Riccardo Enoteca and Riccardo Trattoria are across Clark Street from each other. We ate at the Enoteca on Christmas Eve. The menu was interesting with many different options. Our server was very helpful and friendly, but this is a small place so everyone pitches in. We had grilled calamari, iron-oven grilled steak, and Fettuccine Bolognese. One dish was better than the next with great flavors, cooked perfectly, and not drowned in sauce. They have a great selection of wine and Italian beers. For dessert we shared apple pie and two flavors of gelato. The gelato was great, and the pie warm and tasty. We commented that this was one of the best meals that we have had in months no matter what country or city that we visited. Nothing better than "home -cooking". All for under $100. We are already planning to return. Sometimes you hit it just right, and Riccardo's is certainly one of those places.
After waiting across the street for 5 minutes only to be told the place was full with future reservations, we were enthusiastically greeted at Enoteca despite all the tables being full. As one of our party had to leave early, they let us order our main meals right away while sitting at the bar. Within 5 minutes we had a table and ordered drinks and apps. The meals came within 10 minutes in time for our early leaver to enjoy. The manager and wait staff were very attentive and kept checking on us. The meals were great and we had a very enjoyable experience.
If you think you want fancy in an Enoteca, you should think twice. Enotecas a typically a great place for a glass of wine and some beautifully cooked simple Italian meals. Riccardo's lives up to that standard. Easy going, no fancy table clothes, good down home service and excellent pastas. To start we shared the red beet tartare, simple and good, but needed more of that delicious gorgonzola dressing. We then shared a classic ragout pasta that was delicious and a modern squash filled with sage butter pasta, also terrific! Sadly there was no room left for dessert. Perhaps next time visiting Lincoln Park, which is also a lovely neighbourhood too!