The glowing embers inside Bucci's signature brick oven do more than just heat up food. They infuse dishes with a signature flavor and rustic warmth that can only be found in authentic Italian cuisine. Homemade accents can be found throughout Bucci's Brick Oven's menu, from the meatballs balanced atop plates of spaghetti to the cavatelli featured on Food Network's Best Thing I Ever Ate. Guests slice through the chicken prosciutto's layers of italian ham, tomatoes, and lightly breaded chicken, or warm themselves with the legendary parmesan entrees packed with veal, chicken, or eggplant and a bubbling layer of provolone cheese.
Alfonso's Restaurante's kitchen crafts special-recipe red sauce for many of its classic Italian dishes. In the sicilian casserole, it boosts the flavor of tri-colored peppers, meatballs, and sausage, and it sweetens the layers of ricotta and meatballs in the baked lasagna, much better than a paste made from red Pixy Stix. Among a generous menu of pasta, veal, and seafood entrees, other house favorites include breaded and pan-seared walleye and long bone pork chops in a tomato pozzuoli sauce.
The Corradi family opened Corradi's Master Pizza in 2010 and has since dedicated its time and talents to perfecting its specialty pizzas, calzones, wings, and other Italian-American fare. The family prepares food for dine-in, delivery, and takeout.
Verso has expanded the traditional range of Italian fare to include Verso chips ($7), a deliciously seasoned stack of house-made potato chips heaped with provolone cheese, chunks of bacon, and green onion. Basic pizzas range from $6 to $16 to start, depending on size and shape (circle or sheet—sheets require 12 to 24 hours of advance notice to ensure their 800-thread-count goodness). Try a specialty option, such as a Caribbean ($18 for a large), topped with honey-lime oil, provolone, jerk chicken, mangos, caramelized onions, and cilantro. Sandwiches are available for easy gripping—bite into a chicken Philly ($7) with roasted chicken, sautéed peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese served on a hoagie. Pasta ranges from $9 to $11, with meaty additions running an extra $2 to $3, and comes in every imaginable shape and length, including whole-wheat penne. Wash it all down with a variety of $2 beverages, or imbibe from the beer and wine lists ($4 to $16).
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.
Guys Pizza Co. is all about a custom pizza-eating experience, allowing diners to pick everything from the crust to the sauce to the toppings. Whether it's a New York–style, gluten-free, or Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, each pie comes loaded with a slightly sweet classic tomato sauce, zesty red sauce, white garlic recipe, or pesto sauce. Next come the meaty toppings—such as gyro meat or pulled pork—and fresh veggies, including green peppers, spinach, and olives. For the pizza averse, Guys also churns out burgers, wings, quesadillas, and sandwiches.