About us

NELLA is a the Michelin Bib Gourmand award winning Neapolitan concept from renowned pizzaiola Nella Grassano. You feel the love and passion she has for the cuisine of her birthplace Naples, Italy. The restaurant’s very soul is rooted in the love of tradition and family. Following a childhood spent cooking in her family’s Napoli-based restaurants and an apprenticeship in perfect pizza making, Nella became a pizzaiola – an expert in Neapolitan pizza. Nella left Napoli at the age of 27 to come to America and cook, bringing with her generations of her family’s beloved recipes.

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Our cuisine

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Nella is a Neapolitan Italian restaurant in every way. It’s not some American caricature of an Italian restaurant. Nella is the real deal.

Creating an authentic Neapolitan dining experience is our focus every day. We believe that our restaurant could stand up to any of the 15,000 pizzerias that call Naples home in Italy. We do everything we can to ensure that the experience that we’re bringing to life is exactly as it would be if our address were on The Rettifilo instead of in Hyde Park.

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Terrific Atmosphere

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It is our intention to bring to life a restaurant that is bright and stylish, anchored by a centerpiece wood-fired oven, built with the mud of Monte Vesuvio. Our storefront is bathed in natural light that brings our warm wood fixtures to life. Pops of color give the room definition and our passion for authentic ingredients is front and center as we display our favorite pantry products with open storage throughout the space.

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1125 E 55th St
Chicago, IL


FRI, SAT: 11 AM - 10:45 PM