71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 279-0135
The Village - Italian Village Restaurant
Italian Village Restaurants
Bike Parking: No
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good for Kids: Yes
12/29/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Staying at the Palmer House and decided to order in, we choose several dishes so as to share. The garlic bread had no garlic, totally tasteless. THe chicken & Penne Pasta was so bland, the chicken parm, bland, lasagna was flavorful but so overloaded with meat sauce that it was overwhelming. They included a loaf of french bread that had absolutely no taste at all. All in all we were very disappointed, had heard so many good things about this place. My reccomendation would be to look elsewhere for a great italian dinner.
11/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I love this restaurant. The first time I ate here, I thought it was the cutest place I had ever seen. The ambiance of a little Italian Village is so unique, it gives a lot of character to the place. The food is consistently good and the service is spot on!!!! If you have not been here, you must check it out. You will not be sorry......
11/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Food was just mediocre. Service was awful - server poured hot sauce down my back, the ""Concierge Liaison"" barely apologized, and offered little consolation. I am not from Chicago, it seems like a lot of support is sentimental, it is certainly not the service or the quality of the food. If you don't have loving memories of your parents taking you there as a child, I would highly recommend going someplace professional and with some quality.
09/02/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I am a big fan of Italian food, and this place is pretty excellent. They use top-quality ingredients in the food, and the service is exceptional. My wife and I usually get the Cacciucco, and top it off with a Tiramisu. If you're taking your family, I don't suggest going on a Friday of Saturday night the wait is forever. Overall, I enjoy Italian Village!
08/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Spent the day in the Loop! Saw the Tasset Eye in Prikzer Park - went to Millinuem Park and then headed to the Italian Villlage. They were packed! But , the wait was not more than 15 minutes ...we had a drink in the bar and munched on the complimentary pizza.
When seated we were in a quaint booth. After looking around I noticed they were all named after places - but in Italian...the Library-Jail- hospital etc.
The atmosphere was fun. The bustling of the waiters the patrons talking and laughing under the twinkling lites...I loved it!
I had the Chicken Marsala...the wine sauce was just sweet enough, and the mushrooms were large and still firm. My friend had the Spagetti and meatballs (which I found out later every critic in Chicago chooses this dish as the best and favorite), we both had dinner salads included, so I felt a bigger bang for my buck! Our desserts were the tiramisu and the canoli...so good! and last but not least our wine was divine. The list is a phonebook so we had the Wine Director select a few from our desired price point of $50.00. He actually picked on at $42.00! How often does that happen?
Our server was happy - knew his menu back and forth - and everything thing from the kitchen was timely.
We had a wonderful experience will recommend the Italian Village and be back!
06/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
From the start a basket of stale breadsticks and poor quality unheated bread was placed on the table. I get bread in Brooklyn, NY as good as they bake in Italy so I know the difference. The tomato sauce was not good, they are certainly not using San Marzano tomatoes. The stuffed pasta dish, agnolotti, was not filled enough with ricotta or fresh spinach and the risotto was dry and not creamy. I have dined in the best Italian restaurants in NY, Philly, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and more and this is terrible the owners should be ashamed of themselves in a great restaurant city like Chicago serving food like this. Anyone that thinks The Village is good Italian does not know Italian food. Even worse I brought a group in here from NY and this was a bad food experience for all.
03/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
talk about old Italian rustic charm! My family love going to this place because of their great food and of course, their spacious, cozy and very homey arrangement of the place.
I love their ministrone, antipasto and their thin crust pizza. these have become a regular order for us every visit. also love their chicken parmigiana, ravioli and frutta di mare. all their food is great but I have to say that these are my personal favorites!
if you haven't been here, you should drop by and see for yourself how great this place is. worth every penny!
Recently took my family here as my sister was in town from California. We were seated in a very charming booth, which could have sat six, so it was quite spacious. We were immediately greeted by our server, and had bread and our drinks promptly. We ordered the chicken vesuvio, the osso bucco, chicken marsala and veal parmigan, the chicken vesuvio took a bit longer to cook, but it came out fresh and very good. After the meal we were treated to a sampling of the desserts. Tiramasu, cheesecake, a chocolate mousse which was to die for, and some cannolis. For four of us, our bill came out to under $100 and the portions were huge. Great value and price. The Village is very quaint with its hand painted murals on the wall, you feel like you are in an authentic Italian Village. I will definitely be back!!
After reading the reviews, I gave this place a try. I found it to be quite.......great!
We had a bunch of appetizers, wine and dessert. The calamari was cooked perfectly. I found the food to be a great value and VERY tasty!
I look forward to trying out the other two restaurants located in the same building and run by the same family.
Because of the good reviews, I was definitely pointed in the right direction!
One would think an Italian restaurant could make minestrone soup and pasta however my meal was completely void of flavor. I feel sorry for tourist who think they are in for a great meal. Please skip it and find one of many great italian restaurants in the city.
11/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was here on Friday and then again on Saturday. The food and service was great and we know all the Maitre d's so they really take care of us. We love the food and the atmosphere. We were so sad for the Manager last night when a guest yelled at him in front of all these people waiting because he did not like his table. The Manager offered to move him but he just yelled and was totally unfair. We could not believe this ! We saw this Manager on two nights and we have never seen anyone do such a great job as busy as it was.
We love the place and will be back and hope to see you all their again next year.
10/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The IV not only rates highest in accomodations and style, but the attractive menu and the food behind it is some of the best you will ever have in your life. The sommelier and chefs are connected with their customers and the staff couldn't be nicer. The Capatiniini's make you feel like family- it is a 5 star classy and exquisite restaurant but not pretentios, it is loving and sensational, my only regret is I don't live above the restaurant because I would be there every night!
Viva Italian Village!
10/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I first came to the Italian Village in the sixties. I was amazed at the service, quality of the food and the energy of the restaurant. As I had a family it was a favorite place for lunch on school holidays or before theater. When my children each found marriage partners, they both brought them to the Village. And now, I have brought my grandchildren, visitors from other countries, and good friends to the Village. What a wonderful treasure. I can always count on excellent food, attentive service, and an most enjoyable dining experience. Last evening I even noted its presence in the new film, Chicago Overcoat!
10/08/2009Provided by Citysearch -
It is hard to find a place where you can sit down with your friends to wine and dine, without feeling like you got kicked in the wallet!!
This place is a great value for your money. Everything they turn out is excellent. The gnocchi is so very light and fluffy. The salad they serve table side is really yummy and the wine......awesome!!
They brought my girlfriend and I, a complimentary birthday dessert. I could go on for days about this stuff. Make sure you save room for some!!
I will continue to return again and again!!!
10/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This is the best Italian restaurant in Chicago...period. I suppose that is why they have continued a successful business for over 80 years.
There are a lot of restaurants in the city who over promise and under perform. The food is consistent, service is terrific. All this; topped off with a great bottle of wine, you have a WINNER!!