Where To Find The Best Italian Cuisine In Chicago

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2 December 2016

With a selection of Italian food that rivals Italy itself, Chicago has plenty of restaurants to choose from for anyone who has a craving for delicious pizza and pasta. Here is a brief guide to some of the must visit Italian restaurants in Chicago.

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Quartino Ristorante

Quartino Ristorante, a bi-level restaurant, is an excellent place to spend the evening with friends or family. The restaurant is full of vintage decor and features thin crust pizza, housemade pastas and special seasonal dishes. The portion sizes can be either large or small depending on preference and are made to be shared with others. Visitors can enjoy any meal with one of the flavorful house cocktails or a carafe of wine.
Quartino Ristorante, 626 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654 +1(312) 698-5000

La Scarola

Restaurant, Bar, Italian, Beer, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
La Scarola
La Scarola | Courtesy of Piccolo Sogno
A cozy restaurant with photos lining the walls, La Scarola specializes in Italian comfort food and visitors are guaranteed to leave happy and completely satisfied. The menu offers a range of items such as risotto primavera, veal marsala and salmon mondelli, so that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Coco Pazzo

Serving traditional and contemporary Tuscan cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, Coco Pazzo features a menu of seasonal selections. The restaurant has been given the Italian Seal of Approval by the Italian Government, certifying the exemplary quality and flavor of the food, and it is beloved by politicians, celebrities and various business professionals. To pair with the meal, Coco Pazzo also provides an all Italian wine menu, ensuring that the meal is well rounded and guests receive a complete Italian experience.

Piccolo Sogno

A rustic restaurant with a wood oven and garden seating, Piccolo Sogno brings fresh seasonal cuisine to hungry customers seeking phenomenal Italian cuisine. The chefs’ goal is to ‘get to the heart of Italian food and wine,’ and they achieve this with a selection of homemade pastas and hand tossed pizza finished with an assortment of handmade gelatos and sorbets. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing meals within the calm blue walls and soak in the events of the day.
Piccolo Sogno, 464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642 +1(312) 421-0077

Menu Items
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Ceres’ Table

Restaurant, Italian, Contemporary, $$$
A new restaurant located in the East Lakeview neighborhood, Ceres’ Table is the perfect restaurant for a formal evening out with family or friends. The menu includes regional, seasonally inspired plates made from local and sustainable ingredients, and changes regularly based on availability. At the weekend, they feature a delicious Italian brunch complete with eggs benedict, frittatas and paninis.

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