Nonna Silvias Trattoria and Pizzeria

4.4
589 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Nonna Silvia's is a popular neighborhood restaurant nestled between Park Ridge and Edison Park. Family owned for nearly 17 years, Chefs Steve & John have been cooking authentic, regional Italian cuisine (from central Italy) since opening the restaurant. Inspired by and named after their grandmother, Silvia Giannini, Nonna Silvia's offers homemade pastas, fresh seafood, specialty pizzas, and a choice selection of local, Midwestern meats. We feature a collection of more than 60 wines (many of our wines are award-winning, Wine Spectator rated) from all over the world as well as craft beer and signature cocktails. Our restaurant has a warm and intimate Tuscan ambiance and a popular outdoor patio. Come and join us for a memorable meal and experience!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Seafood, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 292-9970
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steven Marti & John Giannini
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Catering
Go to www.nonnasilvias.com for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Talcott
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
589 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
59%
Very Good
32%
Good
6%
Fair
1%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all fantastic and made even more special by the surprise birthday dessert.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Very good food and service. Seemed pricey for what we were served. However, the noise level was outrageous. No one in our party of four could hear each other speak. We won't return.

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CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food! Nice atmosphere. Large wine list. Will go back again and recommend to others.

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L
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a table of eight, which included three small kids. Our server was Gabriella, and she was outstanding! The food was very good, several had fish, pasta, and the pizza was terrific!! My only thought would be the bread basket was a little boring, and although it was averages we went thru three baskets! Our waitress was outstanding!!
Will definitely return!!

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w
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and creative, yet not overly fussy, cocktails. Highly recommend the Swiss chard fettuccine and the Ruby Slipper drink (if you like grapefruit juice). Plus attentive service. A comfortable neighborhood place that is equally good for a special outing.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating Father's Day, we decided to go to Nonna Silvias to have a nice Italian meal. With my husband liking pizza, and being Father's Day, that is what he ordered. We have had their pizza's before so our daughter and I ordered pasta from the specials. It was very good and had plenty for leftovers the next day. This is a nice neighborhood type of restaurant and we definitely will be back again.

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m
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The evening we had dinner here, the restaurant was very busy, especially the outdoor tables. Consequently, the staff seemed very rushed, and service was slow. We waited over 30 minutes for two entrees. Usually the staff are very attentive, but it appears that they were short-staffed for the number of customers being served.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Homemade pasta was delicious! Service very friendly!

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a piece of plastic in our pizza. The entire staff worked to make it right for us. They were attentive, caring, and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend Nonna Silvia’s to a friend, and I myself would go back.

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L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Four of us met here for an early dinner on a Saturday, and enjoyed the evening very much. However, as the restaurant filled up, it became much noisier. Noise is NOT an asset which the review form claims is "energetic." We will return, being sure to come around 5 pm.

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BS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I found this place using TripAdviser. The food was great. Our waiter offered to have the chef prepare food to our liking or to prepare something that was not on the menu. The restaurant was a little noisy even though it was not extremely crowded. Our waiter was very funny and engaging. Overall, I would highly recommend Nonna Silvias.

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TP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very personable and efficient. He definitely added to our dining experience.

We missed their octopus special which we usually order but the PeI mussels made up for it.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh and service is top notch. Great for business meals, date night or casual dinner.

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the food and the neighborhood. Seems like the prices have gone way up though.

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice restaurant however we were rushed by waitperson- just sat down and asked what we would like. She came back quickly and asked again.

Bus people want to take plates away with 3/4 of meal still on plates - what’s the hurry the place has many open tables.

Again nice place but too rushed to enjoy the birthday meal.

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CP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Nonna Silvia's with my family for years as my mom lives the next neighborhood over. Their grilled octopus is delicious and there's something for everyone on the menu. I highly recommend the filet medallions and the sapore di mare. They are happy to accommodate any allergies or make minor changes/substitutions to your dish. The wine selection is great and the waitstaff is ALWAYS friendly, attentive and accommodating. Definitely get the authentic Italian tiramisu for dessert...if you've saved room for it that is!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I celebrated my Birthday there. Our server was fabulous. She made our dining experience exceptional with her expertise suggestions.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always high quality food and the service team was very attentive. We have never had a bad experience. It’s our go-to casual Italian restaurant.

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MM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Holly was super! Professional, efficient and just the right level of friendly!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always! Delicious food!!

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O
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We have been going here since before my husband and I were married. Always have great service and great food. Love Rachel the server! She has remembered our favorite apps, and wine since day 1. She also is the best at making recommendations.

