La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park

4.7
272 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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J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant! Everything is incredible. Saffron risotto 👍👍

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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
11 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
5 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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DR
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in downtown Oak Park it is a gem. Great food and service and an owner who personally greets you and makes sure everything is to your liking. Highly recommended.

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AF
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Home-Made Food, Cozy Atmosphere, Amazing Hospitality From Father, Son owned Family Bistro...Giovanni & Francesco Definitely made My Mother-in Law's 89th Bday ,Special!! A Must Try Hidden Gem in Downtown Oak Park!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday. The food and the service were both outstanding, and the chef’s tableside preparation of the sea bass added an element of ceremony to the occasion. The only disappointment was the noise level in the restaurant, which interfered with easy communication.

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U
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. The service surpassed only by the food quality of preparation!!

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N
Dallas
107 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food around!

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Staff very friendly. Overall feel of the place is wonderful

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D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was cozy and friendly. This one will be one of my favorites

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C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husbands birthday here. Had never been here before. It’s quite a smalll space, but charming. Our party size ended up increasing to 5 and the restaurant was very accommodating. A couple of us were late and they were very patient with us. The waiter had good recommendations. The good was fabulous. I had the sea Bass. Portion size is perfect. Another person in our party had the seafood stew, chicken vesuvio, and ravioli. All prepared well. They brought us bread and it was very fresh. Too full for dessert. Charming place in the heart of Oak park. We will be back.

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DW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious, the service friendly and impeccable. The setting is so very comfortable and inviting.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the portions was generous. Great cocktails. Service was great.

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

Anniversary dinner

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our New Year Eve dinner tremendously! Owner and staff very courteous and attentive. Had the Sausage and Peppers, Pork Chop stuffed with four cheeses and served with mashed potatoes, Skirt Steak served with Arugula and Parmesan crusted potatoes, and homemade Strawberry Gelato. Food was delicious and the presentation was awesome.

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EM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This cozy restaurant has some of the best service of any restaurant in Oak Park, or for that matter Chicago. Hand made pastas and fish are always excellent. The wine list is well chosen and reasonable. Love this place.

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, the food is superb! It is great place to go if you want good, authentic, Italian cuisine. The staff and owner are always super friendly and welcoming. I cannot say enough great things about the place.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first visit and certainly not our last. Has become a family favorite for my wife and me. Personal attention from the chef is always a plus in any restaurant. Cannot comment on brunch or other experiences because we have not (as yet) encountered them. Overall a true jewel in the Oak Park dining environment.

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TA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel for work so I get to eat at some of the best places across the country. La Notte stands with the best of them. The one thing when eating authentic food of any kind its what you were brought up with well La Notte hits on two levels. His gravy/sauce is just like grandma used to make but Giovani puts his twist on dishes and they are outstanding. The Oysters, Clams, Pork Chop special just to name a few. Its a must try place.

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P
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food. Family own TRUE Italian cuisine. Excellent staff. Wonderful experience.

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t
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We special ordered carpaccio and it was delicious ! Actually every dish was.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was top notch, everything our group had tased amazing.

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Every dinner made fresh and to order if desired!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual!!

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RZ
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
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
28 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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OT
New Orleans
8 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
10 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
5 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
5 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
9 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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