The Inside Scoop
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The First Look
For an invitingly homely, Italian feel, couples love the Osteria Via Stato restaurant in Chicago. Offering a wide range of Italian wines and authentic cuisine, the venue draws its inspiration from old country rural taverns. The decor is rustic, with gnarly hardwood beams, stone walling and earthy tones. There are six venue options to choose from.
Private room. This modestly sized space can accommodate between 15 and 65 guests. With a dance floor, the maximum capacity is 40.
Large private room. For large events, this space can hold up to 150 people. With a dance floor, the capacity is 100.
Semi-private room. This part of the restaurant cannot be outfitted with a dance floor but is moderately sizable. It can hold between 30 and 90 guests.
Chef's Table. This intimate space is suited to private dining on a small scale. It can hold between 12 and 22 guests.
Entire Osteria. For events with up to 225 guests, renting the entire Osteria is an option. If set up with a dance floor, it can accommodate as many as 160 people.
Entire restaurant. Alternatively, the whole restaurant can be rented. This increases the capacity to 250 guests or 225 with a dance floor.
What You Should Know
Food and beverage minimums are applicable to cover room rental. If these minimums are not reached by way of food and beverage spending, the remainder is payable as a room fee. A 25 percent deposit is required if the food and beverage minimum is over $10,000. This deposit is refundable for cancellations made with at least 30 days notice.
A final guaranteed guest count is due no later than three days in advance of the event. Regardless of guest cancellations after this time, this number forms the basis for billing.
Catering is provided by the venue with a choice of three menu options and a range of additions. These include antipasti, coursed dinners and buffet items, as well as a four hour premium bar and prosecco toast. Couples are invited to make substitutions and alterations to the menu and dietary needs can be catered for. Bar service may not extend past midnight but can be extended beyond the included four hours. This is charged on a consumption basis.
A planner fee of three percent is added to the bill. It is optional to leave a gratuity, but the suggested amount is between 18 and 22 percent.
Although best known for its food and authentic feel, couples also love the range of additional services and amenities offered by the Osteria Via Stato. These include:
- Valet service
- Menu tasting for four guests
- Italian cookie guest favors
- Audiovisual equipment rentals
- Custom printed menus
- Floral decor and centerpieces
- Customized cakes and other baked goods
From the Vendor
Festive Spirit & Warm Hospitality
Rustic, warm decor, personal service and and Italian bounty highlighting seasonal and local ingredients. Whether your celebration is an intimate gathering or a grand affair, our only requirement is that you and your guests enjoy yourselves...we'll take care of everything else.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
Great at what they do!Reviewed on 4/18/2014 Miladel P
We were in need of a venue for our wedding that was intimate, had character, had really good food and fit within a certain budget. We also wanted something downtown that would allow our numerous out of town guests easy access to our venue and the sights and shopping. I spent some time searching and was lucky to find Osteria Via Stato which had all that in spades and more! With what was included in their packages and coordinating things with Allison and Michelle, planning and the event itself came together easily and ran smoothly. They were able to take care of every detail or special need we brought to them, not that there were many. Everyone there were consummate professionals with delightful personalities. And the food received so many raving compliments. Everything was cooked to perfection and we all loved the combination of family style appetizer courses with individual entrees. All in all it made for a fabulous and memorable wedding!
PERFECT REHEARSAL DINNER SPOTReviewed on 8/05/2013 Lauren B
Not only was the staff accommodating, kind and helpful, the food was terrific! My mother in law had a budget and Allison was able to work with her to put together a full plated dinner that left everyone stuffed and happy. The atmosphere in the private front room was everything my husband and I had wanted. We all had such a great experience and such delicious food that our Matron of Honor and Best Man drove from the suburbs just to have dinner there for one of their date nights! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Perfect!Reviewed on 11/15/2012 victoria c
We wanted to have ours at a Lettuce Entertain You place since we our rewards memebers and the service is just amazing. The private was space was awesome. I love how its in the front and not shoved in the back corner somewhere. Food fantastic as always and service was outstanding as well! Could not have been better.
