La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park

4.6
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387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
La Notte executive chef and owner Giovanni Matteo Mancini has a multitude of recipes which draw on his upbringing in Italy, but also his families ancestral recipes from Rome, Tuscany, and Bari.

Years of experience and creativity allow him to bring the essence and flavor of Italy out in his cooking while creating new and sumptuous dishes.

All of Giovanni's dishes are made to order satisfying every customer’s needs. Accommodating dietary restrictions and allergies when needed, but always providing fresh delectable dishes for every palate.

Giovanni brings the flavor of Italy and the ambiance of upscale downtown Chicago dining to Oak Park's Marion Street district.

His contemporary twist on old favorites of authentic Italian cuisine make you come back for more time and again

Now Offering Valet Service for $8 from 6PM -10PM
What 387 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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4.4
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is incredible and the owner and his son always go out of their way to make you feel welcome!

MW
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is the BEST! We went on a Sunday and the chef himself served us. What a treat to talk to him. Every dish was exquisite. This place is our go to for special occasions. And there's a reason - consistently excellent quality at all levels.

OP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Very good food, but service seemed rushed and haughty. Don't make non-drinkers feel like they don't deserve to be there.

LG
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

We got nickled and dimed. We ordered house salads, and were not told there would be an additional charge for the dressing we chose. Though only 50 cents, is that really necessary? At least let us know. Additionally, my wife asked "can I replace the potatoes with vegetables?" to which the server said "sure", but failed to tell us that it would cost an additional $4. Upon entering and asking for a particular table, we were simply told no. Upon exiting, we noticed that all of those tables were filled up. Decent food, though extremely small portions, and nice ambience, but the aforementioned does not make future visits worth our while. There are too many Italian options in Oak Park to settle.

L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Giovani the owner personally greeted us and waited on our table. He was so welcoming and made us feel like old friends. He really made the dinner more than just a meal but a wonderful experience and memory. We laughed, learned about his cooking style and enjoyed some incredible food. Truly a fabulous experience. We will definitely be going back.

m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Giovanni and Francisco could not be more gracious hosts. The food and service were both outstanding, will definitely be back.

SM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is homemade and tastes just like you're in Italy! The owners provide high quality food and offer phenomenal hospitality! Love this place!

M
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We go there for the food. So good. The ambiance is great. Although that evening was extremely packed and loud. But it’s a sign of greatness.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh seafood, and the best cheese cake ever!

ML
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been La Notte fans for a decade or more and are so pleased to have them in downtown Oak Park. The food, service and overall experience are consistently high. Gio and his team have made La Notte our go-to dinner out.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Year’s Eve at our favorite local Italian spot. All good All the time. Food and service always 5 star a little pricey but it’s sooo good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing! After traveling to Italy it's been really hard to find an Italian restaurant that can compare. La Notte has definitely came the closest. We'll definitely be going back!

C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been here before and enjoyed it. The food is great, the service was quite good and it was reasonably priced. I plan on going back in the near future.

H
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Notte is our favorite restaurant. Giovanni and Francesco always go above and beyond! If you haven’t tried this restaurant yet, you should!

T
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Meh. Not bad. Not great. Nothing impressed.

S
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exelent Italian food all individually prepared by chef Mancini very accommodating to individual request if it’s not on the menu ask for it if they can they will make the dish you request

e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Astonishingly bad service. We were directed to our table with just a gesture. Dishes were plopped down on the table without concern for who ordered them or if they spilled. They'd side some plates and utensils and leave others behind or fill some glasses and leave others half-filled. Some of the water tasted soapy. One worker took our dessert order and then 10 minutes later another came and tossed our bill on the table. (Do I need to add we hadn't requested it?) At least it didn't include the dessert. Food was fine.

OT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific food in a friendly, warm place. Noise levels can get high, but always excellent meals.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dining experience was elegant. The staff were detailed in presentation and attentive in service. The entire experience was worthwhile and enjoyable.

