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Pizzeria da Nella

4.4
190 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-friendly

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About

Deep dish is as authentically Chicago as Lake Shore Drive traffic, but in the past few years, Neapolitan-style pizza has given it a run for its money. A big reason for its popularity is the pies at Spacca Napoli, a Ravenswood restaurant that opened in 2006 with pies by Nella Grassano, a Naples native who started baking in her family's pizzeria when she was just 12 years old.
After leaving Spacca Napoli in 2007, Grassano reappeared briefly at Nella Pizzeria Napoletana before that restaurant closed. Now, Grassano is back (hopefully for good this time) at her own Lincoln Park restaurant, Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pizzeria, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday:Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: Lunch: 11:00am- 4:00pm
Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: Lunch: 11am- 4pm
Dinner: 4pm- 10 pm
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Phone number
(773) 281-6600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Janssen Ave
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

One of the best pizza in Chicago. Italian beers complete the meal in a perfect way!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

My Italian family had a delicious meal after Sunday morning Mass. We have 8 adults and 5 children and the staff welcomed us and accommodated all of our needs. The restaurants was quiet and the food was delicious!! The bar was beautiful with views of the pizza ovens. I will definitely return! Perhaps to celebrate my birthday with friends or a date night with my love.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Great pizza and menu in general. The kids love their pizzas in the shape of bunnies. The outdoor garden is comfy and inviting. Service is very good. The worst I can say is that the interior decorating is a bit sparse.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Once you've had pizza in Naples Italy..... so hard to duplicate.
Don't get me wrong- the pizza was fairly tasty just not what my palate was hoping for

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Very good Neapolitan pizza and an extensive menu of Italian food. Nice outdoor patio, definitely worth visit.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Delicious food and lovely service, we will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2017

We eat often at Da Nella and we have brought friends there with us who like it too. Da Nella has an extensive menu as well as the famous pizza. We live in the neighborhood and we often stop in for dinner after a movie at Facet's, for instance. The host is affable and the food is authentic. The patio is lovely in summer. What's not to love?

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

A fun, casual spot with fantastic outdoor dining in the adjacent courtyard. Service is a little uneven- they delivered the wrong pizza twice. However, the quality of the crust makes up for any frustration. It is slightly charred, bubbly, and yeasty. Salads are fresh and delicious. Drinks are great. The tartufo afogato is heavenly.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

The white pizzas are creative, delicious, and reasonably priced. Negroni was perfect. Server was a sweetheart

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2017

The pizza is great. If you sit outside be prepared to have your ankles chewed by some kind of ankle biting bug.
Seems like a popular spot for families with small children, some extremely well behaved others an absolute nightmare with zero parental oversight or input on bad behaviour. Who gives toddlers a pizza cutting wheel to play with and then does nothing when the kids start fighting with it.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2017

My octopus was truly horrible and the server was just too weird!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Before I went Gluten free this was the place to get authentic Neopolitan pizza. Now that I eat Gluten free I ordered the salmon which came on a bed of sautéed spinach over a lemony Parmesan sauce. The salmon was just ok. I would not drive here for the salmon. However my party shared the meatballs which were outstanding! I'm sure they were not entirely Gluten free but the meatballs didn't come as a sandwich- just meat balls and a delicious tomato sauce. My dining companions comments were: If you are a fan of Neopolitan pizza run, don't walk - you will love Nella's pizza!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Above average, Neapolitan style pizza. The staff was friendly but overly aggressive. At some point having a staff person ask you every three minutes if you're still working on your pizza goes from helpful and attentive to annoying and disruptive - especially when it's hours before closing time and no one is waiting for a table. That point was reached fairly early on.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

We walked up here when the wait was too long at the nearby famous deep dish spot. Very glad we did!

Stuffed pizza was unique and delicious. Staff clearly takes great pride in the quality of the food. Service was friendly and attentive.

I will make it a point to return here sometime.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2017

Friendly staff, great suggestions, food great, will go again & again.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

The best Neapolitan pizza I've had in Chicago! A great salad too, and a nice casual setting.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Always a great option and very kid friendly. We go there as a family and recently took my daughter and friends for a birthday lunch. Very attentive & great food.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Great food and great service! We had a very nice family dinner!

