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About Trattoria Gianni

Since its doors opened in 1988, Gianni Delisi’s family-run Italian trattoria has flourished as a mainstay on the Chicago restaurant scene. Enhance your dining experience and opt to sit out under the stars in our NEW 96 SEAT AL FRESCO DINING AREA - NOW OPEN! Trattoria Gianni's menu features a diverse selection of regional Italian cuisine, augmented with superb daily specials and an array of delectable desserts to delight your palate. Gianni's boasts an extensive wine list, a full bar and a special selection of grappas. The restaurant has been awarded 3 stars from the Chicago Tribune, 3 1/2 stars from the Chicago Sun Times and has consistently received excellent ratings from Zagats.
Located in the heart of the Lincoln Park theatre district -- directly across the street from Steppenwolf theatre and a few doors north of The Royal George -- Trattoria Gianni's has long been a dining destination for theatergoers before and after the shows.

1711 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Willow

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 266-1976

Website:
http://www.trattoriagianni.com/

Parking Details:
Valet and Street parking.

Public Transit:
Halsted bus #8 at Willow. Red Line at Clybourn and North Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Gianni Delisi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please call us to arrange any of your special needs. We plan events for parties up to 100 people. 312-266-1976

Trattoria Gianni Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (32)
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Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Comfort Food (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Business Meals (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The service was lacking...took 10 minutes to get cream for coffee. The pasta was over cooked and the sauce was luke warm.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food Once again a wonderful evening at Gianni

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and wonderful ambiance. Our waiter was new, just needs more time to hone his skills. Very pleasant experience!

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·Dined 6 days ago

It is a wonderful restaurant that has a very intimate feel to it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

I've eaten here once before and it was very positive. This time also was very good, although some of the details may have slipped just a half-notch. We needed a pre-theater meal. We were seated promptly at our reservation time, which was much appreciated. Our server seemed to be working hard to be attentive but he had a lot of tables to juggle. Even so, we got out in plenty of time. We would have appreciated an explanation of specials and help with the wines, but what we came up with on our own was pretty good. We both had salads, we split an order of risotto as a first plate, and then we each had a 2nd plate / entree. My salad, with goat cheese, apple and pear, was tasty but overdressed. The mushroom risotto was a little liquidy but had a wonderful flavor. The beef filets with potatoes and mushrooms were supposed to be medium-rare; two pieces were, one wasn't. Delicious, though. We decided we didn't have time or room for coffee and dessert. We'll definitely go back. But believe that with a little more attention they could up their game even higher.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

My friends and family have been enjoying Gianni’s food and hospitality for 20 Years. Food is good quality, unpretentious and consistent. The best grilled calamari in Chicago. Outdoor garden is a “10”!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a large group. Restaurant has a very good atmosphere for a gathering of friends. Food and service were great!

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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good time for dinner with friends. Quiets down after theatre crowd moves on!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Pre or post theater or anytime you want a great Italian dinner this is a perfect place. Friendly staff and good service make the evening even more enjoyable. I recommend this restaurant to many people and will continue to do so.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The restaurant is located across the street from Steppenwolf so it's perfect for pre theatre dinner. We had a 2 hour window but waited lengthy times for service. Unfortunately they were understaffed. It was our first time there and the experience was stressful.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Girls night for theatre and dinner. Two of us were New and two had dined here many years ago. Wonderful service with great food. Menu should include a few more choices and the Sparkling menu could include a couple of additional choices for sure, maybe from Valdobbiadene region, if I were ordering . Our expectations were met and we all marveled how delicious our different choices were. Great salads and entrees, but needed the few additional choices in the Pasta arena. We are all planning to return soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Tapas, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

As always, the food and service was very good. We dined after theater goers departed so service was very prompt. When the weather is warm we dine outdoors and believe the experience is more than very good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! Great authentic Italian cuisine with homemade pastas and fabulous meat & fish dishes. Gianni is a wonderful host and the entire staff is top notch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, People Watching, Healthy, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A great Italian restaurant across the street from Steppenwolf.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

An outstanding meal in a classic Italian restaurant. Service is respectful and incredibly attentive, food is delicious and portioned perfectly, wine list is extensive and price point is beyond reasonable for Lincoln park. A wonderful meal and evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I honestly didn't make the dinner (originally for 3). Friends were in from out-of-town, and saw LATE NITE CATECHISM at the Royal George Theatre down the street from the restaurant. I was very sick, and unfortunately, couldn't make it that day. However, I did ask them how the restaurant was, and they thought it was very nice. They said the food was excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service and food was excellent! Our waiter (Dave ) was very helpful and friendly.
Would definitely return again to enjoy another fine meal.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Location great, especially for Steppenwolf Theater. Food was mixed, some dishes terrific, others just ok. Service was excellent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

