Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
1606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Riccardo started his career at a very young age in Milan's prestigious "GIRARROSTO" family owned. Then, in 1982 he moved to the United States and he opened the famous Sonny Bono's in Los Angeles. In 1987 he started to work with his cousin Roberto Ruggeri (owner of Bice's Venture), with him he opened Bice New York, Los Angeles and many others around the world.

Now, after three years as Executive Chef of Bice in Chicago, and together with his wife (and sous chef), Veronica, and his cousin (and hostess), Barbara, he decided to continue his gastronomic artistry and creativity in his restaurant named after himself "Riccardo Trattoria."


Here through the craftsmanship of an Italian food connoisseur, dishes are prepared with an almost zen-like essentiality that has shaped Riccardo's professional and existential life course.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


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Phone number
(773) 549-0038
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clark and Webster
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Gift Card
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Classy without being overly pretentious. Riccardo Trattoria is one of our favorite Italian restaurants around.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1606 People Are Saying
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CD
St. Louis
4 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous. I visit every time I am in town. The most authentic Italian cuisine in town.

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CD
Chicago
14 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. Every bite was delicious. We started with a nice bottle of wine, the prosciutto with melon and smoked mozzerella with vegetables/ For my entree, I had (and loved) the Truffle Parmigiana Risotto. For dessert, we shared the lemon sorbet in vodka. Wonderful service. Would definitely return.

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SI
Chicago
63 reviews
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend this restaurant as unequivocally the finest in the city, without an outlandish price tag! The cuisine is delicious ... the creative and well-crafted options incredible, the staff friendly and extremely well-trained, and the atmosphere like a tiny spot in any of Italy's finest neighborhoods. I can simply not say enough about this spot and its wonderful chef, and will come again at every opportunity.

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MD
1 review
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Please improve service of placing order to bringing out the food. We had to wait a long time before we got our appetizers and main meal.

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Will be back.

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RR
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riccardo’s is a neighborhood restaurant for me however it is beloved throughout Chicago. Service impeccable to match perfectly cooked antipasti, pasta and main plates. Try the branzino, fettuccine a la Bolognese and and trout. Reservations are a must.

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BS
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my birthday and it exceeded my expectations. The food was cooked to perfection and the service was incredible. I would recommend trying any dish that has veal in it, as this restaurant prepares veal flawlessly. Definitely coming back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite place - fabulous food

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u
Chicago
3 reviews
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

7:30 reservations, but not seated until 8:15

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f
Chicago
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. Just a bit noisy

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GV
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Riccardo Trattoria, hoping for high-quality, authentic Italian cuisine. The place did not disappoint. We shared the octopus carpaccio and the vitello tonnato, and had the pasta with salmon and vodka sauce, and the gnocchi with prosciutto. For dessert, we ordered the profiterol, and were also gifted a panna cotta, courtesy of the house for our special occasion. EVERYTHING was absolutely AMAZING. Food was flavorful, service was impeccable, and the vibe of the venue was cozy and welcoming. This restaurant quickly made it to our short list of favorite restaurants in Chicago.

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J
Raleigh
13 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Riccardo's Trattoria many times and, once again, it was excellent. The branzino was excellent, as was the pasta dishes. The waiter was very courteous and attentive to the needs of one of our party who needed to be gluten free. All in all, another wonderful evening at Riccardo's!

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MR
1 review
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food and wine not as good a last year. Expensive compared to what you get on your plate.

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F
Chicago
43 reviews
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riccardo's is always a great place to eat. The food is excellent and the staff is very attentive and efficient. It's a "go to" place in the neighborhood with a downtown vibe.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good. Slightly too noisy

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RG
1 review
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the ravioli and rigatoni dishes!! So delicious and an awesome experience

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TN
Nashville
1 review
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this reservation (and you definitely need a reservation) because we’d read reviews rating Ricardo’s the best Italian in Chicagoand it did not disappoint. Small cozy venue that felt authentic. Our server was helpful and friendly. We had the crapese salad, the duck in plum sauce and the Fettucine Aragosta and was complimented a dessert of flan for my birthday. Everything was a delight and perfectly seasoned. Great experience!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing, waiter basically let me customize my order that was not on the menu.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation and birthday dinner. It was incredible! The pasta was unbeatable!

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S
New England
13 reviews
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful server and excellent food

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! My fav restaurant in all of Chicago! Food, service, wine, ambiance, 10 stars

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CW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riccardo trattoria is one of the consistently best Italian restaurants in Chicago----small, quaint with GREAT service and it has a menu with so many choices--all of which are always done very well---specials ( such as the soft shell crabs either as an appetizer or entrée ) add even more variety---glad its in my neighborhood!!

cwh

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DW
Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They had truffles at a reasonable price! Great food! Not just your standard American Italian. Our waiter was outstanding.

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j
Chicago
17 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is some of the best Italian in Chicago. The service is great. We have been there many times and will continue to return. The veal parm made special with a butterfly veal chop is a favorite. They have awesome pasta and seafood as well.

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ID
New York Area
12 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carefully prepared food; delicious, authentic Italian menu offerings. Attentive service. Special birthday treat for my husband. Lovely, refined atmosphere. Want to return soon.

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GW
Chicago
12 reviews
3.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The staff is very nice but we did not enjoy our meals. It also felt very rushed.

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4
Chicago
15 reviews
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most authentic Italian food in the city. Considering the quality, the price point is perfect.

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d
Chicago
36 reviews
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A charming restaurant with excellent food and a nice wine list. Service is attentive. Among recommendations are any pasta dish and the branzino. The bread basket is great.

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WB
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants. My 3 friends had not been there before and also loved it

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M
Minneapolis
6 reviews
2.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I asked to have my leftover pasta boxed so I could take it home. It never came (I think they threw it out accidentally). I was disappointed in the quality of the food for the first time. It has usually been great! Not this time. It felt rushed and not very flavorful

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Nashville
1 review
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took teenage boys for fine dining experience and we were not disappointed. They treated us like regulars, and there’s not better Italian food in the city.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this intimate little restaurant! The staff went aBose and beyond to make our visit delightful, even going across the street to help one of my friends navigate traffic on busy Clark Street. We had an early pre theater meal and never felt rushed. The food is fresh and light and the expansive menu is filled with great choices for all dietary and appetite needs. It’s a gem💕

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my b-day. Our waiter was excellent & so was the food & wine! The dishes were plentiful & fresh. All my friends were very pleased!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. I think it's the best Italian food in the city. Service is always impeccable and we never feel rushed. I love this place!

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JH
Indiana
23 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service / excellente!!!

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R
Chicago
22 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The food was outstanding. The waiter was extremely helpful and knowledgable. The ambiance is lovely.

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SC
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. Delightful atmosphere and servers. One of my favorite dining spots.

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Y
Denver
35 reviews
4.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner on a Tuesday night. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly and helpful in guiding us through extensive menu. My rigatoni was excellent. My companions risotto (a special) needed salt. A lot of salt. The tiny meatballs were flavorful but the entire dish needed a little “punch”. The lentil soup was good and my salad with the vinegrette dressing was very good. We ate late (8:45) and even though we were the last people in the restaurant to leave, we never felt rushed. This is a very nice restaurant and I would return again.

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M
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening. Comfortable, unpretentious, but superb cuisine.

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