La Zingara

4.5
68 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Zingara Trattoria is one of the most iconic Italian restaurants in the area. Serving authentic italian food in the Chicago NW area for the last 25 years. Family traditions are our inspiration. Please make us part of yours!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 68 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the outdoor heated igloo and really enjoyed the quiet, cozy atmosphere. The service was EXCELLENT and the food was plentiful and delicious!

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FranK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience great food highly recommend Even durning COVID. Go.

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vipRalf
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very nice place. They make great lemon drop martinis. Service is a little slow however it provides you lots of time to talk. My wife and i like to eat at the bar. We order matinia and appetizers for our meal. The grilled calamari is excellent as is the grill shrimp. I had the beet salad this time and it was very good. Pizzas are great as well. There is usually no wait for a table and i never have problems getting a reservation. Overall worth checking the place out.

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vipAnnW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! It has been years since I have been to this place and luckily had the opportunity to stop by and dine in. The interior is newly updated with a nice bar and a unique wine display made from pipe fittings. The service from Irena and Jesus was impeccable. They almost customized each of our entrees from the appetizer, salad, risotto and dessert. The food was so nicely seasoned and flavorful. This will definitely become a regular place for the service alone. Outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want authentic Italian food this is the place! The food is amazing and the service is outstanding. This is an all around authentic experience from the service to the taste of the food. Highly recommend dining here. You won’t be disappointed.

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vipFrankD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food and service! Very reasonable prices. We will return with friends.

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chantelleb
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great - delicious food, good service and a pleasant dining room. Will definitely go back to LaZingara

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. Will definitely go back again.

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Lao1
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely dinner. Wonderful food, great out door dinning, wonderful music!!!

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vipJodi
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music on patio

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MikeM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service. I highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

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MikeM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant. Everything is made from scratch. Their food is better than many well known Italian restaurants.

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vipPatti
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner and as always, yummy food!

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vipLeeS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time here. Food and service were very good. Great prices. Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Valentines day contributed, but waited 45 minutes despite having reservation. Service was poor , and numerous delays and order mistakes turned it into crazy 2.5-3 hours. Left before desert due to crazy time,, Food ok, not great,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The soups were fantastic.

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CasualDiner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great! Enjoyed the portabello appetizer. The recommended wine was spot on. The entrees were very good. Tiramisu was delicious. Service was a little crazy as the place was packed for Valentine’s Day and new owner was caught a bit off guard. But overall the experience was exceptionally positive and I’d encourage others to give this local restaurant a try!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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vipMrudavis
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent! Our first time here, and we will definitely be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The atmosphere is a wonderful, no-rush experience, and the food is always fantastic

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vipPatti
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious 😋 food!

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DebbieW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Wine was very good also. Great fresh and soft/crispy bread sticks.

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SharonP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful evening at this unsuspecting restaurant. The staff was very friendly, the food was really good and the company was all the best. We will go back for sure.

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vipJohn
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the perfect low-key date night out type of Restaraunt.
Both the service and food were very good.
We really enjoyed the penne pasta in vodka sauce. The bread was fresh and drinks served promptly.
We really enjoyed this place and would definitely come back!

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vipThomas
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great, classic Italian food with excellent service. Has the feel and experience of a neighborhood restaurant, and it’s always consistent. Thanks for a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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vipPatti
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this quiet Italian restaurant! Food is excellent always.

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vipThomas
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great.

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ToddG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very Good Food. We really enjoyed everything we tried, from Lasagna to Chicken Parmigiana and Risotto. Will definitely be going back.

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TimT
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Solid food in a nice setting. Service was very friendly, but not terribly attentive. If you have the time, it's a nice relaxed pace. Ordered a Negroni, and they didn't seem to know what it was (strange for an Italian restaurant).

Opentable showed very limited reservation slots, but the restaurant was less than 25% full.

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barbn
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and they have a nice selection on their menu. We had to ask for a wine menu, which I thought was unusual for an Italian restaurant. I would have thought they would automatically given you a wine menu. I wanted the veal dish but the menu didnt say if it came with a side. I asked our server if it came with pasta or anything and he said no, just the veal but you get a soup or salad with the dinner. I ordered it anyways. When my meal was served I got string beans with it, which I really didn't want because I already had my veggie when I had a salad. I would rather have had a little angel hair pasta instead. They had four servers for such a small place and some of them looked like they couldn't handle their tables. Our server was good and efficient, but there was a young couple that came in and sat at the table next to us who had a terrible server. They asked their server for a wine menu and when she brought the wine menu she looked at their ID's. Then she didn't come back to take their drink order for 30 minutes and they placed their food order at the same time. Fifteen minutes later their server brought them their appetizer and but still hadn't brought the wine. Now it's been 45 minutes that they waited for a drink. I would have walked out if I was them. By this time we left because we were done eating. I don't know when they got their drinks. We had to wait 45 minutes for our entree so I'm sure the young couple had to wait just as long, if not longer because of their server. I don't think I'll be returning to this restaurant. There's plenty of other good Italian restaurants in the area.

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Bill
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good. A nice local place. Not enough staffing to properly service customers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. The ambiance has a New York Italian neighborhood feel from 65.70 years ago which made the dining experience that much more enjoyable. I recommend the baked oysters for the appetizers, simply delicious. For the entree try the veal medallions. The food and service was very good. Also a great wine selection.

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vipDinerTom
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent in every way except too long between courses.

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vipDiscerningDiner
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were looking for a new restaurant and stumbled upon this one. Glad we did. This is a classic old-school type of restaurant with really good food. I'm surprised it wasn't busier on a Saturday night. Two of us had different veal items, and each was terrific. One of us had risotto, which could have used a bit more taste but had good texture. Both desserts we ordered were great. The wine list is very limited but the Valpolicella I had was quite good. And, you can't beat the price for this quality. If you want a low key restaurant with solid food, this is a good place to try.

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Bill
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow, but the food was worth the wait.

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AGC974
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Zingara, great food, wonderful atmosphere, very special place!

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vipMichelleS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice server, authentic Italian restaurant

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Bill
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice place to get a great meal. Service was warm and friendly. Food was excellent. Nice to have a regular go to place!

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vipWeekend
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a hidden neighborhood gem. Great food, great service and a nice atmosphere. We will return soon.

FAQs

La Zingara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 398-3700.

La Zingara is rated 4.5 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.