La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park

4.6
245 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(708) 948-7576
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Giovanni Matteo Mancini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Street
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Parking details
Valet Available at the corner of North Blvd and Marion St.
Parking lots and Street parking also available
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Public transit
Metra Oak Park
Oak Park CTA Green line Harlem Stop
CTA AND PACE bus
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open 3pm-7pm Come and join us for Our Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner " The Feast of The Seven Fishes" featuring a special menu created by Chef Giovanni just for this solemn event with some alternative for the non fish lovers. For more info go to our website. Happy Holiday. Last seating at 7pm.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 245 People Are Saying
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RZ
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we dine at La Notte we are impressed with the taste and overall quality of the menu options. I have never had an item that was not fantastic. You will not be disappointed...the service is outstanding and the room is small and intimate. Great wine selection too.

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H
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Notte is a gem! The food is fantastic, the owner and his son are the absolute best! They will adapt any recipe to your liking. We love La Notte! If you’ve never been there you have to go, you’ll love it!

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New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious burrata, orecchiette & shrimp & gluten free pasta with bolognese. Excellent service at bar.

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OP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All food is prepared to order. Lots of custom options/ Nice wine list. A bit noisy, but overlook that because of the food and service. If a weekend do make a reservations ahead.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is freshly prepared and excellent. Has a very friendly and family presence.
Wine selection is excellent especially for Italian wines.
Seating is cozy but lends to authentic Roman restaurant.
Can get a little loud.

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TA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to give La Notte a try with another couple, and we were pretty blown away. Immaculate food, exceptional service, nice atmosphere. Two small touches that illustrates the quality of the service 1) the waitress gave general information about each of the 5 specials, and asked which we would like to hear more about, rather than recite everything which can be difficult to remember everything. 2) The fish my friend ordered was cut, de-boned and dressed live in front of us, like a spectator sport! Will definitely be back. Try the Veal Saltimbucca!

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B
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were welcomed by friendly staff and menu and wine list were explained. We so enjoyed our wait staff, they helped with menu choices and we were quite pleased with all of our choices. As the restaurant filled up it became quite loud and extremely hot, they did open the door but that was not particularly helpful plus I’m guessing the folks in the front of the restaurant were cold. This was out first time there and I’m sure we will be willing to give them another chance.

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L
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food in a cozy--authentically Italian--restaurant.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I want to love this place, but I always feel a little nickel and dimed. I have no issue paying any amount of money for a good meal and wine— my husband and I don’t budget, BUT I am vegetarian, so I often choose an entree and ask to hold the meat. Since meat drives up the cost, most places knock off a few dollars for a vegetarian version. Not La Notte. So we paid $28 for my half-shell pasta dish with garlic wine sauce, rapini and a few sun-dried tomatos (the regular dish for $28 has shrimp). Small detail, but it’s little things like this where you want to feel like they understand their cost is lower so they pass that on to you (or at least provide us one of those complimentary lemon cello shots other tables received). Any way, I still recommend and I do love the service— just wish the overall value was personalized.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening out with everything being flawless making our anniversary dinner one we will remember. The staff made us feel as if we were family.

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S
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesco and Giovanni are outstanding people. They took care of every need and made the girls feel like they were family before they left. Our favorite in Oak Park.

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N
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! Owner and his son there in person waiting on tables.

Fabulous flavors, definitely try the vodka basil gimlet.

Not cheap, but food is made to order. Do not come here and be in a rush.

We Will be back

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TL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellant at this neighborhood gem. Love the atmosphere and the homemade pasta is cant be beat!!!

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J
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had the best night. Giovanni and his son, Francesco, are friendly, personable and accommodating. The food was outstanding. The simple, yet delicious food I loved when I was lucky enough to go to Italy. We went for the food, but will go back for the overall experience the owners created. Thank you!

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EK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Love the fresh pasta here, and they do all the classics perfectly. Service is attentive and very friendly. The specials are always worth a try. The one drawback of this particular visit was the noise. I usually dine early, and this time I was there at 8 pm on a Friday. The place was packed and really loud. As the meal progressed and people left it got nicer. I will definitely be there again because I love this restaurant, but probably a little earlier.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is located in a wonderful neighborhood in Oak Park, surrounded by boutiques and specialty shops. We had a delicious dinner at La Notte. The veal was tender and the pasta cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend La Notte!

