Bustling modern trattoria in an Italian marketplace for Neapolitan pizza & homemade, al dente pasta.
Yessss!! Top level of Eataly in the far back corner is by far one of the best pizza spots in the heart of the city if you appreciate a thin doughy crust and true Italian red pizza sauce! No, it’s not Deep dish, quite the opposite and doesn’t sit heavy in your stomach afterwards. Yelp tip: Go Tuesday 5p to close for $10 pizza or pasta!! Hard to pass that deal up. Also sometimes they have one day deals with unlimited pasta for a flat fee. Go hungry and get your moneys worth! Try to avoid peak meal hours so you don’t have to wait to be seated, or go solo and help yourself to a seat at the kitchen bar. The cool thing is all the ingredients can be found inside Eataly and purchased in case you want to replicate any of the items on the menu at home:)) Service, admittedly they are slow and I’ve had better service elsewhere but my food makes up for it in flavor! Just know that going in and Mangia!!!
My first time here was not a great experience for me and that review reflected how I felt (reviewed under Eataly). I was immediately contacted by Kevin, the Assistant General Manager, who apologized for my experience at La Pizza and La Pasta. There was an offer of a $50 gift certificate to compensate us for the experience we went through. For the record, when I write my reviews, it really is to provide recommendations to others on my personal experience at the business. I am not trying to get a business when I give 3 stars or less, simply relying information as a paying customer, to make the business aware of potential areas of improvements. I am not looking for compensation in terms of gift certificates and there have been businesses that have made those offers and I did not follow up on them because it was not about “free meal”. That said, I was impressed at the level of response from Kevin concerning my experience. This is one review, and with the number of people/tourist who dine there, not having one person come back probably doesn’t hit Eataly financially. So the fact that Kevin reached out to apologize and offer me and The Doctor a reason to go back was impressive. As in my first review, the issue was never the food, so as part of our staycation at The Drake, we decided to do dinner there again. I am always open to revisiting a review when I feel it is warranted and this is one of those time. Again, the food here is just delicious, no questions there. This time The Doctor and I went with the two specials being offered: Spinach Tagliolini with a braised short rib Ragù Bolognese and the pizza special (don’t remember the name but it had prosciutto, arugula, basil and tomatoes). We also got an order of those wonderful meatballs. So glad we decided to split the pizza and pasta/meatballs because it was plenty! Again La Pizza and Pasta does amazing things with their food. The Spinach Tagliolini was an excellent dish with thin, housemade string pasta. The Ragù Bolognese with the short rib was great. The sauce was just right, not to much but I did end up adding the sauce from the meatballs to mine…didn’t want that yumminess to go to waste 🙂 The pizza was just lovely. Neapolitan style pizza is not for everyone as the crust is very thin and there is no sauce, just tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. But what I will say is that you get an amazing blending of flavors that are not covered up by a heavy tomato sauce on the crust. Also because the crust is so thin, you have to use a knife/fork to eat it, or do like I do, just roll it up from the tip to the crust and eat it like an egg roll. The special we got was very nice. The dough is tender enough that with me rolling it up to eat it, I was able to eat everything, including the crust. Most times I leave the crust on pizza as it is usually a little tougher to eat. This was perfect. The arugula, basil and tomatoes were very fresh and blended together well. The prosciutto was the finishing touch. I would definitely get this again if it is offered as a special, but would love to see it on the menu 🙂 We finished off with two lovely desserts: Semifreddo (sponge cake with cassis & vanilla chantilly cream mousse and fresh berries) and Terra Cotta (flourless chocolate cake with milk chocolate mousse and buttered caramel. These were devine and available for purchase downstairs…just what I am having for breakfast with bubbles? The service for the evening was on point, from the table we were seated at (in the window overlooking traffic, which I love!) to our server James. The evening went off without a hitch and even Kevin stopped by to see how we were doing. At the end of the meal, I presented the gift card and the bill was returned. However, the entire meal was comped by Kevin, which was most generous but not expected. We still tipped on the full bill for James because he was very good and attentive. The Doctor told me while we were having dessert that if he was a Yelper (he is, he just does nothing on it), he would give the evening 5 stars. I absolutely concur. I am going to say this was a complete 180 experience for us based on the first dining experience. I can concede that the first experience was possibly that particular server and not the establishment itself. But last night’s experience was amazing and I will be back again, no gift certificate needed.
This was my 2nd time here, and I was sadly a little disappointed. We ordered the spinach ravioli and the bucatini, and the arugula salad as appetizer. The favors were GREAT as usual but the pasta dishes were waay too salty. I had about 3 glasses of water with my pasta. Also, the service was very slow, with having to wait a long while to place an order, no one offering cheese for any of our foods and waiting over 10 minutes for a chance to wave down our server for the check. All around us we heard echos of “excuse me! Excuse me!” Of frustrated people trying to get someone’s attention after waiting too long. The water runner was great though, and refilled our cups many times.
I absolutely love this place! I went in on a Saturday around 5:00pm and was seated right away. We started off sharing a delicious salsicciotta pizza which consisted of San Marzano tomato DOP, mozzarella di bufala, sweet Italian sausage, mushrooms. They brought over red pepper flakes and fresh cheese. We also shared a bucatini pasta that was absolutely amazing! The pasta is made there and had a hint of spice to it. My bf chose palazzo de la Torre wine to accompany our meal as well. I love that you are able to walk around and shop for fresh food and drinks! Can’t recommend Eataly enough
Super tasty food! Great wait staff. The restaurant is one of the best displays of Covid procedures I’ve seen. Every table is at least 6 feet away and tucked into a nook with tasteful dividers (not an aggressive amount of plexiglass everywhere else). The waiter stood far from the table to take our order. They warn this online but the wait staff only checks in periodically to minimize contact so don’t expect constant service.
Portions were smaller than expected. Food was pretty good. Service was spotty since it was super busy for a Sunday. We had to ask other staff to get some attention. We tried the suppli- aranci balls(okay), the rustic pizza (small but flavorful), spinach ravioli (meh), and the mushroom parpadella(best of the lot). Their tiramisu was nice to polish of the dinner
Omg this pizza was absolutely heavenly. It came out piping hot from the oven and had a deliciously chewy crust. Tastes just like I was in Italy! We also had the tagliatelle which was fresh made and had a delicious meat sauce on it. Overall the price seemed fair for the amount of food and we really enjoyed the food. We’ll definitely be back!
After a friend of mine raced that this was the best pizza they ever had & a quick look over revealed “truffle” I had to have it. Although not a “terrible” experience I feel like it wasn’t a bucket list item. Was it good, sure it was but the mushrooms over powered everything including the truffle cream. The pizza was also extremely small for $23. If I was in the area I’d consider this again but to say it’s the best pizza ever is a stretch. One caveat is I was eating while on the go & another is it was lukewarm but at no fault to the restaurant. I may return.
The store had very friendly service, but the food wasn’t anything special. I was surprised that the bread was cold and served as two sandwich slices. The Margherita pizza was about average compared to other pizzas in Chicagoland, as well as the pasta. Not bad, but I was expecting more of a “wow” factor.
This little gem is located in Eately. They have a great lunch special an antipasti and a pasta or pizza for $16. That’s a great value. The pizza is super tasty and feeds 1-3 people, so you could share it. The tomato soup was like heaven in a bowl. So fresh and tasty! The pasta and pizza are cooked in two different kitchens so the meal may come out at different times.