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
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was baller

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there (first with the kids). Nice place. Great food and service. Would recommend this restaurant for any and all occasions.

LP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 5 and all entrees were delicious. Affordable prices and very pleasant atmosphere. Out server was very attentive and answered all our questions. I highly recommend it!

JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for my daughters 16th bday. There werw 6 of us. They treated her like a queen. And even gave her house made icecream with a candle. Food was great! Hisband loved his vodca cream sauce pasta, salmon was amazing. Fetticinni was a little bland, very creamy, needed more seasoning. Ravioli dish was on the smaller side. Service was 100%.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The environment was quiet enough for us to talk.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Carbonara was the worst ever. Pasta was overcooked and tasted like it was just in water. Yuck

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of my colleagues does not identify as a female and our server called us “ladies” at least 6 times in a matter of 1 minute. Pronouns don’t need to be asked, but those assumptions shouldn’t be made either. Referring to a table as “ladies” isn’t necessary.

EF
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Porcellino continues to be outstanding. I have review it a number of times, so there is little new excpet for the specials.

I could cut the "36-hour pork chop Parmesan" with a fork. The lemon meringue pie, which is being
considered as a new addition to the menu is the perfect light finish if you have a heavy entree.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Normally whenever I come here, I have a great experience and the food is amazing, but the food came up short this visit. The sauce in the linguine pasta with white clam sauce was very runny, the grilled calamari was under-seasoned, and the Tuscan cheese bread seemed a bit stale. Service was also slow on this day, but still outstanding - and made sure we had everything we needed and even provided us a free dessert for our friends birthday.

TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only comment, I would add a traditional Italian antipasto i.e. meats, selection of cheese, olives etc and branzino. Then 5 stars across the board.

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine with an authentic Italian feel! Definitely coming back to this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We absolutely love it here! Great food, service, and atmosphere! Would definitely recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was amazing but the food was not as flavorful as I was expecting!

TI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food was delicious! For the meatballs, brussels, gnocchi and rigatoni vodka

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We came to il Porcellino for my birthday dinner because it’s one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. As always, the food was absolutely amazing. The service was slightly sub-par this time. The server was a bit slow and forgetful. (We asked for a few things that never came.) Otherwise, the evening was perfect.

m
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. The restaurant got very busy but was not too loud. The wait staff were excellent.

MA
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this old style Italian restaurant. Great ambiance, décor, very kind and engaging staff, professional and knowledgeable regarding their menu, love the music. The bar is great.

EL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our experience. Food was amazing, our waiter was outstanding and the ambiance was just right. Will definitely be back!

AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I chose this restaurant for because they serve Cacio de Pepe and it received very good reviews. Cacio de Pepe is my favorite Italian dish and recently had it in Rome at four different restaurants. Il Porcellino's version has very little flavor and there was watery liquid at the bottom of the bowl. There was very little cheese used in the dish. My friend had a beef dish with red sauce. It was ok, not great. The fettuccine alfredo was the best of the three entrees ordered at our table. The cheese break was very good.

R
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met family our out of town family in Chicago for a fun weekend, and I strongly recommended this restaurant!

As usual, the service and the food (salmon, artichoke, shrimp scampi) was excellent, and we’re already planning another visit.

Salud!

SN
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific and the atmosphere was fun. Our server was pleasant, knowledgeable and very helpful. All her recommendations were spot on.

NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was the first time we have eaten at Il Porcellino and we really enjoyed it, mainly because we could actually hear the dinner conversation! It wasn't too loud and the background music was great! 50's, 60's music! The food was delicious so we will be back!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great classic Italian American food. If you are not in the mood for pasta, try the 36 Hour Pork Chop Parmesan. So tender and delicious! The Cheese bread is delicious as well. Great atmosphere and very attentive friendly service.

AM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved this place! Super great ambiance and wonderful food. Make sure to get the garlic loaf when you come.

R
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

il Porcellino was a fantastic experience! The restaurant has an inviting vibe, terrific staff, and outstanding Italian cuisine. Reservations are highly recommended as it fills up quickly during the dinner hours. Our server Mario was exceptional! Very personable and extremely knowledgeable regarding the menu and drink selections. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid and consistent. Very good

R
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years eve

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great way to break in the New Year!

BR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great dining experience at Il Porcellino! We could only get a 4:15 reservation due to New Year’s Eve and wanted to be within walking distance of the Nederlander Theater. It was our first time at this restaurant. We were greeted immediately and seated by our server, Christine. She was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Our dinner consisted of delicious cocktails, an appetizer of fried burrata, and scrumptious garlic bread, followed by “36 hour baked pork chops,” linguini with clam sauce, and shrimp scampi with spinach. All dishes were beautifully prepared with fresh ingredients and amazing flavor! We finished our meal by sharing a Spumoni (the best I have ever had) and a white peach sorbetto (tasted just like fresh peaches)! The prices were reasonable and the ambiance was perfect! We will be back!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing, probably the best server ever. The food was great. The fried calamari melts in your mouth.

DT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I’ve ever had in Chicago! The homemade garlic bread and lasagna are a must have!!

PW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always. Try the Tuscan cheese bread as an appetizer.

OT
Monterrey
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, you can go for a family dinner or to have drinks with friends as well.

j
Indiana
50 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

s
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the ambiance.

BR
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we visited this restaurant. The service was ice again fantastic and the food was outstanding. I would describe the atmosphere as very homey. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes authentic Italian fare. Try the meatballs. They are to die for.

SB
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered too much food! My husband ordered the Lasagna. It was Awesome!!!! I sampled it and it was the best Lasagna I ever had. I got Gnocchi. It was good but not my best. Wished I ordered Lasagna. Appetizers were good. Calamari and cheese bread. My daughter loved the Caesar Salad and Fettuccine.

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Il Porcellino for dinner on our Chicago vacation. It was a fantastic experience and we will highly recommend the restaurant to our friends and will return when back in town. The Italian food was delicious, the service was attentive and top-notch. The restaurant is warm and inviting. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for the best Italian food in the Windy City!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience here with family! We had the Tuscan cheese bread and fried calamari to start- delicious! Each of us had a different type of dish and cocktail. Outstanding and attentive service. Would recommend and come back again!

PJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A return visit. I’m afraid that my entree wasn’t as enjoyable as my choice on previous visits. But I’ll visit again.

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