After moving to the US, Riccardo opened Sonny Bono, IL Giardino Ristorante and Madeo Ristorante in Beverly Hills. In 1987 he helped his cousin Roberto Ruggeri open the first Bice restaurant in New York City. Since then, he has worked in the opening of many of the restaurants in the group. In 2002 Riccardo moved to Chicago with his wife Veronica to be the executive chef of Bice on Ontario.
Finally Riccardo and Veronica, also a chef, decided to open their own place and in 2006 called Riccardo Trattoria. Considered by many to be the top Italian restaurant in town, receiving the Bib Gourmand from Michelin in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Now, Riccardo and Veronica have opened a classic Italian wine bar, called Riccardo Enoteca, right across the street from Riccardo Trattoria on Clark.
Cesar is a tremendous host. Juan and his service colleagues work together like a fined tuned orchestra. Always top notch.
Riccardo Enoteca is always wonderful - the food is delicious and everyone that works there is very nice!
Always a great dining experience
I have eaten here twice and had a lovely experience both times. The second occasion was to spend time with friends who were visiting from out of town. They loved it as well. On both occasions, the salad was fresh, and the food was hot and consistent in terms of flavor and portions. They also provide great service. Very attentive.
Small cute little restaurant with amazing food and service:-)
Excellent experience, great food and attentive service!
Great food and service. I recommend this place as one of the best in Lincoln Park.
Absolutely incredible dinner, we will be back soon!
I love this place , service and food are outstanding.
Wonderful meal. Attentive service. Nice atmosphere.
High quality traditional Italian cuisine. Comfortable place. Some communication problems with friendly and generally competent server. Will go again. Personally value non-trendy quality.
Great food. Amazing selection. Good value. Neighborhood gem.
Favorite place in town! We love Juan!
This is our favorite go Italian restaurant. It’s cozy inviting environment draws us back every time. The menu has many authentic Italian dishes that I’ve only seen in Italy, that are very affordable and absolutely delicious!
Met with a number of friends at Riccardo's. It is a small, neighborhood gem. The food is good and the staff lovely. We had a good time and it was well priced. Recommend
El mejor restaurante italiano de Chicago. Así de simple. Excelente comida y mejor atención.
The service was great and everyone in our group really enjoyed their meals. I look forward to dining there again!
Best veal parmigiana I’ve had in years and husband had delicious veal saltimbocca.
Loved this place!
Enjoyed that there was no pressure to order fast, service was the best part of the meal honestly!! Negroni was so so but wine list very good.
We love this place - consistently great food and great service! A well-priced and interesting wine list focused on wines from Italy that we enjoy exploring. Whether it's just the two of us or a larger group, we always have a wonderful time at Riccardo Enoteca!
The staff is always fantastic. From the host to any server. The staff turnover is minimal which helps with their customer service a lot. Juan was a fantastic server on this recent visit but the entire staff always helps each other and greets all of the customers.
Juan was a fantastic server! He recommended a wonderful wine and was the precise amount of attentive. Love this place and will definitely be back soon!
As always a wonderful dinning experience. Had company from out of town and they were so impressed with the food and the service.
The food was amazing as always! Because it was our anniversary, our server was extremely attentive and gave us some extras on the house.
It was a great date at an amazing restaurant!!
Our server Juan was so great. Attentive but not overbearing and everything we ordered was delicious.
Amazing!! We loved everything. Great experience:)
We had dinner before the Barbra Streisand Concert on 06 August. The waiter brought us complimentary bruschetta along with our wine, which was delicious....tomatoes ripe and sweet and bread not saturated with olive oil. We ordered prosciutto & melon for our appetizer. Proscuitto thinly sliced and melon ripe and sweet. For our entrée, Veal Limone with Capers, Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Spinach with a hint of garlic. The veal was lightly egg washed, served with a hint of lemon and the capers adding just enough salt. Outstanding!!!! Only wish we had more time to savor another glass of wine and some of your delicious sounding desserts. We will be back.
Ricardo Enoteca is a wonderful neighborhood gem with delightful food and outstanding service. I love seafood, and recently enjoyed both grilled calamari and octopus there.
I look forward to returning soon!
I love this place, so much. We came early on Saturday and were able to nab patio table which meant my mom's dog could be there, yay dog friendly restaurants! My dad will drive from Michigan just for the grilled calamari appetizer. Everything is always delicious, fetuccini Bolognese is a go to when I'm feeling indecisive, but they also always have great specials.
We always have the best experience! The food is always superb and the service is so friendly. The staff always makes the extra effort to ensure you have a wonderful dining experience. Our server, José, was simply the best! I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal here. Outstanding.
Always a favorite. The perfect neighborhood spot.
I love this place! Riccardo Trattoria is family fave since it has opened and Enoteca as well.
Gave us free bruschetta which was nice. Place was weirdly quiet post work on a Friday. Good attention from the servers thouvh
Party of six celebrating a reunion and eating al fresco. Excellent food, service and surroundings. Small and intimate with good food!
Love this place, one of our favorites! Truly great Italian food, you won’t be disappointed!
The food was excellent and the service was even better!
Inside restaurant wasn't great for family (kids / noise level) as was quiet and intimate. But once we moved outside, the food and service was fantastic, and had great meal.
My wife’s favorite!!!!! Great food , service at a reasonable price.
What a great innovative menu. Keep that fava bean and truffle salad on the menu!