Victory Italian

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156 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in River North, Victory Italian features Chef Joe Farina's authentic Italian Cuisine. While the menu boasts of Joe's Mama's Meatballs, you will find fresh made pasta's, home-made ciabatta garlic bread, and specialty pizza from Armand's Pizzeria, including a 3-foot long pie! The wine list is one to delight all palates offering several regions of Italy, many appellations of California and a well balanced mix of global varietals. You will dine in a space filled with Old-World sophistication, black and white photos of familiar faces and quintessential Chicago Style. Invite friends to watch a game while sitting along our elegant marble bar while enjoying one of our many local craft beers. Happy Hour is Monday - Friday from 3pm - 6pm with classic offerings such as Old Fashions, Negronis, and Martini's. Perfect for romantic dinners, social gatherings, business, or a night out on the town. For private dining and special events email us at events@victoryitalian.com .
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Victory. The staff and management are absolutely wonderful and so is the food.

KL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Gave 3 stars overall because we made a reservation at 3:00pm asking to be seated outside. We showed up 5 mins after 3 to find a table set up ready to go. Only to be told it’s for “people with a reservation” who were inside. I told them we also had a reservation, to which I was met with a big eye roll. They set up another table and we sat 15 mins after our reservation time. They have good food and service. We’ve been there several times and have had no issues before, but they handled my reservation poorly.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Best part of the meal was the free bread starter. The rest of the food was extremely salty and just ehh.

GC
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group of 15 all in town for wedding. They got the orders straight and separated the bill as promised. Food was wonderful!

r
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The staff and manager are great. Food always consistently great.

HF
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our group of 6 all had pasta dishes. 3 enjoyed their meal and 3 did not. One had to send their cold pasta dish back. It was returned hot, but not very tasty. The group consensus was that for the price we could have done better elsewhere.

j
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was okay. Service was slow, server was cold/disinterested. There are too many options in Chicago to ever go back.

r
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that I found this place in my new neighborhood. Just a short walk away to wonderful Italian food. Highly recommend.

k
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Our waiter, Patrick, was wonderful. We’ll be back.

D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little far removed from other restaurants but worth the walk. Reasonable value and not overcrowded. Good service and large menu.

L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were able to sit outside which was great. The garlic bread served with marinara sauce was actually the best part of the meal. My friend got a pork chop pounded so thin it covered the whole plate. It was dry and boring. I got the veal parm. It too was pounded thin and covered the whole plate. It too was dry and boring. It definitely needed more sauce. Neither came with a side of pasta...which I now see according to the online menu it should have and would have helped the dry meat. I would rather have a smaller portion and better quality.

Service was ok. Our waiter appeared distracted by another table of four women who evidently knew the owner. Maybe otherwise he would have noticed we didn’t get a our sides or gotten our wine without having to flag him down.

There are so many really good Italian places in the city the only reason I might come back is location. If I do I would stay away from the meat dishes and try their pasta.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The server was not good tonight, usually they are.

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Jason, Oscar, and Billy are top notch! Food, service. And drinks were all outstanding. Don’t pass this place up!!
Mario

l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Gnats! Lots of gnats. All over bar. You probably can’t see if you sit on the long portion of the bar. But if you sit in the corner portion against the wall as we did you would run. They were on the bottles, wall, the picture frames and flying around our drinks. When we left we told the manager and he said he knew and they were cleaning Sunday. That’s 4 days away. I would have people staying late to fix that problem.

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick, our server, was great! The food was delicious and I can't wait for my next visit!

SG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was impeccable! Looking forward to eating at Victory Italian again soon!

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too much food.
Service was too friendly and attentive.
I may not return - until tomorrow!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food great service a little louder than expected like real loud

b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Arrived for our 7 o'clock reservation but table not ready till after 7:30. Manager Josh was very responsive. Kept us updated and set up an additional table outside for us. Our waiter Carlos, was friendly, fun and professional. The free garlic bread will keep you coming back though we did not get a bowl of marinara with the 2nd plate. The Apple Salad was delicious. Split the stuffed shells which were great. Few complaints about Salmon Vesuvio (peas under cooked). Great classic old school menu in a casual classic Italian restaurant setting. Noise level a little high inside, but hard to find a restaurant that isn't.

SC
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service!! CARLOS was great.

OT
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great! Server was just ok not sure she felt like taking care of us.....

KM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We were very disappointed with the food. Some of our dishes were very bland while others were way too salty. The ambiance wasn’t great... too loud, very cramped and only one stall for women’s and men’s restrooms. We had high hopes based on recommendations from others but we’re sorry to say we won’t be back.

OT
Cincinnati
160 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Party of 4 promptly seated into very full & very loud bistro. Limited menu for vegetarians who didn't want pizza. Food was good. Service a little slow. Eats + cocktails + bottle of red + tip = $180

G
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this incredible restaurant, and we are soooooo pleased! Love the 'Old School' Chicago Italian dishes they offer. The portions are huge, which is a rarity these days. Just loved everything about this restaurant and would highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was so salty!!

D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love sitting at the bar Louie is great!!. Service is the best great food and the best bread that they just keep bringing it is addictive

JM
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was just ok. We sat outside, which was nice, but the food was average.

MF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and great kids menu! Pasta was also tasty! Large portions too!

BC
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had two toddlers and wanted to sit outside. Check. We had Patrick as our waiter. Best luck ever! He could not do enough for us. He was knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations in answer to our questions. We have had several great meals at Victory but this last one with Patrick was absolutely outstanding.

CW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The gnocchi and stuffed shells were excellent and served in a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant. It's definitely worth a visit.

OT
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good
Excellent service 👌🏾

k
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So excited to find a great neighborhood Italian place. Really tasty food with attentive service. Loved the meatballs and the garlic bread was decadent!

MO
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary, and we had a delightful experience. The ambience was very warm, and the service was very good. The garlic bread with marinara put on the table upon arriving is a nice touch. The manager swapped out a much better bottle of wine for the one that we’d ordered, because they were out of it, for the same price. He didn’t know that it was our anniversary at that point. After dinner we moved into the bar to finish our wine and watch the end of the Cubs game. Once they found out it was our anniversary, they bought us an after dinner drink. Upon leaving, my husband told them that we would be back! That is a huge compliment coming from him who doesn’t like to go to new places!

S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and food was quite good but large portions.

m
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

As is usually the case the food was excellent..the service lately is spotty at best..if you need anything you have to find your waitperson and flag them down and then tell them what you need..they are not proactive and don’t notice that you might need water or wine or a piece of cutlery ...the service definitely seems to be slipping maybe because the restaurant is popular now and they don’t feel the need to be service oriented as they were in the beginning..

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place

l
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here the other night food, service and atmosphere all 5 starts! They really did it right here! I will be back and quite often.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Victory in River North was overall fantastic. A big part of the great experience we had was because of our waiter, Patrick. He was super friendly and great help with the menu. The fact that victory doesn’t charge for the parmesan garlic bread they bring to the table is insane. Everything was delicious and a huge portion size. They had a truffle risotto special that was pricier than I’ve seen most other places but with that said, I would order it again. I will be back soon.

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