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 social brunch featuring $3 mimosas and bellinis, or 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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Disappointed in this summer visit. Have had amazing meals during the cooler seasons, menu and service were off. Price value very off. work to do there.
Wonderful meal outdoors in their charming courtyard. We always order the meatball appetizer and they were excellent. Also enjoyed the burrata. The breaded pork chop and the chicken cacciatore were perfectly prepared, delicious.
The outdoor patio in back of the restaurant is delightful on a summer evening. Service was excellent. The appetizer portions are huge and the wine prices are very steep. The tiramisu is outstanding.
Sat outside in the back patio and loved the atmosphere, had a European feel.
The outdoor space is AMAZING.
Was it an off night? It was our anniversary and we were hoping for a special evening. The seating area was perfect. But then things went down hill. It was on the menus but they had no champagne. Then one glass of Prosecco was flat. They did give us another. Our meals were not very hot. We did think that the wait staff was over worked. We had to ask for pepper etc. The coffee was good. We hope it will be better for others.
Sat on the outdoor patio - delightful time. Service was wonderful! Everyone had a delicious meal and we were not rushed. Highly recommend.
We ate outside so the noise level was perfect.
The wait staff was very pleasant.
The new menu seemed a bit limited, and what we ordered was good, but not great.
The prices are high.
It had been 2 or 3 years since we'd been to La Storia & had terrific memories of our meals there. When another couple came in from the suburbs, we thought it would be great to return, being walking distance from home. We were so disappointed! Food & ambiance were fine. But service was incredibly lacking, which negatively influenced the entire evening - & there were very few tables seated, so really no excuse. Our table was watered at the outset - & never again. One in our party wasn't very hungry, so she ordered only the meatball app as her entree, with the Gorgonzola on the side. When the other 3 entrees arrived, hers did not. So we all waited for her meatballs to come before we started. Several minutes passed before we finally flagged down a server (we could not see ours) who said she would check. Meanwhile, the 3 of us were just waiting before we ate, out of politeness. A gentleman came over (we're thinking he must have been the manager on duty) & explained that the Gorgonzola note had not been noticed until the meatballs were done, so the Gorgonzola was included. They caught it & were repreparing the dish. This is understandable - except why didn't someone say something proactively to us so we could begin eating & this guest's expectations could be set properly? Instead, between 5 & 10 minutes passed & the next time we saw our server, it was to inquire if we wanted more drinks. We all ordered another round & it would have been nice if AT LEAST our friend waiting for her meal could have had her glass of wine comped. But we would never ask & it was never offered. These particular friends always request separate checks - they have for as long as we've known them. So the final straw was when there was a mix-up of receipts at the end of the meal. Honestly, what does this crew do during a busy service? As I mentioned, the food was good - but not good enough to come back.
They lost our online reservation so we started at a high top. We ordered a bottle of wine (the cheapest one they had) and an appetizer which costed $85 with tip. Finally we were seated. No one approached us for 45 minutes. Finally we asked for a waitress and they were completely surprised we needed one. 2 hours since arriving they brought one meal and asked if there was anything else for the table. They had forgotten the second meal. We ate separately because of the timing. Horrible experience- will not go back.
Perfect neighborhood gem with tasty food. Very nice ambience and excellent service .
Very very very slow service. Food was meh. Kind of expensive
VERY PRETTY. SERVICE AND FOOD. WERE GREAT!
Love this restaurant. Beautiful decor, and a lovely outdoor space. The food is delicious, and the service was great.
A wonderful evening on the patio
The service was poor. The food was not great.
We used to visit this restaurant & it was a wonderful experience all around. So very disappointed.
I had been wanting to try this place for quite some time. I did not even know that they were having a Grand Re-opening until I received an email stating that for 3 days they would be having special pricing of 50% off. Who could pass that up? Quite honestly, the value of the experience was worth the 50% off pricing. Perhaps with the Grand Re-opening, they are trying to get some things finalized both in terms of cooking and in terms of service.
My friend ordered the special steak and requested it to be cooked Medium. When she received the steak barely at a Medium Rare level she sent it back to be cooked more. No problem. It was a good sized steak and so it would clearly take several minutes to prepare it correctly. When the server came back with the steak, it was indeed cooked properly this time---but here is the odd part, half the steak was now missing! What started out as a good sized steak, turned into a small portion, with no mention of the missing part of the steak (the center piece). We did not complain again and just accepted the fact that what started out as a filet was now a petite filet. Oh well!
The pasta that I had was fine, but nothing out of the ordinary that you could definitely find elsewhere around the city.
All in all a decent meal, but with all the wonderful Italian restaurants in the city, this would not be a go-to spot, particularly at regular prices.
They just did a grand re-opening and went with two of my friends. The meatball appetizer was really good. The burrata came without any bread or crackers. Who wants to eat soft cheese by the spoon? That's right, no one. So we asked for bread and the bread was light, fluffy and delicious. That's where the good ends.
We ordered a strip steak and salmon tar tar for entrees. The steak was cooked perfectly, but had literally no seasoning on the steak or the veggies that accompanied the dish. There was also a ton of fat still attached to the steak that should have been removed. The quality of the salmon wasn't bad, but again, it lacked any flavor. There was no lemon, no salt, no acid of any sort except for a couple of capers. And lastly, DO NOT GET THE FRIED PASTRY DESSERT. It tasted like stinky curdled cheese foot in your mouth. It was gnarly. GNARLY. The olive oil cake was delicious. We spoke to the manager and he was very gracious and appreciated the feedback. The waitress was barely there. I'd wait until they iron out the kinks before going there. You'll thank me later. And for the love of god, do not order the fried cheese pastry dessert.
