Anna Maria Pasteria

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386 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A mix of modern and traditional Italian cuisine, our cozy ristorante has long been a local favorite. Sisters Anna and Maria, originally from the Basilicata region of southern Italy, first opened the doors of Anna Maria Pasteria in 1989.

Beginning at age seven, Anna fell in love with cooking, creating her first plate of Pasta e Fagioli, a simple peasant dish which is now an Italian specialty. Enamored with cuisine and hospitality, Maria followed the family tradition and put her heart into making the best and most heavenly Tiramisu.

After two decades, Anna and Maria continue to dedicate themselves to the finest home-made Italian cuisine and service. Each entree is prepared to order with only the finest and freshest ingredients.

Special Offers

No corkage fee Sundays

No corkage fee Sunday’s! 2 bottle max.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 12 January 2019

Ends: 13 January 2118

Availability: Sun 16:00-21:00

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B
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. One salad served three. The lasagna is delicious and the portions are large. The ambiance is warm and friendly.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Had dinner before seeing a play at the Black Ensemble Theater. Good food followed by good entertainment.

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been customers of Anna Maria's since they were on Broadway in the 90's. The food and service have always been outstanding.
When you see some of the same people who have been working there for more than 20 years, it really says something.

MS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food atmosphere and value. Will definitely go again with larger group.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant has wonderful food and excellent service. The ambience is very pleasant and the music is usuallyItalian and very pleasant for dining. There were 8 of us and we all got different dishes. Everyone loved their food. The chicken parmigiana was excellent and so was the shrimp and other seafoods. They do an excellent job with vegetables. The spinach and broccoli were outstanding and the caprese salad was great. We’ve been there several times and it’s always wonderful.

MJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants in the city. If you want something that isn’t on the menu they will make it for you if they have the ingredients. Never had a bad meal there. If something isn’t perfect they will replace it.

PP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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DM
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good, as usual, but service was poor. We had a reservation and they seated us on time, but then we sat at our table for 15 minutes before a waiter came over, after many pass-bys without even acknowledging our presence. Food came quickly after we ordered, but it was 20 minutes after we finished before we got the check, and then only because I asked the cashier. When she brought the check it had an error, and she had to go find the waiter to get a correct version. Note that we were attending the Black Ensemble Theater after dinner and got A discount on the check because of that. We also got a discount for paying cash.
We have eaten here a number of times before but never had such service problems.

E
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is always enjoyable. The service is attentive without being intrusive. The food is delicious and the cocktails are well balanced. We go quite often!

G
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it here.

CL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The room smells a bit
Nice staff
Food ok but high priced relative to the quality
Will be fine if you are local and can’t get in elsewhere

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Chicken in chicken dish was rather sickly.

WH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual the food and service was AWESOME. We went there for the play and had fabulous meal.

H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly service, great welcome, good fish. Attractive room with chandeliers. Perfect pre-Theater dining spot. Try the tiramisu.

l
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An authentic and delicious taste of Italy in Chicago. This neighborhood gem has it all - superb food, amazing service and great atmosphere. The staff and owners make you feel like a guest in their home. We celebrated a 90th bday, and Anna Maria’s made it special. We were welcomed by the owner, and the waiter and wait staff made the entire evening delightful. We had a mix of pasta, pizza, meat, appetizers and a profiterole dessert. They even custom made a pasta dish for one of the pickier eaters. Each dish was mouth watering, and delicious.

B
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a favorite and a neighborhood gem! Great food and wonderful service.

MJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My husband and I have been going to Anna Maria Pasteria for over 25 years. It is our favorite restaurant in Chicago. We are there at least twice a month. Food is great, they will make you whatever you want if they have the ingredients. Staff is wonderful..

ET
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I have eaten here twice, but my first experience was fantastic both nights were weekdays and I had a reservation but it wasn’t necessary. I’m surprised this restaurant is not busier as the food is very good. Both times I had the rigatoni with gorgonzola and asked them to add shrimp. The first time they added five enormous shrimp it was quite impressive. The second time they addedSeven smaller shrimp and it wasn’t quite as impressive but still good. The first time I shared the fish with my dining partner and it was delicious. Service was on point and again neither time was crowded at all.

TS
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice variety of meals to choose from. Good service. Small but not cramped seating.

B
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good place for pre-theatre dinner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was happy that the food, waiter and atmosphere was great!!! After moving from the area in a long time.

s
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very personable service, excellent food, varied menu - all 6 of us loved it! It is the perfect place to go before attending a show at The Black Ensemble Theatre, but I would also go just for dinner.

PM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loyal customers for 25 years and always love the staff, service, and of course the great food. Perfect Mother’s Day dinner!

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Consistently great food, god wines, reasonable prices. Staff is friendly and helpful.

XM
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food- value and in the hood. Try it! Parking everywhere

MJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This is our favorite restaurant in Chicago. It’s our go to place. We are probably there twice a month. They will do whatever it takes to make your visit wonderful

HL
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our family go to place for delicious food!

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Halibut was over cooked. Didn’t flake like fish should. I had to cut it with a knife. Waiter took it back, and I ordered something else. Would never go here again.

SF
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The server was friendly. Bussers were efficient. The calamari grotto were good. But the entrees were disappointing. The spaghetti and meatballs hardly had any sauce. And this was the dish recommended by our server.
And the salmon entree had little flavor. We were hoping to find a go-to neighborhood Italian restaurant. Our search will continue.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Dinner after show at Black Ensemble Theater, very nice!

OT
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and very friendly service. Nice for a good traditional Italian dinner starting off with great warm bread. Lovely evening out and a great break to the middle of the week.

It’s also perfect for dinner before of after going to Black Ensemble Theater. Bonus is Montrose Ave near there is free parking

KK
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service ce as always. A little noisy, due to one table!

n
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rarely do seven folks agree so stronglly unanimously and without reservation, but in this case we did. Everyone had a grand time! The food, the wait staff, the ambiance, just everything, was grand. We came after attending a most soul stirring and upbeat musical at the Black Ensemble Theater, and the uplift and joy was carried over to dining our experience, and lasted throughout! We shall return!

d
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Just so/so. i had salmon in my pasta dish. Very fishy. Didn't eat it. had higher hopes.

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a favorite - excellent pastas, chicken vesuvio and the best tiramisu on the planet.

PB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Anna Maria’s. It’s got great
food and wonderful service. It’s a little gem in the neighborhood. 👍

MJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant. My husband and I go there at least once a month for the last 30 years. It’s far and away the best Italian food in the city if not the country. If what you want isn’t on the menu just and they will make it if they can...

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My go to favorite never lets me down.

IL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Anna Maria Pasteria is a very nice restaurant with a good menu and decent wine selection. Specials are really worthwhile. Service is quite good, but the noise level is not low.

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great neighborhood spot. Traditional Italian, friendly, consistent.

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