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Nando Milano Trattoria

4.8
626 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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About

With decades in the family restaurant business, Dario Vullo has brought his family's legacy to the United States to share the great traditions of food in Italy to Chicago with the help of his fiancé and co-owner, Amy Yetasook. Amy is a newly proclaimed Chicagoan and med student studying to become a surgeon.

Executive Chef/brother Alessio Vullo and restaurant namesake Nando (a dignified Italian dachshund) complete the restaurant family. Chef Alessio holds the Vullo family secrets, instructing the team every morning in making fresh pasta, breads, and desserts to the highest Italian standards.

We hope you will stop in and experience our cozy Italian world.

Love, Dario and Amy (owners)
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Monday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday : 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday : 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday : 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday : 4 pm. - 9 p.m.
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Phone number
(773) 486-2636
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alessio Vullo,
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Catering
We offer full menu availability for catering!
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Cross street
Hoyne
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Parking details
City street parking; pay per hour until 9:00 pm.
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Public transit
One city block west of the Blue Line - Division stop, one city block south of the Blue Line - Damen stop
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Nando Milano is my favorite restaurant in all of Chicago. The staff is superb and the food is to die for! I always go to Nando when family or friends are in town, as I love taking them there for the great food and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Can’t wait to come back! Lived in the neighborhood for 2 years now & this was my first experience

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful service, patient, helpful, and yet not in-your-face. I felt like we could take all the time in the world, and that would be fine - and yet I never had to wait when I needed help or attention.
The food was delicious, I really enjoyed the lobster pasta. My dining companions enjoyed their meals as well.
The drinks were delicious. It's nice to find a place that actually has Lillet behind the bar - better still that makes a drink that really uses it well.
The tiramisu was different, but still delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We really love Nando Milano Trattoria. The food is truly authentic Italian - no chicken parm with mostaccoli here! All pasta is handmade, wine options are great, and the desserts are to die for. Especially the panna cotta.

And while this is definitely not an authentic Italian dish, the Caesar salad is the best. Caesar. Ever. Everrrrrrrrr.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Was okay nothing special on the food couldn't hold the sage on a dish and couldn't change the potatoes to something else.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was a wonderful time and the food was outstanding and our waitress was great! Had a fantastic time! :)

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was great and the service was good. The experience wasn’t as great as the last time we were there. The waiter we had before was engaged with the menu vs just taking our order.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Really liked the menu and the food we had was very good. My friend ordered the fish special and it showed up with different veggies than what was stated. When we pointed this out to the waiter, he gave us each a glass of wine for the mistake. A great way to handle a minor mistake. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Last minute reservation for 8:30 on a Saturday, it was crowded but not overly. Food was excellent, service was even better. One of our new favorite Italian places in the city. Had the special fish Sea Bass stuffed with Lobster and it was perfect. Look forward to coming back and trying some of the pasta dishes

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I have been twice now, and I will continue going back. Sonia is an amazing service and so knowledgable about the menu. As a gluten free diner, it can be difficult to find italian restuarants with options. Nando Milano is wonderful for allergy needs.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and ambience. The owner made us feel at home and we cannot wait to go back. The lobster and crab ravioli was excellent.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for restaurant week after viewing menu online and excited and had already picked out my choices. When we arrived it was a different menu with 3 courses (not 4cas advertised) and the dishes I had wanted were not on it. Seafood lovers would LOVE, but I don’t eat seafood so options were limited if doing pre-fix. (So sad gnocchi was taken off)


Highlights
-desserts were awesome (don’t have full choice from menu) cannoli were some of the best I’ve ever had! Table also had gelato and tiramisu which were excellent

-appetizers- recommend arancini and burrata salad

- entrees- ok, options we wanted taken off menu

-service good
-wine great
- would go again and try regular menu. Authentic and good quality meal

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

I would’ve liked for my husbands birthday to be celebrated. I did specify the occasion on my reservation but due to the night being busy, I understood. The food and service was excellent. We will be returning very soon.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Super disappointed, especially in the service, which by the end of the meal was nonexistent. Long, long waits in between courses. Sat us at cramped table right by door. Not impressed.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Great neighborhood Italian place! We went for the first time during restaurant week. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the wine and dinner menu. Great for a date or casual dinner, but the place is actually a lot smaller than I was expecting! If you want to make sure you don't have to wait, I would make a reservation even on a week night.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Not our 1st visit or our last. This is a charming, local establishment with delicious food. Some favorites are the arancini, calamari fritti, pizzaccia, and gnocchi. Yum!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

