Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
1772 reviews
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$30 and under
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Riccardo started his career at a very young age in Milan's prestigious "GIRARROSTO" family owned. Then, in 1982 he moved to the United States and he opened the famous Sonny Bono's in Los Angeles. In 1987 he started to work with his cousin Roberto Ruggeri (owner of Bice's Venture), with him he opened Bice New York, Los Angeles and many others around the world.

Now, after three years as Executive Chef of Bice in Chicago, and together with his wife (and sous chef), Veronica, and his cousin (and hostess), Barbara, he decided to continue his gastronomic artistry and creativity in his restaurant named after himself "Riccardo Trattoria."


Here through the craftsmanship of an Italian food connoisseur, dishes are prepared with an almost zen-like essentiality that has shaped Riccardo's professional and existential life course.

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The Infatuation
8.4

Classy without being overly pretentious. Riccardo Trattoria is one of our favorite Italian restaurants around.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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Chicago
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been big fans ever since Ricarddo opened. Never been disappointed by any meal. A large and interesting menu with a genuine Italian chef from Milan.

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N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, authentic Italian with quality ingredients. Always a great experience!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely experience at Riccardo Trattoria. My wife and I have been several times, but it was the first time for the other two people in our party. They loved it and said Riccardo is now one of their favorite restaurants and that they will be back.

Our server made our experience enjoyable. He was attentive without hovering and welcoming.

Thank you!

Warm Regards,
Kelly

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

We had not been to Riccardo's in a few years and it was as good as we remembered. The service by Christian was as good as ever and he even remembered my husband's name. Definitely will go back and recommend to others.

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and the food was outstanding. I went for restaurant week and it was a great deal. I had the tuna tartare, it was ok but my husbands grilled calamari was delicious. I ordered the lamb shank for entree and it was excellent, so tender it melted like butter, great flavor too. I would definitely go back.

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P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. Service was great. The chef came out to greet us. We will definitely be going there soon.

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Riccardo for years. The service and the ever evolving menu have never disappointed. Each time, I walk away more impressed which is an amazing feat. 6 of us were there at primetime on Friday night to celebrate a milestone birthday. The 7th person had a flat tire on the way and was consequently delayed. I was worried because I could see how busy they were. I asked if we could delay ordering entrees and instead order another appetizer while we waited. Our waiter was so incredibly gracious. He took the order and then told me not to worry or feel rushed and to enjoy our time together. Everything from the appetizers - try the zucchini flowers, to the pasta dishes - try the orrechiete with rapini and sausage - to the main courses - try the ossobucco or rack of lamb - to the desserts - try the pannacotta or ricotta cake... everything read incredible! Thank you Riccardo's for making my birthday such a wonderful memory.

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless, authentic, delicious: fantastic, sophisticated northern Italian food. Every dish was wonderful.

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Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cozy, nicely decorated restaurant is a welcome antidote to a bleak winter night. We came for the restaurant week fixed-price menu, which offered many more options than those we were seeing at some other restaurants, and had a delicious, relaxing meal. Everything our party of 4 ordered was excellent, and the waiter was very helpful and attentive. The sound level remained moderate, even when the restaurant became full, making it easy to have a conversation. We'll definitely be back.

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BE
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian in Chicago, authentic, true to Itlay, excellent service.....my spouse is from Trevi, Itlay and knows! We love this place!

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KM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous experience dining at Riccardo. The menu is extensive, the food delicious, the wait staff amazingly attentive! One of our new favorites in Lincoln Park!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went to have a nice date with my wife and check out the place for Restaurant week. We had never been before but saw lots of great reviews. We loved the look of the place and thought it had a great feel to it. We were warmly greeted and they took our coats. Wish we hadn’t done that...I don’t think the heater was keeping up with the cold all that well. My wife and I were cold the whole time we were there. The eggplant appetizer was probably one of the best eggplant dishes I have ever had... wonderful! I also ordered the minestrone soup. It was an odd purée like consistency with lots of potatoes. I didn’t care for it at all. The lamb shank was nicely prepared and very hearty. My wife ordered a seafood dish that was overpowered with mint, I am not sure if that was an accident or not, but I have never seen mint being paired with seafood. Perhaps it is an acquired taste. I’m not sure. The deserts were really good. I loved the tiramisu. All in all, our experience was just so so. On the plus, I still had a great time with my wife and we enjoyed our time together.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and all of our food was amazing and reasonably priced. Great wines and good atmosphere. All pastas we're homeade and good sized portions. Our server was excellent in providing suggestions since we had not been before but we will go back.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine, which is very indicative of authentic fare found in Italy. While the restaurant is slim, that adds to the Italian feel. Have recommended to friends, and will continue in the future!

