Osteria del Pastaio

4.3
517 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 517 people are saying
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vipScottN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Across the street from the old Ditka’s location on Chestnut, is a hidden gem of Italian culinary cuisine. The menu at Osteria is full of authentic and unique tasting dishes that are fresh and sure to please the palate. Portions are LARGE, presented well and will leave you wanting to come back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The server didn't offer tap water and offered flat or sparkling water only. Didn't say it cost money....ended up paying $30 for water. The filet came out overcooked, took a long time to remake. It started raining outside and no one knew how to close to the outside seating plastic wall curtains. Homemade bread was eh. My scallop dish was like $34 and they cut up the scallops?? And it was maybe 2 or 3 small scallops max. The wine options are all so expensive. Like $54 was cheapest pino. Dessert was good but $12 for a super small portion. The bathroom is janky and had waterer down soap. Not somewhere I'd recommend or go back to unfortunately. Went for my husband's 30th birthday so we were very disappointed. 20% gratuity auto added to groups of 5 or more so we had no say in tip, when service was not ideal. Our small group of 5 spent $517. Over $100 per person...

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vipBaldegl
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

They did not honor our open table reservation. The staff was not too careful with covid masking. We have been here many times before and live nearby but will not be back.

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vipAMGS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had to wait for forty minutes for our reservation which was disconcerting.

Once we got seated the food was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit in the last month, and the staff remembered me. Not only that, my fabulous server George recalled my favorite wine! The meal was delectable and the service was fantastic. I’ll be back!!

TJ
TahoeJoe
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The service was terrible, I don't recommend. The food was OK however. The menu was fairly limited, mostly pasta.

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StaceyB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We put in our reservation that it was our Anniversary dinner but we got no attention on that. So what we wanted for a romantic 7th year Anniversary dinner we did not get unfortunately.

The food was good but the service seemed spotty because they were busy.

JJ
vipJimJett
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, fantastic drinks and service. We will go back for sure!

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StephanieT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried five different pastas— all were outstanding! My favorite was the crab ravioli. Great ambiance and service, too.

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vipsibyl
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Paparadelle sauce was absolutely tasteless and the duck confit that was part of the dish and sauce ws meager at best. Lasagna was mostky salty--not much else.
Prices are high for mediocre Italian food

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ChicagoGirl
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quiet dinner. Complimentary small sparkling wine for our celebration!

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vipELl2
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Chicago. You wouldn’t know it walking in, but this is the best Italian spot in the city.

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niko
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious; ambiance was nice for a Saturday night! Great old Gold Coast vibe. Very quaint and unexpected experience. Both king crab ravioli and seafood frutti de mare were delicious. The special passionfruit cheesecake was light and just right! Will definitely come back.

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foodyfromChicago
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our first time at this restaurant. The menu looks great and we would go again and try more items. We enjoyed the pasta dishes and the meatballs were very good. The bread with tomato topping was excellent. We were not crazy about the gazpacho.

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AngelaG
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The caccio e pepe was one of the best I've had! We also had the special lobster risotto - rich and wonderful! Our server recommended wines for each of our dishes and they were spot on. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Me and my boyfriend both ordered the cacio e pepe, and it was just spaghetti with olive oil and pepper. It was not good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Had a reservation for outdoor table at 8:15 because that was the earliest reservation I could get outside. Wanted to sit outside because I have one unvaccinated child who is not old enough to get vaccine. When we arrived, table was not ready. Was told to wait 15 minutes. Came back 15 minutes later and table still not ready and no sign of anyone getting up from their table. Two kids really hungry. Only 3 tables were sat inside so I agreed to a corner table inside if no one was sat next to us. Waitress said no problem because it was getting late. 10 minutes later, a table was sat right behind ours - within 6 feet of our table. I asked to be moved. They moved us but we were still 6 feet from the bar. So frustrated. At 9:15 PM, there still wasn’t an outdoor table. Food was pretty good but overall experience was not.

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vipDebbieD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was very quick but the price for a mix drink was $20. Very over priced!

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Benjy
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our evening here. The food was excellent, creative and prepared perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We have always liked the restaurant, but not their wine list and always bring our own and gladly pay the corkage fee. Theirs was always high at $30/bottle, but the raised it to $50/. At that price we will not go back , in addition the food was mediocre .. gnocchi like mush snd tomatoes not ripe.

