Volare

★★★★☆
41.8917 -87.6225
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312-410-9900

201 E Grand Ave

Chicago, IL

60611

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Monday To Friday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 04:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 04:00 PM To 10:30 PM

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It is very small but has great service. I used to work there when I was in college. I still go there for dinner and always recommed going there for a reasonably priced Italian dinner.

5
★★★★★

It is very small but has great service. I used to work there when I was in college. I still go there for dinner and always recommed going there for a reasonably priced Italian dinner.

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Volare was good but not great. Again with so many choices in the city I don't know that I'd eat here again. But it was fine, the food was decent as was the atmosphere. The servers were very nice though.

3
★★★☆☆

Volare was good but not great. Again with so many choices in the city I don't know that I'd eat here again. But it was fine, the food was decent as was the atmosphere. The servers were very nice though.

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Volare is one of Chicago's best Italian restaurants, hands down. The food is absolutely spectacular, some of the best Itialian comfort food in the city.

PROS:
CONS: Long lines, crowded, & Loud

4
★★★★☆

Volare is one of Chicago's best Italian restaurants, hands down. The food is absolutely spectacular, some of the best Itialian comfort food in the city.

PROS:
CONS: Long lines, crowded, & Loud

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Volare is a very nice neighborhood Italian restaurant. It is small yet is always very busy, but the staff and the food is always right on. It is not dressy but still has a somewhat elegant feel to it, what with the classical murals on the walls and the dim lighting. The menu is large and authentic, offering entrees in addition to many varieties of pasta offered with just as many toppings.

4
★★★★☆

Volare is a very nice neighborhood Italian restaurant. It is small yet is always very busy, but the staff and the food is always right on. It is not dressy but still has a somewhat elegant feel to it, what with the classical murals on the walls and the dim lighting. The menu is large and authentic, offering entrees in addition to many varieties of pasta offered with just as many toppings.

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Been here many of times. Love it, love the food.

6
★★★★★

Been here many of times. Love it, love the food.

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I love homemade pumpkin ravioli. Chef Massimo does a great job with his fresh spin on traditional Italian food. The wine selection is good and the ricotta cheesecake has my vote for a must have.

6
★★★★★

I love homemade pumpkin ravioli. Chef Massimo does a great job with his fresh spin on traditional Italian food. The wine selection is good and the ricotta cheesecake has my vote for a must have.

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I live in the neighborhood and tried this place a couple years back but was very disappointed in the portion size (and I'm a petite girl who doesn't eat a lot)! But I decided to give it a second try so I made a reservation for a table of

6
★★★★★

I live in the neighborhood and tried this place a couple years back but was very disappointed in the portion size (and I'm a petite girl who doesn't eat a lot)! But I decided to give it a second try so I made a reservation for a table of

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We it comes to Italian Food - Volare Chicago is my Favorite. The Meatball Salad is to die for and the Italian Ricotta Cheesecake will make you smile and curl your toes. I have eaten at Volare many times and I have always had a wonderful dining experience. When in Chicago or by Navy Pier eat at Volare and experience real Italian Sardenia Cuisine.

5
★★★★★

We it comes to Italian Food - Volare Chicago is my Favorite. The Meatball Salad is to die for and the Italian Ricotta Cheesecake will make you smile and curl your toes. I have eaten at Volare many times and I have always had a wonderful dining experience. When in Chicago or by Navy Pier eat at Volare and experience real Italian Sardenia Cuisine.

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I have never reviewed a restaurant before, but I just wanted to counter some of the recently posted negative reviews. I'm not from Chicago, but have eaten in many great restaurants in other cities. I thought the food and service were wonderful. It is a bit noisy when all the tables are full.

4
★★★★☆

I have never reviewed a restaurant before, but I just wanted to counter some of the recently posted negative reviews. I'm not from Chicago, but have eaten in many great restaurants in other cities. I thought the food and service were wonderful. It is a bit noisy when all the tables are full.

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We made a reservation for 6:30 as last time we were seated much later than our reservation time. We ordered a bottle of Freemark Abbey Chardonnay and the bartender tried to serve it to us warm, not chilled at all. We sampled the only chilled house chardonnay and it was terrible. At 7:00 I went to check on our reservation, they crossed our name off and did not get us. We were seated then finally. They brought an ice bucket for our wine. The veal medallions (in a light lemon and white wine sauce) was great, small portion though, lasagna generous portion and great, the fish special my friend ordered was mushy and terrible. She sent it back. We had to flag down another waiter to get any help at all. She ended up sharing the lasagna. It was so hot in the restaurant, women were wipping their brows with their napkins apparently they either don't have air conditioning, or didn't mention a mechanical problem. They did take the fish off the bill. I tore up the business card and left it on the table -never to return.

