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Best Italian Food in Chicago


Chicago’s Mouth-Watering Italian Food

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Spiaggia is a place to see and be seen at the northern end of the Magnificent Mile.  One of the city’s top restaurants, it continues to inspire and delight with dishes like Bigoli spaghetti with basil-fed snails, artichokes and spring garlic.  If Spiaggia is the super-luxe of Italian in Chicago, then Andersonville’s Anteprima is its heart and soul.  A cozy interior, delightful outdoor seating, and innovative seasonal menu combine to make this north-side eatery one of the city’s most-favored restaurants.  Coco Pazzo’s chefs cover everything from traditional, authentic Italian to regional cuisine to modern fine dining.  Even the simplest dishes here (gnocchi alla parmagianno, and any of the pizzas) are made with such fresh flavors that make them some of the richest meals on the menu.  Piccolo Sogno offers more contemporary takes on Italian cuisine, such as Fontina-stuffed squash blossoms and succulent suckling pig roasted to perfection.  The wine list here begs to be ordered, poured, and sipped from an Italian piazza, a warm breeze in the air.  Osteria Via Stato offers one of the city’s best fixed-price meals–for just $38.95 per person, you’ll sample antipasti, two pastas, and an entree.  Seasonal dishes and Tuscan wines (on the pricier side) are the highlights on this menu.  Francesca’s on Taylor is a Little Italy standby.  The friendly atmosphere, excellent service, and northern Italian fare would make anyone feel at home.  Campagnola in Evanston offers rustic, country-style dishes like wood-grilled Muscovy duck with organic vegetables in a cozy, wood-laden environment.  Lakeview’s Angelina’s Ristorante serves up southern Italian delicacies.  This is a great place to stop by for brunch on the weekend.  Taverna 750 has an extremely strong lineup of small plates including pizzas, housemade pastas, and polenta specialties.  Housemade liqueurs and cellos complete the cocktail menu.  RoseAngelis in Lincoln Park offers numerous weekly specials including half price bottles of wine on Tuesday or dinner for two for $49 including a shared appetizer, two Caesar salads, two entrees, and a shared dessert.

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Tim Padavic