Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.01mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.13mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.01mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.13mi

About Fornetto Mei - Flame Baked Pizza & Trattoria

Located between Michigan Ave & Rush St, Fornetto Mei is a Gold Coast gem offering a cozy & intimate atmosphere with authentic Italian dishes in an elegant venue. The décor conveys the classic elegance & grace of European style, with all the warmth & hospitality of the Midwest. Fornetto Mei offers fine dining with consistently delectable food accompanied by personalized service.

Visit us after a busy day of shopping on the Magnificent Mile or sightseeing around Chicago. NOTE: Visit our sister restaurant Mei's Corner serving Asian small plates located at 101 E. Delaware Place.

105 E Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am,
Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue & Rush Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 573-6301

Website:
http://www.thewhitehallhotel.com/dining/fornetto-mei

Catering:
Full restaurant menu and catering menu. Contact Jamie Gonzalez, Sales & Catering Manager, 312-573-6209 or jgonzalez@thewhitehallhotel.com

Parking Details:
Valet parking: $15.00 for the first three hours.

Public Transit:
Bus 151 or Chicago Avenue, Red Line, Subway: Chicago Ave & State St

Executive Chef:
Steven Greske

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Full Catering Events, contact Jamie Gonzalez, Sales & Catering Manager, 312-573-6209 or jgonzalez@thewhitehallhotel.com

Private Dining

Fornetto Mei offers a variety of unique and intimate private dining options - from our cozy Whitehall Place Lounge to our glass-enclosed Atrium and special event space on our second floor. Our dedicated Special Events Team will assist you in executing a flawless and memorable event.

Fornetto Mei - Flame Baked Pizza & Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

3.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.6

value

3.2

Noise

Quiet

50% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sort by
S
251 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

They accepted the reservation but informed me upon arrival that the kitchen was closed. The whole point in using the app was to find food nearby when I arrived late on a flight to ORD.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The Seafood Risotto was divine! The shrimp and scallops were perfectly cooked and the the flavor was excellent. The Ceasar salad was a pleasant surprise. The dressing was not cream based but very light and flavorful. I truly enjoyed this meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent food fired pizza in an old world setting

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Nice atmosphere

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Our server, Solomon, was excellent. He served my husband and I in the bar and then moved us over to the restaurant for our dinner with friends. he did a great job.

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The service was excellent, but the food was only 'OK'. I'd never been to Chicago before, I had higher expectations of the pizza. And they don't have a pepper grinder - what's with that? Just regular old ground pepper in a shaker on the table.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Portland)·Dined on April 5, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner with long time friends. Attentive service and good food.

We shared the appetizers and deserts.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Not a good experience. Ordered a Caesar salad and it was served with no dressing and pickled anchovies.
Will not be back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service2
value1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2017

We visit Chicago once a year and go out of our way to eat here. This intimate restaurant is located at the Whitehall Hotel but you can toss out any preconceived notions about this being ordinary hotel food. It's reasonable prices and interesting menu present a far better experience. Choose anything on the menu. You can't go wrong. Don't skip dessert either.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2017

This is a strange restaurant in a hotel and it was empty even during restaurant week. Our waitress got every course wrong and argued with us on what we ordered from the restaurant week menu. A 20% tip was included for a party of 5 and the service was terrible.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service1
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Thos waa one of those rare scenarios where the service was top notch and the food was even better, but the relative anonymity of the restaurant and chef provided a more intimate dining experience than we could have hoped for in one of the more popular areas in Chicago. I dont think it will remain this way for long.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2016

First time there, pleasantly surprised by everything. Perfect atmosphere for a date or casual meeting, very good food, attentive service.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Food was awful. We ordered the arancini, meat & cheese tray, pizza and shrimp pasta. I sampled it all and chose to drink a coke instead. Wish I would have read the reviews before eating here.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2016

