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Trattoria Gianni

4.6
1019 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(312) 266-1976
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gianni Delisi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Willow
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Parking details
Valet and Street parking.
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Public transit
Halsted bus #8 at Willow. Red Line at Clybourn and North Avenue.
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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
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
What 1019 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This place is wonderful. The food and service are consistently very good. We go there every time we go to Steppenwolf or Royal George but wonderful even if you are not going to the theater bu just want a good Italian inspired meal.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Very good food. Very busy, service was a bit slow. Everyone was very friendly

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A neighborhood favorite. Great cocktails. Best eggplant melanzone. Delicious homemade pasta dishes. Branzino was perfection-light, fresh vegetables, gently seasoned. Lovely place. Gianni always makes a point of visiting our table and catching up on family news. Always a treat. Thrilled they now offer Grubhub home delivery.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We went before a Steppenwolf performance, and loved every bite. I knew that you could order half portions of the pasta, and it was perfect paired with a starter salad. We'll be going back often.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I used to work here some 20 years ago and decided to go back now that I've returned to city. The place is as great today as it was then. A few minor changes but the menu still had my favorites! I'm going to return again and again! Not only to eat but to chat with the owner (and my former employer) Gianni. Who owns and operates one of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago! Bravo!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Such a wonderful exoerience! Customer service was second to none

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love you as our favorite restaurant. This time unfortunately we sat next to a very noisy table of 12 but that was not your fault

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I sort of stumbled onto Trattoria Gianni, since the Italian restaurant I visited last year down the street is closed due to a recent fire, but I was very happy with my 'stumble.' My out-of-town friend and I were going to the Steppenwolf Theatre, and needed something close by for dinner. Trattoria Gianni is a delightful little place, very authentic and welcoming. The waitstaff knew of our theatre commitment, and was very accommodating. The food was delicious, and we made it out in plenty of time. Another bonus: when you valet here, you can leave your car and pick it up after the theatre. That's huge.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Celebrated Easter with 3 generations. Great place to have some space & quiet enough to have a nice visit & still accomodate a toddler.
Great authentic Italian food. Excellent friendly service. Nice place !

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was excellent and the restaurant was not busy so we received good service in a quiet atmosphere that allowed for conversation (which was a treat since we had a party of 6).

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

pasta cooked perfectly, as usual. we went early as kid friendly. just love the place.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I absolutely love the food from here. I have the burrata and the gnocchi. Delicious!!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Food was delicious, service was great .

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Was good as always. Waiter was snarky about gluten allergies and failed to bring the salad that someone in our party ordered. At least it never made it to the bill. Overall food was good, though, and we’ll go back again.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

good food ,bad cocktails, week and small!! Watery cocktails in small glass!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent service, terrific food.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

As always, Trattoria Gianni did not disappoint. Its veal saltimbocca is the best in the entire Chicago area - it almost melts in your mouth, excitedly stirring one's taste buds. My wife also had the saltimbocca and found it delicious. We live in the western suburbs, but make it a point to get to Gianni as often as we can. Five stars out of five possible!!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It is one of my regular spots for a pre or post-Steppenwolf dinner. It never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I loved everything we had. Appetizers were outstanding. Our reservations were at 6 and we were seated immediately.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Such a quaint and authentic dining experience.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Our food had no flavor. It seemed like everything was prepared in advance and just reheated.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

great Italian! Convenient to Steppenwolf. very attentive staff and nice wine selections . Heard the calamari is good, but was on low-fat restriction this visit!. looked good, though. specials were delish and would go again for sure!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I had the risotto and the wife had the duck, OMG!!! Absolutely fabulous. Fantastic food, fantastic service.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was superb

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Outstanding service and delicious food .... will definitely be back again !

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

A gem of a place. Can’t wait to go back in the summer and enjoy the outdoor seating.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is excellent! Rigatoni was delicious and short ribs tender and flavorful. Even Cesar salad was just right. Wait staff cheerful and attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was perfect! The service was wonderful and the food amazing! Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been dining here for over 18 years and am always satisfied with the menu selections and the food quality . Gianni does a great job welcoming you to his restaurant , yet doesn’t infringe on your meal.....always a gentleman and runs a first class place. Small , quaint , and wonderful!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, very friendly staff. Very close to theaters and street parking avalible

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Trattoria Gianni is a local gem in Lincoln Park. The food is always good and the staff friendly.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Lovely food and warm atmosphere. Our server, Matthew, was extremely knowledgeable about the wines and provided a humourous and efficient service. The food was fantastic; big recommendations include: calamari fritti, ricotta gnocchi and pork chop. The owner, Gianni, provides general, reassuring, oversight and a warm welcome and farewell.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Pleasant evening. Excellent service

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Service and food was quite good, however the noise level was almost intolerable. You could not hear the person sitting next to you.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The service, good , & atmosphere was great. Felt rushed during our time there.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Everything was so-so, the tiramisu was bad, the soup bland and tasteless, don't think I will go back. Not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food. Our server Marco gave us the perfect amount of attention and we appreciated the information he provided about the restaurant, menu items, and drinks.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a group of 16 for a family trip. This was a wonderful place to gather for authentic Italian food.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Perfect dining spot before or after the theater. Great Italian food and excellent service. we will be back........

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2018

The food and wine were nothing special but the prices are moderate and the service was fine.
$8.95 is very expensive for a mixed green salad with four very thin slices of apple/pear.
The carry out food was put in a very flimsy container and the sauce leaked out into the bag and it
was a mess. They need to upgrade the containers.

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