2
★★☆☆☆

We made a reservation for 6:30 as last time we were seated much later than our reservation time. We ordered a bottle of Freemark Abbey Chardonnay and the bartender tried to serve it to us warm, not chilled at all. We sampled the only chilled house chardonnay and it was terrible. At 7:00 I went to check on our reservation, they crossed our name off and did not get us. We were seated then finally. They brought an ice bucket for our wine. The veal medallions (in a light lemon and white wine sauce) was great, small portion though, lasagna generous portion and great, the fish special my friend ordered was mushy and terrible. She sent it back. We had to flag down another waiter to get any help at all. She ended up sharing the lasagna. It was so hot in the restaurant, women were wipping their brows with their napkins apparently they either don't have air conditioning, or didn't mention a mechanical problem. They did take the fish off the bill. I tore up the business card and left it on the table -never to return.

Pros: lasagna portion was generous

Cons: forgotten customers, warm chardonnay wine, bad fish

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Here's the crappiest, shittiest restaurant in USA, you can quote me on that. Greedy bastardized failed waiter by the name of Benny and his silly cohort of cooks who will make you wait for 45 minutes for an overpriced steak.

This place needs to be shut down, there has to be some law against the terrible service, unscrupulous owners and pretensions managers thinking they're in Godfather movie or something.

I understand this craphole is a bait for those who think that sitting in a small prickly place where some of the waiters can't wait to jump in your lap and on average you are expected to leave in 30 minutes, is a nice Italian restaurant...but it isn't.

The crappiest place that can be on this side of Rio Grande is called Volare, do yourself a favor and avoid this place, hit the subs place if you're really hungry or something.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Here's the crappiest, shittiest restaurant in USA, you can quote me on that. Greedy bastardized failed waiter by the name of Benny and his silly cohort of cooks who will make you wait for 45 minutes for an overpriced steak.

This place needs to be shut down, there has to be some law against the terrible service, unscrupulous owners and pretensions managers thinking they're in Godfather movie or something.

I understand this craphole is a bait for those who think that sitting in a small prickly place where some of the waiters can't wait to jump in your lap and on average you are expected to leave in 30 minutes, is a nice Italian restaurant...but it isn't.

The crappiest place that can be on this side of Rio Grande is called Volare, do yourself a favor and avoid this place, hit the subs place if you're really hungry or something.

Pros: Nothing, amazingly so, the crappiest place ever.

Cons: Stupid managers, affected by Scarface movies, owner idiot

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We came downtown for our friends 30th birthday weekend bash! Our friend is an italian food connoisseur and after reading most of the reviews on Volare, we decided to make Saturday night reservations for her special night.

We had reservations for 6:30pm and called around 6:00pm to check to make sure that we would be ready to be sat when we got there. I talked with a very snotty young man who refused to give me his name who informed me that he couldn't seat us until 9pm even though we had a reservation.

When I asked what the point was to have a reservation if it wouldn't be honored he replied "seriously honey, its saturday night, we don't have the time to honor everyone's reservation request".

We cancelled and ended up at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on Grand Avenue and had a blast along with great service. So, I can't rate the food, b/c we never had it. I can however speak about how horrible the customer service was. Just imagine how it may have been in person!! I'd spend my $$ at someplace else even if it is a bit more expensive. You're downtown, you pay for the ambiance, experience and of course, the great food and great service. Volare has alot to work on!!!! Take your $$ elsewhere!

1
★☆☆☆☆

We came downtown for our friends 30th birthday weekend bash! Our friend is an italian food connoisseur and after reading most of the reviews on Volare, we decided to make Saturday night reservations for her special night.

We had reservations for 6:30pm and called around 6:00pm to check to make sure that we would be ready to be sat when we got there. I talked with a very snotty young man who refused to give me his name who informed me that he couldn't seat us until 9pm even though we had a reservation.

When I asked what the point was to have a reservation if it wouldn't be honored he replied "seriously honey, its saturday night, we don't have the time to honor everyone's reservation request".

We cancelled and ended up at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on Grand Avenue and had a blast along with great service. So, I can't rate the food, b/c we never had it. I can however speak about how horrible the customer service was. Just imagine how it may have been in person!! I'd spend my $$ at someplace else even if it is a bit more expensive. You're downtown, you pay for the ambiance, experience and of course, the great food and great service. Volare has alot to work on!!!! Take your $$ elsewhere!

Pros: Seemed like it would be delicious food....

