Enoteca Roma

4.6
401 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to our Ristorante!

Our menu is based on classic dishes that we experienced in people"s homes in Italy. Some are family recipes and others we learned by cooking with friends back home in Roma.

This menu is structured for either a classic or family style "tasting" dining experience, depending on what mood you're in! No matter which way you dine we do encourage you to share and to try each other's dishes.

I hope you enjoy the simple ingredient combinations and taste the spirit of Rome in Chicago. Always remember that if you've had something here before and you don't see it on the menu, just ask. If we can make it for you we will.

Buon Appetito!

~Fabio & Letizia Sorano
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Mon,Tues, Wed and Thursday: 4:30PM- 11:00PM

Friday - Saturday: 4:30PM - 12:00AM
Sundays 4:00PM to 930
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Phone number
(773) 772-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fabio Sorano
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Catering
Catering is available for groups of 12 or more. please contact Chef directly at fsorano@gmail.com
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Cross street
Leavitt St.
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Parking details
There is plenty of neighborhood parking available surrounding our restaurant.
VALET PArking is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
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Public transit
Division and Leavitt, Damen Blue Line
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Entertainment
Thursdays after 7pm hear some gypsy jazz on our sidewalk patio!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 10:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Wed 4:30PM - 5:45PM 10:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri 4:30PM - 5:15PM

What 401 People Are Saying
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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. Worth the trip. Delicious food! Everything was wonderful!

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S
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the back yard dining area! The food is always fabulous- best polenta Bolognese111 The servers and the owner are really nice and very helpful. I have nothing but praise and I come in from Arlington Heights into the city to eat there!

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

I specifically requested a table in the main bar area because the bakery side of the restaurant has a very odd ambiance. I was seated in the bakery. The server was rushed and never even asked us if we wanted drinks before she was asking us to order food. I had to ask her if there were any specials. This is one of my favorite Italian places in the city, but I will never eat there again if I get seated in the bakery side. Also, why is this place playing top 40 music instead of sometime casual and Italian? Regrettable dining experience in an otherwise reliable place.

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VH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite restaurant. Am a repeat patron ... and will continue to frequent this restaurant. One of the joys living in the city is to try new restaurants at every occasion. However, this restaurant is so sensational -- need to continue to frequent it so I can try every dish on the menu ... and then come back for more!

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LT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but service was very slow. Server had tables all over restaurant. My friend had a piece. Of plastic in bruschetta.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service. A nice casual Italian restaurant.

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely quiet large dining garden in the back. There is also outside seating in the front by the street but why? Food was authentic and we all also wanting to try what others had ordered. All entree's were great. Our Italian waiter was friendly and helpful.

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ML
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. The panna cotta was a disappointment ... bland.

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RH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our sons send off to College and the back Garden was the perfect location. Server was excellent, food was spectacular, ambiance was perfect. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m not sure if the outdoor patio gets mentioned much. It should - it’s wonderful! Food is great. Most of the bottles of wine are affordable.

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VH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot rave enough about this restaurant. Was supposed to meet a friend there, but she had an emergency. Looked around, saw the fabulous dishes being served, the lovely cozy environment, decided to stay and have dinner by myself. So very glad I did. It was absolutely wonderful, the owner personally visited with all the diners, the food was unbelievably delicious (I had the cod), the server was super friendly.
Highly highly highly recommend this restaurant, and cannot wait to return. Indeed, will be making a reservation soon to celebrate my mother's and nephew's birthdays this month.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

food was so very mediocre. Their Roman pizza was nothing more than a pieces of thick bread with toppings that weren't even baked in. Pasta was tasteless. In a city with so many great options this is not one if them.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves authentic Italian food and it is wonderful! The outdoor patio is inviting and comfortable, just perfect for a summer evening in Chicago. I highly recommend Enoteca Roma to anyone who is in search of a quality Italian dining experience.

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

Daily specials, handmade pasta, wine list. Need I say more?

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Enoteca Roma used to be one of our favorite spots in the neighborhood and we always raved about the food and service to our friends. Tonight was our daughter’s 7th birthday and she requested this restaurant since she celebrated her 6th birthday here last year. The kitchen made her a delicious take on carbonara (her favorite). However, the special with papperdelle and seafood was fishy and salty. I didn’t eat it and didn’t expect it to be taken off of our bill. I did think that having noted that it was our daughter’s birthday on our reservation notes that the restaurant would have at least said happy birthday or sent out a dessert like last year. We are disappointed with our experience and with the other Italian restaurants in our neighborhood (Tocco, Via Carducci, Nando Milano) we will not be back. It’s disappointing because I wanted this to be a birthday tradition for my daughter.

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B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the most innovative menu. Creative in a playful and interesting way, without being fussy or frilly. Food is great and a really enjoyable experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Extremely loud/ drunk family party going on all around us in the small dining area. Constant children running into our seat and drunk adults yelling at them and each other while standing in our small personal space. Food was good but could not be enjoyed because of the ambience.

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DO
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Food was outstanding. Great hidden outdoor patio that made you feel like you were no longer in the city.

