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Sapori Trattoria

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Sat, 1/19
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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From $9.99 to $12.99
Toasted Italian bread topped with marinated tomatoes and basil
Calamari Fritti
Fried calamari served with a tasty red sauce
Cozze Scoppiate
Mussels sautéed in a red or white sauce
Calamari Griglia
Grilled calamari, roasted red pepper and a touch of balsamic
From $4.99 to $11.99
Insalata Mista
A fresh mix of baby greens, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and cucumber with our balsamic dressing
Crisp Romaine lettuce tossed with the Chef's special blend dressing and croutons
Insalata Stella
Mixed greens and Belgian endives with provolone cheese, pine nuts, apples and raspberries in a honey mustard-champagne vinaigrette
Fresh asparagus with lemon, olive oil, tomatoes and crumbled goat cheese
Minestrone Soup
Mixed dry beans with veggies and a touch of tomato
From $18.99 to $24.99
Rigatoni Caprese
Lightly stewed tomatoes are hand crushed and finished with a generous portion of fresh basil, select extra virgin olive oil and Bocongini mozzarella
Fresh Rigatoni pasta sautéed in our authentic meat sauce
Gnocchi al Brivido
Semolina gnocchi pasta with chopped chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and pine nuts sautéed in a basil pine nut pesto sauce
Pennette Cardinale
Penne pasta served with grilled artichokes, chicken, shallots and sun-dried tomatoes in white wine tomato cream reduction sauce
Linguini alle Vongole
Homemade Linguini pasta sautéed with fresh clams, garlic, and a touch of onion in a white wine olive oil sauce
From $22.99 to $26.99
Spaghetti Barese
Fresh spaghetti sautéed in a rich red sauce with veal meatballs and mild Italian sausage
Lasagna Di Antonio
Individual meat lasagna made with a beef Bolognese sauce, fresh mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and ricotta
Lasagna Vegetariana
Mushroom and grilled veggie lasagna with marinara and a touch of béchamel cream sauce topped with parmesan cheese and mozzarella
Cappellacci all'Aragosta
Handmade pasta stuffed with lobster and fresh seasonal seafood in a creamy pink sauce
Spaghetti allo Scoglio
Pasta sautéed in a marinara with mussels, clams, shrimp, and scallops (spicy on request)
From $23.99 to $32.99
Risotto ai Funghi
Italian arborio rice sautéed with Italian porcini mushrooms, fresh mushrooms, a touch of onion and garlic, fresh herbs, and parmesan
Salmone Erbe Aromatica
Fresh Canadian salmon filet with chopped seasonal vegetables. Served with an aromatic herb sauce on the side
Risotto Pescatore
Italian arborio rice sautéed with a generous portion of mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, and scallops with a touch of onion, garlic and white wine
Fresh Wild Chilean Sea Bass
Fresh Chilean Sea Bass pan seared and served with fresh spinach in a light sauce with a touch of tomato. Finished with roasted tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, and potatoes
From $25.99 to $31.99
Pollo Ternana
Chicken breast stuffed with a touch of smoked provolone, basil, mushrooms, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts
Vitello Paesana
Tender veal scallopini sautéed with artichokes and cherry tomatoes and potatoes in a delicate wine sauce
Lamb Chops
Tender lamb chops in a light sauce with a touch of tomato, garlic, and onions with fresh herbs. Served with grilled veggies and potatoes
From $11.99 to $12.99
Insalata Rustica
Brussel sprout salad with parmesan baked bread crumbles, dried cranberries, and crispy pancetta. House-made buttermilk avocado dressing contains a touch of anchovy and Worcestershire
Burrata Pugliese
Tender soft Mozzarella cheese with a creamy middle, toasted Italian bread, marinated oven-dried tomatoes, and Prosciutto di Parma
Crostini Di Avocado
Fresh chopped avocado, a touch of provolone, parmesan, tomato, extra-virgin olive oil and citrus served over crusty Italian bread
From $22.99 to $33.99
Pasta Contadino
Shell-shaped pasta with mild Italian sausage, caramelized cauliflower, a touch of onion and garlic, rapini greens, and a touch of cream
Cappellacci di Zucca
Pasta stuffed with pumpkin in a burnt butter sauce with butternut squash, sage, and pine nuts
Bucatini Carbonara
Tube pasta tossed with pancetta, egg yolk, cream, onion, and smoked bacon with a touch of parsley and Grana Padano cheese
Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi With Natural Calamari Ink
Semolina flour and ricotta dumplings with chopped calamari and shrimp in a garlic, parsley and white wine tomato arrabiata (lightly spicy) sauce
Gamberoni e Broccoli
Two Jumbo Shrimp sautéed with linguini in a white wine garlic sauce with a touch of light cream, roasted tomatoes, fresh veggies, additional chopped shrimp and roasted broccoli
Zuppa di Pesce (A Sapori classic)
Fresh seafood including mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp, calamari, and salmon in a light red sauce over a homemade linguini pasta. (spicy on request)
From $28.95 to $32.99
Maple Leaf Farms Duck Leg
Classic confit preparation — salt cured for two days and slow roasted for 8 hours in its own fat until fork tender. Nested in sweet potato strings and 36-hour duck gravy
Milk & Honey Baby Back Ribs
Baby back ribs (pork) marinated in honey and thyme, finished in a slow braise of milk, porcini mushrooms, and a touch of citrus
Vitello Ossobuco
Choice veal shank, pan seared and braised in a rich savory red sauce atop a mini meat lasagna
Sapori Trattoria is an upscale, yet casual and quaint Italian restaurant in Chicago's Lincoln Park, serving housemade pasta and other classic Italian dishes.
$20 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Sapori has been around for awhile and there's good reason for it. It's a perfect spot to grab a casual meal with really really good food. I've been here about five times and always try to get something different because each dish seems to be...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JackMc1120
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came for dinner. Selected this resturant based on Yelp reviews. It did not disappoint. Everything was delicious and fresh. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TravelGoddess0111
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We ordered the Bolognese and Pennette Cardinale, with both being delicious and generously portioned. Complimentary bread and oil was also some of the better I've had. Would describe the atmosphere as quaint but not quite sure I agree with their designation of upscale. Restaurant had...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Brad S
Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for leaving your feedback, Brad—we are constantly trying to improve and your review helps us do better. We hope you still had a great experience at Sapori!

Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Not overly large, just right. Great attention from wait staff and kitchen. After traveling all day to visit family, we went for an early dinner. Nice menu. We had three different entrees and appetizers—all were excellent. Homemade spaghetti with veal meatballs and Italian sausage was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 12bpfund
Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Thank you for your kind review, we would be happy to have you back at Sapori!

Reviewed November 18, 2018

We went here as a group with 3 couples. Each of us got a different entree. The pasta dishes were delicious and the portions were generous. It was very busy and a bit loud but we enjoyed our outing.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Thank you for the nice words! We would like to apologize if it was rather loud—we try to make everyone comfortable at Sapori and we hope that you stop by again.

Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

Warm friendly spot with intimacy and really great food and a well selected wine list. The mussels or grilled calamari are a good choice for starters or share a pasta. I loved the Brussels salad. Gnocchi are awesome too. One of us had the osso...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 70carlag
Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Great food is our passion, so it is really heartening to read such kind words! Thank you so much and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went here a couple of times and each time the food was delicious and fresh and the service was excellent. It gets very busy so I suggest going early and making sure you have a reservation. The waitstaff is always willing...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank DeborahL441
Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are proud of our fresh food & great waitstaff and will make sure to let them know about the kind words!

Reviewed November 5, 2018

Amazing italian with very large plates! It is a bit expensive but everything was coooked authentically with great flavour. My seafood risoto was amazing and very loaded and rich with seafood, and cooked perfectly! For dessert I tried the choclate cake and it was delicious...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

We strive for authenticity and a great Italian dining experience, and it's great to hear we nailed it. Thank you for the nice review!

Reviewed October 25, 2018

This was a dinner I won't forget for a long time. I was in town for a conference, and after a long and exhausting day three of us came to Sapori Trattoria for dinner. The food was delicious (simple, fresh and just tasty), the service...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MBFranks
Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review, it really made our day—Sapori is all about feeding both the body and soul. We hope to see you back to offer you another great and unforgettable experience!

Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

The atmosphere is rustic and comfy upstairs, and the food and service are top-notch. The pasta portion sizes are huge—you may want to share. We started with a seasonal mini-pumpkin stuffed with bacon and sausage that was absolutely out of this world. We will definitely...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JimGSD
Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

We are happy that we made your trip to Chicago more enjoyable! Thank you for your great review and we hope to exceed expectations the next time you stop in.

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Alexis Z
October 30, 2018|
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Response from xxivkt | Reviewed this property |
Not likely. The only 'loyalty' type App(s)that I know of is GROUPON and LIVING SOCIAL, they allow for discounted meals. Do enjoy the great food.
Charles S
October 1, 2016|
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Totally BYOB. Local restaurant. No corkage fee
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