Sabatino’s is the real bee’s knees when it comes to old-school Italian fare. This retro supper club features Italian classics so delicious they could have been made by an Italian grandmother. Be prepared for Sabatino’s lasagna – its meaty flavor will have you wanting to make another reservation as soon as possible.
Sabatino’s, 4441 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 283 8331
For those of you craving Italian comfort food, Volare Ristorante Italiano is the spot for you. Expect to taste traditional, home-style Italian cooking in a bustling dining room with an old-school feel. The lasagna is made in the traditional Bolognese style, however it’s baked in their pizza oven. With a lot of cheese and plenty of meat, the dish is prepped to perfection.
Volare Ristorante Italiano, 201 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 410 9900
With a Roman-inspired Italian vibe, expect an upscale modern feel with an open kitchen at Tre Soldi, whose lasagna could be described as a Roman masterpiece. Baked in a small, individual crock, this lasagna is layered with a ragu sauce, simmered for three hours with tomatoes imported from Italy and a melange of meats supplying a delicious flavor. Finally, they top off the dish with a creamy, white béchamel sauce that sits under the top layer of cheese.
Tre Soldi, 212 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 664 0212
The Rosebud is an iconic Chicago staple serving traditional Italian fare in Little Italy. This restaurant requires an extra large appetite because their lasagna portion sizes are incredibly generous. The chefs are accommodating and are very willing to suit the customer’s wishes. For example, the chef once combined carbonara sauce with vodka to create a unique, custom creation for a customer who asked for it.
The Rosebud, 1500 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 942 1117
Situated in The Loop, Tesori takes a rustic yet upscale approach to deliver some of the best Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in Chicago. If you’re strolling down Michigan Avenue or spending time at the Art Institute, Tesori is only a few steps away. The pasta is fresh and all made in-house, plus the lasagna also contains house-made sausage. You can expect to see creamy ricotta, kale, Fontina, sausage-tomato ragu, and parmesan cheese paired with garlic crostini on the side.
Tesori, 65 E. Adams St. Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 786 9911
With a swanky set-up in River West, Piccolo Sogno – also known as ‘little dream’ in Italian – will have you mesmerized by the beautiful interior. The meaty lasagna is a game changer with its light béchamel sauce that seeps between the layers of homemade pasta. Although the surroundings appear to host a young, trendy crowd, it’s a very classic and welcoming restaurant.
Piccolo Sogno, 464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1312 421 0077