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RPM Italian

RPM Italian

Italian Restaurant and Steakhouse$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
204 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • desserts
  • trendy
  • pasta
  • fancy
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  • Anna B.
    Anna BokunAugust 19, 2014
    One of those places where excellent dishes actually make up for lack of quality service. Recommended: Mama DePandi's Pomodoro Sauce Pasta + side of Garlic Whipped Potatoes. Ambiance: Pleasantly ritzy
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DuranteSeptember 3, 2014
    Everything was amazing! Lobster caprese, carbonara, Juliana's Italian salad, prawns, truffle garlic bread, mama's pasta, and the fig, marscapone and almond dessert! Ask for Justin as your waiter!
  • Brooke K.
    Brooke KruegerMarch 25, 2015
    Went for dinner on my birthday. Service was excellent and they brought an adorable treat out! The menu is great for sharing and the portions are perfect so you don't over stuff yourself.
  • Kisha J.
    Kisha Johnson-SmithSeptember 14, 2013
    Lobster Ravioli, Truffle Garlic Bread, Brussels Sprout Salad & Roasted Mushrooms were great!! Party atmosphere provided by Bill & Juliana Ransic. Formerly Ben Pao location...check it out!
  • So Lux Med Spa
    So Lux Med SpaJuly 31, 2013
    Its high-end Italian, its delish, its owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, it's a Lettuce Entertain You, its drink menu is curated by mixologist/genius Paul McGee. What else do you need to know! Go!!!
  • Mari L.
    Mari LoiApril 17, 2015
    Great food! Don't miss the lobster caprese the truffle garlic bread and the fillet mignon. To not miss the hazelnut ice cream!! Unbelievable! The service was very friendly and with smiling faces.
  • Makeda
    MakedaMarch 19, 2013
    Small plates. Between two girls, we had 6 items and spent $32 each with tip. Start w/ meatballs, Brussels sprouts, pizzette then get cavatelli with beef and pork ragu, the lobster risotto and tortufo
  • Sara S.
    Sara SidMay 26, 2013
    Must try spinach lobster ravioli & eggplant parmesan-Filling! Apps-garlic bread. Didnt care for provolone peppers or artichokes. Dessert-TARTUFO-Amazeballs! Big Ferrero rocher w choco icecream inside.
  • Andriana A.
    Andriana AlbamonteApril 22, 2013
    Order family style and share! Don't miss the lobster caprese, zucchini fritti, king crab pasta and eggplant parm and dessert! The rice pudding gelato is amazing. Our waiter was great too!
  • Ed H.
    Ed HorsfordDecember 21, 2014
    Somewhat over-hyped. Had the lobster caprese, octopus, and crab with squid ink spaghetti. All good, but lacking that special something. Sat at the bar and had an excellent and attentive waiter.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonNovember 9, 2012
    Great service, decor, and food. My favorite dish on the menu is the Chicken Liver Crostini, but everything I've tried is really great. Get the risotto with shaved white alba truffles!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WagnerAugust 14, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere. Great staff. And decent food. The appetizer and pasta selection are excellent. Main course is average. But it feels so alive with energy and staff is so helpful
  • Joni B.
    Joni BradleyJuly 23, 2012
    Must order the klug peaches with pistachio cake and gelato! But skip the coffee-I ordered decaf and it must have been old because it was undrinkable.
  • Makeda
    MakedaMarch 19, 2013
    The meatballs are a big draw at this trendy spot. The marinara sauce is light but flavorful. Ditch the truffle garlic bread, tastes nothing like truffles.
  • Manny O.
    Manny OrellanaJanuary 5, 2013
    Bartenders aren't really good for the type of restaurant that RPM is can do better put it is what it is and 20 bucks for a jack and coke very pricey seeing a bottle of jack Daniel is 30
  • Makeda
    MakedaMarch 19, 2013
    If they have the Pizzette with heirloom spinach, fontina cheese, 600 day prosciutto, GET it! Very small portion so get two for the table.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedAugust 18, 2014
    Portions are the perfect size. Gnocchi and steak are both superb. The beignets for desert are pillow like fluffy paradise in your mouth.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BarkerOctober 30, 2012
    The portions are smaller than expected but everything was delicious! I highly recommend ordering an entree for each person and sharing family style. Don't pass on dessert!
  • Kristina Y.
    Kristina YavorskiMay 17, 2015
    Made a reservation, waited +20 minutes to get seated. That whole time 1 hostess with glasses was friendly and the other lead hostess answered shortly w/ fake half smiles at best. Disappointing.
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiDecember 8, 2015
    Delicious food! Great service! Really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Portion sizes are small according to American standards, but still very good!
  • Matt N.
    Matt NApril 8, 2013
    Lobster caprese salad was great. Swordfish was phenomenal. Great scene. Played early 2000s house music the entire time.
