Mia Passione - River Grove

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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Child Friendly
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Taste the difference at Mia Passione. Blending Old World flavors with American hearty fare, this culinary gem, mere minutes from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, features fresh pasta, steaks, seafood and classic Italian specialties.

Mia Passione puts a little piece of heart in every creation, from the made-fresh-that-morning pasta to the savory, saucy pizzas, prepared fresh inside the restaurant's 6,000-pound wood-burning oven. Relax with a classic, craft cocktail inside a colorful, cozy dining area, complete with Frank Sinatra on the stereo. Food is fresh and hearty, made to the owner's exacting standards -- if it's not good enough for them, it's not good enough for anyone. Mia Passione is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.

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G
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Mia Passione is an Italian American restaurant with great friendly service. The food is fine but nothing out of ordinary but prepared and served with pride.

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

Great food, large portions, friendly server.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reasonably priced for excellent food. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and helpful

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sort of hidden in plain sight, you could easily miss it. Parking was off - signs directed you through an alley into a municipal lot, then it's in though the back door. Not busy on this Memorial Day weekend night, so it was quiet and easy to talk to table-mates. We enjoyed the flavors (tilapia, caprese salad were very tasty), and our wonderful hostess, Sammie, recommended wine that was very good and well-priced. We plan to visit again.

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g
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is the definition of "Hidden Gem". Reminds me of the little family run Italian restaurants in the North Bronx we used to frequent many years ago. Romantic, friendly, and family feel that will bring us back.

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FG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant! Food is the best I've tasted. Every time I go, I'am always happy. The people are really friendly. Clean restaurant and fresh food.

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J
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and really great service. Small and comfortable. The chicken Marsala and meat lasagne were delicious! Great wine and drinks. Will be back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner there, waitress was helpful for making selections. Everyone in our group had a wonderful meal!

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We found Mia Passione through Open Table and would concur that it is a hidden gem. Our service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Everything was hot and fresh and authentically Italian. We recommend the meatballs, Parmesan potatoes, and Marsala sauce. We will be back.

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k
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic food and service. We went on a Sunday, so it was pretty quiet, only about half full. We had some amazing appetizers - clams, and sausage and peppers. We were all very happy with our entrees. Plenty of food too. Prices are reasonable. Love the black, wavy walls and the pizza oven. I would definitely return.

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FM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sam treats her customers like family; the food is incredible.

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

Excellent experience all around. Will definitely be returning.

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FM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sam is the perfect hostess, the food is awesome. Sam mixes the best martini's and knows and remembers her customers. She is awesome and her customers are treated like family.

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mia Passione is a great little gem of a restaurant. The service is warm and friendly, the owners are frequently present, making their customers feel right at home and they are willing to many different needs. It is a small place, great for intimate dinners, family gatherings, or anything in between. The food is outstanding, my favorite is the grouper with the roasted potatoes. Lamb chops are another big hit also, as well as an extensive wine list. I highly recommend this place!

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k
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never been here before always go to that other place next-door wanted to give this a try very modern upbeat yet authentic Italian. When you walk in a wonderful aroma of garlic hits you and then comes the warm garlic bread pieces served with oil and cheese. Sammy Our server made you feel like an old friend like you wanted her to sit down and join you she knew the menu inside and out and explained how things were per paired . Started off with the fresh mozzarella warm and comforting. Chicken marsala was the best I’ve ever had! My sister had a chicken dish lemon and capers can’t remember the name of it but it was amazing. And the very best part are the garlic potatoes never had anything like this they are to die for.
Topped it off with cappuccinos for dessert will definitely be back. Had to try the gravy so got an order of meatballs to go,had them the next day They were better than expected sorry I didn’t get an order of those potatoes as well.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious meal with my family!

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GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't say anything negative about Mia Passione. Food is excellent, service exceptional, parking is convenient.

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Responded on 14 February 2019

Guy Thank you for your positive review and Thank you for your business

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and great food!