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FD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow. Our waiter was admittedly new, and that was fine, but if he was that green there should have been a more experienced person helping him out. Our food took about an hour to get out of the kitchen which I still would have been okay with...if it didn't arrive cold. Staff seemed either disinterested in quality service or just unsure of what they should be doing. All in all, not the best experience for my 1 year anniversary with my wife.

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DR
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem. Never lets you down. Always consistently great. Good service good food great place.

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W
Houston
105 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third dinner here. We were in town for an Italian family funeral. We love the food so much we asked Executive Chef Giovanni if he would prepare a family style dinner for 14 for the next night. Giovanni sat with us and we crafted the menu, selected the wine, and he gave us a per person price. The visitation nearby was long and tiring, so the dinner at 5:30 was a welcome respite. Everyone loved the food! Giovanni personally coordinated the dinner and he noted the one of our family was not eating. He asked why. She was gluten free. He said, “Just a minute.” He came back with a big bowl of gluten free pasta for her. She was touched. Super evening!!! Thank you!

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere felt like Italy. Extensive menu that can be customized. Specials were delicious!!

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l
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Notte is one of our Oak Park favorites. The food is authentic Italian at its best, and the service is always spot on.

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is impeccable, the food is fabulous, ambiance is great. I have eaten two times and I have told as many people as I can about this restaurant. Great experience, great meal great time! Thanks

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s
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where to start...a complete gem. Father son duo...will alter menu or make anything off menu. Freshly made...nice, nice, nice! Homemade Limoncello is a bonus

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent soup. Nice place.

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MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. So happy to have them in our neighborhood! Delicious food, great service and great vibe!

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c
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We were looking forward to this restaurant as it is relatively new to Oak Park (2 years). As advertised, the service was excellent -- it is obviously a family affair, with the son greeting us and his father offering the menus. The ambiance is very nice - small, intimate, located in the heart of what is now Oak Park's new restaurant center. But unfortunately our food was not good. The appetizers were fine - tomato caprese and minestrone soup - but the main courses -- chicken and mahi mani - were both overcooked. I mentioned to the owner that my fish was very tough and he said, yes, mahi mahi is a dry fish, which was not the response I was expecting. Not worth the price from our view.

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meals. Excellent chef. Highly recommend.

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ES
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service. We’ve dined here several times and I can’t remember a time when the father and/or son (owners) didn’t come out and speak with us, usually checking to be sure that we were completely satisfied.

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BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend who use to live near the Berwyn location introduced me to La Notte. Loved the fact that it is family owned and operated by father & son. I had not been to the new location. The food was delicious. Loved that the son recommended our wine and suggested some dishes which were out of this world.
So glad they are in Oak Park. Will return and recommend !!!

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G
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anyone who complains about price should know what’s fresh and quality food is. My family and I have always enjoyed the food here, they have catered for graduation and birthday parties for us. Specials are a must! Love the new restaurant, still miss the old one.

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P
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father & Son Owners, Giovanni & Francesco are a Dynamic Duo as well as their Food! Definitely try this hidden gem restaurant, you won't be disappointed...The Mussels, the Pastas, the chicken & steak were out of this world!

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giovanni, the owner and chef, is a delight. He is a master. Not only with Italian cooking, but with how to run a great restaurant. He is right there in the middle of it all, sitting down with patrons, checking on them, sharing a story. All the pasta is homemade and you must try his homemade Limoncello. So good! And the service is marvelous. Knowledgable and attentive. Great spot!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & great service

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h
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food is fresh but grossly overpriced: $65.00 for 14 oz veal chop and $28.00 for rice and mushroom entree and 32.00 for 12 baked clams. REALLY?

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JK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giovanni and his staff are always so friendly and accommodating. The food is always to notch and fresh. All meals we have ever had have been outstanding..

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply incomparable food and service. I don't know anywhere else you can get the history and quality from a family that has been running a trattoria for over 200 years. Pricy, but definitely worth it.

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j
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Chef and son came out suggested best dishes and were so personable. Great Atmosphere as well as outstanding food. Could not of been a more pleasurable evening. Our first visit here but this is now on list of favorites. Best Italian food we have had in Chicago

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

Food was delicious and the place was charming.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome. She knew the menu and made great recommendations.

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V
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous except for how noisy it was.
Hard to talk to each other.
Other than that, food, service, etc.. was EXCELLENT.
I would go back.

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