Buona Terra

★★★★☆
  • 2535 N California Ave

    Chicago, IL 60647

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  • 773-289-3800

About Buona Terra

Hours
Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm, 5pm-10pm, Sun: 4pm-9pm, 5pm-10pm, Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm

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I have never before been moved to write a review. This was my worst restaurant experience ever. They are snotty, impolite, crude people. Food was served with a thick black human hair in it. When mentioned to the management, she

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I have never before been moved to write a review. This was my worst restaurant experience ever. They are snotty, impolite, crude people. Food was served with a thick black human hair in it. When mentioned to the management, she

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Buona Terra has some of the best Italian food in Chicago. They have a wonderful menu filled with things you don't find at most Italian restaurants where I come from. It is a great experience

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★★★★☆

Buona Terra has some of the best Italian food in Chicago. They have a wonderful menu filled with things you don't find at most Italian restaurants where I come from. It is a great experience

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Buona Terra is a really good Italian restaurant in the Logan Square area. They have reasonably priced entrees that are reliably delicious. In the nice weather you can eat outside, which is a nice treat.

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Buona Terra is a really good Italian restaurant in the Logan Square area. They have reasonably priced entrees that are reliably delicious. In the nice weather you can eat outside, which is a nice treat.

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Great Italian Restaurant - great atmosphere. This is a fun place (just like mom makes it in Italy). The food is delicious and the service is very well mannered.

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★★★★☆

Great Italian Restaurant - great atmosphere. This is a fun place (just like mom makes it in Italy). The food is delicious and the service is very well mannered.

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Food good, waitstaff nice, upper management snotty and act like you are doing them a favor by eating at their restaurant. Can go elsewhere for a friendlier environment.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food good, waitstaff nice, upper management snotty and act like you are doing them a favor by eating at their restaurant. Can go elsewhere for a friendlier environment.

Pros: plenty of street parking before the rush

Cons: snotty

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The wife of the owner is rude and demanding. Should have known when making the reservation that this would be a bad experience. We went for a birthday dinner. She wanted the party of 8 -10 people to have decided what their menu choices were prior to coming to the restaurant. Who has ever heard of such a thing? When one goes to a dining facility and receives their menu and hears the specials is when one decides on their order.
When she was asked about using credit cards to pay the bill she made a scene in front of the birthday girl/ host. She was complaining that it would take too long to run two different amounts on 2 cards. Huh? How much longer could it possibly take ? 20 seconds at most?
Our waiter was as nice and accomodating as he could be with such a demanding owner. The food was average to good but not worth the hassle of putting up with such rudeness. It's a shame. She left a bad impression on everyone in our party and most of us are local and could potentially be regulars. I guess getting guests in and out and turning tables is more important than customer service. Will not be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

The wife of the owner is rude and demanding. Should have known when making the reservation that this would be a bad experience. We went for a birthday dinner. She wanted the party of 8 -10 people to have decided what their menu choices were prior to coming to the restaurant. Who has ever heard of such a thing? When one goes to a dining facility and receives their menu and hears the specials is when one decides on their order.
When she was asked about using credit cards to pay the bill she made a scene in front of the birthday girl/ host. She was complaining that it would take too long to run two different amounts on 2 cards. Huh? How much longer could it possibly take ? 20 seconds at most?
Our waiter was as nice and accomodating as he could be with such a demanding owner. The food was average to good but not worth the hassle of putting up with such rudeness. It's a shame. She left a bad impression on everyone in our party and most of us are local and could potentially be regulars. I guess getting guests in and out and turning tables is more important than customer service. Will not be returning.

Pros: Gracious waiter

Cons: Poor service from owner

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This was once an inviting neighborhood place with decent food and good service. After dining at Buona Terra for over five years, I find that the new staff is wholly indifferent to the needs or desires of diners. The wait staff carried forward from the glory days remains as great as ever, but they cannot make up for the disdain dished out by the newcomers. After several meals in a row tainted by snottiness, I see no reason to hope that Buona Terra will return to its former, friendly self. Ciao.

