Via Carducci - Wicker Park

4.7
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291 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Rustic Southern Italian Cuisine features plenty of natural ingredients from the four basic food groups. Here at Via Carducci we use only fresh ingredients to insure the best possible quality. We feature regional Italian wines that best complement the cuisine of Southern Italy. Since we cannot take you back to Calabria, we have brought a little of Calabria to you.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You're always going to be pleased going here. The staff are friendly and helpful and the chef consistently hits a home run.

TT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner
Excellent choice
Eight of us
We ordered from every part of the menu
Ordered specials too -Lobster Risotto was superb
And leave it to my daughter to even ordered items not on menu or specials - it was best and we had some to take home.
The filet had a perfect char, tenderness and smooth as butter texture. Someone else did the meatball & eggplant sides - excellent choice.
Warm inviting atmosphere, very competent service.
Great spot on a special night with family & friends.

DM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, service and excellent food and wine.

GC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime is always a great experience. Every food choice is fresh and tastes delicious. Greatest Italian restaurant in town!

DM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Date with my Lovely Wife ! Thank you

SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is always really good. My only complaint is that the tables are very small so if you plan to order appetizers, there really is no space for everything.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual conversation spot with delicious food.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Went for dinner early on a Sunday night after the theater. It was two adults and two kids. We were placed at an of the way table that was shoved into a corner by the window. Server was nice but hostess was rude when told about washroom door not locking. She blew it off and acted like we didn’t know what we were talking about. Then I heard her and saw her tell someone who worked there and she was laughing about it and making fun of the situation. So terrible. They have zero portions for kids and are not family-friendly which is a shame. Everything tasted good but we were forced to order a 12in pizza for a six year old because no options for anything smaller. Not sure how this could be in a neighborhood that is family friendly. Anyway, it was embarrassing to be treated like that by the hostess and I will not return.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Via Carducci. We randomly stumbled upon this hidden gem in Wicker Park looking for a place to eat or night and couldn’t resist the smells. So when I had to decide where to have my birthday dinner this year, this was my pick. Great ambiance, low key and amazing food. It’s authentic and portions are very generous.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and top-quality. Service is always at the perfect pace.

c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The food was absolutely delicious - both my husband and I finished our whole plate! Everyone we encountered was so friendly and the environment was upbeat, authentic, and comfortable.

f
Chicago
140 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been there several times. Eggplant parm was very tender and tasty. Portion size is generous. Smaller restaurant with very energetic vibe.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Via Carducci for 13 yrs and never been disappointed. Food is very tasty , always fresh and flavorful - Calabrian style in Wicker Park!
Be prepare for pretty big portions!
Prices are very reasonable ...
Highly recommended for any occasion!!!
Enjoy !

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent date spot. Great ambience, good food, and not at all too noisy.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My fiancé and I were looking for a local spot to go to with her parents. The food was classic homemade Italian. We were especially impressed with the two salads we ordered to share as starters. The tables are pretty close together but is pretty typical for a small local spot. I recommend this spot, especially if you live walking distance!

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

main dining area, lovely... food, delicious... SIDE dining area, a little tight (just a hallway)

SH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Via Carducci blends warm service, delicious food, and a comfortable, neighborhood vibe into something wonderful. A great place to become a “regular.”

c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very good restaurant with a wonderful ambience in a fantastic location with very nice people.

J
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers, wine and dinner! Love this place and can’t wait to come back. The chicken saltimbocca is tremendous!

DH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Wouldn’t return

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Love the place. Service was bad this particular night. Both orders were wrong. He told me he could fix it but it would take another 25 minutes... for a side of pasta...

s
Toledo
91 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All pastas are great..never had anything else.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining at Via Carducci. Excellent service and food is consistently good and satisfying!

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Table was indoor/outdoor .Charming, authentic southern Italian. Enjoyed live music. Grilled calamari was delicious. My angel hair with bolognese very tasty. My husband eggplant parm also quite good. Great crusty bread. Waiter nice and very capable. Nice chat with owner.He sent us a free Italian sausage app and shots of lemoncello. First time. We will return.

OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Been coming here for years... Food and service was solid as usual... the live music was WAY TO LOUD.. the servers apologized about it before we even shared our thoughts. The tables on either side of us were joking about how ridiculously loud it was... I couldn’t really hear my server and even struggled to converse with my date...... when the owner stopped by asking if everything was ok we let him know it was much too loud.. he dismissed the feedback and explained to us the reasons he wanted it that loud and why we just didn’t understand..... my response— “you’re not listening..” his response to that— he told me I wasn’t listening... anyway- he is clearly drunk on his own success to the point that he lacks common sense that it’s a restaurant.. not a concert.. and that no one would ever willingly play music that loud over dinner... we will be back.. just not when Pavarrati is performing...

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was full, so we sat inside. We were asked to change tables as the apps were brought out, but they comped us for a dessert and coffee. The food was all excellent, the service was very good and authentic. I would definitely go back.

A
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food! The Fruiti de mar was delicious. Great outdoor seating.

M
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot for a meeting. Great service. Delicious sausage and pasta.

DW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Yes, but . . . I've been there several times and like it very well. The menu is limited (and pasta-oriented), but everything I've had has been very good. The downside. . .they're a little disorganized. In summer, w/outdoor seating, the wait staff hangs out by the front door. You can't tell who the host is. We said we were there for our 7:00 reso and were seated w/o being asked for our name. Got a nastygram from Open Table the next day about being a no-show. Each waiter appeared to have tables both inside and outside, so they were covering a lot of ground. Should have been divided up better by territory. And they seemed to spend a lot of time by the front door talking to each other instead of checking on their tables. We had Halley's Waiter - very knowledgeable but he only came around about once every 86 years. 2 orders seemed to get lost in the kitchen - took a very long time even as the crowd thinned out. So when Halley did show up, it was mostly to apologize. It also took a very long time to get a check. Halley completed many orbits w/o eye contact or a check-in. We were seated near the kitchen, so we were right in his path. Couldn't get his attention. We also found it loud - as w/many places these days, hard surfaces everywhere and the sound just bounces. These are things that could easily be corrected - and should be because they detract from an otherwise delightful experience.

LL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entertainment on the sidewalk added so much enjoyment to the evening and brightened up everyone’s mood. We sang along to all the old Italian songs.

JO
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outdoor dining. The live music on Friday night was a bonus.

JG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Staff felt like they were rushing us but overall would go again

DM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service, Food is always wonderful! Thank you.

KW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was great. Would definitely recommended for a great neighborhood Italian spot!

F
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT neighborhood eatery! Terrific food and service. Ambiance is hip and friendly. the owner, Giovanni, visited every table inside and outside on the patio. Highly recommend this place for an all-around good evening. Live music on some nights.

DM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion moment , Beautiful , Thank you !

A
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always!!! Everything from the service to the food was on point.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, setting and service.