Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
2139 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmarshi
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve missed their food!
So good!! One of my absolute favorites!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was worth the traffic into the city. Staff treated us like honored guests. Definitely coming back!!!

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vipDallas345545
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pasta here is fantastic. Mussels were average. The Osso Bucco, tasted nice, but for $38, the portion was so small. Came with plain risotto. I think we could have thrown some mushrooms in there. Wonderful seafood pasta though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not enough social distancing and tables were a little too close together. On the other hand, the staff were terrific and the food fabulous, as always.

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Sierra
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service was amazing! A great spot for a warm and comforting Italian meal!

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vipcurly
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is always outstanding, and tonight was no exception. Pastas, seafood, meat dishes were all great. Branzino and osso bucco were highlights. Some of the best mussels I have ever had. One of our party had some dietary restrictions that the kitchen gladly accommodated. Terrific, attentive service as well. My favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago.

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Angela
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian restaurant. Best rice balls ever and their sauce is tasty. definitely need reservations

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chooseanickname
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Nino's service was amazing from suggestions for drink and food to even providing a little extra bread to take greater advantage of the wonderful sauces... Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place was highly recommended to me but it must have been the C team on shift the night we went. I brought friends from out of town here and I was embarrassed it was so bad. The waiter seemed annoyed and bothered with us as soon as we sat down. The lobster ravioli was not fresh, it was awful. The lights were too bright, there was no music except for what was blaring from the kitchen. I would have had a better experience going to an Olive Garden.

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SusieG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dining experience at Ricardo's. The food, service and atmosphere was wonderful. My husband had the branzino which was perfectly grilled. I had the linguini with clams... outstanding! We highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

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JulioR
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful interesting food and neighborhood friendly service. They always make a person feel welcome and appreciated.

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vipFranz42
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific dining experience. As good as Italian gets in Chicago!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and incredible service. Best Italian food in the city!

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Jeff
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good selection of wines. The stuff zucchini was great. The veal milanese was well prepared. Desert frutti di bosco con gelato was a great way to finish dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago. Food and service are excellent. Would highly recommend.

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vipLamony
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very disappointed in the food. We ordered the specials as I think they must be special, if they say so. The pasta was over stuffed and the vodka sauce just ok. The veal was too breaded and tough. I have always liked this place as a lovely neighborhood quality Italian food bistro but I’m not sure I can go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night for outdoor Chicago dining. The food was amazing - I had the grilled octopus and my wife had the Bronzino. Service was spot on.
Kicking myself that we haven’t eaten here sooner - but will be back and would heartily recommend.

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vipmike
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A really nice evening, salads,appetizers and an excellent pasta and lamb shank..the affugato at the end was a little disappointing, could have used a little more thought on presentation, not just two scoops of ice cream in a bowl with espresso poured on top…but all in all a very pleasant experience and will definitely return…

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ElizabethS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, comfortable, delicious, friendly, perfect.

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vipLydiaK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riccardo's is consistent and has great food and service. The food is authentic and delicious. The service is amazing even post Covid when so many restaurants are suffering without enough staffing. Riccardo's' employees work very hard to give you lots of attention without being too present. It is a neighborhood gem and we always return. Paco, the manager, is friendly, warm and pitches in with the staff to keep it all humming. Bravo!

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vipHCGuy
Little Rock
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food authentic, local restaurant - definitely going back.

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veronicav
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful.
Covid problem however, no longer have valet service.
Took me 15 minutes to find parking
Love the place.

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vipJohninchicago
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian food and conscientious attentive staff!

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aug145
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great meal and a excellent dessert.
Sorbet w/Vodka

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, entrees and dessert were so so good. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was 10/10 but the table next to us was so loud so my family and I didn’t really enjoy our night there.

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JackR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Always have the best food here. I generally get the bolognaise and it never disappoints. The staff is so friendly and attentive, I love going here!

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JeffM
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining at Ricardo’s and it was excellent. Food was fresh tasting and nicely prepared. Service was excellent. Look forward to returning soon.

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vipGaby
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as ever!!!

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NDeater
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, authentic Italian food, can’t wait to take friends here. Absolutely outstanding

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vipstephaneR
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city.

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Nartaki
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was great. Would love more vegetarian options.

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ChrisO
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I visit Chicago I have to do e at Riccardo's. Simple, delicious and authentic. One of the most consistent restaurants I have ever been to. the seasonal truffle Tagliolini and veal chop Milanese are my favorites

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vipmzmargw
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu has changed a bit, but the biggest problem is the lack of valet. There is no parking in this area at all, so if you have to come by car don't go!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting, and it was a great dinner.

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StephenP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the staff was so warm and welcoming.

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vipBlingsetter
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Riccardo's is always really good, the service as well. We've been "spoiled" during the pandemic by not having to be subjected to loud dining experiences where we have to shout to communicate. I'm going to miss that. They had tinny music playing in the background which was, frankly, annoying. Luckily, they did turn it down on request. Do we really need background music in restaurants? We certainly don't need bad background music. Go for the food. You will NOT be disappointed. We had the tortalone with ricotta and spinach. We're definitely going to have them next time. Their 3 colored salad (green--arugala, white-endive and red-not sure, either cabbage or red endive for Italian flag) with the broiled goat cheese on top is REALLY good.

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EvanS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riccardo’s has never disappointed. Consistently delicious food and the most friendly wait staff. This time we had the air cured beef carpaccio, black truffle risotto, Asiago stuffed gnocchi, and the veal chop Emiliana. Pastas are homemade and always cooked to perfection. Price are extremely reasonable for the city and portions are generous. This continues to be my top pick for Italian food in Chicago. High quality with a neighborhood vibe - nothing pretentious here. Would highly recommend.

FAQs

Riccardo Trattoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 549-0038.

Riccardo Trattoria is rated 4.8 stars by 2139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.