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.
I liked everything, I even tried the tripe, first time in my long life.
The food is very, very good and for a Monday night we we're glad we made a reservation.
Neighborhood Lincoln Park gem. Classic decor and great wait staff. One of best traditional Italian places in city
You feel like you're in Italy. The food is delicious and well prepared. The service is friendly and efficient. It is a relaxing environment.
Portions were a little small but the food was delicious and the menus was diverse with some unique and delicious choices.
We have been going to Riccardo for about 10 years now. It is still our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. Excellent service and great Martini.
Everything was delicious! Be adventurous and order the tripa antipasti. It is outstanding. The service is top notch. We enjoyed the entire meal.
never disappoints ....a chicago classic and holding strong. the service was as expected spot on and very helpful with paring wine with the dishes we ordered. fresh and well prepared Italian classic food, looking forward to getting back there with friends soon!
Wonderful! I went to Riccardo Trattoria for dinner on New Year's Eve, and everything was perfect! I thought service would be slow because of the busy holiday, but our server was incredibly attentive and the food was delicious. The price was very reasonable as well. I will absolutely be back!
Everything about Riccardo was fantastic!
Every food item was great. Our waiter was very attentive but not over bearing.
We will definitely be coming back.
Restaurant is great and Nino does an amazing job!
A favorite! Authentic. A must! Great authentic dishes and great wine selection.
Multo bene. I’ve grown up making pasta with mia famiglia and I’ve eaten it all over Italy but the quality of the food and the hospitality here is second to none. Buona fortuna.
The food is good here-the service as usual was hit and miss. The waiter wasn’t super interested in our table which is unfortunately-Nothing new for this place.
It’s not edgy. Just annoying.
Carbonara was great.
Riccardos Trattoria is amazing! Not only the food is delicious but the whole staff works together to bring a pleasant experience. Christian was our server and was very kind and was always taking care of us! Thank you very much Riccardo for making a great birthday dinner for my mom. 5 stars!
Ricardo’s restaurant is a gem in Chicago. Loved all of it! Our waiter, Christian, was amazing!
A classic Italian trattoria with great food, superb service and wonderful ambiance. With Riccardo ‘s warm hospitality, one cannot go wrong with any of his many dishes. Whether you try the pasta, carne or peace, you’ll enjoy! And the wine list is extensive, offering a broad range from reasonably priced to impressive.
If you’re looking for comfortable, friendly restaurant with good quality food, check out Riccardo’s!
Ricardo Trattoria is possiblity the best Italian restaurant in Chicago. An authentic Tuscan restaurant that would be at home in Firenze.
Great Italian restaurant with a very nice menu. Plenty of options for meat and seafood lovers as well as great pasta dishes. The Osso Bucco was phenomenal as well as the Rack of Lamb and the Seafood Stew. My mom got the Halibut Provençal and she loved the dish. Very small place so it can get loud in the restaurant and your close to other tables because it’s so small. Not a place for a quiet meal especially if a lot of wine is being consumed at other tables. This is our 2nd time eating here and both times were excellent. Highly recommend this place for special occasions. Make sure to get the Ricotta Torte for dessert as this is a great dessert and not too sweet.
I loved this place! The service was wonderful and we had a great long meal without feeling rushed. The restaurant was pleasantly full all night and had a really nice cozy vibe. Would absolutely come back here for a special occasion.
If you are looking for an authentic Italian dinner Ricardo’s is the restaurant I choose. We went early as the restaurant can get loud. Tables are close together. The food is amazing and the staff is personal and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful culinary experience
Amazing food the Alba white truffle pasta was melt in your mouth good, excellent wine recommendations from our server as well.
Best Italian. Love this place. Great quality, execution, authenticity. A real trattoria.
Once again, we had a great experience at Ricardo’s trattoria.
Great service! This is the perfect spot for a small special dinner and love the ambiance.
The very best Italian restaurant in Chicago! We tell all our friends to go there.
So glad I finally got a reservation and so enjoyed my experience!
If this isn't the best Italian restaurant in the city, I would like to know of one that is better. The food is incredibly great -- and authentic as well. The pasta is wonderful, but you would do even better to order one of Riccardo's fabulous entrees. The best, simply the best,
My 6 th time I have been here and the first time I was a bit disappointied. To serve bruschetta that is soggy is way below there standard, although it was complementary. My squid that I had for appetizer was over cooked. But service was good as usual.
I would like to lie and say no one should ever go here to avoid competition, that I guess that would not be fair.
Smaller place so get a reservation. Great service even on the really busy Saturday night we were there.
Started with Caprese salad- sounds basic but heirloom tomatoes, fresh capers, fruity olive oil, and classic, really creamy fresh mozzarella made it special. Next course was rigatoni (perfectly cooked) with sausage, peas, and cream red sauce. The capers were big and fresh- low brine, and the peas were clearly fresh. Wonderful.
Should say that we shared these first two dishes- with just two of us we were trying to order as many dishes as we could. Waiter didn’t even blink.
For entrees we had Ravioli stuffed with beef and veal- home made with a meat sauce like momma made and spectacular and veal saltimbocca done perfectly (tender, light sauce, Tuscany potatoes to soak up the delicious sauce.
Almost forgot, wine list is short, sweet, and fair.
Not dessert people but saw Copas al tre gusti - think Spinone made with whipped gelato. To die for.
Oh, I didn’t mention the owner was watching the kitchen like a hawk- every dish was inspected and i suspect no one in the kitchen dared to disappoint.
Try it but ration your visits so it doesn’t get impossible to book!
A small neighborhood Italian restaurant with fabulous food like Mama use to make.
Always a great experience, never let's you down. Food delicious, creative and service friendly, engaging and attentive
Great food and awesome service but so noisy. Not a place to go if you want to talk.
Great authentic Italian food. Knowledgeable wait staff.
Riccardo Trattoria is always a guaranteed lovely dinner. The food is good. The wines are good and the Tiramisu a great diner cap.
Excellent! Food was delicious and service was exceptional. Would definitely return.
If you dont have to wait a long time then eat here it's not worth the hour or more wait... It's really not their fault, its the people that gotta sit around for 2 hours after they ate and shoot the s**t...
It's a small nice place with an authentic feel good food but nothing crazy.
Food is always wonderful here and I always keep coming back!
Penne was about one minute under cooked (at least the way I like it). Sauce had amazing taste but slightly too salty. Ravioli was again amazing but a little too salty. Service was fantastic (very attentive without being overbearing).
Unhurried but well paced professional service, neighborhood atmosphere. The food was well executed, and well seasoned. Wine list reasonably priced and not overwhelming.
Went here for a birthday dinner and were extremely pleased with our experience. The food was delicious, good portions for the price and the restaurant is a very pleasant place. Our server was efficient and friendly. No complaints and some of the best food either of us has had in a long while!