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Maddanthony's Bar & Grill sports a newly renovated 6,000 square feet of lounging space with plasma televisions. Waiters pile plates with food from sister restaurant LaCoco's Pizza & Pasta next door and pour suds until 4 a.m. Sunday–Friday, 5 a.m. on Saturdays, and forever during a time warp. Karaoke enthusiasts belt tunes on Tuesday nights and guests with dance fever hustle onto the dance-floor Wednesday–Saturday nights with a live DJ spinning the most current tunes. The bar maintains a young, energetic vibe with abundant events and eats, hosting nights centered around UFC matchups, boxing tournaments, and high-octane city-council meetings.

3350 W 47th St
Chicago,
IL
US

For more than 26 years, the LaCoco family has piled crusts with fresh toppings and served house-made italian ice and sandwiches. Beginning with thin, pan, or deep-dish crusts and 19 toppings, LaCoco's pie tossers craft all manner of regional pizza styles, including gourmet specialty pizzas that bury nontraditional toppings in melted cheese, such as the BLT or buffalo-chicken pizza. LaCoco's recently-added large dining room better hosts larger parties and standard-issue pizza launchers. For off-site occasions, the restaurant proffers a catering menu of hearty Italian entrees.

3350 W 47th St
Chicago,
IL
US

As they struggled to make ends meet by peddling fruits and vegetables from a truck, Mr. and Mrs. Ricobene never dreamed that their family’s name would one day be renowned throughout the South Side of Chicago. The couple first opened their own food stand in 1946, where they doled out sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas inspired by their Italian homeland. With the aid of their sons, they soon perfected their signature dish—the breaded steak sandwich, a meal that would one day be lauded by reporters from Chicago magazine as one of the best in the city. 

Today, Ricobene’s has expanded to multiple restaurant locations across Chicagoland, and chefs continue to whip up steak sandwiches in accordance with the original Ricobene family recipe. They fold ultrathin steaks into crusty Italian rolls before showering sandwiches in peppers, cheese, and meaty marinara sauce. The chefs draw culinary inspiration from both Italy and Chicago, seasoning wieners in celery salt and topping deep-dish pizzas with mozzarella. Meanwhile, out in the casual dining rooms, guests perch at wooden tables and admire the photographs of old Chicago that speckle the walls.

5160 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago,
IL
US

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