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★★☆☆☆

This was once an inviting neighborhood place with decent food and good service. After dining at Buona Terra for over five years, I find that the new staff is wholly indifferent to the needs or desires of diners. The wait staff carried forward from the glory days remains as great as ever, but they cannot make up for the disdain dished out by the newcomers. After several meals in a row tainted by snottiness, I see no reason to hope that Buona Terra will return to its former, friendly self. Ciao.

Pros: Price Fixe Night; Pasta

Cons: Stale Menu and Sour Service

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Buona Terra wins the prize for my favorite prix fixe in town...every Thursday (well, not on Valentine's Day this year, but every other Thursday) they have a three course dinner for $20, and it is durn delicious. I usually have the mussel "soup"--it's actually mussels in a tomato soup/sauce with crostini for dipping--whatever entree is most expensive, unless it's veal, in which case I eat the chicken affumicato, and whatever dessert is appealing, they've all been good. For $20! It's actually far, far too much food, but it's fun because there's no reason NOT to get three courses if you're already getting two. Buona Terra rings my curmudgeonly bell for another reason: delicious bread brought to your table at the beginning of the meal. I don't know about you, but nothing puts me in a good mood like getting something for free right at the beginning, and this stuff is legit. I don't think the cuisine here is especially adventurous or ground breaking, but it's all very, very good and served in a "nice" but not pretentious ambiance.

Make a reservation if you're going on Thursday, it gets very busy, especially in the summer when they also have outside sitting. The restaurant is kind of cramped, so it's not great for a huge group of people (unless you clear it beforehand?) but just fine for up to 6 or so.

If you're going on any other night or don't want the prix fixe because you hate fun, then you should know that appetizers range from $6-$12, entrees are $8-$20, with specials in the $14-$28 range, and desserts are $6. I think it's well worth the price and will be a fun place for a group dinner or a date. Nice!

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★★★★☆

Buona Terra wins the prize for my favorite prix fixe in town...every Thursday (well, not on Valentine's Day this year, but every other Thursday) they have a three course dinner for $20, and it is durn delicious. I usually have the mussel "soup"--it's actually mussels in a tomato soup/sauce with crostini for dipping--whatever entree is most expensive, unless it's veal, in which case I eat the chicken affumicato, and whatever dessert is appealing, they've all been good. For $20! It's actually far, far too much food, but it's fun because there's no reason NOT to get three courses if you're already getting two. Buona Terra rings my curmudgeonly bell for another reason: delicious bread brought to your table at the beginning of the meal. I don't know about you, but nothing puts me in a good mood like getting something for free right at the beginning, and this stuff is legit. I don't think the cuisine here is especially adventurous or ground breaking, but it's all very, very good and served in a "nice" but not pretentious ambiance.

Make a reservation if you're going on Thursday, it gets very busy, especially in the summer when they also have outside sitting. The restaurant is kind of cramped, so it's not great for a huge group of people (unless you clear it beforehand?) but just fine for up to 6 or so.

If you're going on any other night or don't want the prix fixe because you hate fun, then you should know that appetizers range from $6-$12, entrees are $8-$20, with specials in the $14-$28 range, and desserts are $6. I think it's well worth the price and will be a fun place for a group dinner or a date. Nice!

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A nice casual restaurant in Logan Square, fresh calamari. The Linguini with Clams in White Sauce is delicous. I've had these dishes a couple of times and it's to die for. Also, don't forget to try the garlic & olive sauce/dipping provided with bread while waiting for dinner. You can also ask for some when you order out too. I can't wait to go back, in the summer you can sit outside.

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★★★★★

A nice casual restaurant in Logan Square, fresh calamari. The Linguini with Clams in White Sauce is delicous. I've had these dishes a couple of times and it's to die for. Also, don't forget to try the garlic & olive sauce/dipping provided with bread while waiting for dinner. You can also ask for some when you order out too. I can't wait to go back, in the summer you can sit outside.

