Chicago >Food & Dining > Il Covo
2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064741.921077 -87.677851
Neighborhoods: North Side, Bucktown
Great Spot! Discounted Gift Cards! – I tried Il Covo a few weeks ago, and it was great. I actually bought gift cards worth $50 for only $25 from LOVE fm. It was a great way to try a new restaurant. The atmosphere at Il Covo is very cozy, service is great and food is delicious. Definitely give it a try!
Great service – My husband and I tried Il Covo for our anniversary a few months ago and decided to go again for Valentines day. The service has always been great. The first time we went we felt the food was EXCEPTIONAL! Positively delicious. We went again last night, but the food wasn't as good as the first. My complaint was that I got the same spinach dish that I had gotten last time but this time it didn't have any flavor. It was supposed to have garlic on it but I couldnt taste any. I had to keep adding salt. Besides that, the salad was good, calamari was fried and battered just right. We will definitely go back, I'll just have to try something else next time.
BI-level Bucktown restaurant and lounge does Italian--from North to South. – In Short
The homey interior results from exposed brick, local artwork and stylish red and black hints. Dewy, frosted glass pendant lamps cast a glow in the dining room-perfect for casual yet still white-tablecloth neighborhood dining. The all-Italian menu covers fresh and dry pastas, the former with ragus of duck and lamb, the latter with seafood and just-sauteed vegetables. Entrees cover the meat spectrum, from braised osso buco to lightly charred, delicate little lamb chops.
warm, friendly vibe with authentic food and sinful dessert – Had to check this out when we heard it was a whole new deal because I loved the restaurant itself but didn't care for the food under the previous chef. I was first of all dazzled by the extensive menu that was fat with seafood offerings, plenty of pastas a ton of salads and starters too. The carnivore with us had a lot to choose from too-lamb, veal scallipini (no osso bucco, the chef told us not until fall....) and filet + a ribeye and the veggie girl was for once happy to have some choices for once (almost all of the non seafood starters,salads and four or five pastas to choose from so we were in heaven. The plates came out fast (especially for grilled to order seafood) with tender grilled calamari tubes (not rings, how refreshing) octopus, scallops and shrimp and a fragrant caprese salad that was so simple and fresh I could have eaten the whole thing myself. Our service was really good without being overbearing. No snootiness or attitude, really kind of fun and joking with us. Our whole table was shocked to see plates that came with potatoes (roasted with rosemary-to die for) and veggies instead of the ala carte gouging I see out and about. Wine list was a little whacky but the server advised they were selling off the inventory and going strictly italian...nice buys though the Ferragamo family Pian di Nova was at a really fair price. We devoured our desserts-the creamiest pannacotta ever and a molten chocolate explosion with gelato. The fun server brought us a lemoncello on the house which was especially nice since we had a wonderful time and had no problems with our meal, service or evening. It was just a nice gesture and very much appreciated.
Beautiful food, service is great and wine list rocks! – We went back here after hearing it was under new management to use a gift certificate and we were very impressed by the expansive new menu-something like 15 pastas alone-as well as the nice wine list that had a little bit of everything, mostly Italian, at a wide range of prices. We were blown away by the simplicity of the dishes, the balance of the flavors and the nice vibe we felt while eating. Service was polished and professional, not pushy, more like "sit back and relax and enjoy". Our grilled seafood appetizer was beautifully plated with just a touch of balsamic reduction. We split a pasta (Bolognese) and it was really, truly a Bolognese, rich and hearts and just enough to coat the noodles. My grilled lamb was cooked perfect for my taste (med rare) and my partner said his salmon in white wine was "divine". Desserts are in a world of their own here. Obviously housemade but the pannacotta is really from heaven. And the molten chocolate cake oooozes with gooey fudge with a perfect smooth gelato on the side. Our server told us it was made by a friend of the new owners. I can't say enough good things about this little place.
Great italian, nice place, good service – I was really surprised at the changes here, in a good way. Portions are generous (fair for the pricing) and the food is simply outstanding. We have been three times and each meal is better than the last. Lots of choices and a little something for everyone. Our table enjoyed several starters: bruschetta, grilled seafood platter, grilled veggies with smokey grilled scamorza cheese and mussels and all of it was great. Our entrees were all amazing-tilapia, risotto, grilled lamb and a steak-all cooked right. It is also really nice to be in a restaurant where they include sides on the plate and not ala carte. Our server helped select some nice wine that went with everything and it was a really fair price too.....these new people really seem to have it together from a customer service standpoint. The bread was fresh and chewy, the dessert was sinful. Try the sevada, its unusual but interesting and decadent. Panna cotta was rich and creamy and gelato was to die for. I am so glad to see an Italian restaurant that is like the ones I visited in Rome and Milan.
