il Porcellino

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, solid Italian family style restaurant. Nice ambiance for dinner but good for all occasions. Roasted pork shank special was outstanding.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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f
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to il Porcellino for my husband’s birthday, and what a great experience! Our server greeted us in a timely manner and extended a nice welcome treat to us. Our food was all excellent, and the portions were definitely quite hearty, so great bang per buck. Our server also brought an ice cream dish to celebrate my husband’s birthday, which he greatly appreciated.

We would definitely come back here. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious (especially the truffle garlic bread!!)

A
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

That’s was my first time in Il Porcellino!
Great place! Food was phenomenal- the Best Italian place in dieting Chicago! Highly recommended

CS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was awesome! Our server Peter was incredible! Definitely going back, this place has become our favorite in Chicago.

CN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will go back....from the atmosphere to the food to Peter, our waiter...all great!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little cramped, but good!

K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The service was extremely slow but the food was worth it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal as always- great wine suggestions

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly as always and welcoming

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food, great service!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food with great service.

CG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian spot in the city! Love the classic music, amazing food for a good price.

TD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting il Porcellino, but it won't be my last time!

I loved the lighting and the music. I danced in my seat the entire time I was there. The music wasn't so loud that you couldn't hold a conversation though.

Our waiter was wonderful and attentive. The whole loaf garlic bread has to be the best garlic bread that I have EVER tasted. I would return just for that.

I don't know if Lobster Ravioli was on the menu only as a Valentine's Day special, but I hope that's not the case. Because I would like to order it again. Delicious.

Can't wait to eat there again soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Valentines Day and it was fantastic. The staff was friendly and helpful. We tried the lobster ravioli special and it was incredible. We can not recommend il Porcellino enough!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Horrible food but young energetic ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s aka Galentines 💓

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TO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the look of the place. Food was good but not great. With the atmosphere and reading some reviews, I had a higher expectation for the food. Will try again one more time some different dishes because I liked the atmosphere. Very reasonably priced also.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband both had the lasagna and it was very good especially with the two bottles of wine we finished with another couple.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter did not give us all the specials for the night 1 of 3 only. Felt rushed by staff even though we weren't there long. Food not as good as usual. Disappointed.

KM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to dine when me and my daughter meet for dinner. Service is always outstanding, which is just as important to me as the food. The portions are perfectly sized and reasonably priced. Great cocktail menu and wine selection. Will stay on our ‘go to’ place!

JJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was great!!!

CO
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!
So romantic
Great time line service
Sooo beautiful

RL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine Italian restaurant with great food! Has great ambiance with impeccable service. Had the family style menu for the four of us and food was outstanding!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were running about 30 minutes behind on reservations.. but the manager Addy was friendly and made up for the wait. Food was amazing, we will definitely be back.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual everything was amazing and perfect. We are always treated like royalty when having dinner or stopping by for drinks. We have spent my wife's birthday here for the past 5 years and everyone is always excited to take care of us. Thank you all for the terrific service. We will be going back as soon as we are able to get sitters for our 4 boys. It is our number 1 spot to go, so again thank you for a fantastic evening!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, excellent service and fun lively atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Took an hour to pay. Server was sitting food without asking what we want

C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious food! Went with a few friends, we all got different things and everything was amazing. Definitely planning on going back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Will definitely be going back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour! The meatball sandwich was delicious. Bar fills up quick so get there early.

t
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Given that it was restaurant week and the restaurant was packed, I will forgive some of the errors. One side item was forgotten and my wife’s birthday dessert was forgotten (even though I noted it in our reservation, checked with the host upon arrival, and mentioned it to our waitress). They did agree to comp both the forgotten side and the dessert, but when the bill arrived, only the side was comped and I had to send the bill back to be corrected. This was not our first time eating here and it’s normally very good. I’ll chalk all of this up to Restaurant Week!

EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience and the food was fantastic! Space was a bit tight but they managed it quite well.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I have ever had 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The best thing was the appetizers! Omg so good!!! The fried calamari and the Brussel sprouts with bacon are a must! The service was okay as far as the waiter he was very welcoming but the wait for drinks, food and dessert was very long. We all ordered the lasagna from the recommendation of a close friend but we weren’t very impressed. The vibe was very good tho

LG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious italian food... we had the lasagna, lemon chicken and chicken parm and all were fantastic!!!

V
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was just ok. I was there for today restaurant week, and I wasn’t impressed. I felt like I could make the food myself.

CS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Get Chris if you can!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and fantastic service. Very attentive wait staff

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