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NR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you LOVE Italian food, you will LOVE Nonna's! Always fresh, delicious and satisfying!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Sunday for Mother’s Day and had such a wonderful experience! Nice service ....delicious food! Price is ok! We will definitely come back!

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CC
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have seen this restaurant for years and just never tried it out until this past Saturday. The food was wonderful. Service was excellent. A local treasure! My wife and I had a great time!

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food great service ......................that is everything I look for and they delivered

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BO
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the outdoor dining option on a warm May evening. The street can be a bit noisy at times, but the patio has a relaxing mid-western aura. The menu was excellent, although it had yet to be converted from Winter to Spring/Summer. I had the sauteed whitefish filet with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Very nice! Definitely would recommend it for a casual evening out.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful restaurant! We went there for a birthday celebration and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I highly recommend the Pollo Veneta (chicken medallions, spinach, shitake mushrooms, and sun dried tomatoes in a delicious sauce). Others raved about the pumpkin ravioli in another wonderful sauce.

Our servers were so welcoming and friendly! We really enjoyed the meal from start to finish. And, I let them know when I made the reservation that this was a birthday and they brought out a yummy chocolate brownie with ice cream and a candle at the end of the meal. We even sang.

I would choose this restaurant any day over some of the pricier and less welcoming restaurants in the area. It is a white linen napkin kind of place without being cold or stuffy. Excellent!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It wasn’t bad it wasn’t great either. I wanted to try the restaurant based on the excellent reviews. It is simple and clean with decent food and average service.

The people seem nice enough but it took forever to get a beverage, another long wait for a dessert menu...multiple attempts at getting a hold of the server who had forgotten about us even though it wasn’t crowded ... small portions for the price and location. Only one dessert option.

I doubt I will be returning for a second visit.

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c
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice, friendly spot to meet after work for good food and friendly service. It gets loud but wait staff is engaged and everyone is enjoying themselves. Delicious Brussels sprouts shaved salad with bacon was unexpected but tasty. Always love their pizza.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner was great. We have 3 noisy babies with us, and they didn't seem to mind at all. Very accommodating

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going here for several years. Always make it a special occasion with friends as well. Food is always tasteful and outstanding. Service has never let us down. Carl is always on top of everything for the table and adds some humor. Highly recommend.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I was a little disappointed that I made it clear we were there for my wifes birthday & there was basically no acknowledgement of it. It won't deter me from coming back, but probably not for a special occasion.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service, we come here a lot & it's one of the best in the area.

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My mom and I were visiting Chicago from Boston, staying in Rosemont. We were taking Uber so we wanted something fairly close to our hotel. Nonna Silvia’s was within a few miles and had great reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed . The restaurant was busy which is always a good sign. The ambiance was great. As soon as we sat down and got settled, a waitstaff brought us water and a fresh loaf of Italian bread with oil. I got the pollo Arosto. Serving size was generous, presentation very good and it was full of flavor. My mother got the Rotolo. The taste was great, especially the cream sauce. However, the presentation was not the most appealing. Just two big logs of pasta with a peachy/pinky cream sauce poured all over it. Some fresh basil sprinkled over the top would have helped. If you can get past the presentation you will enjoy the meal. Overall we really enjoyed our visit and recommend this restaurant.

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PP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful experience. Would definitely go back. I had the lasagna and it was expertly prepared. Homemade noodles and just the right amount of layers/sauce/cheese in every bite. The calamari appetizer is also a winner.

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DN
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been here before and every I'm here, it's pretty noisy - but I'm pretty sensitive to noise and there was a large group sitting fairly close to us and we had a group of 5. They should not put two larger groups near each other otherwise you get a lot of loud talking in one area.

I had the mussels appetizer as a main meal and it was mediocre at best - kind of fishy tasting. The bread was good and the special beet salad was excellent.

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m
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a friends get-together! The food and service are always excellent! The pastas, special entrees, and appetizers always delicious.

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BP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here was very friendly and prompt. Gabrielle (?) provided details about the entrees and wines that were helpful. The atmosphere on a Saturday around 5 was low key and comfortable. Food, especially the pastas, were excellent, very fresh with tasty sauces. We had a wonderful evening.

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SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good wine. If you go earlier, you will see children. Less kids after 6:30. We went on a Sunday eve and they were a little understaffed. Hopefully not always and may have been an off night. Our waitress was smiling though and happy to bring us what we needed when we got to her.

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OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Outstanding food. I mean excellent. Ambiance was so so, seemed to be short staffed, so waiting for drinks when we first arrived was a bit long. The noise level was quite uncomfortable. Would go back, but only because of the food quality.

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