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Looking for the best Italian restaurant in Chicago? We’re here to help!

Italian food began about 13,000 years ago and firmly established itself when the Greeks and Romans moved to Italy around 1,000 BCE.

Early Italian cuisine consisted of barley or wheat, cooked into a porridge. But nothing says Italian food like pasta! Growing up, many Italian kids were taught to make pasta noodles. By the 1300’s, dried pasta was very popular for its nutrition and long shelf life. It was ideal for those long voyage trips, too. Pasta made it around the world during the voyages of discovery.

Check out this old picture of Italians making pasta below:

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If you are a pasta lover and looking for some new Italian places, we’ve picked the best of the best for you! From spaghetti to ravioli, you’ll be sure to call one of these Italian restaurants a favorite.

Check out our video on the best Italian food in Chicago:

Buon Appetito!