Cons: Rude, inconsiderate-unorganized staff

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It was our first visit to Chicago, and Volare was highly recommended to us. Our waiter was very attentive and polite, and the atmosphere was inviting. The menu offered a variety of dishes which anyone would have difficulty choosing from, so I asked the waiter to surprise me with a dinner of his choice. I was brought Chicken Cacciatore and it was magnificent! The flavor and texture was everything that made every bite to be savored. The chicken was tender and covered in a perfectly cooked sauce made of fresh red peppers, mushrooms, onions, green olives... and the pasta was coated in a thin yet tasty tomato/garlic sauce which I have never tasted the likes of before. Later we walked by the Volare during rush dinner hour and it was packed. MY SUGGESTION would be to avoid the rush dinner hour so you could savore the experience of this small yet lovely place and all it has to offer. It is packed during dinner hour for a reason! Once home I tried to google recipes to duplicate this dish, but was unsuccessful in finding anything that closely matched the ingredients. Would I eat at Volare again during my next visit to Chicago? In a heartbeat!

5
★★★★★

It was our first visit to Chicago, and Volare was highly recommended to us. Our waiter was very attentive and polite, and the atmosphere was inviting. The menu offered a variety of dishes which anyone would have difficulty choosing from, so I asked the waiter to surprise me with a dinner of his choice. I was brought Chicken Cacciatore and it was magnificent! The flavor and texture was everything that made every bite to be savored. The chicken was tender and covered in a perfectly cooked sauce made of fresh red peppers, mushrooms, onions, green olives... and the pasta was coated in a thin yet tasty tomato/garlic sauce which I have never tasted the likes of before. Later we walked by the Volare during rush dinner hour and it was packed. MY SUGGESTION would be to avoid the rush dinner hour so you could savore the experience of this small yet lovely place and all it has to offer. It is packed during dinner hour for a reason! Once home I tried to google recipes to duplicate this dish, but was unsuccessful in finding anything that closely matched the ingredients. Would I eat at Volare again during my next visit to Chicago? In a heartbeat!

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Dinner Hour Rush

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This place should be shut down. The service is horrendous and takes the words "disgusting, and inhospitable" to another level. The food is absolute junk - it's a complete tourist trap because it's next to the Inn of Chicago which is another place that should be condemned. You want Italian food? Go to Little Italy or another place - take your money and time elsewhere. You'll wait at least an hour for under-whelming food. If you like this place, you obviously have no taste and must not be from a metropolitan city.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place should be shut down. The service is horrendous and takes the words "disgusting, and inhospitable" to another level. The food is absolute junk - it's a complete tourist trap because it's next to the Inn of Chicago which is another place that should be condemned. You want Italian food? Go to Little Italy or another place - take your money and time elsewhere. You'll wait at least an hour for under-whelming food. If you like this place, you obviously have no taste and must not be from a metropolitan city.

Pros: NOTHING

Cons: complete facade, humid, watery food, service is below par

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Made a reservation that was not honored. Got to the restaurant and was told it would be a very short wait for my table. After about 20 minutes, was asked if I wanted to sit outside in an enclosed area, mind you it was in the 30s that evening. Was assured it was fully encloced and there were plenty of heat lamps. My other option was to wait an additional 35-40 minutes minimum for a table inside to open up. Opted to eat outside rather than continue to wait and was surprised to see that there was about a foot and a half gap between the ground the the tarp covering the area. Food was nothing to write home about and the server went out of his way to sound Italian when he clearly was not, rather annoying. Overall, they did not honor my reservation, why take them if you are going to turn around and make people wait 20 plus minutes and the offer them to sit in a supposed warm enclosed area when in actuality, it wasn't. If you are looking for a good Italian place in Chicago, this is not it. Essentially me and my guest would have wound up waiting over an hour for a table inside with a reservation, poor customer service. The table next to us had their food brought out to them cold after the waiter claimed everything was cooked to order and took longer. A woman at the table mentioned they ahd waited over 35 minutes for their food, so obviously the food runner and or server forgot about them.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Made a reservation that was not honored. Got to the restaurant and was told it would be a very short wait for my table. After about 20 minutes, was asked if I wanted to sit outside in an enclosed area, mind you it was in the 30s that evening. Was assured it was fully encloced and there were plenty of heat lamps. My other option was to wait an additional 35-40 minutes minimum for a table inside to open up. Opted to eat outside rather than continue to wait and was surprised to see that there was about a foot and a half gap between the ground the the tarp covering the area. Food was nothing to write home about and the server went out of his way to sound Italian when he clearly was not, rather annoying. Overall, they did not honor my reservation, why take them if you are going to turn around and make people wait 20 plus minutes and the offer them to sit in a supposed warm enclosed area when in actuality, it wasn't. If you are looking for a good Italian place in Chicago, this is not it. Essentially me and my guest would have wound up waiting over an hour for a table inside with a reservation, poor customer service. The table next to us had their food brought out to them cold after the waiter claimed everything was cooked to order and took longer. A woman at the table mentioned they ahd waited over 35 minutes for their food, so obviously the food runner and or server forgot about them.

