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Tufanos Vernon Park Tap

#727 of 8,464 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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University Village / Little Italy
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1073 W Vernon Park Pl, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60607-3410
312-733-3393
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Good for:
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating

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  • 29
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Basic Italian

Have been there two times in the last month. Service is always friendly. Food comes out hot and there is plenty of it.. Great place to take friends for a casual dinner. Dump the Valet parking and just stand at the lot and charge $5 to park. It would free up the street

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
tom r
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Have been there two times in the last month. Service is always friendly. Food comes out hot and there is plenty of it.. Great place to take friends for a casual dinner. Dump the Valet parking and just stand at the lot and charge $5 to park. It would free up the street

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Tonight was our first time back in 30 years. It remains every bit as good now as it was years ago. Still no reservations, still no credit cards, still fantastic rustic Italian food. Five of us ate (more than we should have) for $145 which included a bottle of wine. Eggplant parmesan, sausage with rapinni, and lemon chicken, shrimp alfredo... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Nice family style Italian and have visited many times and all. The biggest problem is their "Valet" parking is a mess with cars lined up down this small neighborhood street...Dangerous getting in and out of your car.

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This neighborhood restaurant has been in the same location for over 75 years. The owner, Joey, is a great guy and has carried on the tradition started by his family. The food is genuine Italian (and it's called gravy not sauce!). Dishes are simple but excellent, very reasonably priced, with good service. The vesuvio chikcen and potatoes are the best... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I'm not kidding you, you cannot beat Tufanos for good, down home Italian cooking. I have never had a bad meal there. The atmosphere is like eating in your Aunt Rosie's basement - simple, loud, and extremely welcoming. The house and antipasta salads are very vinegary, but so was Aunt Rosie's and I learned to love that. The menu in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A friend who grew up in Little Italy suggested that I try Tufano's for quality local food knowing that I avoid restaurant chains. It's a family restaurant that was closing the next day for a relative's funeral.Here we were treated like friends the staff wanted to have return. We had the merlot which was smooth and so good we indulged... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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338 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

If you don't know where Tufano's is, you won't necessarily stumble upon it. But if you are in the neighborhood which contains many other Italian restaurants, Tufano's is a place to stop. If you're coming on a night of a concert or something going on at the UIC Pavilion or the United Center, be sure to come early, or about... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

BEST. CALAMARI. EVVVVVVVVVVER!!!!!!!!! I'm not a big Italian food eater. Don't care too much about pastas. But I DO LOVE seafood. The calamari here is seasoned PERFECTLY, crisp on the outside, and tender inside (so many other places make it waaaay too chewy, not here!). I've made a special trip to the restaurant to get a big tub of this-and... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Sat at bar, just stopped for dinner, special menu on chalkboard made me dizzy. Too much good food to decide from, I went with the tilapia Vesuvius , great choice. Not my first time here and never have I been disappointed. Reasonable prices, great authentic Italian food with wonderful service. Make it a stop in Italian village off Taylor St.

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Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you are looking for the place the locals eat, outdoor seating with ambiance, and great prices, Tufanos Vernon Park Tap is the place for you. We were there for our first time this Saturday night, and the place was packed, but we didn't feel rushed at all. Our waitress, Emily, was one of the most amazing servers we have... 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: Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating

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