From cozy trattorias to fancy splurges, these Italian restaurants are some of the best. Read on to find out which spots top the concierges’ list!
Red sauce and chianti flow freely at this inviting little storefront that serves up a simple and satisfying fare! A favorite of concierge and locals alike. Snag a table and dive into plates of sauteed scarole, escarole and beans as well as pasta e fagiloli, and more!
The Italian dishes at this splashy haven for Italian fare in River North are made from scratch every day. So don’t miss out on their farro risotto with duck confit! As well as their carbonara in a jar, short rib ravioli, and 12-hour braised osccobuco! Also, make sure to save room for the pillowy and delicious bomboloni!
Armand’s Victory Tap
What looks like a classic Chicago Tavern on the outside is actually a cozy Italian joint! They’re offering up a hearty menu of classic Italian-American plates as well as appetizer-sized pizzas in the South Loop!
Volare Risorante Italiano
An intimate Italian eatery! Offering signature dishes like chicken Vesuvio alongside customizable pasta options.. A favorite of Ruben Caraballo, chef concierge at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. He recommends their house-made ricotta gnocchi. Or, fresh pappardelle noodles with ricotta and a light tomato sauce.
Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
A favorite destination for handmade pasta! The vibe at this West Loop restaurant is casual but the food makes the evening feel special. Take not of the cooking demo-style mirror angled above the bar that reflects pasta-making magic going on below! Also, make sure to try the skate wing schnitzel and the cacio e pepe. It’s pasta perfection!
A cozy Italian-American comfort food haven in River North. Nosh on house-made pastas, antipasti, Italian entrees, as well as daily specials. Also, you can was it all down with negronis and traditional wicker-clad carafes of wine!