We enjoyed Nando Milano so much. My husband and I agree it might be the best Italian restaurant we've been to in Chicago. The food is very authentic, and much attention is paid to detail in the recipes the chef has developed. Service is very friendly, though a little slow, although we came on a very busy Monday night during Restaurant Week - so we'll excuse the minor delays. The room is small, and seating is very tight. But the food makes it all worth it.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went here for Restaurant Week. While the food was good, the restaurant pulled the classic bait and switch. The Restaurant Week menu that was posted online showed a 4 course meal, with various options from each course to choose from. When we got to the restaurant the chef had combined two courses into one which was disappointing and made the “deal” not as appealing. Food was good, but again the deal we were expecting didn’t happen.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and wonderful hospitality. Love their cocktail selection and wide range of wines to choose from.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food, wonderful service. We’ll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great vibe, great food, and great people. Luca was a fantastic host. Looking forward to another trip back.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Our experience last night was wonderful! The food was better than expected. So delicious! Our server, Sonia, was great! She had great food recommendations and wine knowledge. Definitely worth going to. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Luca the GM and maître d’ is pure joy. On the advice of friends we let him provide us with dishes of his choosing, and he did not disappoint! The octopus appetizer was maybe one of our favorite dishes of the night, not to be missed. Luca was sure to tell us the history of each dish, and from what area in Italy the dish originated from. We started in Souther Italy, traveled North, then all the way back down to Sicily. Pistachio pana cotta was excellent finish to the meal. We did not have one, but the cannoli at the next table looked amazing also. There is so much love for food and culture here. Not to be missed!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food here was great! In the past we have been to Formato's and Sabatino's and this food was every bit as good. It is hard to compare because Nando's has items on their menu I have never seen anywhere else. We ordered family style, which was a really good idea because we each got to sample each item. Waiter was great. The owner is obviously proud of his place.
Reservation is a must. One of those places I definitely want to go to again.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

This was some of the best Italian food we have ever had. It was such a charming restaurant and the handmade pasta as delicious. Many Italian restaurants will give you too much food that is too heavily salted ... at Nando Milano everything was in perfect proportion. We can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Nando Milano is a great restaurant. Their food is delicious and the ambiance will make you feel like you're sitting at a quaint restaurant in Milan. The dining room is small and if you sit near the door you'll be blasted by cold air in the winter months, so definitely make a request for another table if you don't plan on wearing your coat during dinner.

Great spot for lovely meal with friends or family!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding and very authentic northern Italian food. Staff is friendly and thoughtful. Really great overall night out for dinner.

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3.0Dined on January 9, 2018

noisy, slow service, waited hour for entre, which came out at room temperature

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Great little restaurant with excellent food & service. Very enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

One of my favorites. The food flavors are wonderful and the staff is helpful and fun. Always look forward to my next visit.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Absolutely outstanding experience for my wife and I. We were greeted with the utmost respect and we were promptly seated and met with the specials, wine list, and menus.

Food was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Never disappoints. Food is amazing. Best Italian food in Chicago. Luca and his staff are outstanding.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

This is truly a neighborhood gem. We’ve been dining here for several years, and the food and service is always amazing.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice that it was open on Christmas eve. Worse part was an half hour wait for a very small grilled octopus appetizer that allowed four people a small taste for $20+. Dinner entrees were good and more fairly priced. Small space that was extremely packed and noisy, perhaps because it was one of the few places open on the holiday.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Outstanding! Fantastic food and great service, in a great little restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Fantastic food and service. The Osso Buco and arancini were outstanding. Wanted a cozy and romantic restaurant with Italian food to celebrate the holidays. This was a perfect choice.

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3.0Dined on December 19, 2017

I've eaten here at Nando a couple times before and had a really great experience but this time the food was off, the wait staff was really off and it was just super loud. Not a great experience over all.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

I’ve been to this gem so many times I can’t count. This was a Sunday for a pre-Blackhawks game and the normal crew was replaced by a Sunday Manager, Lauren, who was very accommodating and our waitress, Sonia, who was amazing. I dont Know the last time I’ve experienced better service. The food, as always, was excellent of course.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

This has been our go to spot for date nights since we discovered Nandos. The experience is unparalleled- from the food, to the staff, to the environment.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Luca was lovely as always! One of the best meals we’ve had in Chicago. Highly recommend this great Italian spot!

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