Choice-meat maestros at both Stefanelli's new location in Lockport and longstanding shop in Blue Island stock shelves with italian sausages, imported wines and cheeses, and fresh carry-out-menu items and catering platters. The breaded eggplant sandwich ($4.99) slumbers under a blanket of red sauce and cheese, and the muffolatto sandwich ($6.99) dresses to the nines in a three-piece suit of hot capicola, ham, and mortadella, garnished with a corsage of genoa salami. Cap off meals with a traditional cannoli ($1.49) picked fresh from an Italian cannoli tree. Alternatively, the catering menu ratchets up proportions with platters of pasta, chicken entrees, and sandwiches such as the torta round sub ($29.99), sized to feed 10 people or an entire convention of toddlers. The full pan of baked mostaccioli ($39.99) arrives topped with cheese and a desire to feed at least 20 people, and the half-pan of chicken or sausage vesuvio ($29.99) feeds 10–15 people and comes sidekicked with italian potatoes and mushrooms drizzled in a white-wine sauce.
Bartolini's chefs keep bellies brimming with a menu of hearty, family-friendly Italian fare. Thin-crust ($10.95+), deep-dish ($11.99+), and sicilian pan ($13.99+) pizzas bear arrays of meaty toppings, and specialty disks provide pre-arranged arrays like the alfredo-bedecked white pizza ($14.95+) and the tangy barbecue-chicken pizza ($14.94+). Chicken tetrazzini ($9.95) with white-wine cream sauce and mama's lasagna ($8.49–$9.49) wrap digestive systems in a nostalgic hug, and a fleet of sandwiches ($3.49+) provide a portable, bread-based meal for on-the-lam bank robbers.
Tossing pizzas and slinging Italian fare in Evergreen Park since 1980, the Barraco family has since extended its cheese-drenched reach across south and west Chicagoland with the help of a winsome menu. Deep-dish pizza ($12.30–$18.55) floods a dough basin with Olympic size pools of cheese and other mix-'em-ins. Diners embark on transatlantic journeys with each bite of the Around the World pizza ($10.95–$22.30), with a gustatory Baedeker of sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. Because it takes 25–30 minutes for pizzas to bake and compose adequate love sonnets to ovens, parties can quell impatient bellies with a roster of appetizers, such as fried and stuffed artichoke hearts ($8) or breaded mushrooms ($7.25). Alternatively, diners can dip into noncylindrical fare, such as the chicken linguine pesto ($18.50) on the pasta menu, the grilled tilapia dinner ($16.75) on the specialties menu, or a savory selection of rhombuses on the complimentary geometry tests.
Hollywood Park maintains a sprawling expanse of family-friendly activities ideal for a day of fast-paced fun and cordial competition. Two of several on-site attractions, Hollywood Park’s pair of 18-hole miniature golf courses unveil tracts of twisting-and-turning turf to tantalize putting prodigies and apprentices alike. Out-putt roommates for rent money with precisely rolled orbs on the Sand Castle course, or bridge the broad gap between Star Wars fan and country-club aficionado while impersonating an ewok on the faux-grass corridors of the Tree House course. Groups can celebrate well-read swings with bottles of Heineken or Mike’s Hard Lemonade, or rejuvenate underperforming putters by dousing them with a 32-ounce soft drink between holes.
Despite the name, Simply Slices parcels out pizza in nearly any form desirable—by the slice or by the pie, and for dining in, picking up inside, or driving through. Pie twirlers heap a selection of 13 ingredients on crust spread thin, fluffed to form a deep basin, or stuffed with toppings. Meanwhile, sister store Sno Biz pipes in sweet shaved ice to accompany special combos that get customers more food for their dollar or doubloon.
Calabria Imports' expert chefs have been filling stomachs with classic deli fare for more than 35 years, dishing out Italian and American sandwiches, homemade soups, and hearty dinner entrees. Mute the croak of a rumbling belly with the hunger-busting Freddy sandwich, a mountainous creation that stacks a homemade Italian-sausage patty with sweet peppers, melted mozzarella cheese, and red sauce ($5.79), or seek gravy-soaked solace in a hot, homemade Italian-beef sandwich ($5.49). Calabria Imports touts an ever-changing selection of fresh homemade soups to prevent deli déjà-vu, as well as hearty dinner delicacies, such as the baked eggplant parmesan ($6.99).