Victory Italian

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$30 and under
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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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MC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old school Italian. Great spot for a group and service was amazing. Best meatball I have had in a while and the bacon fest winning pasta was out of this world.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Great food and service. It seemed like a local neighborhood type restaurant vs franchise type restaurant. Highly recommend

TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was awful. Only one bathroom. Wine was good. Very loud and no seating. I paid $80 for a meal and it tasted like cardboard. The wine was amazing.

J
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My wife and I sat at the bar for dinner on Saturday night, October 12th. Even though it was very busy and crowded at the bar, the bartenders were friendly, attentive and helpful recommending some options for appetizers and dinner. The food was very good and the portions quite large. We will be back.

BS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender Peter was excellent. Provided great service and insight. Very attentive.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The service was not good at all. Although the waiter seemed eager to help us with ordering he did not take ownership of the fact that he got the order wrong. He made it seem like he was doing me a favor by brining us what we ordered. Also the table was not cleaned promptly and we were never given actual dinner dishes. The food was mediocre. The meatballs were the only thing I found to be tasty. I would probably not go back there.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service
Huge portion sizes

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

We were sat 45 minutes after our reservation.

OT
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great neighborhood place with solid and delicious Italian food. Great bar to hang for a drink and a pizza!!
Joes meatballs are awesome!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great service!!!👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

BE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Large portions and reasonable prices make this restaurant a place to return to.

r
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating left overs as i type this. DELISH!!!!!

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with unbelievable food. The staff was amazing as well! Would definitely recommend for a new Italian spot in River North.

B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

$14 for a batch cocktail is pathetic. If u don’t have time to mix them on the spot you should lower the price. We come to your place often but after the lousy manhattans last time we will think again. Please do better so we can return.

r
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience

k
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and excellent service!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot in quieter part of river north. Food is amazing along with service and ambience. Calamari or Brussel sprouts are a must along with stuffed shells. Good wine selection and very reasonable. I live nearby and there are a million places to checkout. This is one of the few I go back to.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
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
36 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
29 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
36 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.

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

Food was AMAZING!

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.

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