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Tufanos Vernon Park Tap

#458 of 7,468 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
University Village / Little Italy
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1073 W Vernon Park Pl, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60607-3410
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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San Diego, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tufano's never disappoints. I've visited this family owned and run Italian restaurant many times, when I lived in Chicago, and now when I visit. Wine in water glasses...so old school. Parking in Little Italy is tough so the complimentary valet parking is wonderful. Be sure to tip the valet what he/she is really worth to avoid walking a few blocks.

Thank smbiz
Chicago, Illinois
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125 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has been run by the same family for decades. The food and service are reliably good. This restaurant does not take credit cards, cash and personal checks work. There is an ATM at the entrance. Eat in or out in the garden.

Thank jtraveller23
Delray Beach, Fl
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always happy to see you, food always exceptional, with huge portions and great service. Calamari and stuffed artichoke were exceptional!

Thank JoyChicago
Aurora, Illinois
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No trills, Italian pub/restaurant with classic decor and absolutely awesome food and pleasant service. Simple decor, the smell of fresh garlic, no menus, (All written on a blackboard on the wall), and classic Italian music piped in. No credit cards accepted, so food prices are beyond reasonable! I can't wait to go there again!!! The Bolognese was as good as... More 

Thank TravelSnob4all
Munster, Indiana
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74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My parents took me here as a kid and now 40years later I'm taking my own kids. Thai place is not fancy but just really good Italian food. I love the chalk board menus. Make sure you get the calamari, sausage and peppers, lemon chicken and pork chops. Great tiramisu, cannoli and spomoni for dessert.

Thank Joshua H
Basel, Switzerland
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83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Pointed out to me by great friends that know Chicago inside out, this place is worth a detour for its very affordable American Italian favourites. Mine are the mussels in red sauce appetizer and Saudage and peppers main course.

Thank RWJanssen
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

We started with a great dinner here at Tufanos. My daughter in law to be, has been coming here since she was a little girl with her family. We had a reservation, there were 15 of us. The meal was served family style, our server kept the wine and food coming. We had a salad, which was delicious, I had... More 

Thank Robin H
Chicago, Illinois
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104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Family owned, delicious, friendly restaurant. Cash only, no reservations unless you have 10 in your group. Fast service. Chalkboard menu. Grilled calamari is insanely good. Not expensive. Casual dress. Outdoor dining when the weather is nice.

Thank joshua916
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Tufanos is such a wonderful experience every time I've been and this time was no exception. It is off the beaten path with a mostly local clientele. Always friendly staff are attentive but never intrusive. The ambiance is perfect. But the food - oh my. My table enjoyed bruschetta, mussels, calamari, veal Marsala (my favorite), rigatoni, eggplant lasagna, tiramisu, limoncello.... More 

Thank Tim F
Crestwood, Kentucky
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212 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

I met a large party here and our food proved good though not fantastic. The pasta was good and the meatballs tasted homemade. I liked the bread. Service was friendly. Parking was a challenge. Ambience was lacking.

Thank Robert K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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