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“Loved the Spicy King Crab Pasta & Atlantic Swordfish”
Review of RPM Italian

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Ranked #64 of 10,732 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Dearborn & Illinois
Transit: Grand Ave. Red Line
Description: RPM Italian presents cuisine that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, with dishes intended to be shared. Chef partner Doug Psaltis has created a menu which features a variety of cold and hot antipasti, more than a dozen freshly prepared in-house pastas, and a selection of salads, prime steaks, chops and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also has an open bar area where guests can order a signature cocktail, or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list. Sophisticated and chic, yet unpretentious, RPM Italian is perfect for a great meal or late night out.
Reviewed 6 December 2015

Came here with 3 people without a reservation and we were able to find 3 consecutive seats at the bar. You will need a reservation if you want to eat at the dining area. This place gets very busy quick.

We ordered the Spicy King Crab pasta, Atlantic Swordfish, and Eggplant Parmesan wood-oven baked. I only got a chance to try the Spicy King Crab pasta and Atlantic Swordfish.

Both were excellent dishes. In general, I would say the portions for this type of restaurant is on the smaller side. That's just unfortunate. The amount of king crab was proportionate to the amount of squid ink spaghetti you got. The crab meat was fresh and there was no water left at the bottom of the plate after consuming the spaghetti. There was enough spice/kick to the dish. It may be a little strong for some people so beware. The pasta itself was delicious. It was cooked perfectly and didn't taste any flour. The amount of squid ink used was just right. Sometimes some places overdo it with the ink and it leaves a weird aftertaste in your mouth.

The Atlantic Swordfish was surprisingly moist and flaked off nicely. I thought it would have been a meatier fish and assumed the dish would be on the drier side but they cooked the fish quite nicely. Only issue was that it was over seasoned. Other than that, the fish was cooked perfectly and even got grill marks on it.

The service at the bar was great. The bartender was very nice and got our drinks and food in a timely fashion. It was very busy that night so we didn't get a chance to chat with him.

I would recommend this restaurant and would definitely come here again. Both aforementioned dishes were excellent and would recommend them.

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Reviewed 5 December 2015

Would not normally choose steak to eat at an Italian restaurant but WOW- what a good choice! Perfectly cooked. Absolutely delicious. The rest of the food was also good and the restaurant had a great atmosphere.

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Reviewed 5 December 2015

This is one of my favourites in Chicago. Great selection and vibe. I enjoy their other restaurant Steak as well. Both worth trying if your in town.

Thank Fox T
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Reviewed 3 December 2015

We booked last minute and could not get a table, so we ate at a bar table. 4 of us girls decided to get a bunch of small plates and share. Turned out to be perfect! Every dish was so perfectly plated and cooked to perfection. We loved the cheesecurds. The meatballs were the best I have ever had! The waitress was so kind and also served me a wonderful dish of mini gelatos for my birthday! Did I mention the drinks are fantastic! Do not miss this place! It's a hit!

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Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

We read all the reviews and were looking forward to an exceptional Italian dinner while visiting Chicago. Unfortunately we were disappointed in the menu selection as well as the meals we ordered. Everything was mediocre and can't believe it is such a popular place.

Thank FLB
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