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. However, I used a gift card to pay for our meal, telling them to add 20% tip..they were not sure how to do it. That was ok with me because between the three of them they figured it out. The problem that arose was probably my own fault for not Checking my gift card balance until I got home, but they had somehow mistakenly deducted to much from the card. It was an honest mistake
Because it did cause confusion, but I think you might want to show them how to do this.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live downtown Chicago so go out a lot. Pleasantly surprised with very nice garden dining in the back of the restaurant. Lots of people so knew the food would be good. Had the special - Asparagus Ravioli - it was great. Everyone liked what they chose. Very authentic Italian. Bread was so-so but olive oil was the real thing. We will for sure go back.

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TM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed by Enoteca, from food to wine to waitstaff they are amazing. We have been coming for years and it is a special place. A first date, an office party or just a place to meet friends, this is where u want to go. The food is home made, from pasta to gnocchi, fresh fish to wonderful deserts, you will find it here.

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SS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and an amazing patio. I will be going back!

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Back patio feels like any trattoria in Italy. Authentic pasta to match. Quiet, neighborhood gem that always makes us feel welcome. And give the Pollentaria a try. Creamy & smooth; served tableside. Mmmmmm.

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CF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

As an Italian from Bologna I am sorry to say that this restaurant was a disappointment. I had been here 10 years ago and liked it but things have sadly changed. The gnocchi had chunks of mozzarella on it (fresh, not melted, not clear why, I've never seen that in Italy) and when we asked for Parmigiano (we had to ask) we received the jar of stale cheese that cheap pizzerias have. The Montepulciano wine was chalky, we didn't even finish it. Ah, and I had tried to impress my friend by bringing her here! She told me she doesn't believe I'm an authentic Italian since I chose this disappointing restaurant. :(

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JT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was great - would try everything on it! The bruschetta flight was amazing - brilliant idea. Atmosphere was nice - quiet dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waiter seemed very rushed and impatient but the food was very good. The back courtyard is very charming.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the hidden surprise is the quaint outdoor patio garden. Fantastic bruscetta - try them all. Friendly staff, allowed us to enjoy the evening without a rush.

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a
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

bruschetta plate was good! pork gnocchi was only ok

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s
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only is the food here great and authentic, but the staff go out of their way to be pleasant and welcoming. Our server Ferhan was wonderful, smiling, happy, informative. We had the Pizza Ostia Antica (tomatoes, prosciutto, goat cheese and arugula), which was delicious and that was followed by the Giovanna pasta (spicy marinara, eggplant, basil and burrata with spaghetti - wonderful flavor); the pan-seared cod with lemon, tomatoes, spinach and potatoes and the chicken with lemon and rosemary, mushrooms and broccolini - both fabulous. Wine is very reasonable by the glass. Fehran then suggested the trip of panna cotta for a light dessert, and we agreed. Three tiny ramekins: the caramel and the chocolate were not bad, but the mixed berries was tasteless. I mentioned this to Fehran and asked to sub out one of the other flavors - she came back with a large piece of tiramisu! That's what I'm talkin' about! Service! Thank you for a great meal!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was solid, and they have a nice back patio for the summer!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The gnocchi is awesome! I would eat it again in a heartbeat!

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OT
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always the best. Take friends who have never been there. Love the dragona pizza and venison bolognese on creamy polenta. Everything is wonderful. Great garden in the back.

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L
Birmingham
71 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service.

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Appetizers excellent, main course ok, kind of skimpy and cold, but tasty. Service excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knowledgeable and friendly staff with some of the better Italian I have had in Chicago.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was incredible, as always. The seating is a little cramped, but it is worth it for the food. The service was a little slow this time, but overall very well done.

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DS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Enoteca Roma was so delicious! I could tell simply by reading the menu that this place looked authentic and it was. The bruschetta was great and I loved how it came in a flight of 5 so that you could pick which ones you wanted. There were 5 people in my groups so that worked out perfectly! The caprese salad was one of the best I've had! The gnocchi was amazing and melted in your mouth! My mom had a special pasta made with fettuchini and vegetables and it was outstanding! They were also very accommodating to her. My husband asked if they could do chicken marsala instead of veal and they did. It was fantastic, as well! Overall Enoteca Roma is one of my new favorite Italian restaurants. We will absolutely be back!

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

They quickly addressed a food allergy mistake that was made on my order, despite being informed of the allergies. It was brought to their attention and handled immediately, and they apologized for the mistake. I was asking for an item off the menu (my fave dish they no longer have on the menu), so I wasn’t about to make a big deal out of it. I was grateful that I was able to enjoy my meal afterwards, catch up with my friend, and make new ones with the table next to us. That’s what it’s all about.

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l
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d never had the chance to visit Enoteca Roma before. It was a perfect, cozy spot on a rainy Friday night to catch up with a friend! Loved the bruschetta flight.....loved all our choices but my favorites were the spicy raspberry jam with Brie and the carmelized onion and Gorgonzola. We split the beet salad which was delish and the risotto with prosciutto and Parmesan. Super friendly service! Very hospitable owner/chef! Can’t wait to go back!

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