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Il Vicinato Ristorante, Chicago, IL

Il Vicinato Ristorante

4.5
4.5
433 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
IL Vicinato is immersed in the Heart of Chicago’s Little Italy Neighborhood. This authentic piece of Italy is a hidden gem that has passionately created dishes from old world recipes for 40 years. Appetizers are a great start with such favorites as twice Baked Clams, Red Roasted Peppers, and Grilled Octopus. Our signature dishes include Homemade Veal Ravioli’s, Chicken Vesuvio, and Steak Rinaldo that will make your dining experience an event to remember. If you save room, choose from one of our delectable desserts! We have daily specials; some created and named after customers. Our welcoming atmosphere and family orientated staff will make you a “regular.” Customers come from city and suburbs alike to dine with us. Corporate events welcomed. Dishes are plentiful and accompanied by an extensive wine list and full bar. Great stop before United Center, U.S. Cell and Soldier Field. See us at Check Please, and a recent review by CLTV Chicago's Best.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:00 am–8:45 pm Sat 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–7:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 927-5444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Leo Rios

  • Catering

    Vicinato caters every event. Please contact us by calling the restaurant for you next gathering. <br />Email us at: contact@ilvicinatochicago.com<br />

  • Private party facilities

    Vicinato is available to host your next private event. Email us at: contact@ilvicinatochicago.com

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy / University Village

  • Cross street

    24th and Oakley St

  • Parking details

    Valet available over the weekends or Special Events

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 433 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Notable Wine List

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  1. TO

    TheresaO

    Chicago

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and wonderful service.
  2. T

    Tlmdiner

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my all time favorites. Love it! Food is always great and the owner Leo is so nice.
  3. C

    Chicagomommy

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Nice setting, very old school Italian restaurant. parking not difficult and they have valet also. We went for Mother's Day and maybe they were too busy. Pasta was overcooked. Flavors were ok. Clam linguini had a lot of clams, though. Rose creme brulee was delicious. TIramisu was so-so. Staff was nice but didn't note the change in people in reservation (I had called to update). Next time will go to Tufano's.
  4. TB

    TomB

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great old-time Italian restaurant. Good food, good value, good place.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this place with my family! Such a great spot!
  6. T

    Tlmdiner

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this gem of a place. Been coming here since the 1990s and it never disappoints! Great food, welcoming atmosphere and Ben is like family to us. Thanks for a great evening!
  7. HR

    HRCJR1MMC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service slow. Items forgotten. Food brought out after different times for each person for each course
  8. EA

    EstherA

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not sure where to start with this review. First of all, there was only one server and one bus person for the entire restaurant and there were 6 of us. I asked for hot tea and was given Peppermint. When asked for another flavor, such as black or green tea said informed that was all they had. Normally they will either ask which flavor you prefer or bring a variety of teas to choose from but not here. We ordered zucchini for an appetizer and was informed they are out of it, so we had to choose another item. We were not even done eating our appetizers and the bus person(woman) has pulling our plates from under us. We had to inform her on several occasions that we were not done with our entrees yet. She could have at least asked us prior to taking our plates if we were done but she never did. We were not sure if she was doing this on purpose or she didn't speak English because she never said a word to us. I ordered the eggplant parmesan and was disappointed as it was bland and oily. My daughter ordered the linguine with clam sauce and it was spicy but it did not mentioned it anywhere on the menu nor did the server let us know in advance that it was a spicy dish. Needless to say, we will not be returning here. For Italian fare, our go to venue is Tufano's in the University Village neighborhood on Vernon Park Place in Chicago but decided to try some place different since we were celebrating a birthday. We will continue to go there. Much better food and service.
  9. BM

    BobM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Chicago. If you are looking for a great value, service and outstanding food, this is your place.
  10. RB

    RoseB

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very good food, excellent service. Specials were on a TV screen, and not easy to read. Had not been for awhile due to Covid; definitely will go back again soon. Prices on this website are very outdated. Prices in restaurants are double what you see here.
  11. JO

    JilanaO

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, authentic Italian food. Perfect for an early reservation before a show in the loop. My partner had eaten there about a decade ago but I never had, and he said the food was better than he remembered. I want to take friends/family there in the future.
  12. SS

    ScottS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Truly authentic 'old school' ambiance with very attentive service and generous portions of delicious Italian classics and specials!
  13. TM

    TomM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The staff is attentive and the food is delicious. It’s one of our favorite places.
  15. D

    Dina

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food as always! The squid ink seafood fetuccine was amazing. The baked clams are delicious. The staff is nice and courteous. Love this restaurant. Definitely a Chicago gem. Highly recommended.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant!!’
  17. D

