Trattoria Gianni

4.6
1207 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
Si parla Italiano!
Since its doors opened in 1988, Gianni Delisi’s family-run Italian trattoria has flourished as a mainstay on the Chicago restaurant scene. Enhance your dining experience and opt to sit out under the stars in our NEW 96 SEAT AL FRESCO DINING AREA - NOW OPEN! Trattoria Gianni's menu features a diverse selection of regional Italian cuisine, augmented with superb daily specials and an array of delectable desserts to delight your palate. Gianni's boasts an extensive wine list, a full bar and a special selection of grappas. The restaurant has been awarded 3 stars from the Chicago Tribune, 3 1/2 stars from the Chicago Sun Times and has consistently received excellent ratings from Zagats.
Located in the heart of the Lincoln Park theatre district -- directly across the street from Steppenwolf theatre and a few doors north of The Royal George -- Trattoria Gianni's has long been a dining destination for theatergoers before and after the shows.
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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Tasty Italian restaurant. Everything was well prepared and flavorful . Waiter was attentive and ambiance was pleasant.
Desserts were delicious.

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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. Enjoyed our dining experience before Miracle the play. Thank you

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PD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

HOLY COW! Even with the classy atmosphere of this restaurant, they allowed theater goers to enter wearing Chicago Cubs clothes, knowing we’d just come from a musical about our baseball team. The service was fast, the food was hot and delicious and we felt very welcomed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best joint in town. Hands down

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Timely service. We’ll be back.

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PT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent hospitality and service. They honored and livened our special occasion and made it one to remember. Great food, drink and spirit.

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Been going there for years..

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner very much, and the service was excellent. The spinach ravioli with burned butter sage sauce was divine. Most restaurants include a small salad or soup with an entree and it would be nice if Trattoria Gianni either included this, or had a more reasonably-priced option.

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r
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Main courses were fine: branding, chicken breast, seafood soup, pasta, but the variopinto salad had some wilted lettuce in it. Service was slow to supply bread, coffee and the check.

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S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, staff, setting and all else was very satisfying. I
My grandchildren only ordered pasta of some sorts but the adults each had an entree that was thoroughly enjoyed.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is such a wonderful hidden gem. Their food is hand-crafted and delicious. The prices are reasonable. Their veal tortellini baronessa may be the best pasta I have ever tasted.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here and it was very good, fresh ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised I will be back.

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JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Everything tasted fresh and homemade. Quality dining experience.

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K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I think this is a gem of a restaurant, and really enjoy the staff and ownership team..steady and friendly. Love the Tortellini Baronessa, and the fact that you can order half-orders of pasta dishes. Great for someone who doesn't care for pasta leftovers or wasting the huge portions many Italian restaurants offer. In summertime, the outdoor patio is a great place to sip wine and while away the evening.

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meeting good friends

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T
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is always a pleasant experience to be at Trattoria Gianni. We enjoy a great deal and we love the ambience of the place. Looking forward to many happy returns.

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M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as always!

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, it felt like I was back in Rome. Great service and delicious wine list.

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g
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been dining here for many years, pretty much since it opened. The quality of the food is great and always reliable. I was quite pleased to learn that whole wheat pasta is available with some of the dishes. This is important to me because I shouldn't eat regular pasta due to my diabetes. Due to this, I have put this restaurant at the top of my list when I am interested in pasta.

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M
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent. Timing of food was great. Food was disappointing and expensive.

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B
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Don’t be in a rush, a bit slow between appetizer and the main meal even with the restaurant only 1/2 full. Food good, but now something I would rave about... I have had mush better.

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MJ
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our service was impeccable. The wine choices were appropriate for the entrees and appetizers. We found unique and delicious Italian wines. We are so glad we found the restaurant and look forward to coming back many more times.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My second time here. Both good experiences. I recommend this place!

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The pace of the meal is yours to choose. We enjoyed a paced 2.5 hour meal touring every corner of the menu. Our service person was very patient while we selected the wine that balanced flavor and price.
The shaved filet mignon melts in your mouth and has pronounced beef flavor, and savory bits of cheese made it pop.
The two salads were flavorful. Mozzarella was light and the basil was fresh. A hint of salt and pepper makes your mouth water. Gorganzola and balsamic balanced the pear and apple slices.
Ravioli was amazing. Try it.
The veal scallopine had tender veal, savory prosciutto, and married with mozzarella. All together those individual flavors became even better.
Yes, I like the food and service here.

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j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated a friend’s birthday! It was perfect. Would definitely go back again!

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Hopefully the night we went was a fluke. Have gone fir years and food delicious; service good. But not Saturday night. Will go back.

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M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great! Our favorite Italian restaurant!

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ND
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time! Food was fabulous

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

THE BEST Italian food/dining experience we have ever had. We were in town for 3 days to celebrate our anniversary and we ate dinner here TWICE.

Robert was an excellent server, the bruschetta, truffle risotto, and tiramisu were outstanding.

It will not disappoint, we will be back here on our next visit and every visit to Chicago after that!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always really good food.

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OT
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great dinner and service ,the home made pasta was delicious,the grilled Branzino was very tasty,
Friendly waiter very knowledgeable about wines recommended wine from Catania Vulcan area Alta mora white very well balanced,we will recommend to our friends
They have a beautiful out door Patio ,I think one the best in Chicago,

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ME
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved everything about it! Would definitely go back!

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O
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Quality of food was not worth the price. Seasoned to heavily.

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S
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

After many years of visiting Tratoria Guani before Steppenwolf, I am sorry to enter this review. PORTION SIZE has changed so dramatically that all of us LEFT HUNGRY. This, after everyone in our party had a starter and full entree, as well as dessert.

After theater, we actually went out for a second dinner.

Very disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food

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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great!

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T
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place for after -theatre and great service is always pleasant.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, great service, great food, Maria is amazing as well as Gianni. Perfect for pre/post theater dining.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice comfortable place. We had the specials and everything was surprisingly good. I had wild boar pasta. The pasta fresh and perfectly prepared and the sauce was a nice surprise. Very friendly wait staff and all recommendations were spot on. We'll definitely return.

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LT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sister and I went there to celebrate a birthday and our waitress was wonderful, the food was wonderful, The ambience iwas wonderful… We will definitely be going back again.

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