The Best Italian Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago’s passion for Italian food dates back to the early 20th-century, when immigrants from Italy settled in the city and shared their recipes. Flash forward to today, and Chicago has the third-largest Italian population in America, with hundreds of restaurants to prove it. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You'll find everything from historic spots with treasured family recipes to new restaurants with creative takes on old favorites—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Book a table, and start eating!

Restaurants:Pelago, RPM Italian, Tarantino's
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago, Lincoln Park

Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,640 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
Located in the luxurious Raffaello Hotel in the heart of the city, Pelago is a hidden gem. It puts a modern twist on traditional Northern and Southern Italian pasta and seafood disRead more

RPM Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Chicago
11,498 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
RPM Italian is the real deal. It offers made-from-scratch pasta and authentic dishes that transport patrons to the Old Country. Some aficionados might even say that the food is theRead more
100% recommended
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Tarantino's

$$$$·Italian·
Lincoln Park
521 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
A small restaurant in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Tarantino's exudes a sophisticated vibe and provides unique variations of classic Italian fare. Portions are huge, but they alsRead more
100% recommended
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,703 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The friendly, attentive wait staff at Nonnina doesn’t rush diners, so the eatery is an appropriate selection for a leisurely, relaxing meal. Patrons may choose indoor seating or ouRead more
96% recommended

Via Carducci - Wicker Park

$$$$·Italian·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
322 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
A lively restaurant in the Wicker Park neighborhood, Via Carducci provides a menu filled with rustic Southern Italian classics and some of the best Italian in Chicago. It’s small aRead more
91% recommended
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il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
2,351 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
A casual restaurant in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago, il Porcellino gets high marks on all aspects of the dining experience, including service, ambiance, price, Read more
93% recommended

The Florentine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
967 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
The Florentine, housed in the JW Marriot Hotel, is inviting and beautiful, with Italian photographs, dark furniture, and views of the bustling city. It serves traditional breakfastRead more

Trattoria Gianni

$$$$·Italian·
Lincoln Park
1,420 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Found in the Lincoln Park Theater District, Trattoria Gianni is a place for a meal before or after a play. It takes pride in impeccable, slow-paced service that doesn’t rush dinersRead more
93% recommended
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Francesca's on Chestnut

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,284 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Francesca’s is one of the treasures of the Gold Coast Historic District and a contender for the best Italian in Chicago. It’s elegant and sophisticated, with dark wood paneling; yeRead more
95% recommended
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Café Bionda

$$$$·Italian·
South Loop
1,241 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
A neighborhood restaurant close to McCormick Place, Café Bionda has a welcoming atmosphere and serves portions so huge that diners frequently go home with a doggie bag. Meals startRead more
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Mia Francesca

$$$$·Italian·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
2,472 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
With a quaint, comfortable setting, Mia Francesca serves creative seasonal food that rivals that of pricier restaurants. It’s a favorite spot in the neighborhood surrounding WrigleRead more
97% recommended
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Carmine's Chicago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,026 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Carmine’s is a classy restaurant with romantic terrace seating that is in a prime area for people-watching. It serves enormous portions, making it ideal for diners who like to sharRead more
95% recommended

Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,598 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Where does a Chicago diner go for a slice of paradise? According to an enthusiastic reviewer, this is found at Quartino, a casual, kid-friendly eatery with a festive bistro feel. TRead more
92% recommended

Vivere

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,906 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Another option in the theater district, Vivere is a historic eatery with baroque gold velvet curtains and stained glass, evoking the intoxicating old-world ambiance of Naples or MiRead more
90% recommended
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The Rosebud

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy / University Village
2,806 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
Little Italy is home to this longstanding staple of Italian dining in Chicago that has been in business since the 1970s. The best Italian in Chicago is reflected here in large portRead more
91% recommended
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Saranello's

$$$$·Italian·
Wheeling
4,069 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
It’s worth the drive to Wheeling to dine at Saranello’s because of the exceptional food quality. While the eatery touts itself as Italian, the menu includes other cuisines. Meals sRead more
87% recommended

Disotto

$$$$·Italian·
Highwood
1,051 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
A small Italian cove in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood, Disotto has a warm, cozy environment that makes diners want to linger. The tranquil candle-lit setting enables them to imRead more
98% recommended
Best Value in North Suburbs
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Riccardo Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
241 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Riccardo started his career at a very young age in Milan's prestigious GIRARROSTO which Read more
95% recommended
Italian in Chicago
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Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy / University Village
1,220 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
The staff at Davanti Enoteca on Taylor Street blows diners away with their hospitality and warmth. Highlights of this casual eatery that serves family-style meals include fresh pasRead more
96% recommended
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