La Storia

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432 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Michelin recommended, La Storia is a genuine Italian experience where guests share in the rich culture of the Italian table. Join us in Chicago’s historic gold coast neighborhood and enjoy faithful renditions of beloved regional dishes including Pappardelle, Whole-Roasted Branzino. Indulge in our specialty handcrafted pastas, made in house, daily in the Sardinian style.

La Storia welcomes guests into a warm and intimate atmosphere filled with red banquettes and anchored by famed political caricaturist, Edward Sorel’s, murals featuring the figures who make up Chicago’s vibrant history. In the warmer months, join us in our idyllic garden courtyard for a cozy dinner with loved ones underneath the twinkling market lights. La Storia offers a setting for all occasions - whether you’re planning a date night for two or a gathering for 50.

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4.2
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vipLizw
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing
From
Start
To
Finish.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best italian restaurants in chicago burrata pasta meat amazing thanks im come back sure

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal meal! How can you beat a beautiful interior, attentive service, and authentic Italian cuisine??? We started with the vitello tonnato, something I always order if it’s on the menu, and this was perfect. Salty, meaty, lots of texture! For the mains, I had the orecchiette with sausage and I’m still craving seconds, my wife had the pork shoulder- it was so tender. We both licked our plates clean. Best was the dessert- dark chocolate soufflé- it took a little time honestly, but you can tell it was baked to order. The manager (I think it was the manager) brought us over house made limoncello for the wait, it was a total surprise! well definitely be back !!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance, great service, food average , prices too high

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vipNolagam
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We honored our confirmed reservation, confirmation#34777, Saturday Feb. 22 at 12.00 P.m. The restaurant was closed! Fortunately we were received warmly at Chicago Q next door and had a great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tuna and immigrant Pinot were fabulous.

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maria
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Visited this lovely restaurant for Valentine's dinner. Service was great and the food tasty. The ravioli, funghi risotto and branzino were great. The olive oil cake was a bit disappointing with too much cake batter, but a glass of Dom Perignon made up for that. With tables so close to each other it was not the most romantic, intimate setting but it was still enjoyable. Will come back and would recommend.

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ScottP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Valentine's day special 2020 was really mediocre. I was actually irritated because initially I thought it was $110 per person when it was actually $110 per couple. Would have paid more for better food.

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Cyrill
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

gnocchi was amazing, I would definitely come back to try other dishes

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vipBeezer
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, love Evo’s service. Good was amazing. Great wine list.

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Chicago
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Great service. Great experience.

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RodgerS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have been better!

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vipBunny
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was not impressed with La Storia, at least based on this first experience. It has been recommended by friends, and otherwise is rated highly. But it was lackluster to me. Our waiter was not "with it," in my opinion: he didn't seem attentive and didn't check up on us except to take an order or deliver the food or pour wine. There was confusion about one of the guest's entree and the bill was not adjusted for this. I ordered a salad and entree; both were delivered at the same time. The food itself was lackluster -- the descriptions on the menu were not matched by the actual food; flavours were not vibrant or interesting, portions were not consistent with the price.

I was going to use my right to give a lower tip, but a 20% service was added automatically because we were a group of eight.

There are many great restaurants in Chicago. I have many "go back" places; La Storia is not one of them.

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Mimi
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

There were six of us for dinner on New Year’s Eve. We had a lovely quiet table on the second floor, very nice. I had the lamb shank with lentils. The lentils were very good but the lamb was tough. My friend had the Seabass and it was delicious! Wish I had ordered that. Very stingy with the bread also.The service was fine, but we were served so quickly we didn’t really have time to relax and enjoy our wine and converse. Would probably not recommend although the experience was not bad.

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Deni
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

with my daughter . very nice . food good . great wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

This was our second time dining here. We made a last minute Christmas Eve reservation. Our first time dining here was a couple years ago. The service was terrible. We decided to give it another try because the food was good and the atmosphere was very nice and our options were limited. However, this was our last visit. The waitress was beyond slow. We had to ask her several times for drinks. We asked the hostess for the specials and she went to get our waitress who had to go ask someone else because she forgot. We even complained to management and nothing was removed from our bill.they also do not make any menu alterations, like sautéed calamari instead of friend or swapping out a vegetable for another. There are so many restaurants in Chicago. We recommend dining elsewhere.

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AnthonyK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant restaurant housed in a former residence. Went here on a Saturday night. Was busy but not overly loud so we could still have a conversation. The service was great and the food was excellent as well.

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MargaretS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Delicious food.
Wonderful service.

