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
Classy without being overly pretentious. Riccardo Trattoria is one of our favorite Italian restaurants around.
Always fabulous. I visit every time I am in town. The most authentic Italian cuisine in town.
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.
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.
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.
Great! Will be back.
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.
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.
My favorite place - fabulous food
7:30 reservations, but not seated until 8:15
Wonderful. Just a bit noisy
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.
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!
Food and wine not as good a last year. Expensive compared to what you get on your plate.
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.
Very good. Slightly too noisy
We loved the ravioli and rigatoni dishes!! So delicious and an awesome experience
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!
Amazing, waiter basically let me customize my order that was not on the menu.
Graduation and birthday dinner. It was incredible! The pasta was unbeatable!
Wonderful server and excellent food
Fabulous! My fav restaurant in all of Chicago! Food, service, wine, ambiance, 10 stars
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!!
They had truffles at a reasonable price! Great food! Not just your standard American Italian. Our waiter was outstanding.
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.
Carefully prepared food; delicious, authentic Italian menu offerings. Attentive service. Special birthday treat for my husband. Lovely, refined atmosphere. Want to return soon.
The staff is very nice but we did not enjoy our meals. It also felt very rushed.
Some of the most authentic Italian food in the city. Considering the quality, the price point is perfect.
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.
One of my favorite restaurants. My 3 friends had not been there before and also loved it
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
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.
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💕
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!
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!
Outstanding food and service / excellente!!!
Everything was wonderful. The food was outstanding. The waiter was extremely helpful and knowledgable. The ambiance is lovely.
Love the food. Delightful atmosphere and servers. One of my favorite dining spots.
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.
A great evening. Comfortable, unpretentious, but superb cuisine.