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.
Chicago, IL 60614
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Clark and Webster
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Riccardo Trattoria Ratings and Reviews
My girlfriend and I went out for Valentine’s Day (a couple days late), and we both loved it. The service was incredible, and the food was exactly what we had set out for. Burrata to start, flank steak and risotto with veal meatballs for dinner, and tiramisu for dessert, all done perfectly. Highly recommend for a great Italian dinner at a reasonable price.
Trattoria Riccardo never disappoints. Wonderfully prepared food - based on classics but often with interesting ingredients and flavor combinations. Limited but well curated wine list. Attentive, competent, service. Simply decorated and comfortable room. Moderate energy and noise level from the mature clientele.
I marvel that a restaurant can maintain so large a menu of dishes each of which (so far as my experience goes--and I have eaten here a number of times and tried quite a few dishes) is entirely individual--and wonderful! The service is friendly and accommodating. And the prices are quite moderate, considering the quality of the food and the expertness--and I believe "authenticity" (that is, I believe it is genuinely Italian!)--of its preparation.
Always a pleasure to eat at Riccardo Trattoria! One of TWO authentic Italian restaurants in Chicago, my spouse is from Italy and I lived in Italy for a while. We had the spaghetti alle vongole and the restaurant week special of pappardelle with a black truffle cream sauce; both spectacular, pasta cooked to perfection, pappardelle housemade, and the sauces superb! The calamari fritti was a little off, the breading was light, tasty and crisp but the calamari was very tough and chewy. The eggplant parm timballi appetizer was a little off also, the eggplant was just a little hard, not quite soft and tender. It looked like Riccardo was not cooking Sunday night. The chocolate lava cake and the apple tart were both out of this world! Riccardo Trattoria is always a treat!
As always Riccardo was delightful. Our waiter Christian was so helpful. He kept telling us his favorites and the meal ended up being delicious. We have been eating here for years and it never disappoints. We splurged on a bottle of Amarone that was one of the best bottles of wine we have had in a restaurant. All in all a perfect evening.
This was our second time at Riccardos and we will certainly go back again. The atmosphere there is perfect - small, cozy, and delightful. The food was good but my scallops and shrimp lacked flavor and the bacon surrounding the scallops was almost raw. And this time we felt a little rushed by the staff even though there were no customers waiting for tables. The veal Parmesan was outstanding!
OK place but we had a bad table near the door which was our fault for booking late. Very busy on the Saturday we went, everyone seemed to be having a good time. Filet mignon was pretty average and a small portion, wine was great.
Overall I think we'll give it another go but book well in advance and maybe just go with the pasta dishes. Service was polite and well informed.
Extensive and creative Italian cuisine! You can easily find some very good traditional dishes or some more fun and unique pairings. Great neighborhood find.
One poor thing to note, request to be seated more in back if possible. We were seated in a tiny corner by the front door with a high wooden wall. Felt a little claustrophobic and very cold and drafty with the front door constantly opening behind a curtain.
Riccardo's is one of my favorite restaurant in Lincoln Park. They greet you warmly and have excellent servers. I had foi gras to start - unusual for an Italian restaurant. It was perfect. The appetizer menu is so good, I just had 3 appetizers for dinner. Squash blossoms, and veal tonnato - all delicious
This is a traditional authentic Italian restaurant - takes you back to the 1920s in an intimate dining experience. The expansive menu is deceiving because every dish we had was excellent. Among all the wonderful pasta options are some recommended game - the elk appetizer and rabbit main course. Overdid appetizers, so we didn't get to dessert. Wonderful service.
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