Trattoria Isabella, in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, crafts refined Italian cuisine with a comforting style in its elegant and welcoming restaurant. For a delightful start to your meal, enjoy the portabella funghi ripieni burrata cheese-stuffed mushrooms in garlic white wine sauce and the fritto misto fried calamari and shrimp with jalapeno mayo dip for appetizers. Some of Trattoria Isabella's specialty entrées include the pollo Vesuvio chicken with rosemary and sweet peas, the grilled salmone Genovese with pesto sauce and the gluten-free spaghetti Bolognese with San Marzano tomato meat sauce. Fresh-pressed panini sandwiches, like the Tuscan steak sandwich with sautéed onions and mushrooms, the alla Siciliana with grilled Italian sausage, mozzarella and gardinaire and the della Nonna with basil, tomato, pesto and mozzarella, are other diner favorites.
Enjoy your delectable meal at Trattoria Isabella with one of the vast selections of wine.
It would have been nice to know that the night we were there was the last night they were to be in business. They were closing October 1.....it use to be a great restaurant, but under the circumstances things were not norm. It's always good to know what you are getting involved in and we did not..
First visit to restaurant. Sat outdoors, beautiful Fall evening. Service great. I am very particular about Italian food, and especially red sauce. It was VERY good and the eggplant parmesan, one of my favorites, was delicious!!
First time I've been to an Italian restaurant where they didn't have a caprese salad. In fact they do not even carry fresh or buffalo mozzarella. It was on the menu on the open table app but they do not have it at the restaurant. We had a new waitress and it was her 2nd day supposedly it it seemed like it was the first time she herself had looked at the menu. Disappointing night.
We were meeting friends I haven't seen in some time and I feared that it would be too loud. No problem. There was plenty of seating outside and the noise level was low. The food was great, plenty of free parking next door and a nice atmosphere. The waitress had a little problem coming back enough to check on us but I think she was new and she did seem to try hard.
Definitely we would come back.
This is always a nice place, good service, and very well prepared food. The fish here is always cooked flawlessly!
We showed up late in the night, they were very friendly, welcoming and made us feel at home. My father enjoyed his lobster ravioli greatly. We ordered three different pastas and they were all great.
Great outdoor patio. Traditional southern / Sicilian food is basic but well prepared.
Fun outdoor patio, noise level was as expected for an outdoor Chicago dining experience. Delicious lasagna and salad. Nice bar, friendly staff. We'll be back for sure!
I really like the very nice outdoor patio. There is free and convenient parking-very unusual for the city! The bruschetta was not remarkable but the 2 seafood pasta dishes we had we very good. Mine had a white wine sauce, my fellow diner had the special with brandy cream sauce and crab---he found devine! The service was helpful and genuine and there whenever we needed him. We are looking forward to coming again!
we enjoyed the neighborhood location, attentive staff and reasonably priced meal.
I ordered the lobster ravioli. I was disappointed when I saw my dish. The ravioli was drenched in way too much sauce. The presentation was bland. The waiter never came back to ask how we enjoyed our food. We will be back for another try!
Our server was very friendly, polite, and knowledgeable. We just wanted to try it out and found that we weren't as hungry as we thought we'd be. As a result, we ended up sharing the special- seafood linguine, which was excellent. We will be back!
This is a great "go to" restaurant for a business meeting. Well prepared Italian foods, well stocked wine list, professional and friendly management and wait staff that always picks up on if we're on a time line or desirous of a leisurely dinner. The calimari and mussels are a good start, and the pasta and fish dishes are excellent. I tried the veal piccata and it was well prepared with tasteful veggies. As always, I'm a cannoli lover and it's always freshly stuffed before serving it.
Food was not great. Service was spotty. Would only return for the lovely patio.
Decent. Not great
The calamari was rubbery. Milk was spoiled. We sat inside when most sat outside which impacted our service. We told them we needed to leave at 7:00 and we had to hunt someone down to pay our bill. There was a reason this was one of only a few restaurants in the area that had reservations available.
Great food! Equally great service!
Sat outside for lunch and the meal was perfectly fine. The service was very slow but maybe the waiter just had an off day. I will go back for the food but if the service doesn't improve it will be my last trip.
Wait staff are very efficient and friendly. Love the traditional Italian meals.
Isabella has a lovely outdoor patio! The west Loop location is easy to reach, convenient. Italian fare, some traditional dishes and some creative selections, well executed. Service is good, adequate wine list. There's free self parking in the adjacent lot late afternoons and evenings. The patio is a great place to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, or a nice meal, enjoy while the weather permits (the indoor lounge and dining room are nice, too).