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Restaurants, Italian River North
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Photograph: Martha Williams John Coletta of Quartino

Time Out says

The Gibsons folks go rustic Italian with this cavernous dining room decked out with reclaimed wood and subway tiles, vintage mirrors and mismatched chairs. To ensure authenticity on the plate, they’ve enlisted chef John Coletta, who doesn’t disappoint with housemade salumi like beef bresaola, spicy soppressata and duck prosciutto served with housemade giardiniera and mostarda. The pizza is among the better thin-crust versions in town. Living up to the name, the affordable, half-Italian, half-global wine list is offered in quarter, half and full liters.



Address: 626 N State St
Cross street: at Ontario St
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 22, 36, 65, 156.
Price: Average small plate: $7
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
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Users say (4)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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I enjoyed the food at Quaritino, but its the atmosphere that I personally didn't mesh with. I should've expected tourists in that area, but I wasn't prepared for the sheer quantity of people and large groups in the restaurant. It was very loud and there was little room to walk to get through the tables. Although the food was good, it was delayed because of the large crowds. Our waiter was great at keeping us updated and gave us dessert for free to make up for it. But I still think if given the choice, I may end up at a smaller restaurant with a more intimate feel. 


I wouldn't say that Quaritino is my absolute favorite italian restaurant in Chicago, but its a good go to. I've never had to make a reservation which is nice and typically it is easy to find seating outside. The prices are pretty reasonable and the staff has always been friendly to me.

I have been to Quartino's a couple of times and I am sad to say I am just not that impressed. I love the restaurant feel and the wait staff is pretty nice but the food is just nothing special to me. I think there are definitely better Italian spots for less money.