Follia Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 953 W Fulton Market

    Chicago, IL 60607

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  • 312-243-2888

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Like it a lot and good people watching. The food is always good but can be expensive. The owner is very colorful and watches the dining room. It is definitely the best restaurant in the neighborhood. I think they have a new place that I want to try.

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★★★☆☆

Like it a lot and good people watching. The food is always good but can be expensive. The owner is very colorful and watches the dining room. It is definitely the best restaurant in the neighborhood. I think they have a new place that I want to try.

Pros: fashionable

Cons: kind of expensive

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Very fashionable! Good menu and very authentic.

1
★★★☆☆

Very fashionable! Good menu and very authentic.

Cons: Too far from the Gold Coast

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As Italian I can say Follia is definetly the best Italian restaurant in town, top 3 in the whole US. Pizza is even better than in Italy and the atmosphear is very friendly. The owner is extremely careful to details. the ingredients used are top quality. Wines are also great, there is all u need to have a delicious dinner!

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★★★★★

As Italian I can say Follia is definetly the best Italian restaurant in town, top 3 in the whole US. Pizza is even better than in Italy and the atmosphear is very friendly. The owner is extremely careful to details. the ingredients used are top quality. Wines are also great, there is all u need to have a delicious dinner!

Pros: food, wine, ambience

Cons: neiborhood

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Lame to say the least. You'll end up paying 50 bucks for a burnt pizza and a glass of wine consumed in a tiled narrow room that seems more like the bottom of a gloomy swimming pool. The worst thing about it is how pretentious the place and the management seem: don't waste your money: there are plenty of better -and way cheaper- places for pizza and good Italian food in town.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Lame to say the least. You'll end up paying 50 bucks for a burnt pizza and a glass of wine consumed in a tiled narrow room that seems more like the bottom of a gloomy swimming pool. The worst thing about it is how pretentious the place and the management seem: don't waste your money: there are plenty of better -and way cheaper- places for pizza and good Italian food in town.

Cons: poor value for money

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If you're expecting an Italian restaurant, don't go to Follia. They trick you on many levels. First, the atmosphere will leave you stratching your head. I understand trendy, I don't understand hands coming out of a brick wall and manequins everywhere when I want to eat. I also don't understand green tile on a bar in Chicago...I thought I was in Miami. The one good thing I can say about my experience there was our bottle of wine was delicious as was the veal saltambocua. We too got tricked by the Market Price veal chop. Not only was it not a good cut of veal, it was breaded and fried to look like nothing more than a veal cutlet with some lettuce and tomatoes thrown on top...and they have the nerve to charge $50!!!! The veal saltambocua was much more tasty and half the cost. All in all a puzzling experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you're expecting an Italian restaurant, don't go to Follia. They trick you on many levels. First, the atmosphere will leave you stratching your head. I understand trendy, I don't understand hands coming out of a brick wall and manequins everywhere when I want to eat. I also don't understand green tile on a bar in Chicago...I thought I was in Miami. The one good thing I can say about my experience there was our bottle of wine was delicious as was the veal saltambocua. We too got tricked by the Market Price veal chop. Not only was it not a good cut of veal, it was breaded and fried to look like nothing more than a veal cutlet with some lettuce and tomatoes thrown on top...and they have the nerve to charge $50!!!! The veal saltambocua was much more tasty and half the cost. All in all a puzzling experience.

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Be very very careful, and what ever you do, don't order the "special", you'll pay a hefty price. I was absolutely floored when the "market price" for a veal chop was calculated at $50!! The manager/owner had the nerve to suggest that the price of veal swings about $10 a lb. per week. What a joke!! He also said that it takes 13 minutes to pound the chop to perfection. The food was ordinary at best. Stay away, this place is a true rip-off!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Be very very careful, and what ever you do, don't order the "special", you'll pay a hefty price. I was absolutely floored when the "market price" for a veal chop was calculated at $50!! The manager/owner had the nerve to suggest that the price of veal swings about $10 a lb. per week. What a joke!! He also said that it takes 13 minutes to pound the chop to perfection. The food was ordinary at best. Stay away, this place is a true rip-off!

