Tutto Fresco

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Rustic Italian Restaurant with a combination of traditional classics and state-of-the-art fare. All of the dishes are prepared with an emphasis on using on the freshest, prime ingredients, keeping the integrity of traditional dishes while incorporating a new style, with the focus on taste.
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c
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Defintely will be back. Every dish was like homemade. We were early diners and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Service was very attentive. :)

MP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. Super friendly staff

r
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem! The food was delicious, the wine had a lot of variety. We had 4 different dishes. The portions were huge, and we happily boxed up our left overs.

Our server was the son of the chef, and he was wonderful to interact with. Even the bus boy sat and talked with us a bit. They wanted to get to know us, gave us parking tips. It was a wonderful evening at a wonderful place. I highly recommend!

B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is outstanding and our server was most attentive. Would recommend to anyone for any event.

DL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

EXTREMELY attentive service! They got my order wrong but fixed it quickly. My friend accidentally dropped her water glass and they were there in a jiffy to clean it right up, and even brought her some extra Pellegrino to make up for the glass she dropped! Covered porch is lovely, too.

I'll be back to this charming neighborhood place!

ET
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I feel like I’ve discovered a new restaurant and I’m so excited this is my second time there this week. Squid ink pasta extremely fresh seafood and unbelievable tomato cream sauce not too heavy on the tomato and light enough on the cream that I could get to the car without moaning. My husband had an enormous piece of short rib on fantastic Parmesan risotto and about three baskets of bread -his meal cost 20 bucks! Y’all should be flocking to this restaurant, family owned and operated I love that!

ET
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very unassuming restaurant with excellent service and surprisingly good fresh food, diverse menu with very reasonable prices. I don’t understand why it’s not packed. They do seem to do a very big delivery/carryout business. My friend and I could not decide between sauces so they brought us a small complimentary ramekin of the home made tomato cream pasta sauce. We devoured it all with the warm crusty bread! If that tomato cream sauce is on the menu, order a double! Our awesome waitress Mari was great in helping us make choices and surprised us with the tomato cream sauce! We will return!!

JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Tutto Fresco, food is excellent and staff is always welcoming, love the covered patio area!

FB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a lovely neighborhood restaurant with delicious Italian food. Everything is delicious - you can't go wrong!

D
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This place is great-we have been there many times over the past few years. Un fortunately their last day in business is this Sunday 06/26/16. The majority of the block is being torn down and replace with an apartment complex. Tutto does not have any plans to reopen anywhere soon.

m
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was really slow and the food wasn't anything special.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place food was very good.

BC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2016
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The food was very average; nothing special. Veal Parm was bland and flavorless. And the service was truly terrible, given the fact that there were only 3 tables seated in the whole restaurant.

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2016
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our experience at Tutto for Mother's Day. The food was great and the staff was very attentive. My husband particularly liked the sizable portions. It was good value for the money. I would recommend this place.

OT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meals, outstanding service, warm and welcoming atmosphere.

C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2016
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Was okay but my entree was very salty. Need to go less with the salt

GD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great service. Asked for a couple entrees to be made w less cream in sauce and they turned out delicious. Kept craving them for weeks.

WM
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the drinks to the pastas and meat entrees. My caesar salad was incredibly fresh with a handmade dressing. The service was excellent, also. An easy ride on the Red Line to Sheridan or even bus 151. Quick cab ride from the downtown hotels. Give them a visit.

WC
Chicago
176 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We have enjoyed Tutto Fresco for years - GREAT food, very efficient & friendly staff, good prices ... BUT, they're leaving this location at the end of June - along with so many other businesses & theatres on the street while "development" happens. Keep your fingers crossed - or HELP with info you may have - for ANOTHER area location for them ... WE NEED TUTTO FRESCO! anyway - go check them out - we especially enjoyed the grilled calamari (sauce would be put on cardboard and your eyes would roll!) and their eggplant parm ... personally love the mussels and, well, nary a bad meal ... i don't eat wheat or dairy so i cannot speak to the pasta offerings but folks surely do seem to enjoy. support this great little find - and then hope they re-emerge nearby!

T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have been looking for an affordable dining location near our home since our favorite restaurant closed. Tutto Fresco is a very "nice" option, I will say that the prices are a little higher than what a Trattoria should be in my opinion, but the portions are large enough to either share or have something to take home. It was a very solid meal. The pasta was well prepared and the sauces were fine. But it wasn't anything that I would say was completely amazing. The ambiance was very nice and the service was very attentive friendly

I will say that I am always a little skeptical of restaurants which allow you to choose your pasta and your sauce rather than having the chef provide the options for you. But this was a very nice meal and a good choice for dinner with my wife and daughter. I would not hesitate to go back, but we will keep looking for a perfect option, especially at the prices ($14/plate)

CM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We always enjoy Tutto Fresco, especially, when they accommodate us after the symphony. We arrived at about 10:30 and they had no problem providing us with a complete dinner. We were never rushed. The food is really good and the wine is a very good value. Our server (we've had him several times before) is very professional and knowledgeable. He makes excellent recommendations and doesn't "hover." The only thing about the restaurant is that it needs some serious renovation - or at least have the floors replaced and the walls painted.

Y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2015
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect place for romantic dates. Not stutible for large groups. Went as a larger group had an amazing experience, but I think it is meant more for smaller parties or couples.

W
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really live this restaurant - great food and delightful service.

