Osteria del Pastaio

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$30 and under
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Italian
Osteria del Pastaio, specializes in traditional Italian Cuisine. Our menu reflects the culinary team’s passion for using only the freshest ingredients. Our Artisan pastas are made daily, our breads are baked fresh each morning, our seasonal desserts and candies are hand-made. Our soups are all from vegetarian stock and whenever possible our produce comes from local organic farmers. At Osteria del Pastaio we are pleased to bring you the highest quality ingredients in traditional, Italian cuisine.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was outstanding!! Good was okay. To be honest we were disappointed in our food. My veal was dry and very overcooked. My husband linguine and clams had no flavor.

e
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guys. This place is a hidden gem. Truly amazing food, friendly staff, and amazing wine. The noodles were homemade, hand-cut goodness that everyone needs to experience when in Chicago. I will be back every time I go!

DG
Munich
171 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Inn of the Pastamaker is a nice little restaurant. The lightly fried calamari was delicious-crunchy, not greasy at all. The sauce made the dish. The veal scallopini in lemon sauce was excellent as was the truly homemade gnocchi-just like my nonna made. All the portions were generous. I highly recommend the apple crostata which can serve two for sure. Our server, Julia, was delightful. She was professional yet friendly and recommended some of the dishes we ordered. And the price point was spot on. Try it, you'll like it.

VK
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner and it was perfect. Thanks

RP
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Osteria del Pastaio is a neighborhood gem, serving fresh and perfectly-cooked food, in a cozy environment. The management and staff is friendly and professional, and they always make you feel at home.

LT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and simply amazing food! What a hidden gem in the Gold Coast. Family owned. All food freshly prepared on site. Amazing meal, great value. I will be back!

AK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers were very attentive and provided recommendations. The food was great, and the menu not too overwhelming with options. I very much enjoyed my pasta, and would look forward to coming back. The atmosphere was quiet and allowed for conversation easily. It was a very short walk from the Looking glass theatre.

TH
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The restaurant is located just off the Mag Mile, and is welcoming and intimate. We were surprised to find ourselves in a sort of semi private alcove.....quite lovely. The staff was excellent and our waiter was particularly wonderful. The food was reasonably tasty....we had good salads to start, followed by a rich pasta dish for one of our party, distinguished by being mixed at the table with truffles and cheese, and flamed. Quite a show but proved perhaps a touch too rich. I had veal in a lemon sauce....a bit too tart but fine and a 3rd member of our party had Osso bucco, which was tender but not the sort of shank we might have anticipated.

A nice experience with a very welcoming staff.

c
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so professional but yet felt like family. Food was delicious.

OT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! Our server Sasha was wonderful, providing his honest opinions to our menu questions. This was our first time dining here and when our dinner was over, we all decided we’re making this place our “Go To” place to dine while visiting CHI.

c
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. The Carbonara and The aruga salad are our favorites.

OT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6. We all experienced Innovative, creative and delicious meals. The service was outstanding.
We will definitely return

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very polite and funny! The food was fantastic and would come back! Victor and Sasha were amazing servers

AG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately and given our choice of location. The waiter greeted us immediately. He was very attentive throughout the meal
The food was delicious!
Would absolutely return.

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were really disappointed with the food. Everything ranged from lackluster to bad. The staff were very nice but that couldn't make up for the bad food.

DC
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year eve lunch with friends. I come here often. Today with 4 other friends. Three for their first time. All of them really enjoyed the lunch. One was Italian and said the fettuccine carbonara was great. It’s often one of my favorites. Today I had the spinach salad with grilled salmon. Perfect. Also friendly service makes it a perfect place for lunch or dinner.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are both excellent. They have tasty seafood pastas and a delicious steak with gorgonzola. The manager, Victor called me when I left my scarf and held it for me. great experience

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a LOVELY room! 5-6 different places/levels to dine. I believe the chef is from northern Italy and he is always present when we dine there (6-7 times). Great wine list,great food. It is definitely on the high side of cost, but that being said, totally worth it!!

WF
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very convenient to Michigan Avenue shops & hotels. The food and service were both outstanding.

2
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for better than average Italian food. It’s always a great bet

DC
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had a Sunday brunch. The service is always friendly and welcoming. Two guests had the smoked salmon eggs Benedict and I had the steak and eggs. Everything was perfect and I highly recommend coming here.

JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good service, food selection was great. My only complaint was that the pasta dish was more than a little Al-Dente, I realized this after eating a bit and very much enjoyed the sauce so did not return.

R
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Lovely atmosphere. Reasonable noise level.

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here all the time!! The staff is so friendly! Great place to grab drinks or a bite to eat

K
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellnt find, a real gem

GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

felt rushed by waiter. host was great. drinks were great. good mediocre

D
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always good and service exceptional. Hard reservation to get but always enjoy when I go there

TC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Make sure you order the calimari fritti. It is a special treat.

A
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We've been here numerous times and it will not disappoint. It's a very nice place with excellent food. The ambience is not over-the-top Italian but more like your neighborhood Italian "place". We shared a butternut squash tortellini appetizer which was very tasty and my wife had the branzino and I had the osso bucco. The fish was great, done perfectly and the accompanying veggies looked and tasted as if they just came off the farm in Italy. My osso bucco fell off the bone but I couldn't find any marrow. The wait staff is very professional and know what they're doing and talking about but it seems that sometimes the food gets backed up in the kitchen and comes in spurts. All in all, 4 thumbs up (except for the restrooms that could use some regular attention!). P.S. The pasta itself here is on the thicker rather than the more delicate side.

H
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

When we arrived early for our reservation, there were many open tables, but we still waited for 20 mins to be seated. We then waited at least 15 mins to get water, had to ask for a specials menu and didn’t get bread (cold) and drinks until 10 minutes after that. The food was excellent, but even after the manager explained to our section why there were delays, service didn’t improve. An offer of a glass of wine, appetizer or dessert would have gone a long way towards appeasing us. I would consider going back but definitely not before a show.

CM
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Group of 59 before us. No menus. Had to wait for table, water and bread. Manager finally explained delay but offered us nothing. A free drink would have been nice. Service was very slow all night. Fortunately food was delicious! No busboys in sight; waiters were doing all of the work. If you have big party, you should make sure you have more wait staff for next group.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very disappointing. Table wasn’t ready when we arrived, and had to wait 20 minutes to be seated despite our reservation. Another 10 minutes before we received the wine menu. Service was very slipshod and we had to actually ask to receive a food menu. When we received our appetizers (tri-color sausage and peppers, and avocado salad) , our hope was restored that we might salvage the meal because they were very good. But then our hopes were dashed when the main courses arrived. My veal scallopini was at best lukewarm, and the three strands of linguini that accompanied it were embarrassing. My wife ordered pasta with shrimp, and had asked if the vodka sauce could be swapped out for a marinara sauce. You guessed it: the pasta arrived with the vodka sauce, which my wife can’t eat because of the cream. When we complained to the waiter, he said he would check with the chef. He returned to tell us that the chef confirmed that there was no cream in the sauce. I tasted it: there was definitely cream in the sauce. Even the waiter remarked that the sauce had looked pink to him, but what did he know?

The piece-de-resistance: I had made a special request to have a candle in our dessert for my wife’s birthday, but the dessert arrived without one.

A word to the wise: dine here at your risk.

SG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, attentive service and nice spot that doesn’t feel overly touristy.

M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sausage and peppers appetizer was mediocre.
Sausage was not grilled but sautéed
Men’s room has mold growing in it

D
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing service, delicious food!!

GC
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was terrific. George, our server, was attentive but not overly. He knew the menu extremely well and he answered all our questions. The food is amazing. We had pasta and the pasta was perfect. They have a great wine list too. We had a great Barolo. The apple dessert was off the charts great. This place is a winner and we will be back.

RS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food. Not the fastest or friendliest service. But going again.

TE
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We very much enjoyed our dining experience and will definitely return.

j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our favorite restaurant when we go to Chicago. Excellent service, the food is consistently fantastic, great location and wonderful atmosphere.

E
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Osteria del Pastaio is a very nice Italian restaurant . We arrived about 7:15 with reservations and were seated immediately. The noise level as we walked in was extreme, and I commented that I forgot to bring my ear plugs. But the waiter took us to the back where we were able to converse.
The food was great. Service was great.
At 8:00PM the music came on. Table next to us got up to leave, they commented that they usually arrive earlier to avoid the noise. We took note of that. We will return, just not stay for desert.