Italian noodles take their names from their distinctive shapes—angel hair is thin and long, bow-tie pasta is shaped like a tie, and elbow macaroni looks like a macaroni. Sample delectable shapes with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for $30 worth of Italian comfort food for two or more
- $30 for $60 worth of Italian comfort food for four or more
Danny’s Cafe's menu stars the half-pound fried-meatball sandwich, a signature sub topped with fried peppers ($6.49). Other dishes include homemade rigatoni with vodka sauce ($12.95), and the vesuvio steak sandwich on ciabatta bread ($10.95).
Danny’s Cafe warmly serves what co-owner Carl Dote described as “Italian peasant food” on Danny’s Check, Please! feature. Their cooking aims to comfort, from generously stuffed artichokes to their signature fried-meatball sub. The hefty sandwich, highlighted on WGN, comes to fruition after staff members hand-form fresh meatball mix into patties and pile on fried peppers. Co-owner and chef Paula Dote told ABC’s “Hungry Hound” that when she and her husband bought the restaurant, she wanted to make exactly what she made at home, and indeed, she uses recipes from her mother and mother-in-law in all of her cooking and homemade volcano experiments. She ladles vodka sauce and crumbled sausage over homemade rigatoni, and layers provolone, parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta in the four-cheese lasagna. Pork neck bones, one of Danny's more unique dishes, are served twice a week and praised by Hungry Hound for the tender meatiness resulting from hours spent simmering in spiced tomatoes. The eatery has also spawned relatives—appropriately named “Cuzzin’s Cafe”—that serve similar dishes in Des Plaines and Orland Park.
86% of 1,490 customers recommend
“Great friendly place, with excellent food.”
“Great authentic Italian food, warm friendly staff and very clean. A special place to meet friends and enjoy a fine, relaxing meal!! Recommend highly. ”
“Amazing Italian food and great service!”
1419 N 15th Ave.
Melrose Park, IL 60160