The restaurant looks lovely but the service was inattentive and unfriendly. Worst of all, the food was terrible. Almost everything we ordered arrived cold despite the place being half empty. The calamari was so overcooked it was like rubber and inedible. The margherita pizza was cold and mediocre. My cocktail was straight whiskey and my girlfriend's tasted like cough syrup. The only thing we had that was good was the arancini. Not worth the price.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service2
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Went to Fornetto Mei last Thursday night with a Gilt City deal (and would come back without the deal). We each received a glass of house wine (one white, one red, both great sized pours!) and each were able to pick from the pizza listed on their menu. We chose the Quattro Formaggi and the Tre Carne, both of which we would definitely choose again. The meal was also started with warm and fresh bread, olive, oil, and parmesan cheese.

Overall, we had a great experience, the service was amazing and perfectly attentive, and a huge shout out to the woman making the pizzas, as they stole the show! I would highly recommend coming here. The atrium is great for people watching outside and beautiful seeing the Christmas lights up. Could also see it as a great space to hold an event with drinks and pizza.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2016

There was only one other person there! I think that is why they seemingly gave us instant coffee rather than make a fresh pot just for us, especially since I was drinking de-caf. The food was sensational, On time, tasty and fresh.If you ever want true tarimusu, this is the place to go!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2016

One my favorite places, bartender is great and friendly and the pizza is amazing!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 7, 2016

The food was really good

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Revisted this neighborhood gem. They have a new chef and the food is excellent. The chef redid the menu which was an improvement. Very few people in the restaurant. But I think the service would have been excellent anyway. The restaurant is dark and romantic. We sat right behind the wood fired pizza oven, which made it seem romantic. In addition to the regular menu, you can order from the pizza bar menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Well let's start with when we entered the restaurant the manager was behind the bar and yelled just sit wherever. Not what you hope for at these prices. We than waited 10 minutes before menus were brought to us. The server was
Slow and inattentive. Once we placed our order it took forever.
We had the bolognese which wasn't a true bolognese more like meat sauce, and short rib polenta, the polenta was like mush. I would avoid this place!

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2016

I ordered the Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken, and it was by far the smallest chicken leg I've ever seen in my life. It tasted okay, but the proportion was extremely small, and there were no additional foods/side-dishes served with the tiny portion of chicken. I ended up going out afterwards to get more food. For 24 dollars, I expected a much larger portion of food

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value1

vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Pleasant surprise. We were a little confused about where the entrance was but once we found it we were so happy. The three of us shared a traditional Caesar salad. It was served in a crispy parmesan bowl. We had the veal meatballs in red sauce. Best sauce we've had in ages! We also enjoyed the pork Bolognese and the chicken piccatta. The service was warm and friendly. Being able to have a dinner where we could talk without shouting was wonderful!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Houston)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Awesome food!! I would go back and recommend the place.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 18, 2016

The meal felt incomplete due to a lack of vegetables offered with each dish. The braised short ribs were very tender, the polenta was just ok. But again, no side of vegetables offered. On the up side, the tiramisu was out of this world! Perfect!

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2016

I like going to Fornetto Mei because you can count on quality food delivered with attentive service. I realize not everyone likes grapes and sausage on their pizza, but their signature pizza which also has goat cheese has just that...and it is a wonderful combination of sweet-salty-creamy on the palate!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2016

