I can confidently say that just about every neighborhood in Chicago has a go to Italian restaurant. From Downtown to the far west, it isn’t too difficult to locate pasta and red sauce in this great city. However, may of these restaurants don’t provide the ideal Italian cuisine that many of us have grown accustom to. This is where I can help. The following are a list of my favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago:
201 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
This old school Chicago spot makes you feel as if you are a part of the family. The location is located in such a way which allows for a surprising amount of parking given it downtown location. Some special notes to take into consideration while negotiating the menu are the angle hair pasta with vodka sauce, the gnocchi and he mussels. This is not to dissuade one from venturing further into the menu, simply some personal preferences from a Chicago native. Come with some patience if you happen by on the weekend because there is often a short weight for a table.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
516 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Maggiano’s Little Italy is another Italian restaurant located in downtown Chicago. Though a much more visible location than Volare, the cuisine is generally the same. Expect to be served “family style,” that is, expect to have multiple dishes at a time at the table being passed around. Some note worthy items that come highly recommended are the stuffed mushroom and the chicken parmesan. The wine list is vast and provides wine by the glasses that should touch even the biggest wine snob’s palette. The service is by far some of the fastest that I have ever experience in Chicago.
With a kitchen staff of well over 100 employees one can expect their food to come quickly and properly.
71 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
What could be considered a Chicago institution, Italian Village provides a great rustic atmosphere. With dim lights and lots of stone, the ambiance is sure to please any Italian food lover. Then there’s the food, some items that should be particularly important are the seafood ravioli and the grilled calamari. Don’t expect to shell out too much money either, the price point here is sure to put a smile on any diners face and provide them with more than enough reasons to return.