Pros: Ambience, Pricing

Cons: Limited Parking

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As a newbie to Logan Square, this was one of the first restaurants I found, and I'm glad I did! Great all-around...food (everyone in a group of 6 was happy with their meal), service, price, ambience. I'm can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

As a newbie to Logan Square, this was one of the first restaurants I found, and I'm glad I did! Great all-around...food (everyone in a group of 6 was happy with their meal), service, price, ambience. I'm can't wait to go back.

Pros: Great food, Excellent value

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The husband and wife team make you feel like family. The service is excellent. Our favorite waiter is Juan. He knows what you want and brings it promptly. We have also had some of the other wait staff and they all are very knowledgable about all the items on the menu. The quality of the food is excellent. There is always a fish entree on the specials of the night menu. We are southsiders and try to get there at least once a week.

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★★★★★

The husband and wife team make you feel like family. The service is excellent. Our favorite waiter is Juan. He knows what you want and brings it promptly. We have also had some of the other wait staff and they all are very knowledgable about all the items on the menu. The quality of the food is excellent. There is always a fish entree on the specials of the night menu. We are southsiders and try to get there at least once a week.

Pros: Great Prices, Family Friendly, Delicious Food

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I love going to Buona Terra with my girlfriend, especially on Thursdays for their $20.00 prefix. I can't believe what a value it is. I'm glad they're just a few blocks away from us.

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★★★★★

I love going to Buona Terra with my girlfriend, especially on Thursdays for their $20.00 prefix. I can't believe what a value it is. I'm glad they're just a few blocks away from us.

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More than just your regular Italian menu, good wine list and good service.

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★★★★☆

More than just your regular Italian menu, good wine list and good service.

Pros: location, chef/owner

Cons: open only for dinner

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This place is amazing. I've been eating here for over a year now and haven't been disappointed. The food is always delicious and reasonably priced. I've ordered fish from their menu of daily specials twice and each time it was fresh and mouth-watering. The prices are reasonable and the waitstaff is friendly and attentive. This is by far the most consistantly wonderful place to eat in Chicago and arguably one of the best Italian restaurants in the city.

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★★★★★

This place is amazing. I've been eating here for over a year now and haven't been disappointed. The food is always delicious and reasonably priced. I've ordered fish from their menu of daily specials twice and each time it was fresh and mouth-watering. The prices are reasonable and the waitstaff is friendly and attentive. This is by far the most consistantly wonderful place to eat in Chicago and arguably one of the best Italian restaurants in the city.

Pros: great food, great prices, great service

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Wonderful is all I can say about Buona Terra! My partner and I tried this restaurant for the first time and found it to be just perfect from start to finish. Our waiter was fantastic. While he was very attentive, he also gave us plenty of time and space to just enjoy our meal and conversation. When I asked if he could recommend a wine, he recommended one that was just wonderful and only $18. I was impressed that he didn't just recommend a high-priced wine - the one he chose for us was perfect. The food was wonderful - the salad with champagne viniagrette, the butternut squash ravioli, potato & spinach gnocchi. Also, this was the best cannoli I've had in ages! We also really enjoyed the atmosphere. Simple, but very welcoming. I can't wait to go back and bring friends.

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★★★★★

Wonderful is all I can say about Buona Terra! My partner and I tried this restaurant for the first time and found it to be just perfect from start to finish. Our waiter was fantastic. While he was very attentive, he also gave us plenty of time and space to just enjoy our meal and conversation. When I asked if he could recommend a wine, he recommended one that was just wonderful and only $18. I was impressed that he didn't just recommend a high-priced wine - the one he chose for us was perfect. The food was wonderful - the salad with champagne viniagrette, the butternut squash ravioli, potato & spinach gnocchi. Also, this was the best cannoli I've had in ages! We also really enjoyed the atmosphere. Simple, but very welcoming. I can't wait to go back and bring friends.

