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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (49)
Authentic (38)
Good for a Date (35)
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Special Occasion (32)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Cozy (28)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Romantic (21)
Notable Wine List (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Casual (14)
Business Meals (10)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Superb! The extensive menu of rustic Italian delights with a heavy Tuscan bias is outstanding. Loved the bold flavors!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

THIS PLACE WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE! Amazing ambiance, food, service... THE LIST GOES ON!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great staff, tasty Italian, never disappoints.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Many choices, each one more interesting than those available in other high end Italian restaurants. Excellent preparation. You can't miss no matter what you select. Service is professional and attentive.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great , love it

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My favorite restaurant. Have never had a bad meal here. Have taken Italians who agree it is authentic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great service and recommendations. Reasonable price for quality.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

We love Riccardo Trattoria and return frequently. We particularly like the number of seafood options and that the menu and preparations seem to be authentic to their region and heritage.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wow. What a night. This restaurant is a hidden gem in the city. You walk in and it feels like you’re at a table with all of your family. The wait staff was phenomenal and the food was even better. We will be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Was not very impressed with the food, especially having it been restaurant week in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The service and atmosphere were great but the food was lacking flavor. Near by pasta bowl has better flavors.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food. Great service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Lovely dinner.
Sea Bass was delicate, flavorful. Wine selection complimented a wonderful meal

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Best place n town!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Added to my list of restaurants to return to on my next visit to Chicago.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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!

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food4
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Always fabulous. One of our favorite places and it never disappoints. Food and service great. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Perfect, this is a treasure of old world dining. Incredible service and the food is over the top!

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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was very good & creatively presented. Service was excellent!

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Restaurant was perfect. Great food, great ambiance and wonderful food. I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 8, 2018

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Best Italian restaurant in town.

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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I love the food, service and ambiance. Thank you!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Fabulous food. Great service. Very accommodating when we brought birthday cake. Sat near front entrance on very cold night and it was a little drafty. Overall wonderful experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food and service was fantastic! The seating area is small so I would recommend a reservation.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Authentic italian food with really good appetizers the burrata was delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Riccardo never disappoints!!! Always great foood and superb service

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent experience as always, never disappoints. Fantastic food and great service- perfect match!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Daily specials page is equal to many others full menu. All around outstanding.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The lights were way too bright.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Authentic Italy without leaving Chicago!! Magnifico!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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