Il Vicinato Ristorante

4.5
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366 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and staff a must try restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The server didn’t take us seriously, acting as if we wouldn’t have the money to pay for the meal. It took forever to get water so we just left.

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vipDebbie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, it’s under new ownership, and the new service leaves much to be desired.This is our second visit under the new owners and the service has not improved much at all. We may return because the food is outstanding .But service has so much impact on total dining experience . So disappointed .

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vipJanee
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE THE POLENTA!!

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, old Italian feel. Intimate dining room, with the option to dine in the bar as well. My family has been coming here for decades, kids and adults, we all love this place. Food has always been outstanding, friendly, experienced servers. Could not give it higher marks.

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TinaM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great variety of dishes and appetizers. All served quickly. Our server explained all of the questions we had very pleasantly. I"ll definitely be back!

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JeremyK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice old school traditional Italian. Really friendly servers, delicious lobster ravioli.

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JohnW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly and attentive service, always a pleasure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

New owners and not good. Food cold and I had to send back twice.. I had to tell bartender how to make a drink...Easy and popular drink.. This was a favorite for a long time. Will not return...☹️

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have been here several times in last few years. Always enjoy it. The food is always delicious. Specials are always hard to decide which to choose. Great basic Italian food. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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sdboy
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While in Chicago we wanted to experience some good Italian cuisine and also get out of the tourist areas. This place was an awesome find! The asparagus and shrimp risotto was fantastic and so were our fish entrees. Our waitress was very engaging and fun to converse with. Next time we are in Chicago you can bet we will go back.

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Looper69
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Il Vicinato is one of the small venue Italian restaurants in Chicago. Vibrant bar scene is great for opener cocktails. Dining room is a little loud, but very friendly. Good menu with daily specials. Everyone agreed our entres were outstanding. Service was exceptional. Had the feeling of a family run restaurant.
I hadn't been here for awhile, but will get back soon.

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MonicaI
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

I really want to give Il Vicinato 5 stars, however the service was beyond slow and not good. It's a great neighborhood type of place and very authentic. The food was delicious and the portions were generous without being exaggerated. However, we went on a busy Saturday night. We made a reservation for 4 for 6:30pm on OpenTable, we arrived at 6:15pm, the host said they didn't have our reservation and tried to blame it on OpenTable, but since I had my text confirm, I showed him and were seated promptly. This was a sign of things to come . . . We sat there for about 30 minutes, without a drink order taken, without menus, without so much as a hello. We patiently waited and they finally took our drink order. Another half hour later they took our food order, 30 minutes after that we finally got our food. No follow up, no questions about what else they could get us. Thank goodness for the bus boy who pretty much acted as our waiter for the evening. We ended up finishing our dinner, requested espresso from the bus boy and left a little after 8:30. I don't mind having a long dinner when you're there enjoying yourself, but the length of this dinner was determined by a lack of service. With that being said, we were the lucky ones, there was a couple next to us, who left before they ever got any food and a 4 top opposite of us who only got appetizers and they had been there since 5:30! The waitress was apologetic and nice about it, but it just wasn't enough to make me want to go again. Lastly, I was annoyed at the fact that there was a rather large table in the back who aside from being obnoxiously loud, seemed to get a lot of attention and their food much more timely than anyone else (I think they must have known the owner, because the red carpet was rolled out for them, but no one else). Good food, bad, bad service.

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vipAnneS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian cuisine....the best scallops I’ve ever had.
My only complaint.....few of the desserts listed on the specials board were available.

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BillS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

I just wish our waiter checked up on us more frequently. Also, the bar with sports n the TV took away from the ambiance. Otherwise, I really liked it!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food!!! Great service!

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vipPracticallyPerfect
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, as always. Is there a better veal limone in the city? No! And the service is attentive, friendly, courteous and helpful. Love this place!

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zelda
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, as usual! We have never been disappointed here.

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vipLeokat
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great nostalgic restaurant. Staff was friendly and welcoming.

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JamesB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. My favorite restaurant in Chicago to bring my out of town guests.

Never changes here — doesn’t need to, either!

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vipKathleenH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is awesome. Authentic Italian food. Great service as well.

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Moose
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We meet only 2 times a year and always come home to my roots as I was raised in this neighborhood. Il Vicinato has always been my favorite restaurant. We had a great time and will be back again!

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NanK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband commented that the minestrone soup was one of the best he has ever had. We both enjoyed our meals of pasta, marinara, and sausage. It was a long drive for us but we weren't disappointed.

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vipjgy1
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, reasonably priced, excellent service! Great bread sticks!

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vipElizabethB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food is very consistently good. Nice neighborhood place!

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vipKathleenM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food.

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Amtoc
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Vicinato is always one of our favorites. The food, the people - everything is always amazing!

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, charming, and delicious this place is a complete hidden gem.

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Done
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall old school Italian restaurant with high quality food at a fair price. A little challenging to get there from Lincoln Park and there is construction on Western but all in all it was a quality experience. I will be back!

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JudyM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to relax and enjoy a good Italian meal.

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Naga
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. Great food and service. Cannot go wrong with any selection, but the antipasto salad and the gnocchi are to die for. Do not say no to the bread basket, just don't, it's a carb cheaters dream.

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vipaudibon
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For perfect Italian food you can’t go wrong here. Always have one of The specials Drinks are well made. Staff are friendly gracious and proficient. Just good old world Italian ambiance

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vipDebbie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. There are unique and flavorful dishes. There are always specials that one can choose.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dining experience, as always. Our entrees were sensational..truly homemade goodness. Service was attentive, friendly. A great place in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood.

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kimberlyo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Great Proportions! Great value! Great Service!

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vipPracticallyPerfect
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always love coming to this place... a real gem in the heart of a real Chicago neighborhood!

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RonnieO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very good meal with attentive service. Very casual with savory classics.

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vipIgnored
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great stuffed clams and Manicotti. The cannolis are some of the best I’ve ever had. But the Osso Bucco was awful. A tasteless over cooked stew mess. Service always great.

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artzy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food but we never got our salad. Portions are smaller than they used to be. Otherwise, great.

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Il Vicinato Ristorante does offer 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 366 OpenTable diners.

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