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Hours

Regular Hours

MonClosed

Extra Phones

Fax: (312) 733-2951

Payment method
cash, check, no credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
West Side, University Village - Little Italy
AKA

Vernon Park Tap Restaurant

Tufano's Vernon Park Tap

Categories
Italian Restaurants, Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Bar & Grills, Mediterranean Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Spocachone

09/12/2011

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Overall
Best Lemon Chicken in Chicago

Great experience, great service, perfectly layed out, this place had the original chalkboard menu's that all the other places copy. LOVE THIS PLACE !

attwireless

08/25/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Tops Authentic as it Gets

Great food and a great value, fried calamari is terrific , lemon Chicken wow just everything is great.

princecrater

05/20/2009

Overall
Enjoyable

I enjoyed the dinner I had here. The pasta was seasoned to perfection and my martini with TY KU and Absolut was strong. My waiter was attentive and entertaining. Not really much I could ask for.

Susanrebecca

02/02/2009

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Overall
A Chicago institution

We go back to the days when the whole dining room was that crammed space behind the bar that is now the kitchen. This place is like family. You're always welcome and you leave stuffed. The menu is written on a blackboard. They only accept cash. The food is basic Southern Italian. When I asked once, ""How is the eggplant prepared?"" the waitress answered, ""Wit' red gravy!"" (Tomato sauce) Order salad for half the number of people - don't miss the lemon chicken or the shells & broccoli. Look at the celebrity pictures and ask Tony how his daughters are doin'.

Robertchicago

01/30/2009

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Overall
Great Italian Food & Friendly service

I loved the italian salad, Pork chop Vesuvio & make sure you get the tiramisu. I would definitly go back & bring friends.

lisa22much

12/03/2007

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Overall
Our favorite for years: authentic, delicious, cmfortable

The eggplant parmesan is to die for, along with the lemon chicken. They have the best fried calamari in town, tender perfection. Pork chops, mussels, suasage with peppers, all fantastic. The prices are reasonable, and the service is like family, you get everything you ask for, plus no charge for a bit of attitude. Inexpensive valet parking. Cash only, but its worth the trip to the atm.

kromano

02/21/2007

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Overall
Hands down best Lemon Chicken outside of my Nana's Kitchen.

Tufanos is my favorite Italian Restaurant. My family has been going there since I was a kid. Hands down the best Lemon Chicken outside of my Nana's Kitchen. Comfortable/Casual atmosphere with great service. Inexpensive Valet parking. Great Food & Terrific wine at reasonable prices. Oh and don't forget to order the Calamari - it is super fresh. I believe the reason they have still been a huge success is because they do not elevate their prices or create a stuffy atmosphere. I can't get enough. Manja'

preodor

04/16/2006

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Overall
Nothing Special

The pastas all came overcooked with very bland marinara sauce. Stay away from the Chicken Parmesan it was tough and tasteless. The two bright spots were the calamari and antipasto salad, both were fresh. Cheap food and poor quality, in Chicago you can find a much better Italian restaurant.

fayer71

04/07/2006

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Overall
Not what it seems

I was very dissapointed after reading the reviews of this place. The food was average but the service was poor. When we asked for seperate checks after we forgot to ask initially, the waitress rolled her eyes and flipped her hair. Then we were informed that thet only take cash. When we asked the manager named Joe why there is no sign stating this, his response was ""Well, we have been here for 67 years"". We told him we were from out of town and he followed that up with another snide remark. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!!!! I would not recommend this place to anyone if you want good service!

thegort

11/01/2005

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Overall
Disappointed

Hearing so many raves about this traditional Italian eatery, we were'nt ready for watery salad, tasteless pasta dishes, thin wines, and stringy mussels that didn't seem fresh. Maybe it was an off night, but none of us will EVER go back. Lemon chicken and desserts were good, though. Although inexpensive, bad food is never a good value, and we were deprived of a satisfying meal on one of our few nights in the city.

markoaklawn

09/03/2005

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Overall
great little stop

I just made it back there after a year, and the meal was not very good this time around. Unless I was in the area, or just nostalgic, I would not go back.

johnnyspacone

06/13/2004

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Overall
Great food. Great value.

Tufano's is one of the best representations of truly authentic Italian food and an incedible value. For years, Tufano's has always had a reputation of fresh, homestyle cooking and generous portions, and Tufano's still lives up to that reputation.

scopes

01/29/2003

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Overall
One of the best!

Tufano's is consistently one of the best restuarants you'll eat at. Things start out wonderfully as I believe they make the best salad in the city! My favorites are the Mussels in red sauce or the Chicken Vesuvio. Make sure you leave some room for a canoli. If the quality was enought to convince you, the prices are remarkably reasonable... I will say that the waitstaff uniforms (jeans & polos) need to get a little more upscale, also the plastic baskets with wax paper for the bread is tacky. Other than that the atmosphere is historic and very nice.

brian60045

11/25/2002

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Overall
Tufano's is great!

Plain and simple: Just great Italian food! Location is easy and convenient whenever you're in the city.

calder138

10/23/2002

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Overall
Still great after all these years

Tufano's has a history in this city.A family tradition step down from father to son. the food is outstanding and a laid back atmosphere.

paule123

08/11/2002

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Overall
Little Italy gem

We went on a Friday night, party of 5. We were seated right away, outside on the patio. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. Everybody knows everybody here!
We enjoyed the Lemon Chicken and Veal Marsala. The antipasto salad for the group was garden fresh and wonderful!
The only problem is finding this place - it's on a short street that is near impossible to get to. Approach from the Racine & Vernon Park side only - most maps are incorrect on the through streets around there.

flashman

08/08/2002

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Overall
Hey Joey!

Where else can you dine with the Mayor, the Mob, the Blackhawks, top visiting coaches,the beat cop, the college kids and the neighborhood regulars and be served by a waitress named Bubbles?

Great Lemon Chicken and ""Special Salad"" and Strawberry Pop for the kids.

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