  • Lettuce Entertain You
    Lettuce Entertain YouJanuary 29, 2014
    It pays to belong at RPM Italian! Earn points on every purchase toward meals, trips & wine. Ask your server about the Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club. Read more
  • C B.
    C BaileyOctober 14, 2014
    Loved the atmosphere. Faroe Island Salmon and truffle garlic bread were yummy. I need to come back here next time I'm in town. Loved it so much.
  • Makeda
    MakedaMarch 19, 2013
    They should just call the truffle garlic bread just "garlic bread" because there is no hint of truffle in what we ordered. Very salty though.
  • Makeda
    MakedaMarch 19, 2013
    The smoked ricotta cavatelli with pork and beef ragu is so hearty and well flavored you'll lick the bowl. Must get.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PickettSeptember 21, 2013
    Banana nutella gelato was to die for! Prior to that, the wine was good, nice selection. Veal was awesome as was the lobster pasta special.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WeirMay 17, 2014
    If you have a group of 9 or more you can do family style which is a great way to try a lot of different dishes. We left stuffed!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SeghiJuly 4, 2013
    Order tapas style so your party can try many of the entrees. Everything I've had from here, especially the short rib pappardelle, was excellent!
  • Pauline G.
    Pauline GrabarekJune 24, 2012
    If u get their amazeball meatballs or Lobster Ravioli, u REALLY need a side of Truffle Garlic Bread to sop up all the goodies!!! Don't u DARE waste it!
  • AJ
    AJApril 4, 2013
    Expect to wait even if you have a reso. When you do sit down, don't be discouraged by the server's bored demeanor. Instead, bury yourself in Mama di Pandi's bucatini.
  • Ohoud A.
    They have a very good food and tasty specially the mini mushroom pizza and artichoke appetizer the burrata is amazing as well
  • Eric W.
    Eric WilkersonOctober 27, 2013
    Ask for their sommelier to help with the wine selection. The Pumpkin Agnolotti will rock your world. 👍
  • Makeda
    MakedaMarch 19, 2013
    Brussels sprouts are very tasty and very well prepared. Good veggie option for all the cheesy, carb-y menu.
  • Marieke
    MariekeAugust 3, 2013
    Great food, bad service. Gave us a weird table by the bathroom, 20+ minutes between courses, waiter botched bill, cocktail order wrong twice. But food was tasty.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JeswaldDecember 4, 2014
    Had the roasted beets, the small pepperoni pizzette, and the bucatini. All excellent, great ambiance and service. Can't go wrong here.
  • kate F.
    kate FELDTDecember 24, 2012
    Mama DePandi's Bucatini Pomodoro is always a good choice! Save room for dessert - Tartufo & Bill's Chocolate Budino are both sooo good!
  • Julia G.
    Julia GDecember 31, 2012
    Come in a small group, 2-4 ppl and grab a seat at the bar. No reservation necessary; they serve the full menu at the bar.
  • Elissa G.
    Elissa GallagherMarch 9, 2014
    Food was amazing! Not huge portions, but OMG so, so good. My husband said it was one eggplant parm he ever had!
  • Albert P.
    Albert PakOctober 18, 2014
    Everything on their menu is a must to try! Grilled octopus and swordfish are amazing!
  • Kate C.
    Kate CorleyJuly 22, 2013
    HANDS DOWN THE BEST gluten free pasta I have ever had! Made it feel like the real thing! Every person in our party loved their meal!
  • larok
    larokMarch 9, 2014
    Try the provolone stuffed peppers, fried olives, and truffled garlic bread.. Canolis are delicious and short rib pasta
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterNovember 16, 2013
    Rumor has it you can go off menu and order a meatball sandwich on their amazing garlic bread. I'm trying it next time.
  • Who Are All You P.
    Who Are All You People?October 24, 2014
    Excellent small bites - recommend the provolone stuffed peppers. Additionally, the sweet potato gnocchi is excellent.
  • Dean W.
    Dean WendelJanuary 16, 2014
    This place was amazing. Sat at table in the bar. Service was excellent. Myischia was our server. Food was great.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RudolphJanuary 15, 2015
    The short rib is delicious. Garlic bread is also a must have. Love the ambiance here and the service is great too!
  • Jonathan
    JonathanDecember 22, 2012
    Amazing food. You can't really go wrong. Garlic bread was killer, pork was great. Just order food. Get the coffee!
  • Leslie M.
    Leslie MillerMarch 10, 2014
    Not worth it. For tourists and the bridge & tunnel crowd. Spent 15 minutes at bar on a Sunday night and wasn't even offered a glass of water.
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TurleyAugust 20, 2014
    Get the Octopus to start, pasta and the bombolini dessert if they have it!!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiOctober 16, 2015
    Mama De pandis pasta, burrata, lobster caprese, meatball, hazelnut tartufo
  • Carolyn B.
    Carolyn BaumgartenJune 2, 2012
    The tartufo for dessert is absolutely phenomenal. Great food, trendy atmosphere, servers are very knowledgeable!
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