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.
PASTA E FAGIOLI ALLA TOSCANA
pasta and cannellini bean soup
FRIED ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS
stuffed with fontina & speck prosciutto
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!
Our first time at Riccardo Trattoria. Everything was wonderful. This is just a great restaurant.
Simply the best classic Italian food in Chicago -- when considered on a price/value basis.
Great to be back.
High quality, innovative Italian. Outstanding service. Great ambiance.
Farewell to Chicago
A wonderful place to share a delicious meal with friends.
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.
As always, great food, service and experience
Attentive staff and very tasty food! Loved the ambiance
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!
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.
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!
The menu and food were excellent. Warm hospitality, we had a great experience there!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Please fix the music. The selection and the speakers need a change. Stevie wonder and Motown??? In elegant Italian atmosphere?
The restaurant week menu provided many options to choose from compare to other menus in Chicago.
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.
It was great. The staff and service were excellent. The food was amazing and reasonably priced.
Whenever I am In Chicago I hope to get the opportunity to visit Riccardo Trattoria!
I absolutely love the food. It’s very authentic and the service is top notch.
Great authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. Really attentive service. Bustling room can get loud. Will definitely become a regular
Great service! Welcoming team and delicious food!
Amazing as always. Reminds me of Italy every time! Can't wait to return!!
EXCELLENT CALAMARI FOLLOWED BY VERY GOOD PASTA DISHES
Our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. The branzino and the risotto are especially good. Reasonably price for the the quality of the food.
Very expensive for flavor / quality. Ambiance is great for a neighborhood joint and apps and wine were great. Entrees lacked flavor
Hands down the best Italian food stateside. I haven’t had dinner this good since I visited Italy. Amazing!
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.
So glad To be able to visit the restaurant again.
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!
Consistently the best Italian in Chicago. Every.single.time.🙌🏼👏🏻
Excellent as always for Valentine’s Day
Great menu. Pasta is always fresh and delicious!
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!
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!!
One of our favorite places in town. Can’t beat the warm service and amazingly authentic + delicious Italian food.
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.