Riccardo Trattoria

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

Always the best experience.

SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always

G
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety. Each dish prepared as requested. Friendly, knowledgeable server.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

We found the food to be bland, and unenjoyable. We tried a few dishes and none of them stood out. Typically I will take left overs with me, but we disliked it so much we couldn’t see eating this food again.

DT
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious, the service extraordinary and the atmosphere warm and inviting.

JF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute place, a Lincoln Park classic. Solid Italian food, good wine list.

j
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Had a piece of plastic in my desert. At first the restaurant was mot going to even make the desert
no charge, but after speaking to the manager
the desert was made no charge. At most other
restaurants the whole meal would have been no charge. Instead the manager explained that the desert came in a plastic container and when the
item was served from the container the server must
have gotten some of the plastic. Not really concerned
where the plastic came from. The whole experience
made for a bad evening. Would not go back and would never recommend this restaurant to anyone.

CA
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service by an excellent waiter! Food was good, but not up to par w previous experiences

EJ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Ricardo’s is always good. The osso buco is a mainstay and did not disappoint. I tried the Tiramasu for the first time and I realized that I have been missing out, it was one of the best I have had. Very friendly wait staff and they were very nice to the kids that were at our table.

g
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Over the top food. The best Italian in Chicago. The menu had a great selection of items in it and everything we picked was spot on. Nice wine selection as well.

l
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food - I had the pappardelle with duck ragu, and my husband had the pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with pasta. Server lacked personality, however, and just did his business with little/no interaction when we tried to engage him. Place was empty when we arrived for our 5pm reservation but by the time we left the restaurant was full. Value was good for us because we were able to use opentable rewards.

JW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very nice spot for a quality meal in a lively setting!

JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing. It was my husband’s birthday and they were very accommodating to get us and our three teens a table on a busy night. 5 of us were squeezed into a small table. We all ordered pasta and it was disappointing. Of the 4 items ordered, only one tasted great. The service was very professional but the server could see we were not really enjoying the food. We should have gone to the Riccardi across the street maybe it would have been a better experience. My guess is the non pasta dishes may be less risky. We just were not impressed.

RJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Great service. It’s what dining experience should be.

CB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service, will visit again soon!

TB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riccardo Trattoria always provides a wonderful dining experience. The service is outstanding and the food is exceptional.

D
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great waiter who helped us choose our meal. The squash blossom stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto was a wonderful appetizer. I also enjoyed the parpadelle pasta with a beef ragu. All in all I would guess most everything is really good.

AM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Cozy atmosphere. Can’t wait to visit again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food! Exceptional, attentive service that wasn’t intrusive! Lovely Tuscan atmosphere. A wonderful dining experience! Delightful!

RO
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. It was very extra good. It was super special.

DM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought some friends here recently and they were amazed how excellent everything was!

AM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent over the entire meal. They paid attention to all 6 of us in our party and attended to every detail. The food was outstanding and the management and wait staff added to the incredible dining experience. I would definitely recommend and return again.

CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! Thank you!

OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little noisy in the beginning because we arrived at “rush hour”. Better later when some customers had left. Excellent food and very friendly service. A real pleasure for Europeans like us to find a restaurant that focuses on quality and not only on quantity... Also very nice wine list.

F
Richmond
88 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In many ways, this is a typical Italian "red sauce joint," only the food quality is exceptional and the vast menu offers many options. The ambience is right out of the Godfather... and the service is old world, yet welcoming and professional. Looking forward to our next visit...

MJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - fantastic.

LF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We heard so many good things about Riccardo Trattoria. However, we were less than impressed. The food was good, but nothing outstanding. I had the Saltimbocca and it was good, but came out with two potato wedges. Odd plating and disappointing for the money. There were six of us at dinner and nobody in the group thought there food was more than average. Service was okay, but not very attentive.

MP
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was recommended by colleague but would not go back.

Was looking forward to being really good but was OK at best.

MR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food.... just a bit pricy and definitely in need of an after 8:30 res for noise all good!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing on every level. Can’t wait to go back. Food was so good - we cant wait to go back. One of the best restaurants we’ve ever been to in the world. From start to finish the food was amazing.

s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent Italian cuisine in a lovely warm colored room. Excellent wine list, daily specials that include pastas, salads, perfectly prepared fish and seafood and meats are generally served with grace and kindness. At our last visit, I was disappointed by the surliness of our wait person— definitely changed the quality of our dining experience— but this was the only time I felt the service was lacking in warmth and good humor. We’ll certainly return for the best Italian food in Chicago!

B
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual. Has now become another friend’s favorite Chicago restaurant. Fried zucchini blossoms were a real treat.

KB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riccardo Trattoria is the best kind of Italian restaurant-intimate, friendly, bustling, and delicious, with fantastic, friendly service! The burrata, fried squash, bolognese, and rigatoni were some of the best I've ever had! Highly recommend!

CM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Riccardo Trattoria and it was nothing short of fantastic! I had some family come into town and they had requested authentic Italian. I had heard good things about Riccardo Trattoria, so decided to give it a whirl. The place was just great. Nice, quaint space. We had a dinner reservation at 6pm on a Saturday and were seated promptly. I will warn folks, MAKE A RESERVATION and come early. When we left, there were easily 20 people outside waiting for a table.

The food was excellent, the service was wonderful, and they were so accommodating. I couldn't decide between two entrees, so they made me half orders of each. What a nice touch! Overall, we were super impressed and can't wait to visit again!

F
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The trattoria is a local gem in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. We enjoyed and ate everything we ordered, our plates were clean. Great Italian feel!

OT
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come from out of town every year and it is our first restaurant of choice they are welcoming and the food is always the absolute best service extraordinarily wonderful they deserve every award that they have received and one reason we keep coming back to Chicago was to visit Ricardo Trattoria

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and we were especially impressed with the extensive menu options. One could eat here frequently and not eat the same thing. Prices were very fair. A great neighborhood place.

F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice neighborhood feel. Casual dining. Food was excellent. It was quite tasty that not once did I have to ask for extra parmigiana which is what usually happens when I go to Italian restaurants

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

For the first time some of the flavor and texture was missing. My thought was the chef must be on vacation because I have been many times and have never be disappointed. Based on that I am undeterred and look forward to my next visit.

MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. A must go to place. Small and Quaint.

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