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vipELl2
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal food! Beats a lot of “must go to” italian places in the city. I also feel like it’s a non tourist trap italian which is always nice! Great food and even better service!

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vipStacyH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Was very hot, the Ac didn’t seem to be working

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good basic italian food

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vipMicheleBo
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was my first time here, and it was really lovely. The pasta and the risotto were both delicious - especially the penne pasta dish! Outdoor seating is charming and the service by Tatiana was excellent.
Our only disappointment was the caprese salad: there’s no excuse for pale, watery tomatoes in August!

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PeggyC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our server, who never introduced himself, kept mentioning the jumbo sea scallops, offering to add them to appetizers and entrees alike. He eventually sold my husband on adding them to his pasta, to his grave disappointment. Not so jumbo at all.
Note of caution: our bill for a party of six had gratuity added, and because he did not expect this nor was he watchful for it, my husband tipped on the meal and automatically assumed gratuity. Boy was he ticked when he realized that later!
The Chianti was very pleasant, and the lobster risotto special was delicious.

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vipDianeP
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second excellent dinner at Osteria del Pastaio, with delicious appetizers and main courses, and excellent service thanks to our favorite server, George. We can always count on his recommendations if we are not sure what to pick. Can't wait to return.

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vipLibby
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I know that restaurants are recovering from Covid but this restaurant didn’t seem to care about anything with regards to service. No one knew what was going on and we were charged for things we didn’t order and when we explained to numerous people no one did anything. They also just added on 20% gratuity for 3 people with horrible service. I would not recommend.

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vipCamdenbill
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb quality food. Pasta is amazing. Attentive service in a lovely intimate setting

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runchicky
Northern MI
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh & delicious! Great menu and wine list. The dessert selection is phenomenal! Staff is very friendly, professional, timely & sense of humor. Definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience. Filthy bathrooms, mediocre food, insects on the table, a hair in the pasta and the waitress forgot to put in an appetizer in the order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience1

I have dined many times in the past. Something has changed. The dining room was exceedingly warm and no explanation. The server was nice but seemed really rushed. The food was all excellent except the carbonara which was inedible. We were a group of 5 so I suppose not Uncommon to have one bad meal. The absolutely awful part of the evening was the ladies bathroom. It was disgusting! Absolutely filthy. How can this be? Something needs to change or we won’t come back which is a pity

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MRDa
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We had the filet mignon pasta ravioli sauteed calamari and scallops, pasta wheel, chocolate and cheesecake for dessert The atmosphere was relaxed . The service was outstanding . The waiter's recommendation was awesome . Overall a wonderful experience

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vipjlosangeles
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food excellent service. Neighborhood gem.

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vipmurph
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We originally booked an outside table. Pleasant enough space outside, but our table was too cramped for 4 people. We re-located inside. Our server, George, was delightful. Great wine recommendation. The lobster risotto and Dover sole, both on special, were fantastic. A real gem!

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vipLimage143
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was good but they were short staffed due to covid

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111Resident
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as good as it was 2 years ago. The change of personnel and chefs has not been favorable. Probably would not go there if it weren’t so close to where I live.

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Larry800
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My friend and I we're hoping to enjoy the same superb food we've had at Locanda. Not the case. Drinks were very good and our server was very attentive. Our eggplant appetizer was good. But my cacio de pepi was an oily mess with no flavor and my friend thought her Bolognese was much better on her visit last week. Was a different chef on duty last night? Based on our excellent experience with Locanda, I will give the restaurant a second chance.

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vipSearcher
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is superb, service is a little uneven . Overall a great experience.

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vipDrewChicago
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New management and chef recently. I loved the turbo fish I chose and the caprice’ salad starter. There were a few fresh seafood options and my friend had the scallops on multi colored spaghetti and the hearts of palm salad. I live in the neighborhood and will definitely return. It was great to sit outside and the evening really cooled down nicely.

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vipBobbieH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food in each course was excellent from the appetizer to the dessert. The service was great. A hidden gem!

FAQs

Osteria del Pastaio does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Osteria del Pastaio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 649-0055.

Osteria del Pastaio is rated 4.3 stars by 517 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.