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1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015 (University Village / Little Italy)
+1 312-421-5179
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Ranked #1,598 of 8,418 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
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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.
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English first
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100 reviews 100 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We were looking for a quick meal after our mini tour at Downtown Chicago, when our relatives took us here at Pompeii, during our visit last month. It was still early in the afternoon and the place was just starting to get busy. The restaurant has the original structure - typical Italian and rustic decor, and has the ambiance of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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117 reviews 117 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I debated between a 4 & 5 star rating, and I haven't decided until I was done writing the review. The restaurant is easy enough to find from the Polk stop on the Pink line, and it is quite spacious inside. I loved the "Italians in Chicago" mural, and especially loved the original family photo on the wall, circa 1909.... More 

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Lockport, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Sometimes being good also means being taken for granted, it really shouldn't be that way. I have been ordering from Pompei's for the last 6 years on the average of twice a month. All of it on a carry out basis. I have never been disappointed. Soup, salad or sandwich it is all good. So to make amends I'm writing... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We go to Pompei often from UIC but I only recently found out they have banquet rooms. We held an dinner meeting in the space that is called "Jut's" at breakfast, 1529 West Taylor Street. The Italian buffet and pizza appetizers provided plenty of choices for our group, which included vegetarians and meat-eaters. The space was very private and ample... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Tried Pompei on recommendation from someone who used to live nearby. Definitely sound advice. We had two small salads and shared an order of chicken ravioli. Just the right amount of food. Next time we will try the desserts. Other patrons really seemed to be enjoying them. Icing on cake was free parking behind the restaurant.

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Chicago, Illinois
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251 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I have been coming to Pompei Bakery on Taylor Street for years, and though there may be copycats, there is only one. Samples of the food are set up as you go down the line, and pizza is there to see. There are three different types of pizza, but I love the strudel pizzas especially the BBQ beef one. If... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I have been going to this eating establishment for some time,and i place a order to go because i really did not have time to go inside an order. the order was (2) Fettuccine Alfredo one with broccoli and the other just simply Chicken fettuccine minus the broccoli.Call the Pompei Bakery and told them that a mistake had occurred and... More 

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Kim D, Owner at Pompei, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear of your displeasure with your order. Would you mind giving me your phone number that you would have placed the order under. I can then determine who took the first incorrect order and then which manager was on duty and mishandled the corrected order. As you know, we have been in business a very long... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I've always enjoyed going to Pompeii for lunch and have been going there for at least 10 years with groups of 20-25. I was always able to reserve the back room and got great service. However, this year the floor managers can no longer take large reservations over the phone even a week in advance. The owner/manager and sister of... More 

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Kim D, Owner at Pompei, responded to this review

I am writing to respond to your review a few months ago. I understand you spoke with Carmela and that the matter was corrected. I just want to make sure that is the case and you are happy with how things were handled. Thank you. More 

Lake City, Michigan
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114 reviews 114 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Came here after a pretty long walk, ordered spinach arancini (fried rice ball with marinara), tiramisu & cappuccino...yumm...loved the way they set up the restaurant, kind of like a cafeteria with fast service but really good food.

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Additional Information about Pompei

Address: 1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015
Phone Number: +1 312-421-5179
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Italian

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