Chicago >Food & Dining > Follia Restaurant
953 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060741.886734 -87.651707
Neighborhoods: West Side, Near West Side
not a professional restaurant – This restaurant doesn't have the class in treating guests who are waiting for an hour for their reserved table. They overbook in the hope that we the customers "will understand" how populer and in demand they are, but they are mistaken.
Waiting for a booked table for an hour is bad enugh, not getting even a glass of water during that time is criminal!
Trendy spot with good food – The restaurant was very stylish . When we got there we were a bit put off by the pretension in the air and the 1/2 an hour wait for a table .
The owner walked around doing damage control and was very nice. The decor consist of hanging mannequins with trendy cloths on them . The owner is a supporter of the Fashion Design School so cloths hang as art work . I had a wonderful sea bass and my husband had the lamb chops that were fantastic. The wine selection was good but pricey . We had one of the signature 12 " pizzas as an appetizer. It was marvelous . They were out of some of the desserts but our waitress gave us complimentary drinks to compensate. Despite the snooty fashionista crowd and the small space , it was worth the visit for the food .
Excellent – The people who are giving Follia negative remarks do not know good food (ex: upset that the specials cost more - THEY ALWAYS COST MORE! It doesn't mean "Blue Light"!) Follia has THE BEST pizza I've had in the U.S. (after having lived in Italy), the other dishes are fantastic. The ambiance is unique and impressive and it's very easy to meet fun people there.
Real Italian Cuisine! – If you want great pizza (very thin crust just like in Italy and almost as good) and authentic dishes (including honest-to-goodness bufalo mozzarella from Naples), this is the place to dine. The ambience is very Milanese but the tables can be a bit close together. On a busy night, that means a lot of chatter and movement around you while you dine.
Food and fashion are the focus at this stylish Italian spot. – The Scene
Sticking out like a very fashionable sore thumb in the gritty Fulton Street warehouse district, Follia is chic and icy-cool. Cement floors and a polished blue glass wall are juxtaposed against elegant silver linens, mod dress displays and a canvas of synthetic turf hanging on an exposed brick wall. The room buzzes with loft-dwellers and corporate diners, and a hip young crowd congregates in the attached Fulton Lounge.
Just about everything on Follia's small menu scores, from mouthwateringly fresh, paper-thin prosciutto and mushroom pizza to a deceptively simple risotto Milanese, fragrant and flavorful with saffron and white wine. Also notable is the pounded-thin veal chop, lightly breaded and sauteed. Pastas--tagliolini with pesto sauce, tagliatelle in meat sauce--are handmade, delicate and delicious. For dessert, chocolate addicts may go for chocolate lava cake, but the menu's most popular is a tiramisu-like cake of ladyfingers marinated in amaretto syrup, layered and topped with mascarpone cheese.
Pleasantly surprised – After reading several scathing reviews, we decided on friend's recommendation to still give Follia a try and we were pleasantly surprised. Service was excellent, small but interesting menu, food very good, nice atmosphere, prices are a little high, but BYOB helped. Risotto was a little disappointing, but our very apologetic server provided dessert on the house to compensate. Very enjoyable evening - definitely worth a visit.
Gorgeous but dumb – Worst service ever. Food was good, but for all the hassle will not go back.
Fun & lively! Will go again. – We ate on a Saturday night with 3 couples. The byob was fun, but it is easy to overserve yourself. The crowd was interesting with trendies and older sophisticates. The waitstaff was competent and service was excellent. The owner handling nightly specials was a nice touch.
The bar next door is also a scene. Restaurant staff should handle coats instead of sending guest to basement. Overall - Great night.
Carrots and Peas from Jewel? – This place is not what I was expecting it to be. There was no creative and unique presentaion of the meals (like at BLACKBIRD) The second course I ordered "baby lamb" which consisted of 5 small pieces of lamb on the bone for $28.00. Two weeks ago I had dinner with a friend at BUTTERFIELD 8 and we ordered Butterfield's baby lamb of 5 pieces, which was listed as a first course priced around $11-$14 and tasted great. Do you see what I am getting at? Another imperfection with Follia is that every meat and Fish dish consists of the same exact carrots and peas which tasted like the pre frozen veggies from Jewel. P.S- Not only is the food Overpriced, Follia has the Cheapest chairs around!
Completely Disappointing – I was very excited to try Follia, because I live in the neighborhood and love when new places open around the area. Unfortunately, I was completely disappointed with both the food and service here. I ordered a lobster pasta special, assuming that it would be a good choice due to this place's location in the center of the Fulton market. The lobster was fishy, unedible, and unbearable for the party I ate with. Not only did it taste bad, but it smelled horribly. I made my waitress aware of this and she simlply said "Oh" ad continued serving other tables. She still included my dish on the bill after I sent it back with only haven taken two bites. My advice is to go to the Fulton Lounge attached to the restaurant and enjoy a similar atomosphere without the bad food and service.
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