Osteria Rusticana

4.6
49 reviews
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Italian
Osteria Rusticana evokes the heart and soul of authentic, traditional Sicilian cuisine.

Our welcoming atmosphere and flavorful menu reflect all that is Sicily:
warm, inviting sunshine, sea-kissed beaches, abundant farmlands, and a rich,
long-standing food culture, infused with the unique and special tastes and fragrances only found on this beloved Italian island.

The Sicilian people treasure time spent at family dinners, sharing and laughing as they gather around Mama’s kitchen table. Osteria Rusticana is proud to offer you this very experience, right here in the heart of Chicago.

We use the finest ingredients (many imported directly from our network of family owned Sicilian farms), and our unique recipes (based on those handwritten gems passed down through generations of Sicilian families ) to bring Sicily to you, straight from Mama’s kitchen!

Buon Pranzo!

Specials

Sweet weekend brunch

Free Italian house made dessert to the table.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 17, 2019

Ends: July 18, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-2:00PM
Sat 10:00AM-2:00PM

Industry day

All of our menu cocktails are 50% OFF.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 17, 2019

Ends: July 18, 2118

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Italian

Glass of Rose $5.
Glass of Prosecco $6.
Pitcher Aperol Spritz $25.
Pitcher Bellini $20.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 17, 2019

Ends: July 18, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

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Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM

What 49 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great service! Absolutely The Best Italian restaurant in the city ! Last week I celebrated my birthday at OR and all my guests loved it. We ordered different pasta, fish of the day, chicken and other appetizers and everything was delicious and very flavorful! Their desserts taste amazing and presentation is beautiful! Also they have Happy Hour every day. So today we were back with my husband for their Happy Hour drinks and some pasta! Love this place! Highly recommended!

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood Risotto (on the specials menu) was the best plate of pasta I've ever had in my life. This place never disappoints. Osteria Rusticana is so authentic and the people/service there is truly amazing. There's a reason why my fiance and I continue to come back here. In my opinion, I think it's the best Italian place in the city. Thinking about it makes me want to go back tonight.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Party of four, everyone had their own pasta course and they were all awesome. The appetizers were good, but not the same caliber. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful with wine selections. Def will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! You can’t get better Italian food in the city

BS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood so we walked over to try it out. Luca was a more than gracious host and very interactive throughout our entire meal. Our pastas were 110% homemade. Entire meal was delicious and we'll definitely be back!

ML
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food remains outstanding after the change in ownership and menu. Luca and staff are still the best in the business and make the restaurant a delight at which to dine.

JC
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new owners and their staff have done an excellent job at taking the previous great Nando Milano and doing an awesome job!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not quite the same as Nando Milano although staff remains. Food just isn’t what it was. :(

KL
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinning experience all around.
Food/service/location

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great staff and food!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration went fabulous. They have everything you need, delicious food beautiful patio and the best service I ever had. Salute.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria Rusticana is nothing short of amazing. Great ambiance, service and the most authentic Southern Italian food you will find outside of Italy. Will go back any chance we get.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fabulous food. Service was a little slow, so make sure you have enough time.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner was great! Our server was amazing! Giving great recommendations! Loved it

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! Food was outstanding and service was fantastic. Felt very authentic.

NK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fav Italian restaurants. Everything is delicious starting with appetizers to dessert. You will definitely need to try their house made limoncello. Great place to dine.

RO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every so often you go out for a meal and everything is right. The vibe, the creature comforts and of course the food. Osteria Rusticana hit the trifecta! If it’s good weather, enjoy sitting outside and hearing the sounds of the city glide past. We started with meatballs in a red sauce, they were savory and exactly the right texture. Extra points for the red sauce since it is the closest I’ve ever had to my moms. Our main dishes were gnocchi in pesto and tagliatelle with sausage. Sounds average?! Anything but!! The pesto was underscored with a hint of almonds and every bite was mouthwatering. The tagliatelle was a fusion of different tastes that worked so well together. We did it, we had dessert too. When they brought out the platter of cannolis we thought they were small. They were just right though. Props to the owner - he is hands on and does it well and he even got us to speak a little Italian.

DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luca was awesome...very cordial and welcoming. The repast is authentic and epicurean....

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The worst fettuccine ai frutti di mare I've ever had. The broth had zero flavor and the mussels were the smallest possible. The chef is either lazy or incompetent or the whole thing is a scan.