Pros: Decent menu, good location

Cons: Small, crowded, very loud, very poor customer service, don't bother making a reservation, they won't honor it.

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I couldn't disagree more w/ the previous review. I travel for a living and consider myself somewhat of a tested veteran when it comes to dining out. Volare is no doubt one of Chicago's best restaurants and one of the better Italian meals I have found across the entire country. Whatever the fish special is get it, but oh yes, with a side of fresh pasta rather than the usual sides. You won't regret it. Every visit to Chicago consists of a stop at Volare and I can't wait to finally take my wife there.

5
★★★★★

I couldn't disagree more w/ the previous review. I travel for a living and consider myself somewhat of a tested veteran when it comes to dining out. Volare is no doubt one of Chicago's best restaurants and one of the better Italian meals I have found across the entire country. Whatever the fish special is get it, but oh yes, with a side of fresh pasta rather than the usual sides. You won't regret it. Every visit to Chicago consists of a stop at Volare and I can't wait to finally take my wife there.

Pros: Extraordinary Italian dishes

Cons: Noisy and packed like sardines

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Visiting Chicago for the first time, I really wanted some authentic southern Italian cooking, Chicago style. Service was great, wine list was terrific, appetizers and salad were wonderful. Everything was going great until our entrees came to the table. The red sauce on the chicken parmigiana was some of the worst I have ever tasted--not red but really orange...too thick....I was looking for something that had a hint of some herbs, spices, and tomatoes.....this had zero flavor. The white sauce was way too thick, and my friend said it tasted like macaroni and cheese, the bolognese was way too chunky, and overall I left far more food on my plate than I ever do in a good Italian restaurant.

Very touristy, very noisy, and very forgettable. Anyone who says it is quiet in this restaurant is either deaf, or not paying attention. Surely in one of the city's 968 Italian restaurants, I will find what I am looking for, but it wasn't to be at Volare.

2
★★☆☆☆

Visiting Chicago for the first time, I really wanted some authentic southern Italian cooking, Chicago style. Service was great, wine list was terrific, appetizers and salad were wonderful. Everything was going great until our entrees came to the table. The red sauce on the chicken parmigiana was some of the worst I have ever tasted--not red but really orange...too thick....I was looking for something that had a hint of some herbs, spices, and tomatoes.....this had zero flavor. The white sauce was way too thick, and my friend said it tasted like macaroni and cheese, the bolognese was way too chunky, and overall I left far more food on my plate than I ever do in a good Italian restaurant.

Very touristy, very noisy, and very forgettable. Anyone who says it is quiet in this restaurant is either deaf, or not paying attention. Surely in one of the city's 968 Italian restaurants, I will find what I am looking for, but it wasn't to be at Volare.

Pros: Good wine list

Cons: Bad food

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Volare is one of our favorite Chicago stops. Great food. When sea bass is a special, get it!

If you walked by you might not stop. Don't judge the book by it's cover.

5
★★★★★

Volare is one of our favorite Chicago stops. Great food. When sea bass is a special, get it!

If you walked by you might not stop. Don't judge the book by it's cover.

Pros: Servers describe the specials as if they are preparing before you.

Cons: Can be noisy

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Out of town on business in Chicago and we heard of this great Italian restraunt around the corner from where we were staying. Although the food and atmosphere were great, we had a reservation and waited over an hour. After being seated the service was very attentive and ended up being well worth the wait. Presentation and wine selection was excellent. A must eat if going to Chicago!

5
★★★★★

Out of town on business in Chicago and we heard of this great Italian restraunt around the corner from where we were staying. Although the food and atmosphere were great, we had a reservation and waited over an hour. After being seated the service was very attentive and ended up being well worth the wait. Presentation and wine selection was excellent. A must eat if going to Chicago!

Pros: food, service, prices

Cons: closely seated, long wait even w/ reservation

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We arrived at 4:30, (after noticing that they we still setting up a little earlier), to avoid any problems with being too early. Apparently there were other problems beyond our control. Is the wait staff here trained to make tables wait for no reason? The wine order seemed to require a management consultation, and we didn't have our wine for 30 minutes. The house salad was wilted, the pasta had obviously been left under heat lamps forever, and the marinara sauce had CHEESE in it. Perhaps we're out of step: I'm familiar with old school mid-Amercian taste for salt and cheese, but -good- Italian restaurants will show you a better way.

2
★★☆☆☆

We arrived at 4:30, (after noticing that they we still setting up a little earlier), to avoid any problems with being too early. Apparently there were other problems beyond our control. Is the wait staff here trained to make tables wait for no reason? The wine order seemed to require a management consultation, and we didn't have our wine for 30 minutes. The house salad was wilted, the pasta had obviously been left under heat lamps forever, and the marinara sauce had CHEESE in it. Perhaps we're out of step: I'm familiar with old school mid-Amercian taste for salt and cheese, but -good- Italian restaurants will show you a better way.

