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Reviewed May 22, 2022

The only good thing our party of four encountered in our visit to this restaurant was the wonderful service provided by Dali S. Cocktails and wine by the glass were forgettable and the large portion entrees were each worse than forgettable, The restaurant itself, which...is huge and occupies numerous cramped rooms on two floors is singularly unattractive and charmless, Prices are high for such low quality food and drink,More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 3, 2022

Darlene, my daughter Amber, her husband, Adam, and I had a wonderful dinner here on Thursday night. Our server was excellent and the food surpassed our expectations. I really enjoyed the osso buco. Hearty and flavorful and made with veal not pork, it was served...on top of a mini lasagna that was definitely a great added touch. Everyone else enjoyed their pasta dishes. We appreciated the visit from the chef and had the opportunity to discuss his take on several of our selections. The prices are reasonable, the total tab for 4 without tip and including 6-7 drinks was just under $200.00 Nice location and atmosphere . Looking forward to a third visit the next time we visit Chicago.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed October 26, 2021 via mobile

Found this place online from North Carolina. Good reviews. Booked in. Arrived to find place packed. Seated right away. Wifey had Caprese, I had Bolognese following Caesar. Both amazing. Best Italian in memory. Service great!!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 6, 2021 via mobile

Sapori is a dining tradition for us every summer we visit Chicago for Cubbies games. The food & service are always excellent, but on this last occasion Ricardo went out of his way despite unexpected weather challenges to make our experience exceptional. Their fried calamari...appetizer is the the very best, lightly battered and always perfectly prepared. The portion is large so it could easily feed 4 ppl. The pasta plates are all delicious and huge, so we usually split one for our entree. They also offer GF options for almost all plates. Until next summer, thank you Ricardo & Ally for a wonderful evening!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 28, 2021

We eat here from time to time as we live in Lakeview. The owners and staff in general tend to be particularly warm and dedicated to ensuring customers have a very nice dining experience. Portions are huge and invariably result in having the same good...dinner the following night at home. Takeout is also very efficient and good. The restaurant is rather noisy given how popular it is. Everything is excellent. I can't think of a single dish I've (or others in my party) had that I didn't like a lot. The osso buco is really good and their bread pudding is the best in Chicago. I highly recommend the restaurant for a fun night out with friends or as a couple.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 10, 2021

My wife and I are new to the Lakeview neighborhood and have heard great reviews about this place. It lived up to it's reputation. Our portions were enormous and our server Mike was helpful and attentive. We split a meat lasagna and a rigatoni with...tomatoes and mozzarella, and both were delicious! A little noisy, but that's probably the only negative I can give them.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021 via mobile

Dined here on a Friday night and the experience was ok. The server greeted us and advised that bread would be arriving shortly, which never came. The food and drinks were good. Overall, with the bill being about $100.00, free bread should be a given!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021

Modest dining environment that is busy with a lot of wait staff. Extensive outdoor dining on the adjacent road outside that was "closed" to allow for additional seating. Unfortunately, another Post-Covid setback is that most restaurants have replaced their experience service personnel, and this restaurant...is not an exception. The inexperienced folk that are now filling in as "servers", are CLEARLY not properly trained basic server/restaurant protocols, and many don't know how to explain the menu, what questions to ask, how to maintain the service-experience (pouring water/wine, replacing dirty silverware, dropped napkins, etc), and essentially every question I asked about the menu was replied with "I'll have to check on that...". Additionally, prices have gone up 20-30%, and the food is marginal at best - typical of what I've seen in store-bought frozen food quality. I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for - and I'm GLAD to pay a premium for an experience that warrants it. But alas, such an experience is missing... I've said this often, and it is unfortunately a reflection of the times, - "Today's Mediocrity is the New Excellence"... Sad - the only upside to this is that I won't be coming back...More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021 via mobile

We had dinner here with some friends. The restaurant is huge—much bigger than it looks from the street—and was really distancing its tables, which was nice. Overall, it was a solid Italian meal. Would I traverse the city to eat there, or put it on...the list of Chicago’s must-try restaurants? No. Would I eat there again, especially if in the neighborhood? Sure. Ambience wasn’t bad but wasn’t great; it was pretty generic. Service was attentive enough but not fantastic. The menu was enormous and had all of the Italian classics you’d want, including antipasti, salads, lots of pastas, and entrees. Huge portions, easy to share. We had a couple of salads that were both fresh and tasty. Pastas as mains were what you’d expect—well-executed standard Italian dishes. The chicken Parmesan was great; the chicken itself was moist and juicy. Mushroom risotto was also delicious, with the right texture and an earthy flavor. And ravioli stuffed with lobster had nice seafood flavor, though wasn’t distinctly lobster-ish. Average wine list, but some decent by-the-glass options appropriate for the price point of the restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 1, 2021

