Via Carducci - Wicker Park

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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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

SH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Wouldn’t return

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All pastas are great..never had anything else.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
35 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

DM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service, Food is always wonderful! Thank you.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion moment , Beautiful , Thank you !

A
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, setting and service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

GG
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Nice to have live music outside on a Tuesday! Tremendous neighborhood restaurant.

P
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time here. The live music was fantastic, the service was incredible, and the servers were very friendly.

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good good - husband out-ordered me with the lobster ravioli, but the rigatoni I got was quite good! Solid eats, not too noisy. A little crowded, but expected in the summertime in Chicago. Would recommend for a friend get together or casual dinner.

f
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Live music outside on Tuesdays makes for a great atmosphere :)

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has been amazing every time.

DL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in Chicago for me when I want hardy pasta A’dente.

TS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE FOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD AT CARDUCCI AND OUR WAITER ERIC WAS WONDERFUL. WE SAT OUTSIDE SO IT WAS CONVERSATION FRIENDLY. ITS ALWAYS A GREAT MEAL AND PLEASANT EXPERIENCE.

AA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fathers Day and Birthday

L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly, family run Italian. Excellent service, great old world Italian offerings, with the extra care that can only be found in a hands on, family owned restaurant. We love Via Carducci and are always happy to brings friends and family to share a great experience. Reasonably priced with something on the menu for everyone. Great wine list.

O
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really busy but our server took time me to make menu recommendations and take great care of us.
Excellent neighborhood gem. They do take out! Can’t wait to try pizza looked delicious! Can’t go wrong with this one great food prices and service!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our 3rd time coming here and it has been fabulous every time. Their outdoor is super cute.

TE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, large outdoor patio on Division St-, large wine list, attentive staff- only blemish is that staff needs to clamp down on all the vapers - it detracts form an otherwise good meal

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for the 11 pm time slot and when we arrived they told us they could not seat us and the kitchen was closed and they had no record of our reservation.

M
Chicago
122 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meeting location.

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

A wonderful place and experience with excellent service

KB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem with an affordable food and drink menu. Perfect for a dates, a casual dinner with friends and family. I come here often since I live in the area and the food and service never disappoints. Enjoy a meal on their sidewalk patio once the weather warms up!

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