Pros: Nice patio area

Cons: amazingly slow service. Cheesey, salty, heat-lamped food.

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While on a business trip and staying at the Swissotel on E. Wacker in Chicago, we decided to wander around looking for an Italian restaurant. In less than 15 minutes we found Volare, and what a find it was. It was a Thursday night and there was a 45 minute wait so we put our name on the wait list, left to window shop at the nearby mall, returned 30 minutes later and was seated about 25 minutes later.

The house salad was phenomenal, a mixture of greens, a light but flavorful olive oil blend and other ingredients not normally found in ordinary salads. The pastas were cooked perfectly, not overcooked and the sauces flavorful; we ordered three pasta dishes with the vodka sauce, marinara and bolognese (meat) sauce. Considering what it costs to dine out in Chicago at restaurants with similar atmosphere, this place was a bargain. Just about every item on the menu is well below $20.

The service was professional and friendly; we really enjoyed our dining experience at Volare and look forward to returning on our next visit to Chicago.

5
★★★★★

While on a business trip and staying at the Swissotel on E. Wacker in Chicago, we decided to wander around looking for an Italian restaurant. In less than 15 minutes we found Volare, and what a find it was. It was a Thursday night and there was a 45 minute wait so we put our name on the wait list, left to window shop at the nearby mall, returned 30 minutes later and was seated about 25 minutes later.

The house salad was phenomenal, a mixture of greens, a light but flavorful olive oil blend and other ingredients not normally found in ordinary salads. The pastas were cooked perfectly, not overcooked and the sauces flavorful; we ordered three pasta dishes with the vodka sauce, marinara and bolognese (meat) sauce. Considering what it costs to dine out in Chicago at restaurants with similar atmosphere, this place was a bargain. Just about every item on the menu is well below $20.

The service was professional and friendly; we really enjoyed our dining experience at Volare and look forward to returning on our next visit to Chicago.

Pros: Excellent service, atmosphere, and reasonable prices

Cons: a little bit of a wait

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I dined at Volare on the recommendation of the desk clerk at my hotel. What a find! Outstanding food, good value, great vibe, good service. Started with a Caprese salad, which came garnished with four drops of real balsamic vinegar, thick, syrupy, delicious. The bread basket featured an Italian loaf, and a foccacia. My entree was a radiatore pasta with Bolognese sauce. The pasta was tossed with the sauce, rather than having it ladled on top, allowing the pasta to soak up the sauce, making the dish more integrated and flavorful. Dessert was vanilla gelato, with generous vanilla flavor. Great meal!

5
★★★★★

I dined at Volare on the recommendation of the desk clerk at my hotel. What a find! Outstanding food, good value, great vibe, good service. Started with a Caprese salad, which came garnished with four drops of real balsamic vinegar, thick, syrupy, delicious. The bread basket featured an Italian loaf, and a foccacia. My entree was a radiatore pasta with Bolognese sauce. The pasta was tossed with the sauce, rather than having it ladled on top, allowing the pasta to soak up the sauce, making the dish more integrated and flavorful. Dessert was vanilla gelato, with generous vanilla flavor. Great meal!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Did I say Food?

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Loved this place. We came here for the first time right after my husband had proposed to me and toasted the occasion with really good wine and pasta that tasted fresh and interesting. Then kept coming back with family and discovered their wonderful fish with mustard sauce and other things. One downside is that it gets a little loud. Also, it doesn't seem to be open for lunch--we came by around 12 on a weekday and it was closed, much to our regret. Reservations recommended.

5
★★★★★

Loved this place. We came here for the first time right after my husband had proposed to me and toasted the occasion with really good wine and pasta that tasted fresh and interesting. Then kept coming back with family and discovered their wonderful fish with mustard sauce and other things. One downside is that it gets a little loud. Also, it doesn't seem to be open for lunch--we came by around 12 on a weekday and it was closed, much to our regret. Reservations recommended.

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Volare was a perfect stop for dinner, especially on a cold night. The service was laid back, but very professional. We would definitely take friends back to Volare.

4
★★★★☆

Volare was a perfect stop for dinner, especially on a cold night. The service was laid back, but very professional. We would definitely take friends back to Volare.

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We are not from Chicago and wanted to eat somewhere that reflected unique Chicago dining. We were hoping for a place that seemed alive and exciting and we found it at Volare. The gentleman that was the host seemed very proud of the restaurant. This was displayed in all the workers' attitudes and service. They were professional but friendly. The food was wonderful - we liked the ability to choose the type of pasta and the type of sauce making for many possible variations. My house salad was reasonably priced and delicious. The bread was delicious - there were two types included.