    Dobbjgd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was great, the server (Melanie) was also amazing The bar staff stayed open a little late to let us finish our drinks The food was as always amazing
  18. M

    Moose

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since I am originally from this neighborhood, I try to get to Il Vicinato at least once or twice a year as it is "an old friend" to me, just as the neighborhood. The food is authentic and delicious, cooked like my grandmother used to cook. The ravioli was outstanding as well as the polenta. My friend and I enjoyed every mouthful!
  19. b

    bullfan

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great neighborhood restaurant for good Italian dishes. Menu is great for variety. the food is consistently good.
  20. TG

    TimG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was fantastic. Service was great. I had bruschetta to start and shrimp scampi for dinner. Both were excellent. My wife had the filet and she loved it. We shared the antipasto salad. It was all so good, I can’t wait to go back.
  21. Y

    Yeya

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The table was too small for the amount of food we ordered. The waiter was distracted while taking our order
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent!! Service was just ok. I know servers are tough to find at the moment, but for a nice restaurant like this, you really need good wait staff. I’d definitely go back. The food was worth it!
  23. RD

    RichDaniels

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were treating friends to dinner. Once again, IL VINCINATO did not disappoint! Everyone is friendly and courteous and the food is absolutely wonderful! We’re big fans! Rich & Kathy Daniels
  24. MS

    MichaelS

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A long-standing neighborhood restaurant, has changed hands but new owner still providing excellent food and service. The antipasto salad is a must, great to order for the table. Had the fried zucchini app for the first time, was crispy and perfectly cooked zucchini inside. Meat ravioli is off the hook great, also steak rinaldo is my go-to fave. Nice wine selection too at all price points.
  25. t

    trish

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and fabulous, not too pricey. Very friendly staff.
  26. EG

    ElfriG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great!! My wife had been wanting to go for a long time, she loved it. Planning next visit
  27. T

    Tlmdiner

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place. Been coming in since 1996 and it hasn’t lost a beat, even with new owners. Food is great, reasonable prices and excellent quality. Service is attentive and friendly. New owner is very nice and make you feel special. I love that they’re staying true to what makes this place a real gem on the restaurant scene! My only feedback—the LED lights on the wall sconces are too bright at eye level. I’d go back to the original lighting which is really warm and cozy. Just goes better with the style of the restaurant.
  28. D

    Dennis

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The most authentic Italian food in Chicago!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The service is great. People are attentive and nice, but the food was a bit salty and the presentation wasn’t great.
  30. DH

    DonH

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food, great service, overall great restaurant! You will never be disappointed here!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was not tasty at all! Service was poor, food was thrown at us. Salad was dreadful.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster ravioli was insane. Best ravioli I’ve ever had . Please take it off specials and add it to the permanent menu so I can have it next time I come in
  33. N

    Neighbor

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent!
  34. B

    Baldegl

    Chicago

    121 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    They were a little slammed for Fathers' Day so service was a little sluggish. We enjoyed the neighborhood eating outside.
  35. BJ

    BeverlyJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service and the food was great!!!
  36. BM

    BobM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will not find a better Italian restaurant in Chicago.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff and the food is incredible
  38. D

    Danover

    Chicago

    257 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    257 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven't been here for a few years and must report that this visit was much improved. Thanks.
  39. AN

    AndresN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great value for the price, good ambiance. Good service too.
  40. F

    Franman

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I love Il Vicinato! I've been going here for years and so have my best friends. I can never decide on whether to get their chicken vesuvio (specialty) or the Pasta Carbonara...so I get both (half plate of the Carbonara). The Vesuvio takes a little longer to prepare but that's okay, my wife and I never mind. The Carbonara is made the original Roman way: eggs, parmesan, Italian bacon I always finish before her. Service could have been a smidge better, had to hunt for our waitress to pay the bill at the end. Sat outside because it's summer but enjoy the indoor wooden decor.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Vicinato Ristorante using the Order Online button. Il Vicinato Ristorante also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Il Vicinato Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 927-5444.

Il Vicinato Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 433 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Il Vicinato Ristorante

2435 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Additional information

  • Cross street

    24th and Oakley St

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy / University Village

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:00 am–8:45 pm Sat 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–7:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available over the weekends or Special Events

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Leo Rios

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 927-5444

  • Catering

    Vicinato caters every event. Please contact us by calling the restaurant for you next gathering. <br />Email us at: contact@ilvicinatochicago.com<br />

  • Private party facilities

    Vicinato is available to host your next private event. Email us at: contact@ilvicinatochicago.com

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