COVID-19 Updates

3 Restaurants, 3 Kitchens, 3 Menus

in 1 Convenient Location

The Village’s origins began on September 20, 1927, when Alfredo Capitanini opened the doors to what would soon become a Chicago landmark. Alfredo worked hard washing dishes and cooking in other restaurants for three years, saving his money so he could open his own restaurant. His new restaurant would boast the most comprehensive Italian menu in Chicago, with many dishes such as: cannelloni, saltimbocca ala romana, fettuccini alfredo and so much more. Alfredo designed the restaurant to give guests a “tour” of Italy with different themes throughout the restaurant, as well as dishes from those regions to match the decor. It gave Chicagoans a true Italian experience right in their own back yard.

Keeping with true Italian tradition, Italian Village was kept in the Capitanini family, and in 1955, the second generation of Capitaninis opened the doors to their second restaurant, La Cantina, in the lower floor of the Italian Village building. This restaurant possessed many delicious Italian dishes served with a variety of premier wines. La Cantina was beautifully decorated with wrought iron gates, decades-old wine bottles and wooden wine crates to take you back to a historic time in Italy, where only the best food and wine were served to friends and family alike.

With business doing so well for the Capitanini family, they decided to open one more restaurant in their Italian Village building called The Florentine Room. This room became Chicago’s first gourmet Italian restaurant, being named by the Chicago Tribune “Chicago’s Best Italian Restaurant.” Several years later, The Florentine Room was remodeled. With its new architectural and theatrical decor, its name was then changed to Vivere. Vivere is located on the main floor, keeping all three unique restaurants in one convenient location.

No matter what you’re looking for in your next dining experience, the Italian Village Restaurants can offer a variety of dishes and wine selections for any occasion. Visit us today and see why Chicagoans have loved Italian Village for over 90 years.

Important Updates

Welcome back! All of us at the Italian Village appreciate your continued support. We have trained all of our employees on the CDC’s sanitation and safety protocols regarding Covid-19. All of our employees will be wearing face coverings, following social distancing, and complying with all local and federal regulations.

We have some special procedures that we must follow to ensure the safety of our customers and staff:

  • State law requires masks to be worn at all times, including wearing masks when using the restroom and leaving the restaurant. The only exception is while seated at your table.
  • All customers must have their temperatures taken with a no-contact thermometer. Anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will not be able to dine with us.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow people to wait for their tables, so we are asking that everyone enjoy their experience within two hours and then leave, so that we may sanitize adequately for the next guests.
    • All reservations will be limited to two hours starting at your reservation time, and you will receive your check 1 hour and 45 minutes after your reservation time.
    • If you are running behind, we will hold your reservation for up to 15 minutes past your reservation time.
  • Per state law, we can only accommodate parties of up to 10 people.
  • If you need to make any changes to your reservation, please let us know prior to your arrival at the restaurant.
  • During this time, credit card, debit card, or gift card payments are preferred. Please, no cash.
  • According to our social distancing guidelines, restrooms will be limited to one guest at a time.
  • No outside food and beverages allowed (this now includes personal bottles of wine, birthday cakes, desserts, etc.).

Thank you for your patience as we all try to get back to normal operations. We look forward to serving you soon – Thank You for continuing to support the Italian Village family!