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.
What Insiders Are Saying
Classy without being overly pretentious. Riccardo Trattoria is one of our favorite Italian restaurants around.
One of our very favorite restaurants in Chicago! The food, wine, atmosphere, and service are excellent!
The trofie pasta is the best I’ve ever had including prior visits! Always a treat! Thank you!!!
This is simply the best Italian restaurant in Chicago and quite possibly the best anywhere. This is when you understand "best" as a combination of price of the check, the quality of the food and the friendliness of the service. It is a spot for those who love and appreciate Italian food at its finest.
This is not a pizza spot or a "red sauce" place. There is one of those next door and others are to be found elsewhere in our wonderful city.
Our Mother’s Day tradition (in addition to other regular visits). It was as fabulous as always. This it’s a truly authentic Milanese trattoria, in cuisine and ambience we had three different starters (Vitiello tonato, fried sardines and arrancini - all excelllent) three different mains, but the most outstanding- as it is consistently - was the grilled branzino this is the best fish dish in Chicago, bar none. This is how they do it in Italy. excellent and very reasonable wine list. continues to be our favorite restaurant in Chicago
This is one of our favorite places. The food was very good. The service is first rate. It is a treasure.
The food was excellent, the staff very friendly, and a great wine list. Will definitely be back often!!
Food was delicious! Ambience was ok - not exceptional but nice.
Excellent Italian food! We would be happy to return, and recommend to friends.
Food was delicious. The lobster pasta was a large portion and so tasty. The meat ravioli was also fantastic. Awesome service. Highly recommend.
As always, the host was very welcoming and friendly. When we were seated, it seemed the waiter was trying to get us in/out as quickly as possible. Can you imagine a four course (appetizer/pasta/entree/dessert) being eaten within an hour and fifteen minutes. We were halfway through our pasta course and the entree appeared. We also were halfway finished with our cocktail and appetizer and the wine appeared. The waiter seemed nice - just needs to know this is not a fast food restaurant and people are coming to enjoy the exquisite cuisine Riccardo Trattoria is know for!
Fabulous loved the experience would recommend. Look forward to going back
Excellent food and a first-rate menu.
Food and service is always incredible!
We dined here on the recommendation of my brother & sister in-law. All three of us agreed that it was an excellent choice. Our food was delicious, the wait staff very attentive, & the ambience cozy. We all agreed that we’d come back.
Such a wonderful restaurant! The service was incredible and the waiter we had was very polite and was always available. The food was absolutely delicious! Portion sizes were fair for prices and they kept giving us bread which is unheard of in restaurants! Has become one of my favorites and cannot wait to return!
Excellent as always. Outstanding food and service. Creative menu combined with classics
Go here NOW! From beginning to end this was s great mean with my friends. Everything we ordered was amazing. I have been wanting to go for months based on recommendations from friends and it lived up to the hype. Our server was great snd we will definitely be back snd tell our friends! Thank you for a great dinner.
we had to wait 45 minutes for our reservation because people were enjoying visiting so they weren't leaving after paying their bill. worth the wait.
A neighborhood treasure. Always another wonderful dish to discover from the menu or from the day's specials.
Very bad table in the center of restaurant which shouldn’t be a table as people would bump into you or you could hear the couple’s conversation next to you. The eggplant appetizer was best part of meal. Wine list is kinda expensive. Entries of lasagne or Cornish chicken were solid but nothing special. Wait service was a bit erratic
Excellent, excellent food! It was as good as any meal we’ve had in Rome or Milan!
Riccardo Trattoria continues to be one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Everything was superb!
This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. The menu is extensive. It is in a small space, and is usually packed so I recommend having a reservation.
Riccardo is always a fantastic dining experience - the food is delicious and the service is impeccable.
Amazing food, and family style service.....this is a neighborhood gem!
Lovely restaurant: great antipasti and risotto!
Our favorite place to eat in Chicago. Authentic, great food, not a hangout for guys wearing baseball hats backwards.
Hands down the most authentic northern Italian in the city. It’s been my favorite for years but every time I recommend it to friends and family it becomes their favorite too! Fabulous food, great wine selection and fantastic wait staff.
This was our second time dining here and it was just as wonderful as the first. Not only was the food amazing but we never felt rushed. I highly recommend this place!
Great Italian food in a cute, local neighborhood type restaurant.
Food was fresh, on point and perfect portion sizes
Visiting Chicago and found this restaurant near our hotel. We love Italian so thought we’d give it a try. It did not disappoint! Truly a neighborhood gem in the Lincoln Park section of the city, the food and ambience were authentic Italian! I’ve never seen a menu with so many choices! We both went for the specials. I chose a lamb shank on parmesan risotto and my husband had the ossobuco veal shank on saffron risotto. Both were outstanding! We finished with the apple tart and vanilla gelato and the chiocolotissimo with vanilla gelato, very much a chocolate lava cake, the best I’ve ever had! The bread was another wonderful surprise. The traditional Italian bread, but also a pizza topped bread in addition to focaccia! I wish I had had room to eat more of it. We also had a starter of calamari fritto which was crunchy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Our server was also authentic Italian, a wonderfully friendly man who offered good suggestions and served us with pride. I only hope we can return to this wonderful place again very soon!
This was such a delicious meal, and they were able to accommodate gluten-free with some delicious gluten-free pasta. This place is a must if you’re a fan of Italian food
First time here. The food was absolutely amazing and authentic. Service was lovely. Will definitely be returning. Soon.
The food was exceptional!
The service, however, was not. We arrived to a 1/4 full restaurant for our 7:30 reservation and had to wait about 20 minutes before we were greeted by our waiter and drinks orders were taken. The service was spotty for the remainder of our meal and required us to raise our hands to ask for more water, more drinks, the bill, etc. If you are looking for an authentic European experience, with incredible food and a wonderful wine list and poor service, this might be the place for you.
That said, the pasta was so delicious that I would go back again tonight and pray that this was just an off night. An off night can happen at any restaurant and I hope our experience was a fluke because this just might be the best Italian food in the city of Chicago.
Haven't been for a number of years. The place seemed tired; cutlery and plates were pedestrian; gone was the table cloth ambiance of days gone by. Sinatra playing, OK, but the same song over and over? My wife had the branzino which was tasty but cold, must have waited for my entree, which was veal saltimboca, very nice. Salads were limp; foccacia was stale. Waiter was friendly enough. Altogether not the place it used to be.
A neighborhood favorite. This small trattoria is our go place to celebrate our anniversary. Personal warm service. Excellent Italian food. Special without pretense.
I’d like to state, for the record, that we love this Trattoria.
Ok, so, the other day I got a call from our waiter that we had when we dined there 3/30. He was, for lack of a better word, distraught. There’s a review below in this thread that he thought I wrote. I did not. It’s dated a day earlier than when we ate there. It’s a nasty little review. The thing is, he was so upset and wanted to do whatever he could to make it right. I literally had to reassure him, like four times, that it wasn’t me and that we truly had a wonderful dinner experience across ambience, service and food. I highly recommend this restaurant.
We love it all