La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park

4.7
306 reviews
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$31 to $50
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La Notte's executive chef and owner Giovanni Matteo Mancini has a multitude of recipes which draw on his upbringing in Italy, but also his families ancestral recipes from Rome, Tuscany, and Bari.

Years of experience and creativity allow him to bring the essence and flavor of Italy out in his cooking while creating new and sumptuous dishes.

All of Giovanni's dishes are made to order satisfying every customer’s needs. Accommodating dietary restrictions and allergies when needed, but always providing fresh delectable dishes for every palate.

Giovanni brings the flavor of Italy and the ambiance of upscale downtown Chicago dining to Oak Park's Marion Street district.

His contemporary twist on old favorites of authentic Italian cuisine make you come back for more time and again

Now Offering Valet Service for $8 from 6PM -10PM
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always great!

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T
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great personal service. A menu that can be tailored to your needs. And delicious food in a nice setting. A pleasure

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ND
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy going here, food is fantastic and made to order and so fresh. Can be a bit loud because its a small place. We will be back so many excellent dishes to try!!

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were here on a Saturday night at 6:30. Loud table next to us. The food was excellent, the service as good as it could be (they were quite busy) and the wine very good too; however, as is the case with too many restaurants these days, it was very loud!! We plan to go back on a weeknight when it is hopefully a bit quieter.

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SJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from the atmosphere to wine then amazing dinner. Everything is prepared from scratch with attention to detail. Very knowledgeable about food sensitivities. I have Celiacs and they made my meal to order. I can’t wait to go back.

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CR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, the chef will customize anything. Menu as written did not need any changes

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RM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the special which the most amazing food I've tasted!
Service was great. Our server was attentive and patient about answering any questions we had.
The polenta was the best I've ever tasted. It's a must have, seriously!

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MW
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For us the Veal Piccata is comfort food. Every time we go it’s like going home - and the food is EXCELLENT. I can’t say enough to convey how special this restaurant is. Always a positive and comforting experience.

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D
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Food is outstanding

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Best food outside of Italy! Family owned. Charming atmosphere. All homemade food. Great drinks. Ahi tuna app excellent. Lamb sausage great. Ziti pasta sooo good. Tulip special dessert best ever. Had old time Italian movie on silent - nice touch. Excellent for any occasion.

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GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service. Amazing menu, food prepared to order so things can be adjusted if need be. An amazing amount of options. If it is really crowded it can be a bit noisy due to the smallness of the space itself but well worth it. A place that makes you feel transported to Italy & at home.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We ate on Saturday evening just prior to a busy time. Our food took over an hour to prepare. Unfortunately, the manager/host tried to suggest that the timing was normal and then said the food would be right out. 15 minutes later the head chef came to our table apologized because they lost our order. Our dining experience was far below acceptable standards and the host must learn to better treat customers. The restaurant then over-charged us for wine not received. The host provided a gift card for our next visit as an apology. I gave the gift card to the table next to us as it is unlikely we will return. That said, the branzino was excellent.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with yummy food and a real nice father and son duo. Feels like home kinda place with a relaxing environment, kind staff and outstanding pasta and entrees.

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EW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They food was amazing and authentic! Service was great and ambiance was perfect.

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JM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Notte would be our go to spot with out a doubt if we lived in Oak Park and often is even though we don’t that’s how good it is! The Chef/owner Giovanni takes pride in every aspect of your dining experience there. Oysters are incredibly fresh and tasty if you’re into those. Baked clams are top notch. Pappardelle in Vodka Sauce is one of my favorites. He made us Cacio e Pepe upon request even though it’s not on the menu and it didn’t disappoint. If you get close to La Notte and you want Italian it’s a must try!

