Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
2166 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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vipDavidE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes and service were to an exceptional standard.

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AynsleyJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic. Sexy.

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Ebird
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally we found a great little Italian place in Chicago. After moving from NYC and living downtown we thought everything was a chain here. Not this place !!! Real home cooked authentic Italian. Yum.

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vipSharon
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riccardo's is my go-to for: authentic Italian, a neighborhood gem, amazing food, excellent service and a small quaint restaurant. I recommend the fried calamari and shrimp for an app, along with any of the salads. Pasta is fresh made and sauces are incredibly rich in flavor- try the papperdalle with short rin ragu. On our most recent outing, we took 2 out of towners there and all enjoyed the food and wine - another consistent meal at Riccardos.

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Wayo
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall it was a good experience. The food was quite good but not outstanding, as it was promoted. Our server was really friendly and very professional, however, I am thinking that because of lack of personnel, it took a long time for him to get to us, and we had to wait a while; however, once we finally placed a food order, it was delivered quickly.
I would go one more time. I do want to try other items.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were fabulous. Only complaint is that the lighting was a little bright for an intimate dinner. Will be back soon.

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vipTeddy
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just Always the best!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Quick and attentive service. Food was very good, the carpaccio was outstanding.

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vipMattK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in the city! Service is fantastic. There isn’t anything better. The daily specials to the regular menu items you can’t go wrong. The pink sauce on anything is the ticket. The homemade gnocchi (see pic) sooo good.

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vipPC8333
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great tasting, ample portions, authentic and welcoming. Excellent service too.

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vipsmjs
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and server!!

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vipAngel
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience. Best Italian food in Chicago. Staff makes you feel very taken care of. Food never disappoints. This place is wonderful.

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katiesue28
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious menu options, seasonal specials, incredible service.

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vipAnnD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was perfect!

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vipsonomastan
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food and ambience. As a return guest the service, was for the first time, a bit disappointing. The addition of ten outside tables clearly impacted the ability of the staff to deliver the usual five star experience.
But then again the food is worth a bit of frustration.

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vippomko
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of us enjoyed your fried calamari, fettucine bolognese, flat iron steak and wine! Grazie mille!

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Maximillian
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Pork chops were delicious. The pinor noir I ordered was not good, it was cheap, but just not good and I regretted ordering it. I had the octopus and it was somewhat bland and dry/burnt on the edges. I also had the carbonara, which I enjoyed. Romana salad was nice, and had anchovies in it, I liked it. I also got burrata cheese and was underwhelmed. Overall, I'd give the food at B.

I got uncomfortable in the restaurant. I'm a tall guy and found there wasn't enough space between tables. And as I got more full, I found it was hot and stuffy in there - the AC could've been turned down a few degrees for sure.

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NancyinHawaii
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice. Visiting from outside state. Didn’t know what to expect. It was great. Food was delicious and served quickly. Highly recommend.

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Karen
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida, excelente servicio y excelente atención!!

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JackR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Love this place and cannot recommend it enough.

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vipMattK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in the city! Service and staff are fantastic….

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vipLydiaK
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riccardo's is consistent in all ways. The staff is great and the food divine. They knock themselves out to give you a great evening out. The food comes out pipping hot and the menu is extensive. Please go - you will love it!

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DianaC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The server was good. The ravioli was undercooked but the veal was delicious.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a date night!!! The half portions were a perfect size. Definitely recommend and would go back!

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Pinkflamingo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place! Authentic, warm, delicious vibes. The food is always perfect. The service is attentive and just amazing. Just a gem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Low key, quaint. Mushroom paperdelle One of the best Italian dishes I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience was excellent. Our Waiter Nino was fabulous and the food was some of the best ever

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JuliaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our experience was impacted by a large noisy party next to us, but even besides that the food and presentation was not worth our time and money. Pasta was too hard and nothing special. Appetizers were just ok. They didn't offer oil for the bread. I had to ask for it and was given a tiny plastic container. Just expected more based on reviews and pictures online.

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vipThomasB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the city

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vipmarshi
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve missed their food!
So good!! One of my absolute favorites!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was worth the traffic into the city. Staff treated us like honored guests. Definitely coming back!!!

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vipDallas345545
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pasta here is fantastic. Mussels were average. The Osso Bucco, tasted nice, but for $38, the portion was so small. Came with plain risotto. I think we could have thrown some mushrooms in there. Wonderful seafood pasta though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not enough social distancing and tables were a little too close together. On the other hand, the staff were terrific and the food fabulous, as always.

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Sierra
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service was amazing! A great spot for a warm and comforting Italian meal!

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LizA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is, in my opinion, the absolute best Italian restaurant in Chicago. From a true carbonara to polpette with porcini on saffron risotto to everything you’d ever dream of….this family spot is the real deal. I’ve never had anything less than a stellar experience, here. I love this family owned spot for both special occasions, as well as for a quick (amazing) bite after work. The service is so warm and welcoming…you’ll know you’re in great hands!

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vipcurly
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is always outstanding, and tonight was no exception. Pastas, seafood, meat dishes were all great. Branzino and osso bucco were highlights. Some of the best mussels I have ever had. One of our party had some dietary restrictions that the kitchen gladly accommodated. Terrific, attentive service as well. My favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago.

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Angela
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian restaurant. Best rice balls ever and their sauce is tasty. definitely need reservations

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chooseanickname
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Nino's service was amazing from suggestions for drink and food to even providing a little extra bread to take greater advantage of the wonderful sauces... Highly recommend.

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 2166 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.