great overall restaurant. we are repeat customers and so are some of our friends. We recomended.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a delicious dinner, the waiter was helpful and professional great recommendations on the food , my wife had grilled Branzino with vegetables i had the special pasta tagliatelle Caprese oven roasted tomatoes walnuts pesto fresh mozzarella very tasty , the wine list as a lot of choice we order Sauvignon blanc from jerman very good , for desert Home made Ravioli stuffed with Nutella and scoop of pistachio ice cream delicious., over all we were very please will recommend to our friends .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The service was fantastic and the staff great. For the price we expected a lot more high end food. Calimari was luke warm and a bit chewy. My wifes salmon was "fine" not $28 dollars for salmon fine, but ok. Pasta was ok and the seafood in that was ok but also less than I'd expect for the price. This was less than chain restaurant quality with half the portion and twice the cost.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had a tasty and enjoyable meal prior to going to Steppenwolf, conveniently located cross the street. The service was the best we had had in years by a server named David--get his table if you can.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The host was accommodating to the beautiful outdoor weather and was able to seat us in the beautiful quaint garden area w lights and well spaced tables for privacy. The smells as you passed the kitchen we’re mouth watering. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful in choosing menu featured items to finding the bathrooms. For a busy Saturday holiday “sweetest day” showtime 7pm reservation we did not feel rushed or overlooked. Our waitress was great very friendly attentive and helpful and witty. Our food was delicious we started w arancini wait staff recommend and yelp and it was perfect portion for two people and filling w the side of endless fresh warm crusty bread served. We order the gnocchi w vodka sauce a yelp user recommendation and staff as well as the fresh pasta special w sausage n peas both of us finished our courses full but not stuffed. We decided on a cannoli and tiramisu. The cannoli was nothing special we would pass on next time. the tiramisu was creamy perfect amount of cocoa and more than enough to enjoy at restaurant and take a little home for later. We will definitely be coming back. 3 things we loved the friendliness, food and fancy enough for special occasion yet comfortable enough for causal date night.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner after Steppenwolf was delightful. Maria, server, helped us navigate the many regular and special menu options. We asked to split items and were completely accommodated. All our choices and the wine, a Nebbilio, were very good and went together well.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Years and years of going to Gianni's, who keeps a watchful eye at all times, it gets better and better. The food is a lot like what my family cooks. I've never had anything I didn't like. The linguine with shrimps and scallops is a must!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always a pleasant experience and so comfy and relaxing, especially when entertaining friends and family.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful northern Italian cuisine - always enjoy visiting. Friendly staff, always make you feel at home.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was our first time to Trattoria Gianni. I found the food to be average, but good, and the service was good - our server hustled as it was very crowded due to the Chicago Marathon. She did keep up, though. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I read great reviews on how wonderful this place was, so I clearly had to try it! My boyfriend and I made a reservation for 6:45pm but we weren't seated till 7pm. I don't know if they were understaffed or what! Wasn't a huge deal, I understand it gets busy. After we sat down we weren't greeted or brought water till 7:15pm. Once again, it might have been understaffed. That did bother me because we had been at the restaurant for a half an hour before any proper greeting. I ordered the arancini appetizer which was delicious!!! I also received the Caesar salad and we both got the gnocchi. He got the regular and I got mine in vodka sauce. The vodka sauce with the gnocchi was TO DIE FOR!! It was sooo delicious!! I'll definitely be back to try more of the menu :)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Delicious meal and very nice atmosphere. Perfect for dinner before the theater

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Best gnocchi I've ever had in my entire life. Get it with vodka sauce

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We walked in and they knew my name. Yes, I made a reservation, but we were treated like family. We were immediately seated to a great table. The server offered a fabulous bottle of red wine. Our meal was delicious. I treated myself to dessert, the tiramisu was so good! I would suggest anyone and everyone try Trattoria Gianni! We went before a show next door. Let me tell you, dinner was as entertaining and as wonderful as the show. The service was excellent! We were on a girls trip to Chicago and we truly enjoyed our dinner. We were all glad that we made the effort and spent the time with Trattoria Gianni.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Enjoyed the meal. Lovely patio. Overall, positive experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love the outdoor patio..not fancy, but reliable neighborhood option with availability

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Maria was the most gracious and helpful server. She knows the food and wines exceedingly well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was decent but nothing memorable. When comparing this place to other well rated Italian spots in Chicago, it comes up short.
Service was friendly. Nice wine list and a nice outdoor patio.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Eating outdoors here is always pleasant. The food is authentic from southern Italy and always good. They are very accommodating with modifications to the traditional dishes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

All is good with Gianni, will be back
The service was not a 10 like last time we were there

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The service, the delicious food, and the ambience were all very good. This was our first visit and we will return often!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This restaurant is very convenient for pre-theatre dinners for the Steppenwolf and Royal George Theatres. There was a vegetarian in our group, and she was very pleased with the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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