Riccardo Trattoria

4.8
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2005 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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vipsmjks
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!!

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LoletB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was great food but I think our waiter did not want to be there rarely smiled and we have to make a conversation with him. I will still come back to this place though.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good worth going back to

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vipBob1
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still No. 1 in our opinion! Best, most authentic Italian cuisine and venue in Chicago. This is "real Milan" and a great opportunity to see the real thing now that the actual Milan is off limits. The food is always great, and it is such a wonderful place to enjoy it.

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vipChi1
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Salad was good but pasta was undercooked and hard to chew. Dessert and espresso were very good.
Our server Nino was very good.

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vipTina
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Great tuna tartare and the eggplant zucchini dish is very authentic.

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OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as usual !

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vipbrownbody
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Traditional Italian with an Italian wine list. Can be busy. Reservations only if you want to go on Friday or Saturday

CF
vipChiFoodie
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood spot. Very authentic cuisine. Try to frequent as much as possible.

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adriaa
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal
I’ve had in the US! I wish I had a bigger appetite so I could have ordered the fried zucchini flowers! Will be back next August!

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SteveO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our table was ready upon arrival which is a good start.
The vibe is good inside and even though the noise level is mid to high, it was okay.
The antipasti we ordered was good but the pasta was just mediocre. The linguine with clams was very "fishy" tasting and there were bits if shell inside. The rissoto was well cooked but rather bland.
We finished with a simple artichoke salad which was light with a nice lemon vinegarette.
Server was fine.

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vipDomer84
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is as close as you can get to experiencing an Italian dinner in Chicago that matches what we experience when visiting Milan or Rome. The food selections really distinguish this restaurant from other Italian style restaurants in the city. There are items on the menu that you often only see in Italy. I also appreciate the service and the willingness of the waitstaff to let us enjoy both an aperitivo before ordering, and cafe and a digestivo after dinner. Riccardo Trattoria transports me to Italy when a plane ride isn’t possible!

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AliciaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. Wonderful service and the wine was impeccable! I’ll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best of the “Trattorias” that I’ve been to in Chicago, hands down

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Justsaygrace
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and flavors & excellent service from Sevan!

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vipSandi
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The fish was overcooked .. the pasta average ... the octopus dish had only a few pieces of octopus and LOTS of beans. The grilled calamari was tender, but not as flavorful as Marios.

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KarenBV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Small, Authentic Italian restaurant with expansive and unique menu. Many interesting offerings on regular and specials menu. All items were very good and service was attentive and relaxed. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for restaurant week and were blown away - the food and wine were amazing and the service was top notch. Highly recommend for a fancy dining experience.

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vipMegP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious Italian, and extremely authentic!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful! I didn't have a bad bite. I had the veal and ricotta meatballs to start, followed by the lobster ravioli in a saffron cream sauce. Both were incredibly rich. Way more rich than I would normally go for; but they were so decadently delicious! If I had one complaint, it would be the noise level. They would do well to invest in table cloths and perhaps draperies around the windows. With the 20foot (or so) ceilings, bare floors and tables, the crying baby six tables away and the knocked over water glass three tables away are easily heard. It winds up being a lot of distracting noise. That said, it was a wonderful dining experience. I would definitely return!

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PeterW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu for all courses. Wonderful food. Excellent service.

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SandyeW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it gets. Outstanding food, great service -- even during Restaurant Week.

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ChuckB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service! Server was very informed, made solid recommendations and was very friendly. Food was very good with great flavor and nice portions. Would recommend to those looking for a great meal.

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vipOlgam
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food quality has gone down .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered from the Restaurant Week Menu, and as part of that, they also offer so many choices from the specials of the day menu. Large portions and everything was DELICIOUS. Great value and our server was terrific, and made good recommendations. We will definitely be back!

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vipCityGirl
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is such a gem. The service was outstanding and they have the most generous restaurant week menu of any that I’ve seen. Great experience!

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vipmisspicky
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was very disappointing. Service was ok. It’s restaurant week so I’ll take that into consideration but won’t be back. Highlight was gnocchi and gelato that only one of three had. Lasagna was dry, calamari overdone. Overall food was ‘meh’.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week menu was wide and generous- a nice gesture for you to make. Ricotta cheese cake tasted of my childhood trays from Italian bakeries in New York City- wonderful! Friends ordered different risottos and although I found them bland, they loved them

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Moi123
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming back to riccardos. Every time I get a great meal for a fair price. The food is fresh, tasty seasonal. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable. It’s always a treat to go to riccardos.

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LauriR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved food, service and ambiance! Definitely go back!

MK
MonikaK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We stopped for restaurant week with an 8:30pm reservation. For 3 people, it almost took 2 hours from sitting down to walking out the door - time between meals and the bill felt too drawn out considering we sat down at the end of the rush. All of our entrees were okay, but nothing incredible. We had a wonderful waiter who was very helpful and insightful about the wine and dinner options. I would be interested in trying this place again, but it's not somewhere I would highly recommend to others.

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vipAender
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This was the second time here. Our first was just average and our most recent was very disappointing. I just don't know where the great reviews come from. We ordered the pasta fagioli which was lukewarm, tasteless and definitely felt the kitchen used a thickening agent because it was very pasty. I had the osso buco and at $36 was ridiculously overpriced for the portion size, let alone the quality of the meat. Have to say the worst osso buco I have ever had. My wife had the lamb shank and it also was a very small portion size and it flavor was just average. Both were served with rissoto which like the soup had a thickening agent added which made the item tasteless. Our server was very good so nothing to fault there, but will not be coming back again.

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RobertR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant service and educated servers. Food selection was excellent.

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vipFWH1977
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best italian food in chicago. hands down. truly authentic.. takes you to a bygone era when food tasted special and the servers were personable and kind and professional. wonderful wines, amazing desserts.. the chef is the owner and he's been cooking for decades... hails down from an illustrious italian family that has been cooking for almost a century. nothing quite like it in all of chicago. first time i came here was in 2004 where i was introduced to fresh artichokes, the concept of al dente pasta, the different wines of italy, and the idea that eating out at a place like this symbolizes the special moments we seek when we break bread together in a kind setting...

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is out standing and is never disappointing. Been coming here for a long time and keep coming back for the fantastic food.

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vipLena118
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably my favorite Italian restaraunt in the city!! The Gnocchi is incredible. The service is on point always.

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MeredithH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect experience!! Love love love Riccardos!

GM
vipGallagherM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very disappointed in this highly recommended restaurant. Service was attentive and friendly, but the food was tasteless. We ordered Ossobuco, but the sauce and the saffron risotto that accompanied the veal had hardly any flavor at all. We enjoyed a special mousse appetizer and Cioccolatissimo dessert, both of which were excellent. Sadly, at these prices, probably would not give it another try. There are better Italian restaurants in the neighborhood to visit.

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Wavo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

54th Birthday celebration. Could not have been better. Excellence in every respect.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around

FAQs

Riccardo Trattoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 549-0038.

Riccardo Trattoria is rated 4.8 stars by 2005 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.