Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
1874 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.

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.
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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

For the first time some of the flavor and texture was missing. My thought was the chef must be on vacation because I have been many times and have never be disappointed. Based on that I am undeterred and look forward to my next visit.

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MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. A must go to place. Small and Quaint.

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TG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The Pasta E Fagioli was amazing, and the service is first rate. Our waiter was helpful and friendly, broken English and all. Best meal I had during a long week-end in Chicago.

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

Wonderful👍😊

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Seafood stew, a real letdown. Seafood cooked earlier in the evening, strong over cooked seafood. Appetizer, fried zucchini flowers extremely salty. Won’t go back. Sorry

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P
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a warm and inviting evening! The gracious treatment and delicious food always stellar!

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F
Chicago
324 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant. Great food and ambience.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Food is average but prices quite high. But that’s not the issue. We did not enjoy our experience because of the service our waiter name Alex A was not attentive, doesn’t smile. We asked for hot sauce or tobacco sauce. He didn’t even check and just brushed us off and said no we don’t have it. He could have brought pepper flakes but clearly he didn’t even try or be bothered. Sadly to say we won’t be back

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J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was really not a typical experience for us. We have always enjoyed everything about Trattoria but the last time was our first bad experience. I was entertaining friends from out of town. I asked the waiter if we could change out the tomato sauce on the Rigatoni dish with the pink vodka sauce (have never had a problem asking for a slight variance before). Also asked that a dinner salad be brought out at the same time as the other entrees, as one friend wasn’t feeling good to eat more than that. The salad came out about 10 minutes before the other entrees and when the rigatoni dinners came out, they were both very dry and sprinkled with Italian sausage that had no taste. Seemed to be more like hamburger meat. The complimentary bruschetta had also been sitting with the chopped tomatoes for awhile because they were soft and soaked from the juice Again, have never had this type of experience but just disappointed since I was entertaining friends from out of town and I had raves about Trattoria

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Chicago!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in the city. Hands down.

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t
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Wine list cook be more extensive

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F
Chicago
325 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE thoroughly enjoyed. Already have made plans to return next week.

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R
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambiance were excellent as usual. A great place to enjoy friends and great food.

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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is quaint and the wait staff is excellent. I never leave a restaurant hungry and most often have leftovers wrapped. I ordered the Dover sole special and when thought they forgot most of my entree in the kitchen. It was the smallest serving of fish I have ever been served with very little in addition to that. I was done eating in 3 bites then patiently waited as my dinner partner finished his very nice seafood pasta. Beyond that the restaurant was very good.

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l
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta and caprese salad we’ve ever had! Don’t go to Chicago without a stop here!

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M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent variety and wonderful Northern Italian cooking

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Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this place! Reminded me of so many spots we enjoyed traveling in Italy. The food was authentic, delicious and the service was fantastic. We felt right at home! Great spot!

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

Always a fantastic dining experience. The food is top notch, fresh, and authentic. The dining room is simple and classic. Very quaint and inviting. Christian is an outstanding asset to a wonderfully executed restaurant. He is so welcoming, and does everything to make his guests feel special yet comfortable. A Lincoln Park staple. We will be back regularly.

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visiting from way out of town, we were looking for something special. We definitely found it here! We made it last minute reservation, arrived early and we're seated immediately. The server was incredible, and very knowledgeable about the food the wine the desserts and after dinner drinks. All the other support staff were great and the food was super good! We would definitely come back and highly recommend this restaurant!

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Appetizers and meal were great except beef linguine. My husband thought is was too beefaroni tasting. My saffron risotto with seafood was fantastic. The salads and calamari were also fantastic.

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AT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The room is a little tight, but you forget all about that once the food arrives

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GP
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal delicious food!

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KH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal service. Authentic food. Cannot wait to come back.

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R
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, atmosphere and service were all excellent and they are very consistently excellent.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed after reading the good reviews. Returned the Minestrone Soup as it had absolutely no flavor. This was a harbinger of the whole meal. Average meal that did not warrant the prices. The service was polite but waitress seemed very harried. Very noisy. Would not go again as there are so many better Italian restaurants in the area.

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LR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The specials were outstanding including a squash blossom starter. It is rare to see squash blossoms on Chicago menus.

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V
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food I've had since our trip to Italy. When you see such an extensive menu, you don't expect the food to be so amazing. Highly recommend this place & we will be coming back !

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Z
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this neighborhood gem. We walked in and felt like we were back in Tuscany. The food was sensational and the service very attentive. The owner was charming and welcomed us warmly. I will be back here for sure on our next visit to Chicago.

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. It feels like you are in Florence.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine experience eating at Riccardo’s. We own a house in Italy and know great Italian food! I can count on one hand great Italian restaurants in Chicago, and this is one of them!

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S
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience; prototypical neighborhood restaurant. Very good food. Atmosphere is casual & comfortable. Service was first-rate.

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JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

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LW
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorite restaurants in Chicago! The food, wine, atmosphere, and service are excellent!

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CW
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The trofie pasta is the best I’ve ever had including prior visits! Always a treat! Thank you!!!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian around!!

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J
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is simply the best Italian restaurant in Chicago and quite possibly the best anywhere. This is when you understand "best" as a combination of price of the check, the quality of the food and the friendliness of the service. It is a spot for those who love and appreciate Italian food at its finest.

This is not a pizza spot or a "red sauce" place. There is one of those next door and others are to be found elsewhere in our wonderful city.

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B
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Mother’s Day tradition (in addition to other regular visits). It was as fabulous as always. This it’s a truly authentic Milanese trattoria, in cuisine and ambience we had three different starters (Vitiello tonato, fried sardines and arrancini - all excelllent) three different mains, but the most outstanding- as it is consistently - was the grilled branzino this is the best fish dish in Chicago, bar none. This is how they do it in Italy. excellent and very reasonable wine list. continues to be our favorite restaurant in Chicago

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DF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places. The food was very good. The service is first rate. It is a treasure.

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

The food was excellent, the staff very friendly, and a great wine list. Will definitely be back often!!

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