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Via Roma

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$$ - $$$
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686 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4584
10:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 15:00
Wed - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Des Plaines
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love Italian food that is tasty and creative this is the place for you. The chief is from Italy and he makes wonderful pasta dishes with some that are gluten free. It's BYOB so you can enjoy your favorite wine with no corking fees. They do take reservations for dinner and I highly suggest it. We love this... More 

Thank N5039FAmaryb
Des Plaines, Illinois
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small establishment with a great and friendly staff! BYOW too for a small cork fee. Haven't had anything I did not like and generous portions!

Thank JakesMom2016
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and and I live not all that far from this unpretentious looking restaurant, bur we had never heard of it before last week when we stopped by for lunch. It was a spur of the moment thing driven by a recommendation from my physical therapist. Now, I like Italian, but Chicagoland is awash with Italian restaurants, many of... More 

Thank Jay F
Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is really good and it is a jovial atmosphere. My only issue with Via is that it is on the small side and that means you are sitting right next to other diners. From my own experience I realize that bothers me much more than other patrons. Its amazing how much you find out about a strangers life... More 

Thank Dan A
Des Plaines, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We've been coming to Via Roma on a regular basis over the past few years.The food is always good, the service excellent. We always bring a bottle or two of wine, no corkage fee. The owner and his wife make us feel at home always. The menu is not extensive, because too many offerings make for indifferent quality. But here... More 

Thank Natalie P
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Their web site says "Chicago's Best Kept Secret." Sure, it sounds like hype, and it is, but I can say with some assurance that it IS Des Plaines best kept secret. And the fact that it's a BYOB just adds to its value. We will definitely be back.

Thank ssvvpp
Des Plaines, Illinois
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Just love this place have gone there at least 8 times. They always have a good menu to choose from, their specials are always great and for the price you get a lot of food. this place offer BYOB so you can bring your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy your meal. Will be back again and again. Thanks for... More 

Thank Jim O
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Met the in laws for dinner and had the rigatoni with sausage . Great advice and the owners are friendly as well

Thank Kenoe1
Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Via Roma is a small place in downtown Des Plaines - what a terrific surprise! The food is excellent, prices are very friendly, and the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. I like to go for an early dinner or late lunch to avoid waiting, but either way, it's a terrific family run place. And, BYOB with no corkage fee.... More 

Thank mike d
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has downright authentic Italian food. Bring your appetite because you will definitely leave full and most likely with a take home box. Staff is friendly and very attentive. They donor serve alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own favorite bottle of wine. You will not be disappointed!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 686 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4584
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: 18477687461
Phone number is 847-768-7461, zip code 60016

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?