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Nonnina echoes old school cooking techniques inspired by the partners’ “nonnas,” offering an upscale, yet approachable experience with a retro vibe.
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Chicago, IL 60654
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
Dinner: Friday: 3:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Happy Hour: M-F 4:00pm-7:00pm in the bar and lounge
Please note reservations are not accepted for Happy Hour.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Nonnina Ratings and Reviews
Our Nonnina's dinner was outstanding! The waitstaff, the manager, Juan, and the delicious food all added to the perfect dinner. The polpo was truly the best I've ever had!
I have to be honest here-- the greeter was unfriendly. No warmth at all. The bathroom needed attention, too.
Citrus sauce on grilled salmon is a refreshing change from typical presentation. Fingerling potatoes done to crisp perfection. Wish calamari were done as crisp as potatoes. Risotto was cooked to right consistency, which is hard to find. Good wine selections
The environment was cozy and nice; the food was delicious, freshly made with great flavor! I'm not big on tomato based dishes (raw tomato allergy), so the perfect dish for me was the "Bucatini Carbonara"; Fabulous flavor, didn't have to add any salt nor pepper; perfect as prepared! A special reminder, if you're not a fan of somewhat raw egg yolk(myself included), you definitely want to have it excluded while ordering!
The only gripe that I have is the portion size was too light for me; and I'm not a big guy, but I still had room for more after finishing my dish.
Overall, definitely a good option for Italian cuisine.
Food was great, good flavors and portions, the service decent. The space itself was a little cramped but seating comfortable. The biggest negative was the wait..we had a reservation at 830 and didn’t get to our table until a little after 9, and we were one of several tables in the same situation. I would go back, but consider the carry out option.
If "Nonnina is influenced by our grandmothers", then the grandmothers would be embarrassed. Terrible overall experience. Waiting area and seating area were crowded. The restaurant did not honor the reservation time. The ravioli was hard at the edges. Dishes for a table of two were not served at the same time. The server and support staff demonstrated high energy but were short staffed. The noise level in the restaurant was very loud and prevented conversation. River North has a lot of options for Italian, and the other options should be considered before Nonnina.
We were entertaining out of town guests. They loved it - especially the butternut squash ravioli. I had the pasta special, and it was absolutely delightful! We had a show time to make and the wait staff was very attentive to this. So all-in-all a wonderful experience.
The ambience is welcoming and romantic. However, our server had no clue how to read visual cues. He kept on coming up to our table asking if we were ready to order, get another drink, order dessert, etc. every three minutes. Plus he never smiled. We ordered arancini (ordinary), baked clams (the clams were tough -- we could tell they were not fresh) and the chopped antipasto salad, which was delicious. The dessert, budino di cioccolao (dark chocolate mousse), was also very good. So, half good, half not very good. Not many people were in the restaurant for a Thursday night.
One of my favorite Chicago restaurants. The food is very good, ingredients are fresh. The service is outstanding! The servers are very attentive. (Leonardo) Many times I feel rushed when dining out. This is not the case here; it was a very relaxed atmosphere. I definitely recommend Nonnina's
The three of us had a lovely dinner. We ordered the meatballs & arancini which were delicious. Also the minestrone soup and the beat salad. For entrees we had the Dover Sole, the Chicken Vesuvio and the Pumpkin Ravioli. For dessert we had the terramisu. Everything was fabulous and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. Our waiter Roberto was wonderful! A great dining experience.
What a hidde gem! Everything was wonderful from the intimate atmosphere, the authentic Italian dishes, and the impeccable service. My husband really wanted linguine and clams and even though it wasn't actually listed on the menu, our awesome waiter Leonardo made it happen. We will definitely be back!
My husband and I had dinner here on Nov 24.17 and the food was delicious! I had the seafood pasta which had an incredible amount of seafood in it. My husband had the chicken parmigiana and it was also delicious. The only note I would make is that the chicken did not come with a side and so we ordered a side of pasta and that was $12. A little pricey for a side. But other than that the food was worth the prices paid and was really authentic. Service was also fabulous!
There is a reason why the chef (Tony) beat Bobby Flay! We dine here and at Piccolo Sogno (same owner other restaurant) a lot. But last Thursday the chef owner was on Beating Bobby Flay....and he did beat him! He made squash ravioli that looked so amazing we called when we watched the show the next day and had dinner there that night. I've had most of the menu but never the squash ravioli. It was incredible! I usually don't like pumpkin or squash ravioli because it has too many spices and taste like pumpkin pie - this does not. It was seriously one of those best bites ever. So delicate, perfect browned butter but not too much, served with walnuts, sage and I love the crumbled amaretto cookies on top was brilliant.
We also had the pork chop Milanese which was very good. We love their octopus, the minestrone is to die for, if they have the boar ragu (always at Piccolo Sogno, sometimes at Nonnina) it's a must get. I've had most of the menu and everything is outstanding. The boar ragu is better than what we had in Tuscany and we had it at several places in and around Sienna. Nonnina and Piccolo Sogno are favorite restaurants of our and they never disappoint. It's simply the best Italian food in Chicago. They have excellent reasonably priced wines by the glass. Also a plus, so you can start with a white then go to red. My husband and I don't like all of the same wines, so by the glass is best. I usually start with the Gavi D Gavi they have by the glass, then go to the Nero D'Avlo. My hubby goes earthier with their Sangiovese.
You can go here dressed up or a little more casual. It's right in the middle, as is the noise level. It's always packed and lively, but you can easily talk and here each other during dinner.
You simply have to try this place!
My only suggestion would be to make a dessert of one squash ravioli with a little scoop of vanilla gellato on top!
I took my wife and a friend out to dinner. To be fair, the food tasted very good and the service was outstanding. Towards the end of the meal my wife was beginning to feel ill. The manager assisted my wife and our friend into the lobby of the building (out of the restaurant). By the time we got home, all 3 of us were feeling ill.
While the service was great, the food tasted better going down than it did when it reversed course. Also, be careful, two of the dishes clearly had dairy in them although it was not listed on the menu. The Meatballs and the Sausage and Peppers. When the Sausage and Peppers were served, they had cheese on them, but it was not on the menu. We sent it back, but when we got to the bottom of the replaced dish, it was apparent that instead of making a new dish, they had simply scraped off the cheese on top...there was still cheese on the bottom and likely melted into the sauce.
Noninna's is becoming one of our favorites in Chicago. Excellent Italian cuisine. The ravioli de zucca was delicious, but VERY filling. After a very good Caesar salad split with my husband and 1-2 small pieces of bread, I could only eat a little more than half my entree. My husband had a special pasta entree with wild boar ragu which he loved.
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