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Riccardo Trattoria, Chicago, IL

Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
4.8
2438 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 549-0038

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Riccardo Michi

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Clark and Webster

  • Parking details

    Valet parking not available

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt like a family dinner. Food was outstanding. Desserts were awesome.
  2. b

    bethu

    Chicago

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was so good and Nino, our waiter, was very attentive and made sure we had what we needed for a great dinner out. I just wish the noise level was a little more conversation friendly. It was a little challenging to be heard by my dining companions and we were only a table of 4.
  3. VK

    VanessaK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Restaurant Week and it was outstanding!! The menu was perfect, courses large and everything was delicious.
  4. RW

    RestaurantWeekDiner

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    My wife and I, along with two of our friends, came here for the restaurant week menu sent out by the restaurant in several email promotions leading up to restaurant week. When we arrived, we were surprised and disappointed to find that numerous items on the advertised menu did not appear on the actual menu we were given in the restaurant. These included dishes that we especially wanted to try, such as winter truffle taglioni, filet mignon rossini, duck breast arancia, and the chocolate souffle that was supposed to be a dessert choice. A change or two resulting from the unavailability of key ingredients would be understandable, but so many deviations from a restaurant week menu repeatedly emailed to customers undermines our trust in a restaurant that we've previously enjoyed.
  5. SE

    SEMIHK

    Kilkenny

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great and friendly service, great food. Nino was outstanding with his attention to detail and customer satisfaction. He recommended a great Italian wine from Abruzzo and it was wonderful and priced right. We had to order another bottle. We will return!
  6. OD

    OriginalDining

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was OK, but the way the fish was prepared was not to my taste. We had an early reservation but felt like we were being rushed to turn the table. We were hoping for a better overall experience.
  7. I

    Ivantheterrible

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just simple, delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Really outstanding.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Food is horrible! My table sent back two dishes after one bite. We ordered different entrees, they were horrible as well!! After one bite of the flat iron steak entree, I requested a doggie bag. Once I arrived home, I appropriately threw it in the trash. $270.00 dollars down the drain.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was not good, tables were crowded together, service was slow
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food; great service
  11. C

    Charles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good was outstanding, service was great, wine selection was good! Had the milk fed chop rare and it was amazing! Gf had the veal parmigiana! The burratta with prosciutto was amazing! Only knock is the elbow room. But you need to make a reservation here!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    After reading many reviews we selected this restaurant for my birthday. This is one of those times where it seems like the majority of reviews are wrong or we went on an off night. I’ve been to many Italian restaurants and dined throughout Italy. We are also Italian so we are a bit biased. I would say the food is OK. The pasta was not al dente- it was undercooked. I had Penne Scampi all Imperiale. It tasted burnt like they had cooked the shells in a pan prior to tossing them with the pasta and it kind of ruined the whole dish. The bread and focaccia were not warm and it was dry. The fried calamari and shrimp appetizer was tasty. The BUFFALO MOZZARELLA CAPRESE had sad unripe beefsteak tomatoes not heirloom tomatoes. Our server was a native Sicilian and attentive. He made the suggestion that my daughter get half portions of two pastas she was deciding between which I thought was very nice. She was so excited. She liked both of them but wouldn’t come back for them. It was the Orecchiette Pugliesi con Cingiale and Gnocchi Alla Bava. My mom had the bucatini carbonara which had good flavor but again the pasta was undercooked. There is a fine line between al dente and undercooked and they have not mastered it-at least not this night. My other daughter had the fettuccine Bolognese which was good but very greasy. The complimentary dessert was delicious! Panna Cotta with some kind of mango syrup topping. This restaurant has been on my list for a while -I know it has a sister restaurant across the street which we might try down the road but we won’t be returning here. There was no single dish I was raving about Which is usually why I return to a restaurant. I read about the owner and how he began the restaurant and I love to support an American dream but for the price there are much better offerings in the city and suburbs. Since I was underwhelmed I didn’t even take photos.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a pleasure it was to share Riccardo’s treats w friends we hadn’t seen since before the Pandemic. Our waiter promptly took orders, decanted our wine and made some wonderful suggestions. All around, a wonderful place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    222 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Many of our meals were a disappointment but I will say the manager credited my meal because I just couldn’t eat it. Don’t think I will ever go back but the manager did so the right thing!
  15. JM

