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Fri, 5/25
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9:30 PM
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Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
1567 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


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Phone number
(773) 549-0038
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clark and Webster
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

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

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1567 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Very nice dinner on a Tuesday night. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly and helpful in guiding us through extensive menu. My rigatoni was excellent. My companions risotto (a special) needed salt. A lot of salt. The tiny meatballs were flavorful but the entire dish needed a little “punch”. The lentil soup was good and my salad with the vinegrette dressing was very good. We ate late (8:45) and even though we were the last people in the restaurant to leave, we never felt rushed. This is a very nice restaurant and I would return again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

A great evening. Comfortable, unpretentious, but superb cuisine.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great meal and service at Riccardo Trattoria! Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

When we visit Chicago from New Orleans Ricardo's is at the top of our list of restaurants to visit. This visit the seasonal special of Umbrian truffles was outstanding - we had it with shaved truffles sprinkled over perfect risotto. A starter of stuffed and fried squash blossoms was scrumptious. Ricardo's is a Charming, small and bustling trattoria with (some say) the best Italian food in Chicago. We agree!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a great experience! It is a comfortable, neighborhood Italian restaurant that had authentic cuisine. The food was excellent and our service was superior - very attentive and helpful without being intrusive. We will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the world - and I have been around the world! The veal is the best. Be prepared for a cozy, louder environment - but Hassel free attentive service covers makes it feel more intimate.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food was outstanding!! Best Italian I've had in years.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Even if our table was ready we had to wait for it almost for a half hour. The food was good but the service was not. The feeling was that they wanted us to go as fast as quickly. Probly because other guests was waiting for our table.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

This was my third time at Riccardo Trattoria, indicating that I have really enjoyed my previous visits. Alas I felt that the food slipped quite a bit since we were last here. The tagliolini with truffle was completely clumped together and on the dry side, and the truffle portion was stingy to say the least. The asparagus souffle was quite dense and heavy - decidedly not souffle-like - and the accompanying sauce tasty but very gloppy; it congealed almost immediately on the plate. Others in my party were satisfied with their meals but nothing was wow. I am sad to say that we will probably not return again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We’ve been coming here for years and that should say it all. Great food, well-appointed wine list, attentive and friendly service. Authentic dishes!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everything was so fresh and delicious from the appetizer tuna tartare, the risotto, Dover sole. The pasta was also fresh and fantastic! A definite he.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

3rd time to this restaraunt as I live in N.Y. one of the best restaraunts ever I have been to.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Consistently good neighborhood gem! Highly recommend. Food and service were amazing and we did not have to wait for our table. Noise level a little on the High side.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Ate at Riccardo Trattoria last night with my husband and a dear friend of ours for the first time.
The food was authentic Italian!
The bruschetta not garlicky, perfectly balanced. The beef carpaccio was wonderful.
The branzino alla griglia was perfectly cleaned without any bones.
I chose the fish stew and it was the best fish stew I have eaten in a very long time with excellent pieces of seafood, and perfectly balanced, not too salty. The home made fettuccine alla bolognese had great sauce, not too heavy.
The desserts were also excellent from the pistachio gelato to the panna cotta to the lemon sorbet.
The grappa was of very good quality.
Service fast and excellent.
I will definitely go again. It is so hard to find an authentic italian restaurant with balanced flavors and without too much garlic, I finally found a great one! Parking is valet, price is reasonable.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing experience as always.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Exceptional from the moment we walked through the door to the moment we walked out.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Always a delicious pleasure to dine @ Riccardo’s— this time we introduced business associates who reside in the suburbs to Riccardo’s and rhey were delighted too!

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

This is a cozy neighborhood place. Lots of locals and the food is consistently good. High quality. Good service.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

They can make great even better
Somewhat like some of the live music we have enjoyed: Riccardo's is always very good, while often kicks it up & delivers at the highest echelon (I have not been able to ascertain common denominators; I just recommend you go a lot and super enjoy those moments when they really nail it).
Connoisseur ready while comfort accommodating.
Can spend a lot of money here (and the quality is worth it), or one can focus on frugal options and have very good & reasonably priced meal; Both approaches are worthwhile endeavors.
Thank you Ricardo.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great small neighborhood place. Great food good service nicely priced!

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

My only complaint about this restaurant is the obnoxious behavior of some other customers. We were a party of five and had a dinner of 3 courses with wine. The servers were excellent and paced the meal well, and all in all we spent 90 minutes in the restaurant, which seemed to us fairly normal. The problem came when a group of Chanel-clad matrons decided we needed to make room for them and stationed themselves directly over our shoulders as we finished our wine. This entitled and obnoxious behavior made me not want to visit this restaurant again. While the staff were very polite , the overall ambiance of the restaurant suffers from a clientele who - as least in small part - are without manners.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I hesitate to give Riccardo Trattoria a good review because I want to go there again. It is amazing! The food is superb, the service attentive but not intrusive, and the wine prices reasonable. It has a neighborhood feel but 4 star quality. My wife and I split n app, had a salad each, two pasta dinners, drink, and a bottle of wine for $180. We were there for two hours on a Tuesday, with the restaurant 2/3 full. A quite enjoyable evening.

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

My Ossobucco was overdone; tough to eat. Our waiter seemed distracted having to twice be reminded about my drink. I was served the wrong dessert and before being able to get the correct dessert, the waiter had left the area. So, especially since the restaurant had received prior good reviews from Open T., and it was a taxi to and from, it was quite the disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Best place to get Italian food done exceptionally well. Initmate, so a little more noise than you'd like, but no heavy music coming down at you, just people in conversation. Top rated in our circle of friends.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

This is a lovely restaurant with warm ambience, excellent service and very good food. I would definitely come again.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

It’s like walking back in Italy! The food is wonderful and he service is so personal! My favorite place in Lincoln Park!!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Amazing food. Such a talented chef who pours his heart and soul into the food

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Been coming here for ten years, always 5*

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Traditional Italian food at its best ... small and intimate so great for date night - Rigatoni alla Buttera phenomenal!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent!!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Ricardo's has an excellent wine list! The food is amazing! Best Veal Chop in the city!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner, especially enjoyed the desserts -- panne cotti (complimentary for birthday) and Napoleon. The tomato and cheese on skewer was very good, but not hot when served. Our brother and sister were really pleased with the food.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We went here after a show at Second City and celebrated a birthday. Our server, Paco, was very friendly and attentive! We had a group of 10 and everyone loved what they ordered! We all said we would be coming back. The restaurant is very small but I made a reservation almost a month in advance. Looking forward to coming back to try other items on the menu!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The owner always makes us feel welcome. The black truffle burrata and prosciutto is spectacular. Truly, a unique dining pleasure!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Like a trip to Italy! Always a treat to visit from NYC.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

By far our favorite Italian spot in Chicago. Food is spectacular, service is impeccable. Get the gnocchi!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Fantastic meal!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Excellent meal - enjoyed immensely!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful!!!

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