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vipMatthewHeimark
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

In our neighborhood. The food is good and they have a reasonable wine selection. Service is usually excellent, but our server tonight was horrible. We’ll give another try.

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vipClaireG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Storia is one of the best gems in the neighborhood!

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vipGoldCoastFoodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The cauliflower side dish was flavorless, the lobster pasta dish had hardly any lobster and the meat pasta dish was OK for a basic Italian restaurant but not special enough for the price.

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vipLarryderm
Philadelphia
292 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Disappointing evening. While the appetizers were ok, the main course pastas were gummy and one of them was inedible. To the management's credit, the pasta charges were removed from the bill.

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vipAlfredW
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very pleasant experience. Our server was outstanding, and the food was quite good. Would definitely return.

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MichaelM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was not great and certainly not as high as the ratings on line would indicate.
Eggplant Ravioli over drenched in mediocre red sauce. Veal chop in thick breaded coating that detracted rather than added. Pasta appetizers we ordered were OK but nothing special.

Party of 5 all had same opinion of their meals - fair at best and disappointing.

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vipChicagofrequentguest
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is a sad story of a new chef (and maybe owners?) and a new menu taking the restaurant in a negative direction. This was once one of our favorite places to dine in the area. It had an interesting and well,executed menu with superb food and service. Sadly they recently replaced their chef and changed the menu, and not for the better. Food is now heavy handed, service is indifferent and they lost their Michelin recommended status. Our most recent meal (and most likely out last one here), was very disappointing.

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vipPC60
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We planned to stop in for drinks but stayed for dinner. It was rather early, 5:30 pm, and there was only one other diner in the dining room. So it was very quiet. The pasta bolognese and linguini with clams were both delicious. There was a nice selection of wines by the glass, but some were a but pricey. Overall it was a very nice evening with delicious food and good service.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the food, wine and dessert.

KB
vipKolmanB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Went in Sat night with a party of 5. Overall experience was fair at BEST. Server was very nice, but aloof with service. Constantly asking for more water and pouring our own wine. Given appetizer sided plates to eat our family style main courses. Special risotto was one of the better dishes, but overall very fair for the rest of the dishes. In a town with so much amazing Italian I won't be returning and neither should you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very disappointed. I am Italian and food here was nowhere near expectations.

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NicoleH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The pasta was good but the service was so slow and waitress was not attentive.

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vipsoapfoodie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My sister and I came for the marathon special of which you could choose from a list of 4 dishes of pasta or risotto then got unlimited servings of whatever you chose for $22. Sounds too good to be true right? It was. I got the penne option with red sauce + the sauce was very sweet, my sister got the spinach pasta with chicken that was crispy.. yuck. Then the waiter took our plates away + asked if we wanted more so we said yes and weirdly he came back with our check so we paid and sat there waiting for our next dish. It’s partly our fault for not saying something soobwr but after 15 mins the waiter asked if he could get us anything else and we were dumbfounded.. yes? Our other dish we just ordered. Somehow he was not even informed of the special so he thought we were kidding? It took a while for him to come back to check in with us and we were 1 of 3 tables.. We eventually got our 2nd dish and it was not very good again but we waited so long now we were still very hungry. I wish we had a better experience but it seemed like the staff didn’t care to try at all since it was a slow monday night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Seemed odd that they were out of the Chianti Classico by the glass at $13. The server offered a substitute wine without indicating that the price was $6 more.

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MitchellH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food lovely room great service and certainly we will be back in the future soon.

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vipGoldcoastResident
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our server was very nice. We were surprised that the menu had summer food options (lots of seafood) and hadn't really transitioned to fall items (squash blossoms, pumpkin).They were out of the wine I ordered, but I did get to try a sample of a similar wine before confirming a switch to that one. The servings sizes were great. My favorite dish out of all of the one we tried was the Spinach Tagliatelle Bolognese. I would visit again if the menu was updated.

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vipKLZWright
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT SERVICE, FOOD, AND AMBIENCE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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vipKarebair
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday party

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vipsandrar
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This used to be one of our favorite places in the summertime. The food quality has really declined. Beautiful setting. Subpar food

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PegD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor garden is lovely. Service was great. Food was delicious. One person was really looking forward to the stuffed squid and found out after ordering that it was not available. Interesting since it was a Monday evening and the restaurant was not very busy.

MB
MichaelB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! We absolutely loved everything about La Storia!!!

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La Storia does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Storia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 915-5950.

La Storia is rated 4.2 stars by 432 OpenTable diners.

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