Took a long time for server to retrieve cocktail from bar while the rest of the table waited with wine.
-Took a long time for waiter to put in food orders for appetizers and entrees, timing was very off.
-That timing made it so long that they sold out the last cauliflower dish.
-The waiter didn't come up and tell us, a hostess delivered the information.
-Dessert was delicious, It was a caramel salted ice cream thing.

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative menu. Many traditional meals, with a slight twist. For a busy downtown restaurant - the service was outstanding. Could not have had a better dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a 9pm reservation after Goodman theatre “Scrooge” show. Our server Eric was very attentive, super friendly and informed about menu and specials. Dinner was outstanding !
Loved the restaurant... food, service, ambiance. The playlist of music was terrific too !! Motown in the background. We will be back and recommend to all our friends.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was very sensitive to my pregnant wife's dietary restrictions and the food was great. We will definitely return.

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K
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta here is really flavorful and the service is very good! That cheese bread!!!! Ohhhhh, it’s sooo good!!

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was great too. Really quaint setting with beautiful lighting.

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TS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and wine was very good. Service was excellent. I would go back again.

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lively family Christmas dinner. Very nice!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall phenomenal experience, I wish I could remember our waitress’s name because she was amazing. We were greeted and allowed to sit in the bar before they opened, the bar tender gave us great recommendations and great service.. We were promptly taken to our table at our reservation time, our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. The whole staff in general were extraordinary. The food was beyond our expectations and was just all around incredible. The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming and the music was exceptional. I will be back again and I’m betting it’s very soon.

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K
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance. It was a busy night but our server was still pretty attentive and the food was well paced. Loved the artichoke appetizer! Food options were great, everything sounded good.

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a
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED this restaurant. We had 8 people in our party and EVERYONE absolutely loved this place. We flew in from Nashville to see Hamilton and our flight was delayed. We let them know that we may not make it and they were so amazing and held our table. They were ALL so nice when we arrived and made sure we had everything quick to make our show on time. The only complaint we all had was that we couldn’t stay there longer. The food was incredible. I will never go back to Chicago and not eat here. AMAZING!!!!!! Thank you il Porcellino for taking such good care of us!!!!

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