Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
1714 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 549-0038
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clark and Webster
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.
What 1714 People Are Saying
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MM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

If you dont have to wait a long time then eat here it's not worth the hour or more wait... It's really not their fault, its the people that gotta sit around for 2 hours after they ate and shoot the s**t...

It's a small nice place with an authentic feel good food but nothing crazy.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always wonderful here and I always keep coming back!

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Penne was about one minute under cooked (at least the way I like it). Sauce had amazing taste but slightly too salty. Ravioli was again amazing but a little too salty. Service was fantastic (very attentive without being overbearing).

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FB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unhurried but well paced professional service, neighborhood atmosphere. The food was well executed, and well seasoned. Wine list reasonably priced and not overwhelming.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a birthday dinner and were extremely pleased with our experience. The food was delicious, good portions for the price and the restaurant is a very pleasant place. Our server was efficient and friendly. No complaints and some of the best food either of us has had in a long while!

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CW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Italian restaurant!!

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R
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to be in the area on Friday night and when we decided to go grab a bite, I remembered having this plane on my radar! It did not disappoint! It is quaint and quiet, a perfect place to have an outstanding meal and still be able to have great conversation with your dinner mates. Can't wait to go back!

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly get together.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was excited to try this place as I had heard and read many great things about this established restaurant. Expecting a warm and fuzzy welcome, we were welcomed with a rudeness and cold waiter. The food was bland and lacked flavor. The pasta was overcooked and wasn’t even offered black pepper or parmesan! I don’t think I will be going back here again. Very huge disappointment!

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E
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

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NM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous with an abundance of specials and a fair amount of unusual dishes not typically found in all Italian restaurant. Although we could only get an early reservation, the staff did not hurry us along tp turn the table. Service was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Great find.

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, attentive and accommodating service. Loved the polenta, arugula salad and orecchiette pasta! We are going back there soon.

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JM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's not a big place so don't go without reservations. Even with reservations you may still wait 20 minutes for your table. It's nice that they don't rush you.

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P
Memphis
98 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service
Every course was delicious

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DC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with many food options. Service was exceptional.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and food amazing. The table for 2 was an after thought. Wish we were in the main area. Waiter made up for it.

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BJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

MY wife and I took some friends there for an amazing dinner. One guest was over 90 and had no problem hearing our conversation. Th place was full of people enjoying themselves yet the sound level allowed for great conversation whether across the table of talking to my friends adjacent to me. The food - as always - was fantastic and worth the price.

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FW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food. great service. best Italian restaurant in Chicago

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BJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reservations a must and plan head if considering on a weekend. This place gets crowded fast as the food is REALLY good!

The bean/kale soup was AMAZING. Great entrees and wine. The Old Fashion was simple (alcohol and maraschino cherry juice) and not my favorite but drinkable on a cold night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is me and my boyfriend first time here celebrating our anniversary. The food and server is very good. Only thing I don’t care is table is too close too other table.

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p
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fabulous! We will be back with friends!

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G
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended to us by a friend...yay, it was fabulous!

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing consistent good food.

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JL
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is the star at Riccardo. We began dinner sharing a risotto meatball entree. It was an exceptional starter. Our entrees were veal with mushrooms and marsala, while I enjoyed bucatini carbonara. The were prepared perfectly. The issue of this neighborhood hot spot is that it didn’t feel as though we were dining, we were only eating. This place is so densely packed and the food comes out so rapidly, we were in and out within an hour. Not much of a night out. As long as you are ready for a potentially quick meal, this place is really good.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best veal shop I ever ate!!! Fabulous food, ambiance and service.

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JW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT PLACE TO DINE...FOOD IS VERY AUTHENTIC!!! WILL GO BACK

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was spot on. Service was average. Dining room and ambience could use a refresh.

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MS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another spectacular evening here. The waiters are attentive yet not intrusive. The complimentary bruschetta was simple and delicious. We followed with salads and the grilled octopus and a seafood risotto. Everything was brought to the table at the correct temperature and timing. We also sampled several outstanding desserts with the favorite being the pana cotta. I'm still dreaming of it!

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LL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Chicago

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, our waiter Silvani, and the best martinis! It's nice to go out on a Friday night in the city and NOT see people I know @ a restaurant!! That tells me Riccardo's has a very curated clientele, which I appreciate. It's all about the authenticity of the experience. The lobster risotto was magnificent....huge chunks of flavorful lobster throughout. The only misstep was the complimentary bruschetta.......really not representative of the rest of our food: soggy, lacking in robust flavor and mealy ingredients. If I had ordered it, I would have sent it back.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic Italian in Chicago. Its not close!

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F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Riccardos!

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J
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was absolutely exquisite. We ordered some of the daily specials and they were very fresh and very delicious. They put together a special dish for me which also had terrific flavors. The waitress and kitchen were very accomodating.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always!
This is our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant

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CW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Italian with extensive interesting menu. Between our appetizers and entrees we split a small serving of spaghetti with butter, garlic and truffles that was amazing!

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TR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best combinations of food and service in Lincoln Park. No pretention, just good.

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FD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Riccardo’s for many many years, and it has never disappointed us! Food is truly authentic Italian & service is great!
We highly recommend Riccardo’s whether for a family outing or a get togerher with foodie friends 😊

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service, lively atmosphere

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d
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great food

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R
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food values just a great place to enjoy great food

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