    JamieM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is large and varied and each dish is perfect. The food is authentic northern Italian. The service was excellent and we were not rushed.
  16. PJ

    PortlandJackson

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect restaurant: everything on the menu is good, staff caters perfectly to a diner's needs and wants, and ambiance is clean & stylish without taking from food experience.
  17. JA

    JAAH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! Our favorite Italian in the city, quality food, excellent service in a warm/cozy ambiance.
  18. SM

    SusanM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner on Christmas Eve. The food was awesome and the service outstanding!
  19. B

    Beetky

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal here. So many wonderful things on the menu to choose from.
  20. CE

    CharlieEsterKC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, we had a wonderful meal and an equally wonderful time at Ricardo Trattoria. Those fava beans! That risotto! Grazie mille!
  21. D

    Deborah

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu is varied. (Pasta, seafood, chicken, lamb, vegetable and beef. The food was excellent. The waiter was very attentive.
  22. s

    sonomastan

    San Francisco

    158 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a frequent visitor to Chicago Ricardos remains my go to place for terrific food in a neighborhood setting. Only negative comment to make is that they have increased the indoor seats by probably moving their outside tables inside but still a terrific choice. Their cheesecake is a best in show winner. Worth the short ride from the loop.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pasta was clearly freshly made, and the sauce was absolutely delicious. The appetizers were unique and so fresh, especially the truffles in the fava bean appetizer. The wine list was both plentiful and reasonably priced.
  24. R

    Rose

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food was delicious. Service was perfect. Would have liked a more intimate seat. eg round table as we were meeting a new person. Opted for a roomier table, but it was unfortunately in front of a constantly opening door on a cold night. Wouldn’t return simply because of the space.
  25. PC

    PeterC

    Nashville

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this restaurant, located in a beautiful neighborhood. The food is outstanding and the service is excellent. It is a bit of a drive if you're staying near central downtown Chicago, so make sure that's ok. I will return for sure.
  26. C

    Caryg

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, classic atmosphere and delicious authentic food!!
  27. PM

    PaulM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great, authentic Italian food. Always a winner, unlike their sister restaurant Riccardos Osteria
  28. JS

    JonS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took my wife and parents here before a concert. The service and food were excellent, everything was delicious.
  29. D

    Dave

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed Trattoria Ricardo every time we come. Wonderful very tasty food.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    unreal. everything was amazing
  31. J

    Jgmoran

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and cozy
  32. d

    djh7

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great dinner at Riccardo...from appetizer to desert the servings were wonderfully tasty...love the vibe here...
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant is very small which leads to close quarters and a diminished dining experience. The food is great!
  34. R

    Rainbowtoe

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Old school vibe, good service, delicious food. Their menu is extensive and not your typical red-sauce-Italian joint. Seating is very cozy and the ambiance is loud, so if you like spacious, quiet places this is not your spot. I think their other restaurant accross the street is more sophisticated in ambiance and style, but that menu is not as extensive. Both are great options for a small local Italian joint.
  35. PA

    PamA

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went to Riccardo before a show at Park West. Food was delicious; service was attentive; the place was lively and we were able to hold a conversation (not too noisy). Would definitely go back again if I’m in the area.
  36. IS

    IreneS

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a fantastic experience! Everyone was warm and friendly. Very attentive to detail etc will go back again
  37. j

    jw2013

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal at Riccardo Trattoria. We ALWAYS make a reservation when we are in Chicago. In over 15 years we have NEVER been disappointed.
  38. LF

    LauraF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent, Nice selection of drinks. Great service - attentive but allow you to take your time and enjoy your food.
  39. JJ

    JillJ

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints. Always excellent!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of our favorite restaurants when we visit Chicago. The lobster and crab ravioli excellent. The calamari and shrimp appetizer is excellent. All meat dishes and seafood are delightful. You cannot go wrong.

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 2438 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for Riccardo Trattoria

2119 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clark and Webster

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking not available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Riccardo Michi

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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