We were so excited when Richie opened this bistro in Mt. Greenwood - we had been long-time customers of his Blue Island Pizza joint, Giuseppe's, and anticipated a more adult place to dine. Our first two or three meals here were delightful, an elegant departure from the typical casual offerings of the neighborhood. Business must have been good, because an expansion soon followed, but the quality of the cuisine began to slip. Were we becoming jaded? We found more to complain about - the menu seldom changed, and the ingredients seemed less fresh. The service suffered at times, and the overall experience simply not what it had been in those first heady months after opening. Richie recently renovated Giuseppe's, now called Richie's Too (see review) and quite frankly, we'd rather go there now. The homemade Italian dishes and sauces done so well at Richie's Too are almost absent here, and the bistro-style fare seems tired. Now that his little family place has grown into an elegant swan, the big sister seems tatty. After all, it is all about the food. We will continue to visit Richie's, in the hopes that improvements will come, and because there are simply so few choices in the area. But we are getting a little tired of settling.
After being referd to this restaurant by my father (who was a frequent visitor SEVERAL years ago while on business in the Chicago area). So with my boyfriend currently on business in the Chicago area, I told him we HAD to go. I obviously expected great food but left with so much more! The food was AMAZING!!!!! We shared a full slab rib dinner. And chose coleslaw & their self proclaimed "famous" AuGratin potatoes as our sides. EVERYTHING was DELIGHTFUL!!!! The potatoes were perfect, the coleslaw was the best I've ever had, the ribs were SO flavorful, & the sauce was SO SAVORY!!! And the service, the service was some of THE BEST I've EVER had!!!!!!!! Our waitress was THE BEST WAITRESS I've EVER had!!! I actually wrote the restaurant & thanked them! She wasn't there so much she annoyed you but she just seemed to be there whenever you "needed" her!! I would DEFINETLY recommend this place!!!!!! I will return EVERY time I get a chance!
Just finished our super delicious meal! Had the tomahawk rib eye with augratin potatoes and organc spinach salad with key lime pie for desert all of which were super delicious. Our waiter, the ex scuba diver , did an outstading job. Table service top notch with clean forks and knives with each course. Table swept clean, and if you leave your table during your meal, you will return to a folded napkin. Hostess kindly explained the local history of the building and neighborhood. I had to look hard to find fault, but being from old school service, I prefer my water and or drink glass to be removed from the table for refilling rather than reach across with a pitcher but that's just me. Enjoyed our first visit here and would definitely recommend.