Pros: Decent food, dated ambience, good service.

Cons: Total rip-off. There's so many better restaurants in Chicago!

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Couldn't understand the server to start with. Caprese salad is suppose to one of the best and was tasteless and expensive ($16) for 2 slices of motzarella and 6 slices of paper thin tomato, minute basil leaf (1) couple drizzles of olive oil. Special of fusseli with salmon had an off taste and very little salmon, expensive $35, raviolli with pheasant in chestnut sauce was terrible...grizzly and sauce was like brown paste, very gritty. Only good entree was the seabass over sparce sliced potatoes. Small servings, high price. Desserts tiny.....gelato with expresso sauce is an egg size scoop of gellato with expresso poured over it, sort of like soupy luke warm coffee. Very limited menu. High price for what you get. Much better ones around. Difficult to find too....black sign on dark street! Sever saw raviolli was barely touched and never inquired if there was a problem.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Couldn't understand the server to start with. Caprese salad is suppose to one of the best and was tasteless and expensive ($16) for 2 slices of motzarella and 6 slices of paper thin tomato, minute basil leaf (1) couple drizzles of olive oil. Special of fusseli with salmon had an off taste and very little salmon, expensive $35, raviolli with pheasant in chestnut sauce was terrible...grizzly and sauce was like brown paste, very gritty. Only good entree was the seabass over sparce sliced potatoes. Small servings, high price. Desserts tiny.....gelato with expresso sauce is an egg size scoop of gellato with expresso poured over it, sort of like soupy luke warm coffee. Very limited menu. High price for what you get. Much better ones around. Difficult to find too....black sign on dark street! Sever saw raviolli was barely touched and never inquired if there was a problem.

Pros: Pretty space

Cons: Expensive, food marginal

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Yes it is a little on the expensive side, but every aspect of the food has been excellent every time I have been here and I feel it is worth it. Staff gave good descriptions and recommendations on the menu. When I was with my young son, staff were very accommodating and cheerfully brought him whatever he needed, and paid him alot of attention. Food highlights--antipasto, risotto, wood-oven thin pizza, all desserts. The ingredients very fresh and the artichokes properly prepared (a rarity in chicago). Nice atmosphere. Reservations strongly recommended.

2
★★★★★

Yes it is a little on the expensive side, but every aspect of the food has been excellent every time I have been here and I feel it is worth it. Staff gave good descriptions and recommendations on the menu. When I was with my young son, staff were very accommodating and cheerfully brought him whatever he needed, and paid him alot of attention. Food highlights--antipasto, risotto, wood-oven thin pizza, all desserts. The ingredients very fresh and the artichokes properly prepared (a rarity in chicago). Nice atmosphere. Reservations strongly recommended.

Pros: food quality, attentive waitstaff

Cons: haven't had any yet

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Great food, best Italian in town. Try the risotto. Menu is changed very often. Make sure to book, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Service very good. Girls at reception can be a bit snooty sometimes.

2
★★★★☆

Great food, best Italian in town. Try the risotto. Menu is changed very often. Make sure to book, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Service very good. Girls at reception can be a bit snooty sometimes.

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Went on a Thursday night. Ordered the Follia salad, two pizzas, a martini, and dessert. The food was excellent. Chic atmosphere, knowledgable, prompt, and friendly staff. I'd go back any time!

2
★★★★★

Went on a Thursday night. Ordered the Follia salad, two pizzas, a martini, and dessert. The food was excellent. Chic atmosphere, knowledgable, prompt, and friendly staff. I'd go back any time!

Pros: Ambience, Parking, Service, High Quality of Food

Cons: None

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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!

0
★☆☆☆☆

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!

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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 .

1
★★★☆☆

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 .

Pros: The pizza, The food, the staff

Cons: wait time for seating, the dining crowd, small dining space

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: food, ambiance, interesting crowd

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: BYOB, Interesting location

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Worst service ever. Food was good, but for all the hassle will not go back.

1
★★★☆☆

Worst service ever. Food was good, but for all the hassle will not go back.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: byob

Cons: valet guy was MIA

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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!

