Osteria Rusticana

4.5
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$30 and under
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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 56 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great outdoor patio for the evening

RN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to the incredible food and staff, they helped make my girlfriend’s bday dinner a great success!!!!

OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

Y
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before going Ravinia to see Steely Dan. Perfect beginning to the evening.

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luca was a great host! Extremely accommodating! Figured out seating for us with our newborn given we had our rather large bassinet stroller.

PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria Rusticana is a great place to have a very enjoyable meal! Being a perfect summertime evening, we were able to sit at a table outside in front of the restaurant. The food was great, from the fried calamari and shrimp appetizer (crispy, nicely seasoned, not greasy at all), to the cavatelli alla norma (pasta with a fried eggplant and tomato sauce), to the Sicilian pistachio panna cotta I had for dessert. The rest of the menu looks really tasty, as did the specials, so I can't wait to go back. The manager helped us pick out a wine to go with the meal, and it was lovely. A gem!

JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food but not amazing. Great service from friendly staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
11 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
3 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
Chicago
2 reviews
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
10 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!

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