If you are looking for a downtown wedding venue with excellent food, ambience, and service, STOP LOOKING. SERIOUSLY, THIS IT IT. Our experience with Osteria Via Stato was wonderful, start to finish. The Events Team here is phenomenal. Allison and Michelle answer emails within hours and are so nice and helpful. I felt so confident throughout our experience that they would deliver a flawless event and that is absolutely what happened. We had our ceremony and reception here on July 1, 2016. One of the best parts about this place is that your guests get to choose their entree from a menu you select. This is so much classier that the pre-determined entree choice and really cuts down on the stress of creating your placecards and seating chart. I heard from many of our guests that we had the best food they had ever eaten at a wedding. I recommend Osteria Via Stato without hesitation. My only regret is that our wedding is over- I wish we could do it again! We will be lifelong customers of this place. Thank you Michelle and Allison!
We had our 8/22/15 wedding at Osteria Stato. Everything about the restaurant, the service and the ambiance was EXCELLENT. We worked with Allison and Michelle, both were great and answered all of my silly questions. We are so happy we went with a restaurant for the wedding because it really cut out a lot of extra work we would've done coordinating with multiple vendors. The only thing brought from outside was the florist and a few of our own DIY items (which they graciously set up for us). All of our family and friends loved the intimate feel of the venue. We had the cocktail hour on the patio, pizzeria/bar area and then rented out the restaurant for dinner and dancing. The two front rooms (separated only by arches) were dining areas and the back area was the dance floor. The food was amazing and there was never an empty glass. We had pizzas as the late night snack which was also a hit. You can't go wrong with OVS - such a great value, especially in downtown Chicago!
Romantic VenueReviewed on 8/06/2012 Jennifer S
We decided to have our wedding at Osteria because atmosphere reminded me of a wine cellar. It a beautiful dining area! We didn't even try the food before we booked as the setting was just perfect. Over the numerous months prior to the wedding, I had a number of questions but Allison was prompt to respond and she also directed us to our florist who was wonderful! Finally as the wedding approached, we went in for our tasting. My fiance and I were pleasantly surprised... the food was amazing. And we were also able to do a tasting to choose our wines. We were set!! Once I sent in my final numbers, Allison said we were under the required spend so we needed to upgrade some of our food choice. Sweet! We decided on the Scallops, Filet in Gorgonzola, Penne with Ckn and Braised Beef. In addition, we upgraded our wine package to the top of the line. Since it was only a few days before the wedding, we left the wine picking to Allison as she said she'd choose based on our original wine picks. Allison also had some great ideas on the passed appetizers and other side dishes. The day of the wedding, I went down to see how things were coming along. Allison was on top of everything. I was so happy and relieved!! After our church ceremony, we arrived to the reception. Before I even entered, a guest came out to great us and said 'Wow, wait until you see the inside!'. He was right, the place looked romantic and beautiful. The passed appetizers were amazing and the wines Allison chose were amazing. Then we sat for dinner and I couldn't have been more impressed with the food. But the service itself was even more impressive. At times, I'd be off talking to a guest or dancing and our table's waitress would come find me and ask if I'd like more wine or anything else. She was wonderful! We had so many complements about the food and service. The entire night was lovely. The funniest thing was the next day, when I went to pick up my saved cake at Osteria, I found two of our wedding guests eating lunch! They ordered the same dishes we had the night before and couldn't stop raving about the veal meatballs and penne!
Wedding and Reception - AMAZINGReviewed on 4/07/2011 Lauren O
From the minute we walked into Osteria Via Stato, we knew we found "THE Place." Throughout the planning stages their coordinator and staff were so patient and happy. The day of service was exquisite. The food was to die for, the space was just as we had planned. They are truly amazing at what they do and will put on the wedding and/or reception of your dreams.
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Great food and beautiful restaurant. One person said, "That was the best chicken that I've ever tasted in my life." We got many compliments on the service and the food. It was also a great deal because we paid for the alcohol by consumption which basically cut the cost per head in half.