Sunday, February 22, 2015
Riccardo Trattoria was recently recommended to me as a very good Italian restaurant so I decided to visit during Chicago Restaurant Week. The restaurant is located in Lincoln Park and looks like a house in the area. It is also located across the street from the location of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre which has nothing to do it, but I thought it a little funny that an Italian restaurant was located across the street from a location so infamous in Chicago Italian Mafia history.. The dining room is kind of small, seating about 40 people, but it has a homey feel to it. The ceiling is high and arched, the walls are light colored with Audobon Prints spread throughout the room and a small bar is located in the center of the room which is used for service. All of the tables are dark brown wood with most being large round tables set for 4 and the rest being two tops, one of which I was seated at. The menu looked very good, showing both classic and adventurous elements sometimes in the same dish. I made my order and was brought a slice of Bruschetta to start things off. It was a classic bruschetta with diced tomatoes and olive oil on a crunchy slice of bread. It was simple, classic, and very good with a lot of flavor.