CU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love everything about La Notte Ristorante!!! Amazing food, wonderful staff and great Oak Park location. Wonderful restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Food is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, the wait staff is stretched thin as the owners like to take tables themselves. Unfortunately, in doing so they invariably get caught chatting up regular customers and others while you are left waiting for your orders to be taken, your food to come and for your check. It’s maddening to watch them stop and talk at length with other tables about family history, business operations, etc while you are waiting for service. Please hire enough wait staff to serve the customers. That will enable you to enjoy talking to your guests without keeping others waiting. Until you do we will not be back.

n
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We will be back! Dined on a Sunday night and the service was outstanding. Chef Giovanni came to our table and was very pleasant and helpful. We ordered the salmon roll appetizer - smoked salmon wrapped around cream cheese and asparagus. It was delicious! I had the mussels and shrimp in squid ink pasta with marinara. The sauce and the pasta was perfect! About 8 mussels and 5-6 shrimp, just the right amount in my opinion. Only complaint was that a couple of the mussels were not hot and the shrimp was a bit overcooked. Nevertheless, the disco was delicious and ia ate every bite! My wife had the clams and linguini in white wine sauce but substituted the squid ink fettuccine for the linguini. Her dish was also delicious! One more thing we thoroughly enjoy about La Notte is that they have a reasonably priced wine list with some very good wines, always a special feature for us.

BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I like La Notte. To me, it feels very "old school". The owner and his son recognize most of the patrons and chat with everyone. It's nice. I imagine some people might not enjoy that, but I do.

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always - all dishes were excellent. Service wax exceptional. Always friendly with a positive vibe. It’s an hour drive for us to get there but well worth the trip.

l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was very good. Service was slow on the night we ate at restaurant. Not conversation friendly.

T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food here is better than what I ate while in Tuscany. No kidding. Chef Giovanni is consistent. I think it's a treasure of a restaurant. I highly recommend it.

m
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Would definitely recommend this place.

SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Owner was welcoming and hospitable. Delicious, homemade food! Felt treated as if we were family. Definitely returning!

EE
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very fussy infant in our party, and the entire staff was very accommodating and welcoming. The food was delightful! Would definitely go back and recommend.

TJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic in every way.

t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The clam chowder is ridiculously good. Everything is fresh. Service is exactly what you would want from a small local restaurant. We will be back and already looking forward to it.

O
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

There are too many tables in this space. The noise level is so high that you can’t hear the person next to you.

The service is always so good when coming from the owners (chef and his son) but otherwise not good at all. We were never told of any specials by our server, but later heard the owner/son telling another table of many. Our loss. Water was slow to be refilled. A second round of drinks were not offered by our server, but the owner did check to see if we needed more.

DG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Easy to reach due to its location near 290, wonderful ambiance and feel of a family-owned restaurant. The menu is very broad, and the owner takes great pains to personally engage with every table. If you want something done "special" or if you want something that is not on the menu, just ask. The food is superb. Fresh ingredients expertly prepared. Portion sizes are ideal. The appetizers were excellent. Love this place and will be making it a regular stop. Fish (de-boned and filleted table side) and chicken dishes were wonderful. Cioppino appetizer was best we've every had. Highly recommended.

k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian food I've had in ages. Service is great. The owner was great. Invited my wife and I to the bar after dinner. Introduced us to new cocktails. We left full and happy and a little tipsy. Great place. Great food. Great experience.

o
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently the best Italian food in and around oak park. Service is always top notch.

M
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great to know the owner and get his real hands-on service. His “No Menu” menu is great: he’ll mix and match everything on the menu to your taste. Always a great time!

G
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

La Notte is one of our favorites. The food is delicious, authentic, and made to order. Service is usually attentive but server seemed preoccupied this particular evening. My only complaint as always is the noise level.

DR
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great local place to dine.

S
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice and cozy environment on a cold, blistery evening. Baked Clams were awesome, salad fresh and delicious balsamic dressing. I had the pumpkin ravioli which was a special for the evening, very delicious. My husband had the Bolognese, and didn't even give me a bite, so I'm guessing, was delicious too. All the staff was interactive with us. Very friendly environment. We enjoyed it very much.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Second time I’ve been there. First time since it was opened. I absolutely love the service and the friendly family owned/locally owned atmosphere. The food is fantastic, but portions were small. The portions were very compatible with the price, however. The noise level was uncomfortable. The service and family atmosphere made it forgivable.

Overall, I highly recommend it as a great place for my Oak Park neighbors. I regret not frequenting the place nor often.