Featured by Zagat as one of Chicago’s Best Restaurants for Bridal Showers
“Still chic” after some 20 years, this “upscale” West Loop Italian offers “delicious” classics in “loft-ish, industrial” environs that are “a bit more exciting” than usual (“request the elevator shaft table” above the main floor for special occasions); add in “polite and prompt” service and regulars insist it “will never go out of style.”
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The Chicago Tribune
“The pork tenderloin had wood-grill flavor plus horseradish ‘taters equals delicious.” Click here to read article

Katie Schroeder – CS Magazine
“Wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the restaurant. Absolutely loved the meal! Our waiter was wonderful and the event space on the second floor is gorgeous. We had the house made buratta cheese plate with pears/walnuts and calamari to start. And then we split a steak with potatoes and small side of the gnocchi with truffle cream sauce & bread crumbs was literally to die for!”

Google
“Classic Italian menu & notable wine list, with rustic wood floors plus exposed brick walls & beams. Elevator shaft, exposed brick, wine bottles, private rooms equals a local favorite.”

Zagat
“Still chic” after some 20 years, this “upscale” West Loop (click here to read more) Italian offers “delicious” classics in “loft-ish, industrial” environs that are “a bit more exciting” than usual (“request the elevator shaft table” above the main floor for special occasions); add in “polite and prompt” service and regulars insist it “will never go out of style.”

Open Table
“Vivo is a sleek and chic Italian restaurant with simple, therefore beautiful food. Opening twenty years ago, it is easy to see why it is still a trendsetter. Requested weeks in advance, Vivo boasts the most exclusive and romantic table in Chicago, Table 70. Table 70 has seen the likes of Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and many more.”

J.P. Anderson, Senior Editor Where Chicago
“The short rib risotto was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten all year.”

City Search
“This hip Italian place was one of Randolph Street’s first restaurants and it still delivers the goods! (click here to read more) The Scene- Few of Randolph Street’s chic eaters have aged as well as Vivo, whose stylish, stripped- down feel has kept the crowds coming for more than 10 years. The lofty dining room’s exposed brick walls are stacked high with wine bottles; lighting spotlights each white clothed table, where young couples rub elbows with their neighbors in the tightly packed, buzzing dining room. The Food- The upscaled Italian menu is contemporary, with excellent meat and seafood dishes thrown in with the requisite pastas. Sun-dried tomato polenta
with wild mushroom glass is hearty and not too rich, a perfect starter. Pastas are good: Standouts include black linguine tossed with lump crabmeat, and rigatoni with sausage and peas in a creamy goat cheese sauce. Herb-crusted tuna is light and perfectly cooked; so is filet with Gorgonzola sauce, almost upstaged by fragrant rosemary potatoes. For dessert, gelato is the only way to go.”

Gino Williams – Chicago Alphabet Soup
“The dining experience at Vivo was outstanding. I recommend it highly.”

Metromix
“This stylish southern italian restaurant has a small, open kitchen in back where you can see your food being prepared. Look for hearty pasta,
seafood and steak entrees at dinner and a similar but lighter lunch menu. An extensive wine list offers many Italian and American selections by the glass or bottle. Upstairs, a separate cocktail lounge named The Vault offers complete privacy for private dinners.”

Michael Bottigliero – Windy City Wine Guy
“It was a great experience!”

Gayout
“Tables are tightly spaced, but you’ll find a lot of good pasta in close quarters nonetheless.” There’s an industrial chic vibe at play here, exposed brick walls, stacks of wine bottles, butcher-papered tables and a 16-foot ceiling work well. You can dress your best (or not) when dining here; almost anything goes. We have had many outstanding dishes; Pastas tend to be nicely handled
(rigatoni butera, for example with italian sausage, peas and goat cheese) Risotto gets and eight out of ten; Daily fish specials are a don’t miss, they’re simply grilled and served with roasted rosemary potatoes.”

Urban Spoon
“This hip Italian place was one of Randolph Street’s first restaurants and it still delivers the goods! Perfect simple italian food, sleek chic setting, let vivo host your next event!”

Style Chicago
“Atmosphere and food are as stylish as the trend-setting crowds that frequent this
Randolph Street market favorite.”