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have dined at La Notte a few times so thought we'd give it a try for Easter Sunday. I would have given it 5 stars across the board but we had a small bump in the road. There were 3 of us and we each ordered an entree and a lasagna for the table to share. Our server told us the chef only made this lasagna twice a year so we were sold. Two entrees and the lasagna came out but the host of our party did not get her entree as it was not put in. They made it right and all was well.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive and considerate staff, delectable food, prompt service. An appetizer of ricotta-stuffed eggplant topped with marinara sauce was delicious. and an entrée of shrimp and crab-stuffed ravioli and black mussels in a pesto sauce was outstanding. The restaurant, a small space, was full, and so the noise level was elevated to the point that conversation with tablemates was not as easy as we would have preferred. But the food and service were sublime.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Not rushed. Got to relax and enjoy company and dinner. Warm ambiance, fun energy, though did get slightly loud. Francisco and his dad are the best hosts. Everyone loved every item ordered. Best part is they are so accommodating to requests, food changes, allergies, etc. Even enjoyed their house made Limoncello with dessert. Yum! Yum! Yum!

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ER
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SG
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service! Very authentic Italian cuisine. Fantastic homemade dessert!

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant I have ever eaten at!

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s
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went there due to a recommendation of a colleague of mine. The food and service not only met but exceeded our already high expectations based on what we heard. A gem of a family restaurant with exquisite tastes from appetizer to entree.

Our only minor hang up was that the service was so attentive that our to go dessert and check was being held up while our server chatted it up with other guests at another table.

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D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is made to order and so delicious. The portions are rather small for an Italian restaurant. The restaurant is very, very small. The owner comes on a bit too strong as he was the waiter for us. I would definitely return.

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 8:30pm and it was so loud we almost walked out. I have to say I’m glad we stayed. The noise level dropped after about 20 mins. The service and food were both amazing. We had grilled calamari, salmon and tilapia. Delicious!

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NS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable and tasty experience. Giovanni and Francesco always make you feel at home. Bravo!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I went my first time here for a date. Food, delicious. Service, amazing! She knew how to make to you feel comfortable. The only downside is I could barely hear my date because The restaurant is small but yet they tried to fit as many tables as possible.

Regardless, I can see myself going back on a slow night

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G
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best true Italian restaurant!!! Not the same over saucy stuff.
Do any special they offer. Mahi was awesome!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful experience all around! Beautiful, cozy space, excellent food and service. We will be back.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great but on a Saturday night be prepared for a very noisy space!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent again! Risotto perfect and skirt steak tender flavorful!

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NT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best skirt steak ever! The wine mine was amazing and the service is unmatched

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Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at La Notte and we look forward to returning soon. Excellent service, a real family place. Dad is the chef and his son is in front. Menu is impressive. Preparation and presentations are excellent. We're delighted to have discovered La Notte and wish them all the best.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, wine and service. The pasta was made fresh and the sauce was top notch. It's one of those places where the chef is so good that you can't order the wrong thing, but I recommend the goat cheese as an app and any pasta as an entrée. The staff knew their wine well and did a perfect job pairing a wine with our meal. I will highly recommend this eatery to my network.

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T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is absolutely the best
Willing to make any changes you request
Very friendly
Great food & cozy atmosphere

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J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If this place doesn't get a James Beard Foundation Award then there is no justice in this world! The food is so fresh, clean and oh my delicious! This is not a rush in and out place this is where you come to dine have a conversation and reconnect with people! Your meal is cooked to order, nothing is premade so if you have special needs they will accommodate you. Best Calamari I have had in years! Perfectly prepared melt in your mouth good! I was the only one to order off the menu (Pollo alla Parmigiana) so good! The rest of my group got the daily specials everyone raved about their meals! I Highly recommend this lovely place!

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KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, however the restaurant is relatively small and space is limited. Had to wait 20 mins for a table even though we had reservations. The ambiance is romantic, but can get quite noisy.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant! Everything is incredible. Saffron risotto 👍👍

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Good friendly service on a very busy Valentine's evening. My first time there and I will be back for sure.

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JH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service and food was very good. The noise level can be a problem. We went early but by the time we left you could not carry on much of a conversation.

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PC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, and food that was both fresh, hot and tasty! If you like genuine Italian food, this would be a great choice.

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