Good food but lots of mixups with the waiter who forgot two dishes
Awesome! Really great dinner all around.
Love this spot! Outdoor seating was so lovely...food was delicious...service very friendly!
Our server was very friendly! Food was great! Hostess could accommodate the outside seating requested!
Portion of large spaghetti dinner was just horrible and unfair. I feel totally used. I respectfully brought it to the attention of server and management and they did absolutely nothing. Will discourage all not to go to this restaurant and get ripped off.
The food was incredible though our waiter would disappear for extended periods. I’d give 5 stars but the waitstaff/bus boys responsible for refilling our waters, kept touching the edge of the bottle to the rims of our glasses, followed by the next table then the next, then the next.
Good environment, but waiter was pushy on what we should order. Overall three stars. Food was small serving for the price
The ambiance was excellent as well as the wait staff. We ordered grilled octopus, gnocchi, pappardelle, porchetta, asparagus, and tiramisu. The asparagus and tiramisu were delicious. The gnocchi and pappardelle were good. The octopus was extremely fishy and the porchetta was dry, extremely fatty with very little crisp char. It honestly tasted like pork tastes when it’s reheated.
The staff and atmosphere are why I’m rating it 3 stars. I am fine paying money for a delicious meal but based on the quality of food for the price, it did not hit the mark.
everything was outstanding and we look forward to returning soon. I knew nothing about the restaurant before making the reservation but we went because it was near the theater.
This was the 4th time I’ve been to La Storia, and it was the first time the food was way below standards. Entrees were very dry and lacked much seasoning. Surprising because every other time I’ve been there I really enjoyed it. Perhaps it was just a bad night
Eh was unimpressed. My mom sent back her dish.
Great meal, excellent service.
The only problem was when the manager came up and said that our $100.00 gift card which was given to us by a close friend would only be worth $50 maximum because they changed gift card vendors and there was some problems finding the true value of the card. He did his best to explain it but the reality is it’s not my problem that their vendor has a problem. He was apologetic and gave us a discount but they need to fix the problem with the gift cards. I didn’t use the card and expect it to be worth its full value next time I go there.
Can't wait to visit La Storia again! Everything about this place is fantastic!
The ambience was good and so were the appetizers but three out of the four entree choices at our table were underwhelming. The service was warm but spotty
Everything was perfect!
We enjoyed the experience of visiting a classic, elegant, big-city Italian restaurant. Swanky ambience, attentive service and delicious, well-portioned food.
My parents and I had a wonderful dinner at LaStoria, which is a great neighborhood restaurant for the Gold Coast. The menu has an array of options, the food was delicious and our service was delightful. We will definitely be going back.
Pretty loud when we went but didn't detract from the amazing quality of the food. While it can be expensive I didn't feel that I was getting ripped off. Definitely one of the "higher end" restaurants that I plan on returning to.
If money were not an issue I would be a regular!
It was not a busy evening but we still seated all the way to back by the bathroom. Very unpleasant! Food is nothing to write home about! Will not go back!
One of the better Italian restaurants in Chicago, best whole Branzino I've had in a while! Homemade pasta was great! Loved the ambiance of the restaurant- fun yet old school italian!! We will definitely be back!
Loved it, we had the best time ever!! Was recommended by a bartender at the hotel we were staying at. Great staff, wonderful food and they let me peek in the kitchen which was spotless.
First of all I tried to get a 4:30 reservation and I could only get 4:45,when we arrived there was only one other table and when we left 2 hours later there was only one other table. Our server Evo was very friendly but we soon realized he was all about rushing us, I have NO reason why it was empty. They had a special early bird menu for drinks and appetizers. We asked about a bottle of Rose’and he was kind of saying a Rose’ wasn’t available and it wasn’t really a Rose’ we still ordered it and it was delicious. I loved the fact that he kept it chilled on ice. We then ordered two appetizer specials grilled octopus which was delicious and meatballs which were very spicy but I love spice so they were delicious well. They also serve individual warm focaccia bread with a beautiful cheese spread. We then felt rushed Evo kept asking if we want to order entree and we just wanted to relax and I said @ you took our menus away” he apologized and brought them to us. We then ordered a beet salad and he said sorry beets are not available maybe tomorrow ??? That doesn’t do us any good. So we ordered the Kale it was super salty potentially had a great taste but very salty. I ordered the risotto and my male friend ordered half an order if Pappradella and Evo said no you are a big man you need a full order. My friend said no I want a half . He said the pasta was delicious and my risotto was very watery not like a good creamy risotto and it had so much fresh thyme it was overwhelming. So then Evo brought what we thought was a dessert menu but it was the check, when he returned to take it we said “ no dessert menu “? He said oh I thought you were full because you didn’t finish your food and you wanted a smaller portion. He was very apologetic and said he felt bad. The final was the bill came and I saw that we were not charged the $7 appetizer price for our two appetizers and when I asked he said “ there was two of you so I ordered the full portion”. I felt he was upchargjng us.