NN
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are amazing. This was our third visit and we will go back!

SC
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was charming, the staff friendly and professional, the food, unfortunately, was just mediocre. We may try it again in a several months as I understand it just opened a few weeks ago.

FL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our local favorites. Always consistently wonderful-you can’t beat their homemade pasta. We had the paperdella with truffle (I kept eating off my husbands plate) and I had the pesto cream sauce fettuccine - literally considered taking home the sauce that was left on the plate. Luca and team always welcome us with open arms with a great and friendly atmosphere.

i
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside and it was absolutely lovely. Split a bottle of wine, appetizers, and then the four of us did our own entrees and not one plate had food remaining. Delicious!

CB
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a surprise to have such a delicious and well priced authentic Italian meal in wicker park without all the pretension! Will definitely return!

R
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to this restaurant. Wonderful surprise. There were four of us and we had a variety of food, all of which was perfectly prepared. The host and servers could not have been more accommodating and worked around a late arriving guest. The only negative was the excessive noise level in the small space. Conversation with friends and communication with staff was very difficult.

n
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

High quality fresh food, very attentive staff and owner. Nice ambience - not quiet but par for an Italian place. Food comes out from the kitchen a little slowly - not horrible, and the staff do check on you while you wait. Worth the wait.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. The food equally so.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turn down Frank. I love him but maybe play it low

NN
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the real deal. Felt like we were in Italy.

K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was just not that great. Love the owner and wine was great but would not go back.

FW
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic southern Italy cuisine, with good pasta 'al dente'. Nice wine list with focus on the Italian ones. Very friendly service. Good experience for a dinner with friends. Salute!

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, top notch menu, and execution of the dishes is excellent! You can’t go wrong with the wine menu, especially not if a recommendation is offered on the topic! If you’re looking for caringly-handmade pasta thoughtfully-constructed dishes, and friendly yet polite waitstaff, this is the place for you!

BE
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food! I have lived in Itlay and my spouse is Italian. The arancini/suppli are delicious! The calimari, great! Burrata, delicious! The paste [Itlaian plural of pasta] are delicious and some housemade! This is a great place, great neighborhood place, destination, just go!

DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, as nice as everyone is at the restaurant our food wasn’t very good. Our muscles appetizer was great however, my shrimp & pasta pasta wasn’t very good. The seafood was rubbery and my pasta was almost hard and very under cooked. My mother’s lasagna was semi-warm with the center being actually cold. It was Mother’s Day and maybe it was just too crowded for properly cook the food.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time here since the new name / menu – we came for Mother’s Day. It was all amazing.

Our entire family (7 people) loved the food.

The pasta dishes were unbelievably tasty. All the house made breads were fabulous. Carpaccio and bruschetta were the perfect start. Great energy in the room and the entire staff service was top-notch. Umberto was our server and he 100% made the dining experience very special. Can’t wait to come back!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time coming to Osteria for dinner. We were welcomed and treated like family by the staff. They have a great selection of handmade pastas on the menu. We tried the meatball appetizer which was great and they had a nice specials menu. Good wine selection and they will give you recommendations if you need it. Don’t skip on the dessert, anything with pistachio in it is awesome. I highly recommend trying this, it is my go to Italian restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, food and service was great. The only thing I would change is slow down on the speed between ordering and food arriving. They were sooner than expected and lost money on apps and drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of my favorite places to eat in the city. The staff and food are amazing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no better date night for my fiancé and I than here. Truly everything about it makes it so special.

You walk in and are immediately warmly welcomed with a “buonasera!” You’re made to feel like family and suddenly feel transported to Italy. Luca, who is an institution here and seems to know every single couple and family who arrive, even took the time to teach us how to order in Italian which we now happily try to practice with each visit.

Then there is the food! Everything is authentically Italian. My personal favorites from the main menu are:

-Arancini appetizer
-Insalata pantesca- super light tomato salad. Perfect for summer time
-Risotto ai funghi

They also have an outstanding specials menu each night that I’d recommend ordering at least a few things from. My favorite dishes have come from that rotating list.

Each time we come we seem to meet another table who adores this place just as much as we do—it’s clearly not a coincidence. You won’t regret coming.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Long wait, but good food and incredibly nice staff. The wait was likely a byproduct of an off night prepping for their crowds. Food is great and all reasonably priced.

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