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Pompei

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University Village / Little Italy
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1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015
+1 312-421-5179
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Description: The Original Pompei Restaurant on Taylor street features Italian Food...
The Original Pompei Restaurant on Taylor street features Italian Food served in a casual atmosphere. Pompei features Appetizers, Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Soups and Desserts. There is plenty of parking along the street, and behind the restaurant. Pompei offers dine-in, carry out, delivery, catering and private banquet rooms. All food and desserts are made fresh daily from over 100 year old family recipes. Located close to the United Center, UIC Pavillion and RUMC, Pompei can accommodate large parties, last minute. Reservations are not required. Pompei is Family owned and operated and has been since 1909.
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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food is good. Parking is free.

I am passing thru Chicago on business and made it a point to stop here on Sunday for lunch. It is an old haunt as my son is graduate of Rush Medical School down the street. Food is good. Parking in back is free. What else could I want?

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
Elliot E
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I am passing thru Chicago on business and made it a point to stop here on Sunday for lunch. It is an old haunt as my son is graduate of Rush Medical School down the street. Food is good. Parking in back is free. What else could I want?

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Kim D, Guest Relations Manager at Pompei, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review for our restaurant. It is always a pleasure for us to have customers return to our "Little Italy" neighborhood. We are glad to read that you enjoyed your food and thank you for especially noting that we offer free curbside and parking in the rear parking lot. Not too... More 

Freehold, NJ
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129 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Seven of us decided to try this location. The setup is cafeteria style. Big menu boards, walk the counter line, order, get drinks and desserts at the end of the line and pay. A staff member will bring out your food and beverages. We thought ordering went well. We paid and sat down. All good until the food started to... More 

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Columbia City, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We visited the Pompei Restaurant in Chicago, IL, yesterday. We were not impressed. The pizza was just average, nothing special and the rigatoni with marina sauce was pretty tasteless. We will not return to the Pompei on our future visits to Chicago. There are too many other Italian restaurants that are probably better.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Should have tried a REAL Italian restaurant on Taylor St. This is a cafeteria. Pizza is like bread with a little sauce. Pasta salad is horrible! Will never go back. $66 for 3 people.

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Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The food was good, but nothing special. The portions were small for the price. I would definitely try one of the other many restaurants in the area before returning.

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Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We stopped here for lunch while visiting Rush Medical. It is set up a lot like a Deli. You get in line to order your food, then it's brought out to you. Service is fast and friendly. They have wraps, sandwiches, stuffed pizzas, and pasta. The pasta is handmade in house out front. The food was all great and tasted... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We were in the mood for pizza but being new to the area were having a hard time figuring what places had dining-in or were take-out only. We drove by Pompei and saw that their sign advertised "Pizza, Pasta..." etc., so we pulled in. One orders from a menu board and they bring the food to you. Notwithstanding the sign... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I just want to start off by saying their cookies are super good. I love the lemon knots and the cresent cookies. It is a bit like a subway sandwich feel, you order your food at a counter and then it is brought to your table. The service is always great. The place is very comfortable and clean. If you... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stumbled upon Pompei, while spending the day in Chicago. Thanks to other reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to give it a try. When I walked in, I wasn't sure about the quality of food, but it did not disappoint. The food was very delicious, the portions were generous and everyone in our group seemed satisfied. I loved that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We go in to Chicago on business not too far from this restaurant. We try to go for lunch every time we are there. Once you get the hang of their system it's quick, efficient and good value. We had lunch there last Saturday. Philly Steak and Cheese was the special so we had one of those and a pasta... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-421-5179

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Description

The Original Pompei Restaurant on Taylor street features Italian Food served in a casual atmosphere. Pompei features Appetizers, Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Soups and Desserts. There is plenty of parking along the street, and behind the restaurant. Pompei offers dine-in, carry out, delivery, catering and private banquet rooms. All food and desserts are made fresh daily from over 100 year old family recipes. Located close to the United Center, UIC Pavillion and RUMC, Pompei can accommodate large parties, last minute. Reservations are not required. Pompei is Family owned and operated and has been since 1909.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?