Mia Passione - River Grove

4.7
62 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Taste the difference at Mia Passione. Blending Old World flavors with American hearty fare, this culinary gem, mere minutes from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, features fresh pasta, steaks, seafood and classic Italian specialties.

Mia Passione puts a little piece of heart in every creation, from the made-fresh-that-morning pasta to the savory, saucy pizzas, prepared fresh inside the restaurant's 6,000-pound wood-burning oven. Relax with a classic, craft cocktail inside a colorful, cozy dining area, complete with Frank Sinatra on the stereo. Food is fresh and hearty, made to the owner's exacting standards -- if it's not good enough for them, it's not good enough for anyone. Mia Passione is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.

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vipMarthasPet
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

First time at restaurant. Neighborhood restaurant, family owned. Small space with only one server. Food was good, diversified menu. Will return and try something different.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner. The food was excellent and service (Sam) was outstanding. I can’t wait to go back!!

MO
vipMarkfromOakPark
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggplant stack was excellent, as were the baked clams. The meatball with fresh ricotta was also excellent. Haven't had anything bad there. Good wines by the glass.

MD
vipMaryD
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, the service was attentive and personal. We very much enjoyed this restaurant and will be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Catered to our every need. Good food and drink.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super server taking care of whole restaurant on Saturday night. She was amazing. Food also very tasty and fresh !

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vipJoemc
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and service in west side

SB
vipSBT5
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Definitely a secret gem. The service is outstanding and the food is great. We will be back.

GB
GuyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there several times with either friends or family and have never been disappointed. Service is great and the food is great.

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vipmtgk
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food regardless of what you order and the service is impecable

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Could tell it’s family owned. Our waitress was great. Very personable. Food was also very good. Had an authentic Italian taste. Prices were very reasonable. Definitely going to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great, definitely would go back!!food great and service even greater!!

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TinaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for authentic Italian food, Mia has it! Food is outstanding and the service goes above and beyond. I would recommend everyone trying it, you’ll be hooked after your first visit.

GB
GuyB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Mia Passione is so good. Great menu with reasonable prices. Service is efficient and friendly.

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vipGoodeater2
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Mia Passione is an Italian American restaurant with great friendly service. The food is fine but nothing out of ordinary but prepared and served with pride.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, large portions, friendly server.

MH
MikeH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reasonably priced for excellent food. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and helpful

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Kevin14
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sort of hidden in plain sight, you could easily miss it. Parking was off - signs directed you through an alley into a municipal lot, then it's in though the back door. Not busy on this Memorial Day weekend night, so it was quiet and easy to talk to table-mates. We enjoyed the flavors (tilapia, caprese salad were very tasty), and our wonderful hostess, Sammie, recommended wine that was very good and well-priced. We plan to visit again.

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vipguyinchicago
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the definition of "Hidden Gem". Reminds me of the little family run Italian restaurants in the North Bronx we used to frequent many years ago. Romantic, friendly, and family feel that will bring us back.

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FrankG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food is the best I've tasted. Every time I go, I'am always happy. The people are really friendly. Clean restaurant and fresh food.

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Jimmy57
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really great service. Small and comfortable. The chicken Marsala and meat lasagne were delicious! Great wine and drinks. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner there, waitress was helpful for making selections. Everyone in our group had a wonderful meal!

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vipGirlie74
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found Mia Passione through Open Table and would concur that it is a hidden gem. Our service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Everything was hot and fresh and authentically Italian. We recommend the meatballs, Parmesan potatoes, and Marsala sauce. We will be back.

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kelb76
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic food and service. We went on a Sunday, so it was pretty quiet, only about half full. We had some amazing appetizers - clams, and sausage and peppers. We were all very happy with our entrees. Plenty of food too. Prices are reasonable. Love the black, wavy walls and the pizza oven. I would definitely return.

FM
vipFranM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam treats her customers like family; the food is incredible.

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charles
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around. Will definitely be returning.

FM
vipFranM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam is the perfect hostess, the food is awesome. Sam mixes the best martini's and knows and remembers her customers. She is awesome and her customers are treated like family.

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Neiborhoodgem
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mia Passione is a great little gem of a restaurant. The service is warm and friendly, the owners are frequently present, making their customers feel right at home and they are willing to many different needs. It is a small place, great for intimate dinners, family gatherings, or anything in between. The food is outstanding, my favorite is the grouper with the roasted potatoes. Lamb chops are another big hit also, as well as an extensive wine list. I highly recommend this place!

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vipkimberry
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been here before always go to that other place next-door wanted to give this a try very modern upbeat yet authentic Italian. When you walk in a wonderful aroma of garlic hits you and then comes the warm garlic bread pieces served with oil and cheese. Sammy Our server made you feel like an old friend like you wanted her to sit down and join you she knew the menu inside and out and explained how things were per paired . Started off with the fresh mozzarella warm and comforting. Chicken marsala was the best I’ve ever had! My sister had a chicken dish lemon and capers can’t remember the name of it but it was amazing. And the very best part are the garlic potatoes never had anything like this they are to die for.
Topped it off with cappuccinos for dessert will definitely be back. Had to try the gravy so got an order of meatballs to go,had them the next day They were better than expected sorry I didn’t get an order of those potatoes as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious meal with my family!

GB
GuyB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say anything negative about Mia Passione. Food is excellent, service exceptional, parking is convenient.

Mia Passione - River Grove
Responded on February 14, 2019

Guy Thank you for your positive review and Thank you for your business

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Mike
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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Neiborhoodgem
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mia Passione provides a wonderful meal, prepared fresh, comes to you steaming hot. Everything is tasty, especially the grouper, lamb chops, roasted potatoes, and spinach. Although I have never had it, I hear the pizza is outstanding as well. It has nice ambiance, service is attentive, but overly-so. It is a small restaurant, good for small groups, but I understand they can accommodate larger parties. I would highly recommend it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic waitress great food and a very nice atmosphere

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the salmon with a side of these delicious potatoes. Due to a Football game, the restaurant was empty and we had the server’s full attention. I would go again.

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pegausa
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal- HUGE portions! Great service- Sam (Samantha) is a wealth of knowledge.
Great neighborhood restaurant find!

MO
vipMarkfromOakPark
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice little place on Grand in River Grove with easy parking (free parking lot next door). Excellent Italian food, with many veggie options. Good selection of wines, with by-the-glass options.

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demik
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40 miles from home for Mount Carmel / Fenwick game we stopped in for dinner before the game. Absolutely wonderful! Service was great and food was as well. Will be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.

MK
vipMarilynK
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mia Passione is several cuts above most restaurants in this neighborhood in terms of both food and service. Shrimp ravioli with arrabbiata sauce featured large, pristinely fresh shrimp in perfectly cooked pasta with a well-balanced spicy sauce. My husband loved the pork chops - excellent cut of expertly cooked pork with great accompaniments. Portion sizes are very large in deference to what's expected in this area. It is true, as others have said, that the restaurant is somewhere between fine dining and a sports bar. It's beautifully decorated - but with several large televisions. I find this unique and kind of charming, actually. It's a very comfortable dining experience. Service by Sam was friendly, yet very polished.

Some reviewers have mentioned that the prices are high for the neighborhood. If you're looking for 2 pounds of spaghetti for $9.95, this is not your place. If you value excellent food and service, you had better get over here before the restaurant raises prices, cuts portions in half and moves out the the west loop, where it would fit in nicely.

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Mia Passione - River Grove is rated 4.7 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.