Osteria del Pastaio

4.5
295 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
Osteria del Pastaio, specializes in traditional Italian Cuisine. Our menu reflects the culinary team’s passion for using only the freshest ingredients. Our Artisan pastas are made daily, our breads are baked fresh each morning, our seasonal desserts and candies are hand-made. Our soups are all from vegetarian stock and whenever possible our produce comes from local organic farmers. At Osteria del Pastaio we are pleased to bring you the highest quality ingredients in traditional, Italian cuisine.
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Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Wonderful menu and delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation.
My rating would have been higher if our server had better responded to us when we asked questions about 2 entrees we were both considering. She was exasperated and said something like well those dishes are very different and then went into some confusing speech about the meat selection. I ordered the slow cooked rib with risotto and expected it to be risotto with the mean and juice stirred in so was quite surprised when the dish arrived with separate rib and rice. This could have been avoided if our server had taken the time to explain each dish.

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SA
Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was above average and well presented
Service delightful

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Only negative were the restrooms. More attention needs to be spent on cleaning the restrooms.

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m
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a terrific restaurant with the host/owner coming around to check....will be back soon

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IB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

I’ve eaten here now a few times now. The food is fantastic. The service was great. My only caveats were things were a bit slow arriving to the table (and I was starved) and the temperature controls were a problem. It was way too hot. But my food was brilliant and the staff was wonderful. I’ll be back with family and friends.

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IT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, amazing staff. The bar tender was extremely friendly and gave us a lot of local advice. The server was extremely friendly, and the food was excellent!

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RB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a really great wait staff and enjoyed the outdoor dining. They knew we had theatre tickets and we were not rushed nor late

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Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Was understaffed, slow to receive meals and check. Manager was not overly concerned when informed of dirty washrooms.

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TD
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Weekend trip to Chicago - found this place and greatly enjoyed it from start to finish. Friendly and attentive staff - food was delicious - great atmosphere - very reasonable price.

If ever in Chicago again, we are going back!

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere and food was amazing. Special thanks to George for making us feel so welcome!

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T
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Service was slow and food was ok not great. I had the shrimp ravioli and the filling tasted weird and noodles were undercooked

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T
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food! Definitely a neighborhood gathering place but a real find if you like Italian food! Will always be on our list when we return in the fall.

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KS
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has become one of our favorite go-to neighborhood Italian restaurants. Consistent experience, high quality food and you can almost always get a table. Love that part of it!

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We love this restaurant food and vibe. It’s a great neighborhood place where you can enjoy a great meal. And you can actually have a conversation without trying to compete with a too loud noise level, which is great.

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t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thought I was back in Rome.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was spectacular. Service was just as wonderful. Wine was spot on. I’d come back here night after night to try all of their dishes. Ossobuco and Gnocchi were our choices and flavor was spot on perfect

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NZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place to have a nice quiet dinner. Excellent menu, and staff. Wine selection was very good. Menu will cater to most palates. This is my second visit here, my wife's first. She loved it and asked to return.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food. Excellent service. Terrible bathroom shared with a Starbucks.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

All I can say about this place is....meh....

This is the type of place I would expect in a strip mall in the suburbs, not in Streeterville. Food was alright, there was an outstanding app cooked in a cheese wheel, but other than that everything else was average at best.

Service was ok, seemed like they went all on the same page.

Bathroom looked like it belonged in a prison.

There are so many better options around there, this restaurant will be a hard pass moving forward

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Naples
29 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A real gem of an Italian restaurant! Great food, attentive service by Sasa and some fun thrown in via Sasha’s table side preparations.

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

Took a group of 6 to dinner at Osteria, service was outstanding everyone had a different pasta dish.
All enjoyed what they had, fair priced wine list.

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MM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The house made angel fair bolognese is the best.

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D
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Weekend brunch is a great deal. This is my second brunch visit. I’m a regular for lunch and dinners. Friendly staff. Great food. Many homemade item. The eggs Benedict with various options - ham, spinach or salmon - are all great.

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Y
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious pasta! Spinach gnocchi in lobster sauce spoke to me. It told me secrets about the universe.
Plus our server was lovely.
Thank you for a wonderland special dining experience.

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MD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A random selection while downtown last week and really were pleased with the choice. Osobuco was great - tender and tasty. Gnocchi was like puffs of clouds and desert nearly did us in.

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DS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Very good quality dishes, excellent service, and a great date night place.

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H
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There is no doubt that their pasta is housemade - tender, fresh and tasty. The gnocci with lobster sauce is one dish I could eat every time but I force myself to try something different - like the fettucini al pastore - excellent! And if I can't make up my mind, I can choose a pasta shape and one of their many sauces and create my own pasta dish. All of this and Julia to serve it. Her charm and friendly banter enhance the experience. I can't wait to return.

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KL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our food was amazing. My father who is an amazing chef said it was one of the best meals he has had in years. The service was phenomenal and the experience was over all wonderful

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Gnocchi in lobster sauce is the BEST. Goat cheese in bacon was excellent. Service was very friendly. Bathrooms need to ne updated.

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l
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was good. Nice wine list. Good prices. However, I went on a Tuesday night & a bit under staffed. The host and bartender all pitched in hut could have done with another waiter.

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KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Only thing that could use improvement is the bathrooms, which were quite bad. Everything else was amazing!

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Service! The server was very attentive and provided great recommendations! The food was fantastic!

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L
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Service was friendly but because we weren’t ordering alcohol this visit, the service was not as attentive as normally.

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PL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Osteria del Pastaio is a friendly neighborhood gem in a very posh neighborhood. The staff is welcoming and professional, the food is homey and delicious and the prices are surprisingly reasonable, especially considering the blue-chip real estate it occupies. My crab/arugula salad was topped with a generous mound of crabmeat and dressed in a light lemon vinaigrette. Fresh pasta, resembling a thick spaghetti, in an angus ragu was perfectly al dente. Veal scallopini also was a generous portion, though its sauce was a bit lacking in personality. Another delight was the "Wine Of The Month," a delicious 2009 Primitivo for only $30 that paired perfectly with our meals. The menu is small enough not to overwhelm, but large enough to accommodate whatever one might be in the mood for. Speaking for myself, I'm in the mood to go back to Osteria del Pastaio, and soon.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was honestly the best pasta I’ve ever had. I had the pasta made in the 50 pound cheese wheel and it was incredible! The way they presented it and our waiter was amazing. The whole place is the best , you must go there.

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h
New England
27 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

The reviews are generally pretty good for this restaurant. Very misleading. The only thing true was low noise level, but that’s because the place was empty. I thought (from the reviews) that this would be a cool neighborhood place. Au Contraire! Food was miserable, service was not very good. If you are from out of town, go anywhere else. I was in Chicago for 4 nights, sienna tavern was great, Hugo’s was great and a lot of fun, Palageo was good but very expensive, this place was a dud! Avoid

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N
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious but very rich

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GB
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We live in near north and had never tried this restaurant. We will return. It was a nice size, reasonably quiet,and the food was very good. Pasta is done perfectly and very flavorful. Wines are good value. The chef was accommodating to a special request.
A great neighborhood restaurant!

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CC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Cute restaurant with amazing food! highly recommend

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

Fabulous experience! Food was delish! Service was spectacular. Must order the Pecorino al Tartufo Nero. The whole menu is incredible, can’t go wrong!

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