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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mia Passione provides a wonderful meal, prepared fresh, comes to you steaming hot. Everything is tasty, especially the grouper, lamb chops, roasted potatoes, and spinach. Although I have never had it, I hear the pizza is outstanding as well. It has nice ambiance, service is attentive, but overly-so. It is a small restaurant, good for small groups, but I understand they can accommodate larger parties. I would highly recommend it.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic waitress great food and a very nice atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had the salmon with a side of these delicious potatoes. Due to a Football game, the restaurant was empty and we had the server’s full attention. I would go again.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal- HUGE portions! Great service- Sam (Samantha) is a wealth of knowledge.
Great neighborhood restaurant find!

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MO
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice little place on Grand in River Grove with easy parking (free parking lot next door). Excellent Italian food, with many veggie options. Good selection of wines, with by-the-glass options.

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d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

40 miles from home for Mount Carmel / Fenwick game we stopped in for dinner before the game. Absolutely wonderful! Service was great and food was as well. Will be going back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and service.

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MK
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mia Passione is several cuts above most restaurants in this neighborhood in terms of both food and service. Shrimp ravioli with arrabbiata sauce featured large, pristinely fresh shrimp in perfectly cooked pasta with a well-balanced spicy sauce. My husband loved the pork chops - excellent cut of expertly cooked pork with great accompaniments. Portion sizes are very large in deference to what's expected in this area. It is true, as others have said, that the restaurant is somewhere between fine dining and a sports bar. It's beautifully decorated - but with several large televisions. I find this unique and kind of charming, actually. It's a very comfortable dining experience. Service by Sam was friendly, yet very polished.

Some reviewers have mentioned that the prices are high for the neighborhood. If you're looking for 2 pounds of spaghetti for $9.95, this is not your place. If you value excellent food and service, you had better get over here before the restaurant raises prices, cuts portions in half and moves out the the west loop, where it would fit in nicely.

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FF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve had dinner at Mia Passione, River Grove several times and have never been disappointed. Our waitress( I believe her name is Sam) is always so attentive, family friendly and makes some great drinks! She gave our two year old granddaughter a popsicle and comped tiramisu and a tortufo to celebrate our son’s birthday. We had 5:30 reservations but had the restaurant to ourselves?? The prices aren’t bad for decent portions and home cooked Italian food. This place must be the best kept secret in the neighborhood - we highly recommend trying Mia Passione!

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W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Samantha is the most awesome waitress
I've ever had, she knows her food and her drinks best Italian restaurant in the area.

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W
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Samantha is a awesome waitresses and the food is great , Karen is a awesome hostess ,we love this place so much we drive from Aurora IL to come here to River Grove IL
This place is absolutely the best.

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Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The wife left the restaurant arrangements to me. I came across Mia Passione. Though a fan of Italian I haven't been to many establishments. I glanced at the menu and saw a picture of the dining area and figured it deserved a chance. A chance that I was happy to take. It was a family affair so this time our kids attended. And the server even took a picture of us next to the pizza oven. All in all it was a worthy dining experience.

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RM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely love this place. The staff is wonderful and the food has always met our expectations. It’s also a good place to watch sports or a movie on one of the many televisions.

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FM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sam is a gracious hostess, the food is awesome and I will recommend and I will be back again.

Fran Marciano

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time! The food was great with a full bar! Not over priced! Loved the old time music, plus not too loud! Sammy was awesome! We will be back and bring others with us!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Unprofessional service, oddly bad food in some cases, decor was nothing special and the price was way too high for all the above reasons.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for our anniversary and the waitstaff couldn't have been nicer. The food was delicious, I had the Lamb Chops and my wife had Veal Marsala with Parmesan crusted potatoes. My wife tried a couple of martinis and really enjoyed them both. I think we found our go to Italian restaurant.

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MH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very friendly staff and good service. A little slow at first, but perked up as the night went on. Food was tasty, overall. One in the group had undercooked ravioli. She asked for a change and the server was very accommodating and brought a new dish for her of gnocchi. Unfortunately, that dish was overcooked, so not the best night for the kitchen. Otherwise, good food.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Good people great service!!!

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BE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome little place.

Nice, modern decor. GREAT food. Good location. Easy parking in back. Ownership/Service is friendly.

Thumbs up!

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magnificent restaurant with exceptional food and amazing service..

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun night out with friends! Food was tasty- salmon special- yummy! Lobster ravioli- delicious, eggplant parm - good. Zucchini stack appetizer a must. Server was excellent, knowledgeable & fun! Pistachio tartufo to die for!!

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