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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Riccardo Enoteca restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1088)
$30 and under
Italian
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Riccardo Michi comes from a restaurant Family in Milan established since 1943 called Girarrosto, one of the first Tuscan restaurants in town and still operating.

After moving to the US, Riccardo opened Sonny Bono, IL Giardino Ristorante and Madeo Ristorante in Beverly Hills. In 1987 he helped his cousin Roberto Ruggeri open the first Bice restaurant in New York City. Since then, he has worked in the opening of many of the restaurants in the group. In 2002 Riccardo moved to Chicago with his wife Veronica to be the executive chef of Bice on Ontario.

Finally Riccardo and Veronica, also a chef, decided to open their own place and in 2006 called Riccardo Trattoria. Considered by many to be the top Italian restaurant in town, receiving the Bib Gourmand from Michelin in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Now, Riccardo and Veronica have opened Riccardo Enoteca, right across the street from Riccardo Trattoria on Clark.

Top review
JosephA
Dined 7 days ago
Food and service outstanding. Entree pricing isn’t unreasonable. Price for salad and wine are quite high for a neighborhood enoteca. $15 for a glass off label Italian white wine is excessive. I live in the neighborhood and have frequented this restaurant before, and will again. Just the prices were more in line with the casual nature it portends to be.
A photo of Tocco restaurant
4.8
4.8 (216)
$30 and under
Italian
Winnetka
About the restaurant
Good Food, Good Wine, Good Shoes, Makes Life Better.

Born in Naples, Italy and raised in Milan, Bruno Abate was inspired at an early age by his parents for his passion for food and fashion. Bruno opened his first company in Milan, selling fish and caviar to high-end restaurants. His extensive travels around the world helped him appreciate fine food and design and eventually led him to Chicago in 1999, where he combined his passions. In Chicago, Bruno brought together his vision to marry authentic Italian cuisine with a modern design when he opened his first restaurant Follia, in the meatpacking district and currently, Tocco in Winnetka.

The concept was simple, make authentic Italian Cuisine with the finest ingredients and give diners an experience like they were in Italy.

Top review
Cocovip
Dined 2 days ago
As always one of our best authentic italian restaurant here in Chicago! ✨🥂
A photo of Frankie's Since 1988 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3430)
$30 and under
Italian
Tinley Park
About the restaurant
The Santoro Family has been in the food service industry since 1988. We renovated AND re-branded almost one year ago in May of 2023. We created a NEW CONCEPT we call MODERN CASUAL CHIC...The new name is Frankie's Since 1988 as an ode to our original restaurant on the Southside of Chicago.

No longer a fine dining white tablecloth restaurant. Our new vibe is energetic music, vibrant craft cocktails homemade pastas, authentic Southern Italian style pizzas (from our new Marra Forni oven) and most popular dishes, such as Ciambotta (sausage & peppers), meatballs, Alaskan wild king salmon, Chicken "limone" with a lemon butter & capers sauce amongst others.

Our updated menu is a combination of old classics from the past 15 years in Tinley Park and new items with the same wonderful service guests have come to know and love from Frankie's.

Top review
maureent
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious food,amazing staff who are so helpful and attentive Highly recommend. Will definitely be back!!!
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4.9
4.9 (2294)
$30 and under
Italian
Geneva
About the restaurant
For a taste of old Italy, head to Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, housed in an 1849 historic stone home in downtown Geneva. For over 27 years, Villa Verone has embraced the values of authentic southern Italian cooking and an Italian family. Come and enjoy a delicious meal, great atmosphere and fabulous service. Celebrate your next special event with us. Private rooms available.
Top review
Imagmafoodie2vip
Dined 6 days ago
We celebrated Steve’s Birthday, Willy as always very attentive and friendly. Food was absolutely delicious and outstanding! Ambiance was perfect❣️🥰
A photo of Riganato Old World Grille restaurant
4.9
4.9 (940)
$30 and under
Italian
Geneva
About the restaurant
A Mediterranean style restaurant focusing on Italian and Greek cuisine in a cozy, old world setting.
Our ingredients are all fresh, locally sourced, and organic when available. They are traditionally prepared, producing classic old world flavors. It's old country tradition with modern culinary twist!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 3, 2024
We were a party of 7, had a 5:00 reservation. As usual the service was fine and the food was great. From lasagna to the special (ravioli with beef filling and a meatball) everyone's food was served hot and delicious. Desserts were great too! I had a marvelous tiramisu and others had their great lemonchello cake. My only concern was for 7 people they should have brought us 2 loaves of bread instead of 1. Plus no EVOO and parmesan were not offered for the bread.
A photo of Due Lire restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1051)
$31 to $50
Italian
Lincoln Square
About the restaurant
Welcome to Due Lire Vino & Cucina, located in the vibrant Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Square. Our dynamic menu highlights authentic Italian recipes made with seasonal and local ingredients with a contemporary twist. Indulge in a variety of dishes from antipasti, homemade pasta and hand crafted specials and desserts.
Bring your friends, meet new ones, celebrate life through great food, wine and entertaining conversation. We look forward to seeing you!
Please call or email us if you have any questions.

Top review
RobertSvip
Dined 4 days ago
Fun, intimate, Italian local gem! Wonderful home made pasta dishes, and almost next door to the Old Town School of Folk Misic… great restaurant for dinner before a concert!
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A photo of Tuscany on Taylor restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2125)
$30 and under
Italian
Little Italy / University Village
About the restaurant
Tuscany on Taylor is the original Tuscany restaurant opened in 1990 in the heart of Little Italy. A comfortable trattoria, Tuscany serves Northern Italian favorites including: homemade pastas, pizzas from our wood-burning ovens, signature Italian chicken dishes, grilled veal and other authentic dishes. Private party space available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Great food, great staff and service. Enjoyed it very much and hope to be back soon.
A photo of Tre Dita restaurant
4.8
4.8 (114)
$50 and over
Italian
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Led by Chef Evan Funke, Tre Dita, Italian for "three fingers", pays homage to the precise measurement of bistecca Fiorentina.

If booking in the dining room at Tre Dita, you will enjoy a menu of antipasti, handmade pastas, signature entrees and steaks.
If booking in the Bar Tre Dita, you will enjoy a smaller menu of stuzzi, antipasti, handmade pastas and entrees.
The full cocktail, wine list and dessert menu is available in both locations.

Top review
TimGChicago
Dined 7 days ago
A wonderful experience all around. I knew the food and view were going to be phenomenal, and the service was next level. Our party of 5 shared the fennel, white beans, prawns, and a few pastas before moving on to our mains. Our server David and his team were expertly attentive bordering on precognition! It was excellent and I look forward to my next meal.
A photo of Gibsons Italia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3176)
$30 and under
Italian
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Gibsons Italia is built on a tradition & elegance that is relentless in the pursuit of the very best. Chef-driven tastes of Italy are paired with the superiority of Gibsons Steakhouse, creating a restaurant that makes the familiar, exceptional.
Top review
IrishCoffee
Dined 2 days ago
This is one of our favorite Chicago restaurants. The ambience, the view, the service, and the food were excellent. We took our son here for his birthday, and they made it a very memorable experience. We will be back!
A photo of Casa Di Luigi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (98)
$30 and under
Italian
Rolling Meadows
About the restaurant
We aim at infusing authentic with innovativeness in our menu and drinks. At Casa Di Luigi we offer a full-service experience to our customers with a focus on providing the utmost service and offering high quality food and drinks. With a big selection of of pastas and smaller appetizers. Drinks with a moderate selection of wines and limited selection of cocktails, beers and liquor.
Top review
TedM
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service. Braised ribs and branzino are delicious.
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