1
★★☆☆☆

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!

Pros: Nice hostess, Easy street Parking, attached Hip Bar

Cons: Bad Chairs, Over priced for Tapas, washroom in basement

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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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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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The atmosphere is chic, but rather superficial. Regardless of the time of you're reservation, you're lucky to be seated an hour later, moreover, it is still first come first serve after the hour delay. There were at least 5 other groups that were irate at the delays Saturday night. The staff was too busy being snooty to care about their customers and the food. The dessert was comp'd, but probably rejected from another table. We sent bad food back, on the way to the kitchen they dropped it off at another table. Pizza was good but not worth the hassle.

1
★★☆☆☆

The atmosphere is chic, but rather superficial. Regardless of the time of you're reservation, you're lucky to be seated an hour later, moreover, it is still first come first serve after the hour delay. There were at least 5 other groups that were irate at the delays Saturday night. The staff was too busy being snooty to care about their customers and the food. The dessert was comp'd, but probably rejected from another table. We sent bad food back, on the way to the kitchen they dropped it off at another table. Pizza was good but not worth the hassle.

Pros: Pizza, bar next door

Cons: Service, Service, Snotty Staff

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For all of you that are trashing Follia maybe you should go to Italy first and see what REAL ITALIAN FOOD SHOULD TASTE LIKE...not what you think Italian is because you eat at Olive Garden! I have been to Follia many times and have never encountered a snobby waiter or bad food...also many of you must be drunk when you write your so-called review because you do not know how to spell correctly! Give me a break!!

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★★★★★

For all of you that are trashing Follia maybe you should go to Italy first and see what REAL ITALIAN FOOD SHOULD TASTE LIKE...not what you think Italian is because you eat at Olive Garden! I have been to Follia many times and have never encountered a snobby waiter or bad food...also many of you must be drunk when you write your so-called review because you do not know how to spell correctly! Give me a break!!

Pros: great service, great food

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best food - best pizza in chicago area - good and fast service -

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★★★★★

best food - best pizza in chicago area - good and fast service -

Pros: good people, simpley the best, romantic too

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Great ambiance-all the "influential people" seen here (Da Mare himself the last time I was here). The food is so AMAZING. Very delicate flavors. And, if you've ever been to Italy you'll appreciate that, like in Italy, after eating a few courses here you don't feel bloated and disgusted. THE BEST PIZZA in the USA. I can't wait for the next "best pizza" award-because for sure this is a contender! I should know-I married a Roman!

2
★★★★★

Great ambiance-all the "influential people" seen here (Da Mare himself the last time I was here). The food is so AMAZING. Very delicate flavors. And, if you've ever been to Italy you'll appreciate that, like in Italy, after eating a few courses here you don't feel bloated and disgusted. THE BEST PIZZA in the USA. I can't wait for the next "best pizza" award-because for sure this is a contender! I should know-I married a Roman!

Pros: cool new concept, REAL Italian food, Just feels GOOD

Cons: booked up weekends, no delivery/carry out, pricey

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Food was sub-par. Pasta was overcooked and was supposed to have eggplant in it but the eggplant was not to be found. Fish was very bland. Service was awful, waiter failed to have any knowledge of the items on the menu. Atmosphere was cool, but that was about it on the positive side.

1
★★☆☆☆

Food was sub-par. Pasta was overcooked and was supposed to have eggplant in it but the eggplant was not to be found. Fish was very bland. Service was awful, waiter failed to have any knowledge of the items on the menu. Atmosphere was cool, but that was about it on the positive side.

Pros: cool ambiance

Cons: service was lousy, food was poorly prepa

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Owner is the most important plus. Food was uniques and offered new possiblilites not found elsewhere. Figs, melon and parma ham = great appetiser. Rabbit was so so and pizzas are very large for one person.

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★★★★☆

Owner is the most important plus. Food was uniques and offered new possiblilites not found elsewhere. Figs, melon and parma ham = great appetiser. Rabbit was so so and pizzas are very large for one person.

Pros: Owner Bruno, unique food, caring service

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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…

 

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