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Classy without being overly pretentious. Riccardo Trattoria is one of our favorite Italian restaurants around.

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About Riccardo Trattoria

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.

2119 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Cross Street:
Clark and Webster

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 549-0038

Website:
http://www.riccardotrattoria.com/index.htm

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 9:00PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM

Thu 9:00PM - 9:30PM

Fri - Sat 10:00PM - 10:30PM

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Riccardo Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (47)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Fit for Foodies (28)
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Cozy (27)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for a Date (24)
Romantic (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Fun (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Casual (11)
Healthy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Vegan (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

As always, great food, wine and service. My favorite neighborhood spot.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place--great food, excellent service, low-key/inviting ambience. One of our favorites!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent and authentic, friendly and attentive, comfortable and quiet.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was authentic and well prepared.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was very good, probably not the very best in Chicago like some others have said. Complimentary appetizer was very good. We also had shrimp/calamari app which was also excellent. They didn’t have a kids menu but made some fettuccine Alfredo for my kids. There were specials but the server didn’t highlight them to the whole table. There were 6 of us and he only gave my wife some recommendations. A couple in my
Party enjoyed the ricotta ravioli but didn’t love it. I had the fettuccine bolognese. It was good but a little overly meaty in the flavor. Not as much balance between the meat and tomato as I would like. Overall, very good but we’ve definitely had better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We make reservations as soon as we come to Chicago. This is our favorite restaurant we have ever been to. The food is amazing. The staff is phenomenal. We love the small intimate feel of the dining experiment. Just can’t say enough about it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was excellent. The service was attentive. Staff was friendly

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent as usual! We have been coming here since it opened and always enjoy our dinners when we are in town.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Absolutely fantastic. We look forward to returning when next we’re in Chicago!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, wine and desserts. Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great traditional Italian food...nothing trendy here.
Excellent food and service.
Try the veal, fava beans, zucchini blossoms, pasta, or seafood specials.
Small, but decent wine list.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have been coming here for years. The food is outstanding . Maybe the best risotto in the city. Veal and pasta dishes are great. Try the cheesecake and tiramisu for dessert

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Have been here many times and would love to see the tasting menu permanently on as an option ;-)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We have been going to Trattoria Riccardo since they opened and have never been disappointed. We live close by and always make it our “go to” place . The ambience, graceful and friendly service and of course, the food is extraordinary. The extensive and authentic Northern Italian menu is wonderful! Be sure to make reservations well in advance as it is always well attended. You’ll be happy you made the choice!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

my mussels arrive somewhat undercooked and they took them back to the kitchen with a smile, an apology, and returned quickly with a perfect bowl of properly cooked mussels

Tags: Cozy
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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I ate here four years ago while visiting Chicago. It was outstanding then so we decided to dine there during this trip. Did not disappoint. Our group had a great meal and an outstanding overall experience. A definite on my next trip.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was good. My only complaint was the small portions for the price, but the food was truly wonderful.

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food5
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 (México)·Dined on October 11, 2017

EL mejor restaurante italiano de Chicago, el mejor servicio y además el dueño está atento de lo que lo que necesitas

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Good northern Italian cusine Small, nice, excellent préparions of a wide selection of dishes Feel like you are at a small trattoria in Milano

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a great meal. One of our all time favorites.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic every time we go Service is a amazing as is the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Date night with my husband

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This was the best Italian in the city but the day we went was unfortunate. I get eating mid-week isn’t as important to a restaurant as a weekend night but the food was old. My steak seemed old, there was a hair in one of our dishes, and the dessert was no better than a store bought apple pie. Big disappointment.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We were the loud party. Sorry!

Thought I was in Luca ! Great night

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It's Authentic Italian food, if you are looking for rich taste and fresh tasting and ingredients.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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food4
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Definitely a local gem. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. We had two appetizers, which we shared. We enjoyed CARPACCIO DI MANZO to start our meal and then had fried zucchini flowers which were stuffed with cheese. (I do not remember the name of the dish). I would usually not have ordered it but my AARP husband was familiar with it. It was a delicious surprise. We would definitely order it again. For our main course we had MAIALINO AL MADERA CON RISO PARMA....still dreaming of that rich Madeira sauce and perfectly cooked pork medallions paired with fantastic risotto. Dessert was also top shelf. The tiramisu was light and yet rich at the same time. I can't wait to go back when visiting Chicago again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service great food

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by a local friend - we were visiting from New Orleans. I have been to Chicago many times and visited most of the "must do" restaurants - Chicago was always one of my preferred food towns - this is one we will be returning to again at the soonest opportunity. The food was unpretentious and exquisite - the service, kind and attentive. A really delightful experience, and surprisingly reasonably priced as well. We will be back. I wish I could have tried more things as everything we did order was perfect.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My sister's birthday - could not have chosen a better place.
Lovely from the moment we walked in with relaxed attitude, perfectly
mixed cocktails and a stellar menu. Everything was great.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always an amazing dining experience

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Christian was a very kind super waiter. Excellent authentic Italian food. Highly recommended.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This food is prepared by experts the service efficient and generous. Not just the best Italian in town but one of the best restaurants in town

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food - suffers from small size and noise, though.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Riccardo Trattoria never fails to deliver. No one in our party left much on our plates and not because portions are small. Still had to leave room for the panna cotta - so simple but so creamy and flavorful. Very attentive, accommodating and friendly service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great meal! I had pappardelle noodles with a pomodoro sauce (vegetarian option that the server helped me customize.) My husband enjoyed the rigatoni with sausage and peas. We both loved our meals!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

As always, they never disappoint at Riccardo's. Simply the best Italian food in Chicago!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I have been here once before. This time the food was just mediocre. My ravioli was not cooked through and not very warm. Appetizers , however were good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Was disappointed in the homemade pasta even though I'd heard such good things

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Really great Italian food in a authentic setting. Don't go for a foodie experience. Much too good for that!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Felt like we were in Italy!

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