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21 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Pizzeria, Italian
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Hours of operation

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch & Dinner: 11:00am - Close
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Phone number
(312) 944-4340
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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We can cater any type of event from birthdays to business lunches. There is no amount as to how many people we can cater for! For more information to our catering menu visit our website.
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Cross street
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Public transit
We are located just minutes away from the Grand Blue line and the Chicago Brown line stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipMarta (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

Food was excellent, service was fair at best. Would rate it higher had the service been better.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

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.

vipDimple (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

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.

Kevin (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

The pizza was great and the service couldn't have been better. I highly recommend Pranzi for a night out in River North!

Kilk0009 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

Second time having pizza here/first time dining in. The recommendations by server proved to be true! The beer choices were good as well.

vipGoodstuff (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2014

Really enjoyed my food and everyone else's! Great atmosphere too.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2014

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!

vipchidiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2014

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!

vipKlecapit (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

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.

vipYummy (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

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.

crashthedog (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2014

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.

vipLisa (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2014

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!

viptravelpuppy (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

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.

RoseG (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 6, 2014

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.

vipbuckeyegirl (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2014

great thin pizza, pasta delicious, panzerotti (calzone) was amazing. arancini just ok compared to others

vipNoahF (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2014

Great little West-RN bar and restaurant. Good drinks and a good beer list.

mtbdlb (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2014

the food, service and value more than met my expectations for a group of 6 people. will definitely return.

purd2006 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

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.