4
★★★★☆

We are not from Chicago and wanted to eat somewhere that reflected unique Chicago dining. We were hoping for a place that seemed alive and exciting and we found it at Volare. The gentleman that was the host seemed very proud of the restaurant. This was displayed in all the workers' attitudes and service. They were professional but friendly. The food was wonderful - we liked the ability to choose the type of pasta and the type of sauce making for many possible variations. My house salad was reasonably priced and delicious. The bread was delicious - there were two types included.

Pros: service, atmosphere, food

Cons: close seating, small waiting area

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I've been here over and over again, and still never tire of the fresh pasta and sauces! It's the only Italian restaurant where I actually bring home the leftovers, because it is that delicious. It is noisy, and that is precisely why I take out of town guests here to let them see the bustling restaurant scene at a non-chain place on lower Grand. Unfortunately, I've never had room for dessert, so I can't share that experience. Make reservations at peak dining time to avoid the wait -- the bar area is not large.

5
★★★★★

I've been here over and over again, and still never tire of the fresh pasta and sauces! It's the only Italian restaurant where I actually bring home the leftovers, because it is that delicious. It is noisy, and that is precisely why I take out of town guests here to let them see the bustling restaurant scene at a non-chain place on lower Grand. Unfortunately, I've never had room for dessert, so I can't share that experience. Make reservations at peak dining time to avoid the wait -- the bar area is not large.

Pros: Attentive Wait Staff, Fresh Food, Not a chain

Cons: Crowded at Peak

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Absolutely great food, service, and atmosphere. We'll be back with friends.

5
★★★★★

Absolutely great food, service, and atmosphere. We'll be back with friends.

Pros: Awesome Service, Menu Selection, Food with Taste

Cons: none

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I am in Chicago on business and went to Volare for dinner last night on the recommendation from a couple who were having drinks in my hotel bar. They sent me over after calling Benny at Volare, and I was given star treatment. Benny sat me outside and introduced me to some regulars who were dining nearby. I had the osso buco, which was delicious. I had the risotto milanese on the side, which had been highly recommended by the couple I met. That was scrumptious too with just the right amount of saffron and complemented the risotto perfectly. The service was attentive but not overbearing. I will definitely be frequenting this place when I am in town.

4
★★★★☆

I am in Chicago on business and went to Volare for dinner last night on the recommendation from a couple who were having drinks in my hotel bar. They sent me over after calling Benny at Volare, and I was given star treatment. Benny sat me outside and introduced me to some regulars who were dining nearby. I had the osso buco, which was delicious. I had the risotto milanese on the side, which had been highly recommended by the couple I met. That was scrumptious too with just the right amount of saffron and complemented the risotto perfectly. The service was attentive but not overbearing. I will definitely be frequenting this place when I am in town.

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My husband and I used to live downtown and frequently ordered from Volare. When I come downtown now from the western burbs, I always come to Volare for a meal. I have never had better gnocchi. It is as light as a pillow and with the alfredo sauce it is to die for. My husband loves the seafood dishes, especially the risotto. The helpings are very large, so plan on taking some home.
The only negatives are that it is very loud and can be extremely crowded.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I used to live downtown and frequently ordered from Volare. When I come downtown now from the western burbs, I always come to Volare for a meal. I have never had better gnocchi. It is as light as a pillow and with the alfredo sauce it is to die for. My husband loves the seafood dishes, especially the risotto. The helpings are very large, so plan on taking some home.
The only negatives are that it is very loud and can be extremely crowded.

Pros: food, service, valet parking

Cons: loud

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We have friends that swear by this place and have taken us hear for dinner several times. The bar/waiting area has a tendency to become so crowded you can hardly move. On both occasions, the restaurant has been very noisy, the service mediocre at best and the food just so-so. Not worth the money. There are much better Italian restaurants in Chicago.

2
★★☆☆☆

We have friends that swear by this place and have taken us hear for dinner several times. The bar/waiting area has a tendency to become so crowded you can hardly move. On both occasions, the restaurant has been very noisy, the service mediocre at best and the food just so-so. Not worth the money. There are much better Italian restaurants in Chicago.

Cons: Average food, crowded, poor service

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Go early and you can be seated outside, otherwise the wait is quite long. Reservations are your best bet. The service was excellent the food was even better, and the desert was to-die for. I wish the prices were alittle lower, but I will go back for sure.

5
★★★★★

Go early and you can be seated outside, otherwise the wait is quite long. Reservations are your best bet. The service was excellent the food was even better, and the desert was to-die for. I wish the prices were alittle lower, but I will go back for sure.