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Extremely disappointing! Made reservation but restaurant sat on first come first serve basis (why do Open Table?) and offered the bar as only option. Server had us use our bread dish for our shared appetizer and then was expecting us to use it again for our pizza and was visibly offended when we asked for clean plates for our pizza. Food was traditional Baples pizza and was fine but service was understaffed and left much to be satisfactory. Next to the bar was a group of 12 brownie scouts whose parents left them on their own while they sat elsewhere. Needless to say the noise was excessive and the ambiance was lacking.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Service was very poor and pizza wasn't that great.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2017

I had a great experiencing hosting my son's baptism reception in their private dining space upstairs. The private dining space is truly a Hidden Gem. I was first introduced to their restaurant when I worked as the ED for the Lydia Smith Sickle Cell foundation and its founder Robert. Frank, Da Nella's manager, was courteous and gracious to accommodate my last minute request for their private room upon my realization they had one. Both my guests and I were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the space is especially considering I did not have enough time to do a site visit for that particular space prior to the event. Yet, I shouldn'the have been surprised because the upstairs was in keeping with the bright inviting ambiance of the main dining level below. The food was very good. Even an Italian family friend who makes her own meals from scratch said she was pleased in spite of her discerning palate. My only suggestion would be to request an additional server for a party of my size (nearly 25 people). While our server Ricardo did a great job, and we did come a little bit early, there was an adjustment phase regarding the pace of our service upon our arrival. Still, they did an excellent job and I would definitely recommend them to others. I look forward to trying their outdoor patio when the weather warms up!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Only bad side is that they do not take American Express!!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

We absolutely love this place. The pizza is amazing, and they have so many options. The staff are always very knowledgeable and attentive. We try to frequent here as much as we can when we're in the mood for pizza.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

This is the second year in a row that we have had dinner here after attending the lights at the zoo kick off. The servers are very knowledgeable and very friendly. We were with a bunch of kids and this place is very kid friendly. They make pizzas specifically for them such as nemo or Mickey Mouse. This isn't your standard Chicago pizza which makes it a nice change. There are so many different special options and they are all so good. The waiter was very helpful and was a pleasant addition to our evening. I highly recommend this place for the food, service and price. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2016

Excellent restaurant with tasty food and attentive service. Have been coming here for business meals for the past couple of years. This dining occasion was also for business. The only drawback was that the restaurant had a large children's party spread over several tables, which made the room almost intolerably noisy. I could barely hear my business guest, who was sitting just across from me! Fortunately, the large party left about 45 minutes into our meal and the noise level diminished significantly. Still, I think the restaurant management should rethink booking those kinds of parties, since there is no separate room to accommodate them. I understand it generates valuable business, but it comes at the expense of other diners in the large open space. That said, I must emphasize how much I really like coming to the restaurant and will most certainly be back. I'll just be a little more on the lookout for gaggles of screaming children!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Pizza was outstanding- service great and my husband loved the Italian beer selections. Definitely going back! Great place to take your De Paul kids when visiting!

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2016

Always new creative fantastic chef specials

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2016

Our group tried four different pizzas and each one was delicious (albeit, the crust of the pizza with the most ingredients was a little too soft ). Ingredients are fresh and very tasty. Service was terrific---and our waiter was quite thoughtful about the timing of our additional pizza to go. Looking forward to going back and exploring more of the menu---if we can stop ordering the pizzas.

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2016

We had been here before and the service is kind of odd. It doesnt seem like the staff knows anything about the food. This was our second visit and the service was terrible. We waited over 40 minutes for entrees and no apology or contriteness. Then 2 of us got our meals and the other two people waited another 10 minutes. And we had pastas - not too complicated. 2 people askd for another drink and this took at least 15 minutes and we had to ask twice. And then he brought 3 drinks.

I asked the owner for a spoon and this took about 5 minutes. I am not sure why simple requests took so much time. I know the couple we brought here will never come back.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2016

A group of 7 eating outside on their patio with a reservation on a Sunday night. It was perfect.

Service was outstanding. Food was awesome. Value was great. A real gem. Would go back in a second.

Other members of the group were skeptical at first on why we were travelling out of our River North base. They all loved it and would also go back.

A winner.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Pizza was really good. Our waitress, Sara, was amazing and the main reason we would go back.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2016

Good food, sweet patio, and friendly staff ... Thank you

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2016

Just love this place for a casual family affair - we generally go with our little ones and eat on the patio while they play under the tree. The wait staff is really nice and very attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

Hidden gem - love this place and our waiter Ricardo!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Very good customer service! Very attentive and genuinely wanted us to enjoy our experience. Patio looked inviting but we ate inside because it was so hot out. Will go back.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Pizza is very tasty! Just know that the crust is soft like it is in Naples, Italy or even New York. Salads were all delicious - we had three different kinds. Cannolis are very good, too.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Celebrated my husband's 30th birthday here with friends and family. Staff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. Food and drinks were delicious! Would recommend to others and will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Really nice evening with friends eating and having a few glasses of wine in the beautiful courtyard .

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

Excellent restaurant. Closest to real Sicilian pizza in Chicago. Very kid friendly. Great service

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2016

Best neopolitan pizza! Great salads and the Nutella dessert pizza kids love

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