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.
This is one of our favorite restaurants of all time. We live a five minute walk away and always ask ourselves why we don't eat here more often. The service is helpful and friendly. The food is outstanding. Never had a bad time here.
Food is wonderful and the service was exceptional. Made us feel special.
Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Exceptional food and super personable and professional staff.
Food and service were excellent. We came on a VERY cold night and were seated just in front of the door and asked if we'd be frozen out in that location. We were offered a 20-30 minute wait for another table but they said we'd be OK. The restaurant has a long entry between the outside door and the inside door. There is a sign asking people to make sure that the outside door is closed before opening the inside door. A member of the restaurant staff spent much of his time by the inside door to make sure that guests observed the request.
Great pizza, good wine selection and friendly neighborhood spot.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lincoln Park. Cesar, JP, Juan and all of the chefs and staff are top notch — friendly, courteous and always provide great recommendations, superior service and delicious meals. I cannot say enough about how much we adore Cesar! Riccardo should be very proud of him and all who make this restaurant so great! And Riccardo himself is the best of the best of all chefs in Chicago and a lovely, kind, intelligent, amazing person too! I do not know many who have his passion, kind heart and amazing talent!!!
Food and ambiance was of the highest quality. Highly recommend this place.
A neighborhood gem. We come often for the authentic food and excellent service. I’m from New York City; the size and vibe remind me of home.
Wonderful and quiet New Year’s Eve dinner. Simply delicious.
Best small venue Italian in Chicago!!! The food is always great and the service is even better.
Birthday celebration. Great place to enjoy w friends. Great food and service.
We love Riccardo Enoteca. Really really love it. Special occasion, every day. We always have a reason to go.
One of a few restaurants open on Christmas Eve, we had a great meal here. The Milanese style pizza was revelatory with its crisp, light crust. The lasagna and the lobster fettuccine were fantastic, as were the scallops. Excellent wine list, too.
The food is always delicious and inventive. And the staff, charming. Our favorite neighborhood spot.
Great local italian with exceptional service. Staff are so welcoming and attentive. Nice wine list! A place you can return to again and again knowing you will have a wonderful evening.
The bolognese was out of this world! Can't wait to return
The staff was amazing, the atmosphere is Welcoming, but the food stole the show. DELICIOUS!!
Service was excellent. We had the Napoletana and Vegetarians pizzas, bean soup, and gnocchi. Delicious! Spectacular wine list. And very nice ambience.
Great food, great wine list and service. Adorable little restaurant. Great evening out with the family!
Riccardo Enoteca is always a delicious meal! It’s a wonderful restaurant in Linvoln Park!
Waitstaff is excellent. Food was wonderful.
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My new favorite Italian place. Great veal parmigiana.
Great service and many menu choices with quite a variety of specials each night.
Love this restaurant every time I go!! Never had a bad meal here.
Always a treat, consistent and delicious Italian! Some pastas are housemate, all the sauces are housemate, always delicious!
Great service and experience. Food was outstanding
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.