Pranzi brings something a bit different than the typical Italian places in Chicago’s River North area. Classic is great, but innovations can make for something truly special. The elevated dining space can seat up to 150 people making it a great place to hit after work with coworkers, clients or your family.
The décor at Pranzi is quite handsome with custom chandeliers and a “Rat Pack” feel – you might even hear a Sinatra song while enjoying a signature shot or drink special at the bar. Plenty of things on the menu are going to tempt you, but the most popular is the double D pizza, a unique pizza with two layers of crispy dough with a stuffing of mozzarella, Italian beef, giardiniera peppers and sauce. It is easy to see why Pranzi has been a Chicago favorite for over 25 years.
Delicious food. Great entertainment with jazz singer Toni Callahan and others. Nice find for a special night out. Pizzas and pasta are tasty. Highly recommend.
Food was excellent, service was fair at best. Would rate it higher had the service been better.
The food was great. We loved the pizza. The service was also great. Good bartenders and waiters. They were both very helpful about what to order. The band was great too, just a little too loud.
I went on Valentine's Day. They had live music and tasteful decorations. The food was outstanding. It had a great, cozy, warm but modern atmosphere. Next time I would try having a drink first at the bar too, which the bar looked nice.
I thought the atmosphere was very cute. But will not be returning due to the "eh" food and service. I got the octopus pasta (the pasta was good, but the octopus was way too big and firm. Ended up chucking most of the meat and just eating the penne). My husband got a thin crust pizza, which was ok. The gnocchi was good -- light and flavorful. The tiramisu was all cream and very disappointing.
The pizza was great and the service couldn't have been better. I highly recommend Pranzi for a night out in River North!
Second time having pizza here/first time dining in. The recommendations by server proved to be true! The beer choices were good as well.
Really enjoyed my food and everyone else's! Great atmosphere too.
So welcoming! The hostesses and bartenders were great! Such nice people. A very slow night- hardly anyone there- but the bartender took great care of us- gave us an app and dessert on the house! Food was average, and I would probably go back, but they need to do some advertising or something so people know about it. It's hidden down the street and maybe some ads would bring people in? Good luck to them!
Nice place. The food was great. Big portions for a decent price. I highly recommend the veal parmigiana. We enjoyed the music video screen which featured Dean Martin performing every other song along with a good mix of standards, soul, and rock & roll in between. Also a number of other screens showing college football games, all while we were chowing down on good italian food and sipping on wine. Can't beat that. We will definetly be back to Pranzi!
5 of us at here on Friday night. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced, especially for river north. Great outdoor dining as well. Would definitely recommend.
I was in the mood for bruschetta-that was great! The marinara sauce on my pasta tasted like it came out of a can. The pizza was decent but nothing to rave about. The waiter and owner were nice and accommodating for a group. Live music on a Friday which was very nice but in a small restaurant, very loud. Not sure if I'd return.
Great location, with sexy bones, but underwhelming as a whole. Service was generally terrible, as the wait staff argued over which of them had to take our table - the rest were grouped around the tv while the loser trudged over. Drinks took forever in spite of there only being here tables occupied, and some drinks were forgotten. Food was passable, but nothing outstanding - a couple of the pasta dishes were really overcooked. I won't be back - there are too many other solid options in the area. Given the cool space they had to work with here, an opportunity lost, really.
We came upon Pranzi by accident and really liked it!! Food was very good...especially for the price!! Big portions! Service, and atmosphere topped it off!!
we'll be back!
We had Mellissa pick our pizza she had 2 picked so the bartender decide on which one, I don't remember the name of it (double pizza) it was great and the salad was huge and very good. It's a great place we walked from our hotel on Wacker so it was a nice walk in a place that you wouldn't even know it was there. It was worth the trip. The drinks were great.
We didn't have reservations to start with once leaving our convention, so my party of 5 were starving. It was prime dinner time so everything was packed in the location we were plus there was an hour(+) wait.
So, I get on my OpenTable app and lo and behold Pranzi pops up. I always read reviews and menu prior to booking. The reviews were good and they didn't have a wait. We show up and it was rather quiet but it turns out we missed the late dinner crowd. Our waitress was very nice and made suggestions for us to order 2 pizzas and appetizers. The salads and apps arrived shortly afterwards. My group was VERY happy with the quality of food and ambiance.
great thin pizza, pasta delicious, panzerotti (calzone) was amazing. arancini just ok compared to others
Great little West-RN bar and restaurant. Good drinks and a good beer list.
the food, service and value more than met my expectations for a group of 6 people. will definitely return.
Our waiter recommended we get two medium pizzas for four of us to share. After we order, on his recommendation, one thin and one stuffed crust, we couldn't believe how large the medium was. We asked our waiter what he was thinking after recommending two mediums for four people, and he replied with 'well you ordered it'. Not to mention the food was barely warm when we received it. It was also so loud we could barely hear each other speak and our table was directly behind another table and there was no room between us an the next table of guests. Although the food was alright, we will not be going back.