NEAR Restaurant was founded in 2011 by Chef/Proprietor Gaetano Nardulli. Nardulli created the casual 42-seat Italian restaurant using recipes from his grandmother Nina Elena and mother, Angela Rosa. Their initials spell out the name NEAR. Combining his culinary experience from Italy and some of Chicago's most preeminent Michelin starred restaurants (Schwa, Spiaggia), Nardulli brings a personal take on modern Italian cuisine. We welcome you into Gaetano's home! 

"Italian food is so much more than spaghetti and meatballs; I'm Italian and I'm happy to serve traditional dishes, but I'm more interested in exploring new concepts inspired by Italian cuisine."  -Gaetano Nardulli