Worth the drive! Friendly Service! Gorgeous Room! Nice Servers! – I can't say enough good things about this place. We went on Friday night and were seated immediately. The service was top notch, friendly, savvy and fun. We were overwhelmed at the selections as we had been here once before and found the menu to small and kind of weird for Italian. Beautiful Caprese Salad and arugula salad. Risotta Pescatore was rich and cooked perfectly and loaded with fresh seafood, a piece in every bite. Linguine in Pesto was so lovely, the smell of the basil practically seduced me. We split a Tilapia and found it to be really well prepared, seasoned gently and so tender we cut it with a fork. For dessert we told the waiter to surprise us and what a surprise it was. He brought a platter of things from the dessert menu-tiramisu, gelato and a torte along with some fresh fruit. Its not on the menu but if it was it would have been called heaven in Italian. Everyone was super friendly to us from the minute we stepped out of the car till we walked out the door. The room was bustling but not earsplittingly loud and we found that the courses came up pretty quickly, even though we took forever to order because we couldn't decide. I hope they keep it up because this is a beautiful place with great food at decent prices.
BEST ITALIAN...PERIOD! – I've been to Italy and back and il covo is the best you can get in Chicago! The new chef and menu is a great change for the restaurant. I highly recommend il covo any night of the week. The food is a delight and has made me a repeat customer!
Refreshing Service, Delish Italian Dining! – After reading the reviews we were leary but our friend chose this for a birthday dinner last night and the only thing I can say is WOW! Contrary to what we read this was a really friendly and authentic Italian restaurant. As it turns out, new people have taken over but I would say RUN! DON'T WALK! Before the word gets out. It reminded of of my recent trip to italy with mussels simmered in a light broth with crusty bread to soak up the sauce followed by a insalata tre colore. Linguine in Pesto was so fresh and flavorful we ordered a second to share with the table. Our entrees were generous in portion and cooked perfectly. I had a filet with roasted potatoes and vegetables (all included-not ala carte like some places!) and my friend had the fettucine in meat sauce that was really rich and hearty, Tilapia and salmon were perfectly seasoned and tender with great flavor. We couldn't have been happier with our very funny and charismatic server. The desserts were obviously homemade and whatever you do, try the tiramisu (it is the real deal, just like Florence!) and the pannacotta with the homemade caramel drizzled on it. We also tried a few flavors of the gelato which our server said is handmade by an Italian friend of the new owner. The pistaccio is to die for.
Overall I found the place vibrant and friendly and the food outstanding but even the server said it was not always this way and that the place was recently taken over by some charming Italians and a scene queen...whatever that means! We had a nice bottle of Vermentino which I've never tried before and it was a nice crisp white wine, perfect for the kind of alfresco (the whole front window opens) seating we had. Like I said, I never was before but I was knocked out by the friendliness, the food and the overall vibe of the place. I wish them luck in overcoming the negative image of the last regime but trust me, its is a great little place.
Great Service, Great Menu, Great Experience – This the real deal. A real italian restaurant. I don't know what it was before but whoever took over is doing something right. Food was flavorful and expertly prepared, homemade gnocchetti sardo, carpaccio di manzo, grilled calamari. Entree choices were a little overwhelming, seven fish?? But we went with the Pollo Sarda which was juicy, tender and flavorful and the grilled lamb tenderloin. Again, grilled to perfection and seasoned with a careful hand. Our server was wonderful, cheerful and fun and the wine list had lots of offerings in Light, medium and Big in both red and white. The chef came out and spoke italian with us-apparently they just took over two weeks ago but they are from Italy and came from one of my other favorite places Pizza D.O.C (surprisingly, there is no pizza here). They seem to really have it together and the room is really swank. It seems like a neighborhood place as all the tables seemed to know each other which kind of added to the charm. We had the zabione for dessert that was like nirvana. Great coffee too, what you would expect from Italians! We will be back, often to work our way through the giant menu and back.
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