Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
2087 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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4.8
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vipLPboy
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo Trattoria is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with incredible food and a great vibe. We’ve dined here many times and are never disappointed. We will be back!

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ATR11
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Riccardo Trattoria. Everything was wonderful. This is just a great restaurant.

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vipJlaing5
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best classic Italian food in Chicago -- when considered on a price/value basis.
Great to be back.

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vipBusterboy
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality, innovative Italian. Outstanding service. Great ambiance.

JM
JohannaM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farewell to Chicago

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vipLindaR
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to share a delicious meal with friends.

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RhodaP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was divine. the help was great. the tiramisu they brought my daughter because it was her birthday was a wonderful gesture on the part of the restaurant and was delicious.
one of my favorite places to eat.

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vipKEITHB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, great food, service and experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive staff and very tasty food! Loved the ambiance

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KaylaW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend Riccardo Trattoria to anyone! Having eaten at several outstanding Trattorias in Italy, this restaurant felt very authentic in every way -- ambiance, style and quality of food, wine, etc. And the service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting a possible new friend. Excellent food, polite attentive service. Reminded me of my favorite trattoria on Turino. I will be back. And while no valet service they offered to move one of their cars so I could park in front of the restaurant.

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FChris1
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great dinner at a great place. Our server, Brenda, was amazing. The food is always exceptional. This was my first birthday dinner out since the pandemic began and it was really great being there. Please enjoy this amazing place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu and food were excellent. Warm hospitality, we had a great experience there!

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Foodieatheart
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Ricardo Trattoria for my birthday and I loved it. The service was really great, the food was yummy. We ordered the meatballs as an appetizer, the lobster ravioli and bucatini carbonara. The wine selections are also great. We didn't feel rushed and they brought out panna cotta with a candle and everyone in the restaurant sang Happy Birthday, which was sweet! And the panna cotta was delicious, it was a great way to end my birthday dinner. I highly recommend it and I will be going back again.

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vipstevef
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality and prep is excellent at Riccardo's. I feel like I'm eating in Italy, not an American restaurant trying to be Italian. Yet, their pricing is competitive for the quality of the food they serve.

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LizA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds my expectations. Best osso bucco in the city....though you can’t go wrong with absolutely anything on the extensive menu. We’ve been dining here for years and I can’t say enough about the friendly and spot-on service. Every single person who works here gives such care to the craft of hospitality that you just might feel as though you’re dining with family. This is our go-to for celebrations as well as relaxed nights out. If I could leave 100 stars, I would!

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EthanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I first came to Riccardo's more than half a decade ago, and I've been a loyal customer ever since. The food is always exceptional, the service exemplary, and according to a friend who spent the first two decades of his life in Milan....the best authentic Italian in Chicago.

Take my word for it, or take his...do yourself a favor and enjoy a meal here. Thank me later.

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vipSharon
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the definition of a neighborhood gem. Small and cozy dining room with attentive and knowledgeable staff serving the best homemade pasta, from wild boar ragu pappardelle to lobster ravioli to chicken saltimbocca. A lovely dinner.

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vipCharlesT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Please fix the music. The selection and the speakers need a change. Stevie wonder and Motown??? In elegant Italian atmosphere?

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vipEdwardF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant week menu provided many options to choose from compare to other menus in Chicago.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week menu! No idea why this isn’t on the ‘best of’ lists. Looked to be essentially their regular menu opened up for 3 courses - great selection, not the small tastes offered by others. Food and service could not have been better. The tuna tartare and Branzino were perfect - did our best to be good and not opt for the very tempting pasta options. Thanks to Nino, Brenda and Paco for such a great evening! Look forward to coming back.

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vipAnderson
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. The staff and service were excellent. The food was amazing and reasonably priced.

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WayneO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I am In Chicago I hope to get the opportunity to visit Riccardo Trattoria!
Zucchini Blossom
Tripa
Veal Emiliana
Gnocchi

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the food. It’s very authentic and the service is top notch.

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vipGoshendoc
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. Really attentive service. Bustling room can get loud. Will definitely become a regular

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Welcoming team and delicious food!

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vipMannski100
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Reminds me of Italy every time! Can't wait to return!!

Ciao.

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vipRobertW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

EXCELLENT CALAMARI FOLLOWED BY VERY GOOD PASTA DISHES

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vipDiana
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. The branzino and the risotto are especially good. Reasonably price for the the quality of the food.

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vipTheSeegz
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very expensive for flavor / quality. Ambiance is great for a neighborhood joint and apps and wine were great. Entrees lacked flavor

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Italian food stateside. I haven’t had dinner this good since I visited Italy. Amazing!

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G312
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Trattoria. Excellent food and attentive service. I tried favs beans with black truffle and pecorino cheese appetizer and as a main course the pork tenderloin Sassi . Both outstanding. Thanks again for the wonderful food experience.

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vipJoanG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So glad To be able to visit the restaurant again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was great and food arrived very quickly. Everything also felt very clean and tables were seated distantly from one another. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best Italian in Chicago. Every.single.time.🙌🏼👏🏻

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent as always for Valentine’s Day

EB
vipErikaB
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Pasta is always fresh and delicious!

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vipMannski100
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. They service is warm, friendly and above all, genuine! These guys got it going. Probably, in my mind, and i lived in Italy, best Italian in Chicago!

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LSM1
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came and sat outside (due to COVID restrictions) for a family member’s birthday. It was a chilly 36° but heat lamps helped! Great food, service, and wine! Will definitely be back!!

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vipQuasiVeganFoodie
Chicago
190 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in town. Can’t beat the warm service and amazingly authentic + delicious Italian food.

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 2087 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.