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Tufanos Vernon Park Tap

1073 W Vernon Park Pl, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60607-3410 (University Village / Little Italy)
312-733-3393
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Ranked #652 of 8,381 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 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
Top Contributor
271 reviews 271 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This was my 2nd time coming to eat here. I was excited to order the clam linguini but I have to say that it tasted way better the first time I ate it. I didn't find it with much flavor. My friend ordered Chicken marsala. It was very tastey. Instead of potatoes, she substituted broccoli and it was really delicious.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I love this dish so much I have trouble ordering anything else off of the chalkboard menu. This cash only establishment is a real treat. If we are within 15 minutes of this location when we are in Chicago, we go! The teen love the ravioli and my husband adores the eggplant. Whatever you order, you are sure to enjoy.... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My husband and I saw this restaurant on a top 25 list of places to eat in Chicago and we were not disappointed. It was quaint and the food was outstanding. They do not have individual menus but everything is listed on a giant caulkboard. They are cash only, but an ATM is available if needed. The portions for the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Fun hidden place to dine, great for those on a motorcycle looking to park and relax al fresco. Food is good, staff very friendly and its steps from little Italy, so you can go to Mario's afterward for ice.

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Additional Information about Tufanos Vernon Park Tap

Address: 1073 W Vernon Park Pl, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60607-3410
Phone Number: 312-733-3393
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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