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Tufanos Vernon Park Tap

University Village / Little Italy
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1073 W Vernon Park Pl, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60607-3410
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Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Exactly what you would want in a casual atmosphere.

Great food, easy before a ballgame, family owned and run forever. Lemon Chicken, shells and broccoli in garlic are favorites. Best joint in little Italy

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Howard B
Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Large groups
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Omaha, Nebraska
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful family run Italian eatery. Fast, friendly service with HUGE portions for a very moderate price. Located away from downtown area but served by train with a short, safe walk. Cash only.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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250 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw this place on Food Channel, took my Mom and family for dinner and boy were we disappointed! You talk about about bland flavorless gravy! Does the chef not know about Oregano, Thyme and Basil? The service was slow(place half empty), not mention that our waitress told my Mom she spilled her beer half way, BUT SHE CHARGED us... More 

Thank Mike A
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, easy before a ballgame, family owned and run forever. Lemon Chicken, shells and broccoli in garlic are favorites. Best joint in little Italy

Thank Howard B
Wheaton, Illinois
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Tufano's is a unique little restaurant. The food is good especially the lemon chicken. They do not take reservations so get their early. The staff is friendly and Joey is a great host.

Thank Jim25w644
Montrose, Colorado
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I've been going to Tufanos for years. With all the great Italian restaurants in the city, this one is a keeper. The atmosphere is simple with very casual decor and a feeling that you're eating with family rather than at a restaurant. The food is consistently fabulous. Just bring cash - no cards accepted here!

Thank EMS400
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We came here on the advice of my son's friend and found it quite enjoyable. It's an old fashioned restaurant where many of the patrons seemed to know each other. After having a drink at the bar, the four of us were seated at a nice table in a sun room type area. There are no paper menus. All the... More 

Thank Moonsusie
Chicago, Illinois
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90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This family-run restaurant may come up a bit short on atmosphere, but it more than makes up for that small shortcoming with outstanding Italian offerings. From the cavatelli to the stuffed shells, from the marinara sauce to the vodka sauce, you cannot go wrong with any of their pasta dishes. Certain unique touches, such as no menus, only strategically-place chalkboards... More 

Thank jessengee
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Everything here is good!! Chicken picante with a large Tufano's Caprese salad is enough for two and really delicious as are the fried clams!!

Thank paulag832
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is a great and authentic italian eatery frequented by locals but where everyone seems welcome. Nothing too fancy other than the great value of the food you get here. Traditional recipes with some adaptation/americanization, but otherwise true to their form. The place is more like a meat market or deli, but depending on what you get, you are looking... More 

Thank Ruleman
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I was part of a large group of parents visiting a near by college with our kids for freshman orientation in June. We were hosted by the folks at Tufano's with nothing but great food, drink and friendly service. The italian dressing was home made and yummy, the pasta dishes were so good and the tiramisu... WoW!!! Yum-O! The location... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1073 W Vernon Park Pl, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60607-3410
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: 312-733-3393

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Large groups


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