MM
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great little neighborhood Italian restaurant with amazing food in a quaint, warm atmosphere. Don't pass this one up.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2015
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was great, but I felt like I was disturbing my server by being there. I was the first person in the restaurant and I was by myself, yet I say for quite a few minutes before the server even came over. All he said was, "Would you like something to drink". No welcome, no specials, no greeting. Ordering was much the same, and I felt like he really didn't want me there. A couple came in a few minutes after I did, and I heard him giving them much more personable service. In contrast, the server assistant was great, getting me anything I needed and answering my questions about the menu. He at least seemed like he was happy to be there, while my actual server just seemed angry the whole time.

The food was good, but the service makes me not want to return.

MF
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We were seated at 5:30 and told our server that we had a show to go to at 7pm (theater was about a 10 min. walk away) We then sat there for 1 hour without food before a person in our party went back to the kitchen to see what was wrong,when the food finally arrived, I immediately asked for the check and we proceeded to gulp down our food. We're talking pasta here!! It doesn't take that long to cook!! Seems like other diners were waiting a long time also. That being said, the food was delicious and the wine was also good. I just wish I had more time to enjoy it and maybe a cup of espresso afterwards. I'm giving this an overall 2 star rating because of the wait but if this is fixed I would give it a 4 star.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found this place online and went to check it out. My wife liked it immediately ans so did my two children (ages 17 and 24). Food was super fresh and tasty. Owner came out and met with us. Place has been open for 6 years and I would have never stopped there before. Place is a gem and inexpensive. I give the food quality a 10.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The dishes are delicious and outstanding. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful with the menu items. Prices are reasonable and a fair portion I may add. My favorite pasta is his seasonal black pasta it is to die for! Dont forget the fried calimari!

LE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Tutto Fresco never disappoints, with classic dishes prepared with freshest ingredients (as the name says) and great care. Attentive, friendly service, in a warm, unfussy atmosphere where you can actually carry on a quiet conversation. And all this quality comes at prices well below those of the big name places downtown. Tutto Fresco's authentic Italian favorites are complemented with a well-chosen list of reasonably-priced wines from Italy, U.S., S. America. A true neighborhood "gem."

N
Chicago
126 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2015
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We were there prior to the Billy Joel concert. The restaurant was not prepared for the amount of people eating before the concert. Appetizers came over 20 minutes after we ordered, and our entrees came with only a couple of minutes for us to eat them before we had to leave. Food was lukewarm, bread was not replenished, after we had asked for some. Overall, not a good experience.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the second time we were there, and it was great! The food is wonderful, and the service was great. I would recommend this to anyone.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2015
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Though the name means 'everything fresh' I'm not sure that anything was. Our bread tasted as if it had been frozen and toasted just before we got there. The food which did come in very generous portions was decent but again tasted like it could have been on the stove all day just sitting or possibly microwaved. Not a big winner. But a great value for your money.

S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service is great and our server "Sammy" is always wonderful., warm and friendly. He knows exactly what we like to drink and eat. Don't even have to look at the menu. The food is pipping hot out of the kitchen.

WC
Chicago
176 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Downstairs of the terrific Strawdog Theatre, Tutto Fresco does not disappoint. While eggplant parm can be rather "pedestrian", theirs is well worth a try - HUGE portion, so plan on lunch the next day! ... appetizer of GRILLED octopus is very flavorful and much healthier than the fried variety (also available) - but its SAUCE is worth bottling ... you'll need extra bread to sop it up. I'm particularly fond of their mussels (appetizer turned into my entree) with a garlic/white wine sauce - YUM. nice pasta dishes, always a special, plus a fish special, too. decent wine list but also a selection of "house wines" that'll absolutely do the trick. Seriously, dine here before heading upstairs to see a terrific play at Strawdog ... It's a great dinner-theatre combo night!

l
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Tutto Fresco has the best veggie lasagna in the city. Their fish special is always great, especially with their Vesuvio sauce. The service is outstanding and the wine list is very good at reasonable prices. After being in the same spot for many years, they need to upgrade the decor. A great choice.

TO
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2014
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

This is a neighborhood restaurant that we've been patronizing for several years. The space is not particularly chic, so the restaurant is often overlooked. This time I was delighted to see that it was practically full . . . It deserves support! Outstanding Italian food: home-made pastas, fresh fish, great bread. And friendly, skillful service. We've eaten here as two-somes, four-somes. And once arranged for a group of twelve. All handled beautifully. If you live on the north side of Chicago, this should be on your list!

Z
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2014
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The first bite says a lot! After my first bite of veal Marsala. I said awesome!. We went mid week; not crowded; enjoyed quiet conversation We will be back

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2014
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Our waiters were fantastic, and the wine was reasonably priced and delicious. But the food was simply awful. My spaghetti and meatballs tasted like a giant lean cuisine and my fiance's chicken parm - the first one - had breading so soggy it was sopping wet, and was lukewarm on the outside but lava temp inside. A sure sign of microwave. He tried to eat it but the chicken was so tough he gave up and asked for a new one. It came out - 30 minutes later - much the same as the last one. He was so hungry by then that he ate it, after pushing the mushy breading out of the way. I felt bad for the staff because they were all so courteous and nice, but we certainly won't be going back any time soon. Maybe if Gordon Ramsay gives them a visit.

DE
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Last Thursday - when "winter" made an early visit with low temps, rain, grey sky's, etc. we decided to venture out and get some great Italian food. Looking to try something different we found Tutto Fescro which had a great review on Yelp and was close by. It was a really great meal, the service was really good and a warm, inviting quiet little place. A super nice change from the many larger Italian restaurants in the area. The personal service comes through.

a
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2014
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a great little restaurant. I would have expected it to be more crowded on a Saturday night. The food is absolutely delicious and the service is outstanding.

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