Pros: great service, welcoming atmosphere, reasonable prices

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Riding the crest of the Logan Square wave is this cozy Italian offering upscale menus at remarkably comfortable prices. Service is prompt, professional and friendly -- an appealing blend of sophistication and family feeling. An irresistable salmon carpaccio provided a hearty portion of melt-in-your mouth smoked salmon of highest quality accented by smoky grilled asparagus, rich white truffle sauce and piquant pink peppercorns. Squash ravioli balanced sweet and salt and swam in luscious browned butter. Cheese-covered chicken breast was a simple delight in a tangy tomato sauce. Our dessert was a semi fredo (apologetically presented by our server as "a bit too cold") that was indeed over-frozen but rich and indulgent, accented with a tongue-pleasing zap of burnt carmel and pistachio and raspberry sauce. Ignore assessments of the wine list in earlier reviews -- thoughtfully selected and VERY reasonable (many very fine bottles priced below $20).

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★★★★☆

Riding the crest of the Logan Square wave is this cozy Italian offering upscale menus at remarkably comfortable prices. Service is prompt, professional and friendly -- an appealing blend of sophistication and family feeling. An irresistable salmon carpaccio provided a hearty portion of melt-in-your mouth smoked salmon of highest quality accented by smoky grilled asparagus, rich white truffle sauce and piquant pink peppercorns. Squash ravioli balanced sweet and salt and swam in luscious browned butter. Cheese-covered chicken breast was a simple delight in a tangy tomato sauce. Our dessert was a semi fredo (apologetically presented by our server as "a bit too cold") that was indeed over-frozen but rich and indulgent, accented with a tongue-pleasing zap of burnt carmel and pistachio and raspberry sauce. Ignore assessments of the wine list in earlier reviews -- thoughtfully selected and VERY reasonable (many very fine bottles priced below $20).

Pros: Service, Reasonable prices

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Overall, I'd say there was good value for the dollar to be had and overall quality and service was solid.

The shrimp ravioli in spicy tomato sauce was very good. The shrimp flavor in the filling really came through and gave way to a pleasant burn from the spicy sauce on the finish. Just enough cream to mellow everything out and provide a great mouthfeel.

Finished up with a good canoli and espresso. The espresso was better than in most places I've eaten in Chicago - still can't touch a cafe in Italy, but that would be expecting too much.

The one disappointment here was the wine list. Limited choices, which could be expected in a mid-scale place like this - but they could have done better within the same scope and price points. Bottles were mostly in the $20-$30 range.

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★★★★☆

Overall, I'd say there was good value for the dollar to be had and overall quality and service was solid.

The shrimp ravioli in spicy tomato sauce was very good. The shrimp flavor in the filling really came through and gave way to a pleasant burn from the spicy sauce on the finish. Just enough cream to mellow everything out and provide a great mouthfeel.

Finished up with a good canoli and espresso. The espresso was better than in most places I've eaten in Chicago - still can't touch a cafe in Italy, but that would be expecting too much.

The one disappointment here was the wine list. Limited choices, which could be expected in a mid-scale place like this - but they could have done better within the same scope and price points. Bottles were mostly in the $20-$30 range.

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Recently I visited the newly opened Buona Terra in Logan Square...I was happy to find out they had finally received their liquor license.
ECSTACY!!! That is all I need to say. The carpaccio...amazing... The main course...the special of the day...halibut over top of a pesto risotto...every bite made me appreciate this thing we call FOOD. I did not realize it could get any better...dessert ... homemade Tiramisu. It was mouthwatering...not too sweet...generous in portion..This privately owned italian restaurant...I predict...will is/will be the next hottest spot.

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★★★★★

Recently I visited the newly opened Buona Terra in Logan Square...I was happy to find out they had finally received their liquor license.
ECSTACY!!! That is all I need to say. The carpaccio...amazing... The main course...the special of the day...halibut over top of a pesto risotto...every bite made me appreciate this thing we call FOOD. I did not realize it could get any better...dessert ... homemade Tiramisu. It was mouthwatering...not too sweet...generous in portion..This privately owned italian restaurant...I predict...will is/will be the next hottest spot.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows, funky artwork on exposed-brick walls and Italian fare attracts families and couples seeking an alternative to the area taquerias. Dishes include rigatoni tossed in sun-dried tomato cream with…

 

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