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Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience all the way around. Service, food, atmosphere.

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service was amazing! Only down side was that it was extremely crowded for such a small space. Although hearing the conversation at your table wasn't difficult, the same remained true for all of the tables around you. But I would still recommend 100%.

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WB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago -always an execllent meal

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BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great. Frankly, this is the best and most authentic Italian restaurant in Chicago. Staff is always very welcoming and friendly. Food is absolutely delicious.

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KH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta dishes and highly recommend the sea scallops appetizer!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Overpriced for lack of quality

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Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked everything, I even tried the tripe, first time in my long life.
The food is very, very good and for a Monday night we we're glad we made a reservation.

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DP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood Lincoln Park gem. Classic decor and great wait staff. One of best traditional Italian places in city

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JF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You feel like you're in Italy. The food is delicious and well prepared. The service is friendly and efficient. It is a relaxing environment.

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RA
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Portions were a little small but the food was delicious and the menus was diverse with some unique and delicious choices.

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PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Riccardo for about 10 years now. It is still our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. Excellent service and great Martini.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We used to love this place. Went there the night we got engaged and have gone often since - but in last year or so it just is not nearly as good. We recently took family from out of town there because they wanted to try the place we had spoken so highly of We hesitated but thought maybe it had been a couple of off nights so we tried it again. Wrong. It was even worse. It just is not nearly as good. Food not as fresh, things too salty, and the bread was really a disappointment. It used to be amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Be adventurous and order the tripa antipasti. It is outstanding. The service is top notch. We enjoyed the entire meal.

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

never disappoints ....a chicago classic and holding strong. the service was as expected spot on and very helpful with paring wine with the dishes we ordered. fresh and well prepared Italian classic food, looking forward to getting back there with friends soon!

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! I went to Riccardo Trattoria for dinner on New Year's Eve, and everything was perfect! I thought service would be slow because of the busy holiday, but our server was incredibly attentive and the food was delicious. The price was very reasonable as well. I will absolutely be back!

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MK
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Riccardo was fantastic!

Every food item was great. Our waiter was very attentive but not over bearing.

We will definitely be coming back.

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is great and Nino does an amazing job!

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G
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite! Authentic. A must! Great authentic dishes and great wine selection.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Multo bene. I’ve grown up making pasta with mia famiglia and I’ve eaten it all over Italy but the quality of the food and the hospitality here is second to none. Buona fortuna.

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e
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is good here-the service as usual was hit and miss. The waiter wasn’t super interested in our table which is unfortunately-Nothing new for this place.
It’s not edgy. Just annoying.
Carbonara was great.

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RL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riccardos Trattoria is amazing! Not only the food is delicious but the whole staff works together to bring a pleasant experience. Christian was our server and was very kind and was always taking care of us! Thank you very much Riccardo for making a great birthday dinner for my mom. 5 stars!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ricardo’s restaurant is a gem in Chicago. Loved all of it! Our waiter, Christian, was amazing!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A classic Italian trattoria with great food, superb service and wonderful ambiance. With Riccardo ‘s warm hospitality, one cannot go wrong with any of his many dishes. Whether you try the pasta, carne or peace, you’ll enjoy! And the wine list is extensive, offering a broad range from reasonably priced to impressive.

If you’re looking for comfortable, friendly restaurant with good quality food, check out Riccardo’s!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ricardo Trattoria is possiblity the best Italian restaurant in Chicago. An authentic Tuscan restaurant that would be at home in Firenze.

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant with a very nice menu. Plenty of options for meat and seafood lovers as well as great pasta dishes. The Osso Bucco was phenomenal as well as the Rack of Lamb and the Seafood Stew. My mom got the Halibut Provençal and she loved the dish. Very small place so it can get loud in the restaurant and your close to other tables because it’s so small. Not a place for a quiet meal especially if a lot of wine is being consumed at other tables. This is our 2nd time eating here and both times were excellent. Highly recommend this place for special occasions. Make sure to get the Ricotta Torte for dessert as this is a great dessert and not too sweet.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place! The service was wonderful and we had a great long meal without feeling rushed. The restaurant was pleasantly full all night and had a really nice cozy vibe. Would absolutely come back here for a special occasion.

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