Chicago >Food & Dining > Quartino
626 N State St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.893418 -87.628346
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 AM Saturday From 11:30 AM To 03:00 AM Sunday From 11:30 AM To 01:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Pizza, small plates, and affordable glasses and bottles of wine—it's a great place to let loose and explore the menu.
Chef John Coletta makes goat's milk ricotta every morning, and I can't think of a better place to show it off then on his basil and sundried tomato wood-oven pizza.
Great atmosphere, great service and great value – We walked into this restaurant for lunch, as Pizzeria Uno and Due had a line out the door. It is about a block west of "Due." What a great find! The food (pizza) is authentic NY Italian and delicious. The wine is reasonably priced, comes in carafes. The waiters all seem to be from the same Italian family, and act like they own the business and really care that you have a good experience.
Absolutely outstanding! I'll never be hungry for Italian food again! – Outstanding! A "10"! Quartino is like Olive Garden in the city. We loved it. Right from the start, the waiter asked us "have you been here before?" Like music to our ears. We got very excited and I bet you know why! A HOOK. The restaurant has a hook. I'll skip it however, and get to the delicious food.
Don't let the "Italian" food description intimidate you! I had the Carbonara and it was nothing like that bland stuff the Italians have to eat. This platewas thick, rich AND zesty! This one really sticks to your ribs. I could've been fooled into thinking that this was a finer Alfredo sauce, you know, like the ones you get to enjoy in the suburbs! Home sweet home! Cheesy, gooey, bacony, Alfredoey.....mmmmmmmmmm!!!!
My companions ordered pizzas. One ordered the Funghi pizza (not to be confused with the "ai funghi" you see in snobby Italian places). The other ordered the sausage pie. Just wonderful!! We loved it! I'm pretty sure that I tasted some Paprika! Maybe not, BUT WHO CARES BECAUSE.....RAEDY FOR THIS?????
Both pizzas had lots and lots of cheddar cheese!!! I love cheddar cheese! JUST LOVE IT! Those Italians are fools to shun cheddar! They should put it on all their dishes. Maybe Quartino does! I can't wait to go back and see!
good, but also depends on your mood – I've been going to Quartino here & there for the past 1 1/2 years or so for lunch, dinner, as a couple, as a group, as a small party, with & without kids. We've found the food to be good & the service never rude. During high dinner rushes, service anywhere is generally slower in places where people flock at the same time. The prices to me are good for the wallet & the small plates allow you to sample a variety. Their cheese fondue is fun & of course...who can pass up chocolate fondue. Mmmm. I like that the wine can be ordered as a full liter, a 1/2 liter or a 1/4 liter (served in a carafe). It's different. It is VERY loud so it's great for groups. If your looking for a romantic or just a quaint night, pick another place. Quartino is lively & there's lots of traffic. Seating can be very tight. Valet is $5 - good stuff! I say if you've never been, try it out for lunch first. If you like it, do dinner (make reservations) with at least 4 or more people. They will not seat you without the entire party present. Again, it is a very loud venue so bring your concert voice.
Quartino is very noisy,the food is over pepered. Prices are fine. We went with some out of town cusens who were there before. thay did not like it there also. I would not recommend this resterant to ANYONE.
Value to quality ratio off the charts! – I walked in as a solo diner which turned out to be a shame as the nice waitress pointed out my best options. It would've been more fun to be able to try a lot of different things which being with a group would have allowed. But , get this! I had a half panini sandwich with a cup of FRESH tomato/basil soup = a side of olives - and a glass and a half of pinot grigio - and the bill came to $12 dollars! I'm organizing a group to go next time. The atmosphere is ao authentic italien - there's even italien movies playing on screens in every corner.
Great Cavatelli – I live right by Quartino and recently tried it. The place is known for it's small plates and a "quartinos" of wine. The sevrice is very attentive and it's great for a small bite before a night on the town. I felt like I was eating in my grandmother's kitchen. It was a very comfy environment, but does tend to get busy.
Tell your friends! – This is one of my new favorite Italian restaurants in town. The sharing portions make each meal a fun and new experience no matter with who you are dining. The mozzarella is about as fresh as it can get, and the Toscana Pecorino it incredibly tasty. Great wine choices too, and a good value for what you get. Anyone you bring to this restaurant can find something they will love!
Great Group Dining – I was just at Quartino with a group of friends and thouroughly enjoyed the experience! Our server was genial and attentive, and reccomended a great wine for the table. The risottos were delicious, although those and the fish took a little longer to come to the table. We ordered about half the menu and everything was great! A fun tapas-style experience. I will be back for sure.
Fantastic italian...served family style! – Quartino is unlike any other restaurant I have ever been to...Italian or otherwise. Some have described it as Italian tapas. You pretty much order up a bunch of plates, and then everyone at the table takes some from each plate. It is an excellent way to sample a bunch of different foods. I am a huge fan of the Gnocchi (potato dumplings in a pesto sauce). Also, the suasage pizza is awesome. And for dessert I like the Sgroppino; it's like a milkashake with a kick *wink*.
Rediculous Prices!!! – I have no idea how they're pulling this off for these prices! This restaurant would be a great value if you walked up to a counter and ordered your food, but instead we had great service and a lot of fun!
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