The Story of Sapori Trattoria
Sapori Trattoria was founded in 2001 by Chef Anthony Barbanente. Although a Chicago native, Chef Anthony lived a significant part of his life in Southern Italy on his grandfather’s farm. In Italy he learned the Italian way — “l’ambiente Italiano”–how Italians lived and enjoyed life. He also had the great blessing of growing up in a restaurant family where his father was a chef.
Even though Sapori opened in May 2001, the restaurant did not flourish from the get-go, but struggled and almost closed in 2003. Nevertheless, over time and with persistence and perseverance, and most of all with God’s help, Sapori grew to be the neighborhood darling that it is now. Even though very successful today, the restaurant has remained committed to its founding principles. At the forefront are attention to detail, warm friendly service, quality ingredients, and the willingness to go the extra mile. Recent accolades include being chosen as one of the top 20 Italian Restaurants in Chicago by Eater Chicago, and Chicago Magazine voting Sapori’s homemade pumpkin ravioli as the “Best in Chicago”. Zagat noted Sapori as one of the top 1000 restaurants in the USA.
We focus on attentive service in a trattoria setting — we intend to give you the attention and precision that you deserve. We call it hospitality! Our guests are seen as neighbors and friends. Our goal — our Passion — our Focus — What keeps us up in the middle of the night — is to serve you with great appreciation — the best tasty, healthy, beautiful, comforting and satisfying Italian dishes that will send you home with a smile.