Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
2106 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmzmargw
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu has changed a bit, but the biggest problem is the lack of valet. There is no parking in this area at all, so if you have to come by car don't go!!

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StephenP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the staff was so warm and welcoming.

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vipBlingsetter
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Riccardo's is always really good, the service as well. We've been "spoiled" during the pandemic by not having to be subjected to loud dining experiences where we have to shout to communicate. I'm going to miss that. They had tinny music playing in the background which was, frankly, annoying. Luckily, they did turn it down on request. Do we really need background music in restaurants? We certainly don't need bad background music. Go for the food. You will NOT be disappointed. We had the tortalone with ricotta and spinach. We're definitely going to have them next time. Their 3 colored salad (green--arugala, white-endive and red-not sure, either cabbage or red endive for Italian flag) with the broiled goat cheese on top is REALLY good.

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EvanS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riccardo’s has never disappointed. Consistently delicious food and the most friendly wait staff. This time we had the air cured beef carpaccio, black truffle risotto, Asiago stuffed gnocchi, and the veal chop Emiliana. Pastas are homemade and always cooked to perfection. Price are extremely reasonable for the city and portions are generous. This continues to be my top pick for Italian food in Chicago. High quality with a neighborhood vibe - nothing pretentious here. Would highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theo was wonderful and our meal was great as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great dinner!

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JulioR
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and authentic Italian food and superb wine.

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JeanneH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was wonderful. He went out of his way to get a taxi for us and stayed with us until it showed up! The Oslo bucolic was perfect. I couldn’t give 5 stars because the wine list is rather limited

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GailC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent halibut and lasagna!

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Bilhit
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was very good. We shared a Timbale which was outstanding and a Caprese which was good but not great. Both my wife and I got pasta from their daily specials. My wife’s tortelloni was delicious and my puttanesca was better. Great waiter and attentive service.

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RobT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of very few places in Chicago where one can find authentic Italian food prepared to perfection. The service was impeccable and we had a very nice time enjoying Branzino and lobster ravioli. Absolutely recommended!

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Disappointed
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Sorry to be negative, but the food was only so-so, and the kitchen and service were tremendously disorganized. One of us did not receive their main dish until all the rest of the table had finished with dinner. When the bill came, we had to send it back because they had forgotten to charge us for the wine. Could be COIVD restart blues. But so far as this dinner went, it was a bust.

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vipGlowmer
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and accommodating staff. Great neighborhood place.

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FChris1
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a true neighborhood gem that never disappoints. From the greeting at the door to the excellent service, I enjoy coming here so much. The food is outstanding and the ambience creates a space in which to simply enjoy the company of dear friends. I cannot recommend Riccardo Trattoria enough.

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vipBob1
Chicago
122 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful to celebrate Mother's Day with RIccardo, and to be back in this fabulous restaurant. It continues to be the best and most authentic Italian restaurant in Chicago. Mixed seafood grill was outstanding, as were the stuffed zucchini flowers.

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vipCeleste
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined here for Mother's Day. The food was superb as was the service. Highly recommend!

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vipLPboy
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo Trattoria is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with incredible food and a great vibe. We’ve dined here many times and are never disappointed. We will be back!

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ATR11
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Riccardo Trattoria. Everything was wonderful. This is just a great restaurant.

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vipJlaing5
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best classic Italian food in Chicago -- when considered on a price/value basis.
Great to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant. Authentic, delisous and intimate.

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vipBusterboy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality, innovative Italian. Outstanding service. Great ambiance.

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Lukys999
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, wine list, and service!

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AndresD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'll be back.
Great food, great friendly service from Paco and Christian.
No complaints at all.
Nice wines.

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JohannaM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farewell to Chicago

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vipLindaR
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to share a delicious meal with friends.

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RhodaP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was divine. the help was great. the tiramisu they brought my daughter because it was her birthday was a wonderful gesture on the part of the restaurant and was delicious.
one of my favorite places to eat.

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vipKEITHB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, great food, service and experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive staff and very tasty food! Loved the ambiance

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KaylaW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend Riccardo Trattoria to anyone! Having eaten at several outstanding Trattorias in Italy, this restaurant felt very authentic in every way -- ambiance, style and quality of food, wine, etc. And the service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting a possible new friend. Excellent food, polite attentive service. Reminded me of my favorite trattoria on Turino. I will be back. And while no valet service they offered to move one of their cars so I could park in front of the restaurant.

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FChris1
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great dinner at a great place. Our server, Brenda, was amazing. The food is always exceptional. This was my first birthday dinner out since the pandemic began and it was really great being there. Please enjoy this amazing place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu and food were excellent. Warm hospitality, we had a great experience there!

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Foodieatheart
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Ricardo Trattoria for my birthday and I loved it. The service was really great, the food was yummy. We ordered the meatballs as an appetizer, the lobster ravioli and bucatini carbonara. The wine selections are also great. We didn't feel rushed and they brought out panna cotta with a candle and everyone in the restaurant sang Happy Birthday, which was sweet! And the panna cotta was delicious, it was a great way to end my birthday dinner. I highly recommend it and I will be going back again.

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vipstevef
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality and prep is excellent at Riccardo's. I feel like I'm eating in Italy, not an American restaurant trying to be Italian. Yet, their pricing is competitive for the quality of the food they serve.

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LizA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds my expectations. Best osso bucco in the city....though you can’t go wrong with absolutely anything on the extensive menu. We’ve been dining here for years and I can’t say enough about the friendly and spot-on service. Every single person who works here gives such care to the craft of hospitality that you just might feel as though you’re dining with family. This is our go-to for celebrations as well as relaxed nights out. If I could leave 100 stars, I would!

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EthanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I first came to Riccardo's more than half a decade ago, and I've been a loyal customer ever since. The food is always exceptional, the service exemplary, and according to a friend who spent the first two decades of his life in Milan....the best authentic Italian in Chicago.

Take my word for it, or take his...do yourself a favor and enjoy a meal here. Thank me later.

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vipSharon
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the definition of a neighborhood gem. Small and cozy dining room with attentive and knowledgeable staff serving the best homemade pasta, from wild boar ragu pappardelle to lobster ravioli to chicken saltimbocca. A lovely dinner.

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vipCharlesT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Please fix the music. The selection and the speakers need a change. Stevie wonder and Motown??? In elegant Italian atmosphere?

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vipEdwardF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant week menu provided many options to choose from compare to other menus in Chicago.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week menu! No idea why this isn’t on the ‘best of’ lists. Looked to be essentially their regular menu opened up for 3 courses - great selection, not the small tastes offered by others. Food and service could not have been better. The tuna tartare and Branzino were perfect - did our best to be good and not opt for the very tempting pasta options. Thanks to Nino, Brenda and Paco for such a great evening! Look forward to coming back.

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 2106 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.