Our quest to discover the best spaghetti and meatballs in Chicago took us to Sapori Trattoria in the city's Park Wet neighborhood, a short drive from our Gold Coast apartment. Located at 2701 North Halsted Street, at Schubert, south of Diversey, Sapori Trattoria opened in...2001, almost closed in 2003 but since has emerged under chef Anthony Barbanento's culinary magic as one of Chicago's leading and most popular Italian restaurants. It's home-made pumpkin ravioli is rated "best in Chicago" according to one food critic. But I came for one of the house specialties, spaghetti alla Scoglio, spaghetti tossed with fresh shrimp and tender scallops in a tangy tomato sauce with veal meatballs, fennel-flecked Italian sausage and meat sauce. A delicious combination of fresh pasta and seafood. The rest of the meal also was a delight. My wife and I started with bruschetta, toasted Italian bread topped with marinated tomatoes and basil, minestrone and Caesar salad with romaine lettuce tossed and topped with shaved parmesan cheese, the chef's special Caesar dressing and croutons. My wife was ecstatic when she discovered veal ossobuco on the menu, veal shanks braised in rich red sauce atop a mini-meat lasagna with roasted potatoes and sauteed spinach. Half-Italian, she loves ossobuco. But it's a rarity on a restaurant menu and this veal version rated five stars with her. For dessert, we shared bread pudding with raisins and raspberries and vanilla brandy sauce and home-made tiramisu.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

There are many items on the menu that you don't see too often at Italian restaurants. We loved sitting outside on their improvised dining room on the street. They also have covered tent-like pods to sit in. I loved the stuffed chicken.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 8, 2021

Six of us dined there recently and it was an excellent meal from start to finish. We started off with the Avocado Crostini, Grilled Calamari and Fried Calamari which were all good. Our entrees included Gnocchi al Brivido, Seafood Risotto, Pollo Ternana, Vitello Paesana and...Lamb Chops. All of the entrees were delicious and the service was unbeatable. We had a birthday among us and the waitress brought a Homemade Tiramisu for the table which was excellent. It was a first time visit for four of us but we definitely will be back.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 4, 2021

We made a reservation for today, April 4th 2021, for 5 pm. We made this reservation 6 days in advance and show up on the day of the reservation to find out they’re closed. Their excuse was “We’re redoing the flowers”. Don’t buy it, absolutely...insane that they can’t let people know they can’t take their reservation in advance. Been looking forward to this all week and now will never come back.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 28, 2021 via mobile

Sapori serves delicious food! My family, a party of three, had a lovely dinner tonight, eating outdoors in a heated tent and isolated from others. The shrimp and pasta dish was out of this world. The risotto a la fungi was very nice. We really...enjoyed the warm bread with olive oil. We ordered a tiramisu for desert to share among three of us. It looked too big even to share, but we all loved it and managed to finish it. Thank you, Sapori staff for being so wonderful and for making our short stay in Chicago such a nice experience.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed September 7, 2020

We arrived in Chicago and wanted to support a local Lincoln Park restaurant during the pandemic. We’d made reservations through open table about a week in advance and we were able to secure a 7:00pm outdoor res for a Wednesday night. Great service and a...careful explanation of mask rules (required to be on any time the server or assistant is at the table as well as entering inside the building). Delicious meal. The seafood risotto was excellent. The salmon was very good. But the hit it out of the ballpark entree was the shrimp and pasta. The risotto and the shrimp pasta were both enough for two; our son happily took the leftovers home with reheating instructions from our server. The menus are modified for the pandemic (if you are a long time regular there the restaurant offers explanation of why some favorite dishes are not yet available). Tables are distanced from each other. And if you are lucky you might catch a Groupon from Sun- Thursday dining.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Anthony B, Owner at Sapori Trattoria, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2021

We're so glad you got to check us out while you were in Chicago! It was a pleasure to host you. Great choice on ordering the risotto, salmon, and the star -- the Pasta with shrimp! We're happy to hear you felt extremely safe and...More

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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.
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Totally BYOB. Local restaurant. No corkage fee
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5