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About Il Vicinato Ristorante

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.

2435 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM
Friday -11 AM to 11 PM
Saturday- Noon to 11 PM
Sunday - Noon to 8 PM

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 927-5444

Website:
http://www.ilvicinatochicago.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Il Vicinato Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (6)
Casual (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful veal and great pastas. The service friendly & attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing! As always! The best Italian food and the staff is always great! Thanks for a great dinner!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Outstanding food
Excellent service
Very friendly staff
Chicken vesuvio was to die for

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Local place with amazing food. We go there as potential as possible... and we live an hour away!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love going here when we're in Chicago. Their dinner menu is very dependable and their specials have never disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love this restaurant. The dishes change with the seasons. Their food is creative and delicious. Our favorite is the twice baked clams.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great neighborhood authentic Italian food. Beautiful classic restaurant .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This authentic neighborhood gem is located in a tiny Italian neighborhood around 24th and Western. It is friendly, utterly unpretentious, cozy, and the food is very good basic Italian. The veal filet I had was the best veal I've ever had, done simply with white wine and rosemary. Their pastas are fresh and the wine list is a mix of American and Italian, all well-priced. Definitely worth the twenty minute drive from downtown Chicago.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The beat Egplant Parmigan I have ever had.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This small section of the city where the old school Italian restaurants are is often overlooked. We went for a family birthday. I changed the reservation count several times and they still ready and waiting for us. The food and service was great.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Ben was great as usual. Restaurant is always accommodating to whatever request we have.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent old Little Italy establishment. Service was outstanding. My wife had pasta special with spinach and mushrooms in oil and garlic. Yum. I had the eggplant parm which was prepared un-breaded and grilled. Very good. Healthy (read huge) bread service. Waiter very informative and extremely personable. We'll be back, thank you.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

A solid choice for Italian food in the far western Italian Village neighborhood. Casual, comfortable, easy street parking + valet. Reasonable wine list, daily specials & attentive service.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

One of my favorite spots in all of Little Italy, Il Vicinato never fails to disappoint.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

It was very noisy in the restaurant but the was most gracious and accommodating in reseating us outside.
Service was excellent. Food was delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Been coming here for over 25 years. It never disappoints.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Meet up with old friends at an old favorite that hasn't changed! So nice. Raw clams to sea bass....carbonara to veal were all excellent and ordered family style so all 6 of us at a nice round table got to sample a little of everything. Great, inexpensive wine, rounded out a perfect meal and evening.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The service and the food was excellent. Very efficient. The food and wine options were extensive. I will be returning!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We were a bit disappointed with the food. I found the ravioli very doughy and ok. The zucchini flowers were delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Everything was excellent! The calamari appetizer was superb, as was my eggplant parmiggiana.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Love this place even after multiple visits. Food is the star here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Outstanding, authentic, reasonably-priced Italian cuisine served by friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. An exceptional gem.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Excellent. Party of 5. Everyone left full and happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Clean white tablecloths rule! Earlier this evening this germophobe complained to a manager at a different establishment about placing cutlery directly on the table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Food is great and very consistent. Staff are very helpful and attentive. A neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We went to celebrate my wife's birthday. The wait staff was tremendously attentive and cordial. The owner seemed appreciative of everyone coming into his restaurant. You could tell this was a spot for locals. We parked and saw people leave their homes to dine here. We were able to sample wine prior to buying the bottles. Food was nothing out of the ordinary, but it did not dissappoint. We brought a birthday cake, but next time I will definitely try their desserts!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Love this place... am happy to go there anytime with anyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Unique tastes to familiar dishes. Proper portions and proper reduction so the sauces were not too rich nor bland. The presentation was precise. The service was superb...thank you Juan. You felt like you found out something others don't know. Afternoon to detail while being completely sincere. An air of sophistication in a quaint room. It felt just right.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We had dinner at this locale several years ago and decided to return for Good Friday for fish. The waiter was very informative and helpful to explain menu items and even suggested salmon which was very good. I failed to get the name of the waiter but he served in the bar area. Will definitely return.

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was our first time in. Big portions, tasty food and reasonable prices. We had the gnocchi and veal parmesan, and were even impressed with the dressing on the dinner salad! We had a great experience and will definitely come back! Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Charming old world neighborhood Italian. Quiet enough couples can have a conversation.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 25, 2017

First time visiting this restaurant, and would certainly go back!!!! Great food and service! Perfect for watching the BlackHawks at the bar!! Try it! You'll LOVE IT!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, People Watching, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed the food and the friendly service. We were surprised when we got the bill because we expected it to be more expensive. We got healthy portions and took half of our entrees home.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 12, 2017

My meal was great. I ordered the black fettuccine with shrimp, lobster & scallops. Excellent choice....

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Love Il Vincinato! We celebrated a family birthday. There is something on the menu for everyone. The specials include pasta, fish, and meat options. The baked clams are the best in the city. Wonderful servers.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Il Vicinato has been a favorite of my wife and mine for many years. The chicken vesuvio is truly worth travelling for: the garlic, the olive oil, the flavor explosion, the crispy but tender meat and all for a very affordable price make it an original. But the main reason for our visit was the carbonara, I had been thinking about it for weeks since a friend had mentioned it. Theirs is "authentic": no cream!! I spent a college semester in Rome many years ago when I was first introduced to "real" carbonara: eggs, chunks of pancetta and parmigiano reggiano with spaghetti. Since then it is almost impossible to find here in the U.S. since most restaurants want to "Americanize" it by adding cream. You get the "real" deal here. Yet if one insists on adding cream to it, like any great Italian restaurant they will prepare it for you. In fact if you can describe even vaguely what ingredients you like in your pasta, they will make it. Not too many places will do that for you! Great selection for wine from least to very expensive. Reason for the "very good" instead of overall "outstanding": waiter though very attentive, asked how much I wanted to spend for a red, full bodied wine. I told him around $50 and he came back with a $60 bottle. Sure I could have declined and he did "upsell" me but I felt a little bit on the spot. However, it was delicious! Nevertheless when leaving my wife gently ribbed me on how easily I went over our wine "budget" for the meal. Vicinato is still one of my favorites. Unpretentious and all about the food!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We ordered the breaded zucchini which had almost no flavor. My daughter's spaghetti was super thick tasteless noodles with meatballs that had a very odd texture. I ordered the pasta Arrabiata and it was very heavy and dripping with oil. I could only eat a little because of the heaviness of the dish. It wasn't very spicy either.
The good part was that wait staff was excellent and they have a decent poor on their wine. I was hoping for better based on other reviews.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

When I am in the Chicago area this is my favorite Italian Restaurant. Chicken Vesuvio is excellent.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2017

One of our very favorite places to eat. We drive over an hour to get from our home to this place... it's that good!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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