Pros: People, Food, Service

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My husband went here on the night he proposed to me. Not only was the food horrible (the ravioli consisted of 4 apettizer sized ravilol's ) in size and in flavor, but the waitor was rude and very slow. Also, my husband had informed the staff that he was planning on proposing later that night. Most restaraunts, would have went out of there way to make the night more memorable, but they did nothing. We ended up going over to Cheesecake factory for some real food later that night. If you want good Italian food, go to La Vita in littile Italy. Fortunatly, our marriage has been a lot better :)

1
★☆☆☆☆

My husband went here on the night he proposed to me. Not only was the food horrible (the ravioli consisted of 4 apettizer sized ravilol's ) in size and in flavor, but the waitor was rude and very slow. Also, my husband had informed the staff that he was planning on proposing later that night. Most restaraunts, would have went out of there way to make the night more memorable, but they did nothing. We ended up going over to Cheesecake factory for some real food later that night. If you want good Italian food, go to La Vita in littile Italy. Fortunatly, our marriage has been a lot better :)

Pros: None

Cons: , Small Portions, Band service

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While visiting the city, my husband and I decided to go to Volare based on the recommendation of a friend who used to live in Chicago. The place was a scene with diners waiting to be seated. This crowded the small bar area. We found the food to be mediocre. We walked away scratching our heads and wondering what all the fanfare was about because we certainly didn't find it here.

3
★★★☆☆

While visiting the city, my husband and I decided to go to Volare based on the recommendation of a friend who used to live in Chicago. The place was a scene with diners waiting to be seated. This crowded the small bar area. We found the food to be mediocre. We walked away scratching our heads and wondering what all the fanfare was about because we certainly didn't find it here.

Cons: , Mediocre food

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In a frantic attempt to find a "decent" restraunt, my party of four came across Volare. With no reservation we were put on the list and waited less than 30min. The outdoor seating was wonderfull, service was prompt and attentive. The food was beautiful and the Tiramisu was heavenly. A memorible and remarkable first experience. Quite a bit more than "decent", decadent is more fitting.

5
★★★★★

In a frantic attempt to find a "decent" restraunt, my party of four came across Volare. With no reservation we were put on the list and waited less than 30min. The outdoor seating was wonderfull, service was prompt and attentive. The food was beautiful and the Tiramisu was heavenly. A memorible and remarkable first experience. Quite a bit more than "decent", decadent is more fitting.

Pros: Great Pasta, Outdoor Ambiance, Nice wine list

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This is the best Italian food I have ever had. My husband and I dine out alot and have visited many restaurants in many cities and Volare by far is the best. You will have to wait to be seated even with a reservation, but it is well worth the wait. If you want great food at reasonable price this is the place.

5
★★★★★

This is the best Italian food I have ever had. My husband and I dine out alot and have visited many restaurants in many cities and Volare by far is the best. You will have to wait to be seated even with a reservation, but it is well worth the wait. If you want great food at reasonable price this is the place.

Pros: Food, Service

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We had reservations, yet still had to wait for 1/2 hour. But, the food was amazing! The homemade pasta is great! And the prices are very reasonable!

5
★★★★★

We had reservations, yet still had to wait for 1/2 hour. But, the food was amazing! The homemade pasta is great! And the prices are very reasonable!

Pros: Great Food, Inexpensive, Valet

Cons: Crowded, Location

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We love Volare. Everything is almost absolutely delicious. I think the prices are reasonable as well. Every dish I have ever ordered has been great. The pasta (so they tell me) is fresh and the ingredients are never a day old. A nice wine selection. I would recommend taking out of town guests here. I tried to reserve 3 weeks in advance for family and it was booked! A testament to this restaurant.

4
★★★★☆

We love Volare. Everything is almost absolutely delicious. I think the prices are reasonable as well. Every dish I have ever ordered has been great. The pasta (so they tell me) is fresh and the ingredients are never a day old. A nice wine selection. I would recommend taking out of town guests here. I tried to reserve 3 weeks in advance for family and it was booked! A testament to this restaurant.

Pros: Wonderful Food, Service

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Competent, cheerful, rapid service (ask for Monique). The interior is noisy, crowded, and you may leave the restaurant with your clothes needing an airing out from the smoke and the food. Still - an enjoyable meal. The portions are obscenely huge - esp the aforementioned lasagne (unusual, but tasty). How one person could eat a whole serving escapes me... be smart, take 1/2 home, save room for dessert.

4
★★★★☆

Competent, cheerful, rapid service (ask for Monique). The interior is noisy, crowded, and you may leave the restaurant with your clothes needing an airing out from the smoke and the food. Still - an enjoyable meal. The portions are obscenely huge - esp the aforementioned lasagne (unusual, but tasty). How one person could eat a whole serving escapes me... be smart, take 1/2 home, save room for dessert.

