As one of America's great cities, Chicago has long been known as a destination for a huge variety of gastronomical adventures. Visitors looking for a romantic Italian restaurant have several fine choices to choose from in the downtown area. Each restaurant creates its own tantalizing menu while providing an authentic taste of Italy.
Petterino's is located in Chicago's Loop area and features a romantic atmosphere modeled after a 1940s jazz club, with plush red seats and dark wood accents. The restaurant has served many celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
Petterino's is open daily for lunch and dinner, with Monday night offering a live theater performance.
Specialties include Salmon Nicoise Salad and Fettuccine Alberto. A full bar and wine list is available.
Dress is smart casual and reservations are recommended, especially on Monday nights, and may be booked online.
Petterino's 150 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60601 312-422-0150 petterinos.com
Located in Chicago's Italian Village, Vivere offers fine dining in a romantic atmosphere. Its interior is dark and elegant, offering dark velvet chairs, white tablecloths and wood-toned ceilings and walls.
The restaurant has won numerous awards, including the DiRona Fine Dining Award and the Ultimate Distinction Award by Wine Enthusiast.
Vivere is open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, and for dinner on Saturday. Specialties include Maiale Tre Modi and Risotto della Stagione.
Private dining is available. Dress is business casual, and reservations are strongly recommended and may be booked online.
Vivere 71 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60603 312-332-4040 vivere-chicago.com
Trattoria No. 10
Trattoria No. 10 has been open since 1989 and is considered high-end. In May 2010, the restaurant was "Guaranteed Green" by the Green Restaurant Association.
The dining room is split into sections with various decor, but all elegant. Archways lend a sense of being in a cloister, while the authentic paintings and murals remind you that this is one of Chicago's best Italian restaurants.
Specialty dishes include homemade ravioli and veal scallopine.
Trattoria No. 10 is open for lunch on weekdays and for dinner Monday through Saturday.
Private dining is offered. Dress is business casual. Reservations are recommended and may be booked online.
Trattoria No. 10 10 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60602 312-984-1718 trattoriaten.com
Vivo is one of Chicago's most unique dining experiences, thanks to the atmosphere. Exposed brick walls are lined with empty wine bottles; exposed beams and dark floors coupled with soft lighting provide a very intimate setting. Private tables behind a velvet rope are a favorite of Michael Jordan and Oprah, while a table in a former elevator shaft also proves popular.
Specialties include Carni del Girono and Tonno Pepato Grigliato.
Vivo is open for lunch on weekdays and for dinner daily. Dress is smart casual, and reservations are strongly recommended and may be booked online.
Vivo 838 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607 312-733-3379 vivo-chicago.com