I went here for restaurant week, and it was a great value. The food and the service was phenomenal. It's inside a hotel by the way!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Fornetto Mei is nestled into The Whitehall Hotel, a hidden gem on a tree-lined street of Chicago's Gold Coast. After passing the threshold and strolling through the lounge/bar a sense of time travel encapsulates the mind and transcends the experience to another era. One of mahogany memories and speakeasy splendor. The romantic dining hall boasts a "beautiful little pizza oven," and is exceptionally quaint.
The menu showcased seasonal ingredients and the wine list was simply perfect to select from for the food offered. We started with veal meatballs and mushroom bruschetta; both delicious and perfect portion sizes. Chef Steve's short ribs and polenta was a dish that I wanted to savor for many moments. In fact, I may or may not have licked the plate clean. The tasty and tender meat melted into the creamy polenta and was accented by a hearty au jus. Truly soul food and a dish worth spotlighting.
A lovely Chicago Restaurant Week prix fixe experience that left me craving a return to taste the remainder of this season's menu.
Fornetto Mei is definitely worth considering as your next spot for a romantic date, a small celebration or an intimate conversation with a friend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner here—pizza, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert—in this elegant Italian restaurant just off Michigan Avenue. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 25, 2015

My Wife and I dined for Christmas and it was a very enjoyable experience. The food quality was excellent and at a reasonable price. We would definitely visit again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2015

The beef tips were inedible - poor quality meat and odd seasoning. The meat was surrounded by a watery pool of tasteless polenta. Tried the cheese plate and bisque which I would not recommend either. I had severe stomach pain for the next 24 hours and would never eat there again, even for free. The restaurant was 95% empty on a Friday night at 7:30. The adjacent bar had a loud group of people but, other than that, the place was nearly empty.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service3

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2015

Food was good, service was not the best. Had to ask for our water to be filled twice, waited fifteen minutes for Soloman (our waiter) to pick up the bill. Then we are asked to change tables so the hostess can sit a large party at our table. There were at least ten empty tables, four occupied. Unbelievable!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2015

The food and service were both fantastic. A special thank you to the chef for accommodating the dietary needs of the marathon runner in our party by preparing something off-menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2015

Brunch at Fornetto Mei was refreshingly a pleasant experience. Server was attuned to diet restrictions of one of the patrons. Parfait was tad bit syrupy. Rest was delicious though.
I highly recommend this restaurant for couples.

Tags: Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2015

calamari was good, mussels could have been bigger, the netto pizza was good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2015

Overall, this place was okay possibly even leaning to sub par. The ceiling was leaking near the bar, there was no host to advise that you could sit wherever you wanted, the dessert we ordered was supposed to come with a cookie at the bottom of the ice cream and the waiter never told us that they were all out. The pizza and wine were both to our liking though.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2015

Good food, nice atmosphere and great wine selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Loved the quaint location and immediately look at plates as you walk in...even the pizza looked simply amazing! We all got something different so we could taste and I had the best bolognese. Even ate leftovers later than night cold and it was still good (don't judge me :-)). Will surely return with friends or for a date night!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2015

My sister and I went to Fornetto Mei's as a girls' night in Chicago during Restaurant Week. We had a slightly difficult time finding the restaurant seeing as there is the Asian Mei Restaurant right next door and it is located inside the hotel with minimal signage.

We were seated immediately and had a wonderful table near the fire. The music and atmosphere was absolutely wonderful.

We ordered the caesar salad and brushetta for our first course. Both of which were fantastic!
Second course we ordered the seafood risotto, which was also excellent and cooked perfectly. However, the scallops were slightly overcooked and I would have preferred them to be seared.
The third course we finished with molten lava cake...but there was no lava!!! There was no ooey gooey center and the cake tasted too eggy. But the raspberry sauce was to die for.
Overall, I am not sure I would order those last 2 items again, but I would attempt a second visit.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2014

This used to be a favorite neighborhood go-to spot. Friendly and efficient staff with great pizza and overall menu. The menu is now only a portion of what it was. The food mediocre and the manager is not well versed in management and customer satisfaction. We waited for our appetizers for 30 min. 45 for bread and an additional 30 for our meals, one of which was cold. They offered us ONE free dessert, which we declined, so they took off one glass of wine. Sorry, won't be going back any time soon. Stop trying to sell bottles of wine and improve the restaurant!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service2

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2014

Service is dreadful, food very below average, prices competitive with finer restaurants in the area...ambience is dark and uninspiring.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service1

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.