Pros: service, food quality, value for money

Cons: a bit crowded, a bit smoky, portions too big

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I have been there twice and both times was not dissapointed. I wish I could find somewhere in KVC that
can make shrimo bisque like Volare.
The Pasta is amazing and the service is good.
The last time we were there it was before christmas and
we called late for a reservation. Even at 1000p.m. there
was standing room only. Wish they could expand

5
★★★★★

I have been there twice and both times was not dissapointed. I wish I could find somewhere in KVC that
can make shrimo bisque like Volare.
The Pasta is amazing and the service is good.
The last time we were there it was before christmas and
we called late for a reservation. Even at 1000p.m. there
was standing room only. Wish they could expand

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The North End in Boston is famous for fabulous Italian restaurants. VOLARE'S was recommended by the W concierge who I would trust with my stomache any day. Our waitperson was outstanding - she helped with suggestions on portions, recommended dinners after talking with us and asking a few questions about our likes and dislikes instead of just taking an order - she hit the mark each time. The food was excellent and dining outside completed the experience. From Boston's best Italian - I recommend Volare's when in Chicago.

5
★★★★★

The North End in Boston is famous for fabulous Italian restaurants. VOLARE'S was recommended by the W concierge who I would trust with my stomache any day. Our waitperson was outstanding - she helped with suggestions on portions, recommended dinners after talking with us and asking a few questions about our likes and dislikes instead of just taking an order - she hit the mark each time. The food was excellent and dining outside completed the experience. From Boston's best Italian - I recommend Volare's when in Chicago.

Pros: FOOD, STAFF/SERVICE, OUTSIDE DINING

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After having a wonderful meal here over the summer, we stopped in during a visit with family. Should have thought to make reservations first, but we came back 3 hours later for our new reservations, which they forgot to write down. Good thing they remembered me (I must have looked cold and miserable), and they seated us quickly and had the food ready minutes later. The meat lasagne is to die for! One of my friends has even said it's better than sex. I may have to agree.

5
★★★★★

After having a wonderful meal here over the summer, we stopped in during a visit with family. Should have thought to make reservations first, but we came back 3 hours later for our new reservations, which they forgot to write down. Good thing they remembered me (I must have looked cold and miserable), and they seated us quickly and had the food ready minutes later. The meat lasagne is to die for! One of my friends has even said it's better than sex. I may have to agree.

Pros: food, food, food

Cons: small space, long wait

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This is a consistently good restaurant. Dependable service and food quality. Not flashy, but, solid execution of the basics. The lasagne is superb, the veal and chicken dishes are divine.

You won't get the trendy dishes available elsewhere, but, you will get great food at a great price, in a friendly setting.

5
★★★★★

This is a consistently good restaurant. Dependable service and food quality. Not flashy, but, solid execution of the basics. The lasagne is superb, the veal and chicken dishes are divine.

You won't get the trendy dishes available elsewhere, but, you will get great food at a great price, in a friendly setting.

Pros: Inexpensive, Consistent, Quality

Cons: Crowded

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A very friendly staff happily takes care of anything you need. They deliver in the local area as well and I order at least once every few weeks.

5
★★★★★

A very friendly staff happily takes care of anything you need. They deliver in the local area as well and I order at least once every few weeks.

Pros: delivery

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Best late dinning beautiful at night and great Italian food!!!

5
★★★★★

Best late dinning beautiful at night and great Italian food!!!

Pros: crowded, good parking, shows Italy

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Three of us headed to Volare for dinner without reservations. The hostess on the patio informed us the wait would be about 40 minutes. We decided to head inside Volare to see if we could sit at the bar. One of the waiters told us we couldn't sit because it was reserved, at which time the owner walked right up to us and asked, "what's wrong"? We informed him we're waiting for a table for 3. He immediately cleaned off a table for us and we were seated within 5 minutes of arriving at Volare. The food was really good. My husband had risotto which he said was excellent. I had the fish special which was also delicious. Our friend had the stuffed raviolis which he said was awesome. We were pleased with the food and service, but you really are shoulder to shoulder with other patrons.

5
★★★★★

Three of us headed to Volare for dinner without reservations. The hostess on the patio informed us the wait would be about 40 minutes. We decided to head inside Volare to see if we could sit at the bar. One of the waiters told us we couldn't sit because it was reserved, at which time the owner walked right up to us and asked, "what's wrong"? We informed him we're waiting for a table for 3. He immediately cleaned off a table for us and we were seated within 5 minutes of arriving at Volare. The food was really good. My husband had risotto which he said was excellent. I had the fish special which was also delicious. Our friend had the stuffed raviolis which he said was awesome. We were pleased with the food and service, but you really are shoulder to shoulder with other patrons.

Pros: good food, good service

Cons: crowded

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There is a comfort level to this white tablecloth restaurant that is as appealing as the food. Particularly enjoyable are classics like broiled whitefish in paprika-accented white wine-caper sauce, homemade gnocchi cloaked with a rich…

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