il Porcellino

4.7
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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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KJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, vibe, ambiance and music. This is my new favorite spot.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Busy night- could tell service was a bit off because of being possibly over sat. Wanted a birthday dessert sent out which was mentioned in notes with reservation but failed to receive one. Overall wasn’t too bad.

MO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Hostess asked that I wait to be seated until my other guest was there. However, after that she proceeded to seat other people without their party being there.

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved everything - a teeny bit annoyed someone (not our server) dropped off our check before asking if we wanted anything else. overall, we had a wonderful meal with delicious salad and pasta, and the most delicious espresso martini for dessert. we will be back :)

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out standing food and service. Will go back next time in town.

M
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for our daughter. Cheerful, personable staff and an upbeat atmosphere! Complimentary dessert.

Great evening!

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service.

JJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place

CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good. Even had several meatless entrees for the Lenten season. Tables might be a bit too close but otherwise a very comfy atmosphere. Loved the older music that they played. Our waiter was very helpful in selecting the perfect meal for us. Would love to come back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great. il porcelino is always enjoyable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service was great,

Food was disappointing

JW
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and will always make a visit here when Im in Chicago.

KD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely service but food was nothing special. Truffle bread was ok, Brussels sprouts very good but served cold. Calamari sub par. Pasta dishes were tasty but, again, served barely warm.
I wouldn’t return.

JR
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and most the food was great! My friends had the fettuccine alfredo and they said it was just okay. I had the cacio e pepe and it tasted great but the butter/oil started to seperate.

DK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for our anniversary and our server was excellent. They surprised us with a glass of Prosecco & lemon cookies.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th birthday dinner date

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for dinner and it was great! Authentic Italian food, and a friendly and informed staff. Would definitely recommend!

EA
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Old-Italian vibes, great food, great service. Would recommend and go back. Happy hour deals were outstanding!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food. Excellent service. Owner makes you feel like your family.

TF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First hostess was going to seat us at a table we didn’t want, right at the entrance, we asked for a different table and she seemed perturbed, and wasn’t very friendly. Everyone else was great!!!

RS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with very friendly staff and a cute environment

V
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I have been to il Porcellino a few times and the food never disappoints. The Tuscan cheese bread and crispy burrata are a must. Pasta is fresh and with all highest quality ingredients. The Italian donuts and pistachio gelato are also highly recommended. Cocktails are great, especially the negroni. My only criticism is the service is hit or miss. This visit our wait person was nice enough but talked so fast that we had no idea what she was saying. It was a busy night but it would have been nice to be able to ask a question and understand the answer.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

AT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was really good.
Nice ambience. I would absolutely come back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and so was atmosphere!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation in Chicago

f
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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 on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little cramped, but good!

K
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal as always- great wine suggestions

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
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

P
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went with some friends and enjoyed it overall--good atmosphere and good food, with good service, but our server was kind of a jerk. I don't know if he was having a bad night or what, but he was never friendly, all business, and when we wanted to divide the check after he'd brought it as one check without asking before he printed it, he almost threw it on the table in irritation. So......sorry, but when we're clearly not all family, he should've asked. It soured what would've been a really nice experience.

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.

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