Italian Restaurants in Chicago

$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Food at Franco's Ristorante

Franco's Ristorante

Armour Square

In a dining room that resembles an Italian villa, guests feast on bruschetta, roasted pork chops, and Atlantic salmon with garlic polenta

$30 $16

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Italian Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Dessert at Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana

Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana

Lakeview

Rustic Italian eatery featured on Check, Please! serves seafood, pasta, and tiramisu in the cozy dining room or on the covered patio

$60

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Three-Course Italian Meal with Wine for Two or Four on Sunday–Friday at Trattoria Trullo (Up to 54% Off)

Trattoria Trullo

Ravenswood

Chefs specialize in authentic Puglia-region cuisine, including linguine with clams and orecchiette with broccoli raab and chili flakes

$81 $39

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Pizza and Beer for Two or Four at Pizzeria Ora (50% Off)

Pizzeria Ora

Near North Side

Thin-crust and deep-dish pies, available with custom toppings or as specialty pizzas such as the El Blanco with pesto, feta, and garlic

$20 $10

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$14 for an 18" One-Topping Pizza at Mr V's Pizza ($20 Value)

Mr V's Pizza

Jefferson Park

Chefs crafts pies slathered in house tomato sauce and accessorized with healthy toppings such as fresh veggies and preservative-free sausage

$20 $14

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$7 for Pizza Meal for Two with Fountain Drinks at NYC Slices ($12.78 Value)

NYC Slices

Multiple Locations

Restaurateur challenges Chicago’s notions of pizza with New York City–style pies baked on thin crusts and cut into wide slices

$12.78 $7

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"Zagat"-Rated Italian Cuisine at Sapori Trattoria (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Sapori Trattoria

Lincoln Park

Authentic Italian entrees such as handmade pasta stuffed with lobster meat and slow-cooked veal shank in rich red sauce

$40 $20

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner or Lunch at Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets (50% Off)

Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets

North Park

Executive chef Joe Monastero Jr. makes Italian and Sicilian dishes from scratch using family recipes

$30 $16

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$17 for a Large Pizza with a Choice of Beer, Soda, or Salad at Gulliver's Pizza (Up to $31.45 Value)

Gulliver's Pizza

West Rogers Park

Top pan pizzas with a choice of topping, including eggplant, spicy sausage, or fresh broccoli, washed down with domestic beer or soda

$31.45 $17

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Italian Dinner for Two at Filippo’s (43% Off)

Filippo's

DePaul

Authentic, Zagat-rated Italian trattoria with homemade ravioli, fettuccine bolognese, special fish of the day, and homemade desserts

$78.85 $45

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$22 for Two Large One-Topping Pizzas and 2-Liter Pepsi at Villa Rose Pizza & Restaurant ($35.40 Value)

Villa Rosa Pizza & Restaurant

Garfield Ridge

Pizzas topped with signature sauce and your choice of meats and veggies

$35.40 $22

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Deep-Dish Pizza Meal for Two or Four with Wine or Beer at Pizzeria Due

Pizzeria Due

Pizzeria Due

A flaky crust and tons of molten cheese mark the deep-dish pizzas at this iconic Chicago eatery from the creators of Pizzeria Uno

$28.35 $19

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Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Via Carducci (55% Off)

Via Carducci and Via Carducci La Sorella

Multiple Locations

Drawing inspiration from Southern Italy, chefs bake sauceless pizzas, pour vodka sauce over salmon pasta, and slice thin veal medallions

$40 $18

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Wood-Fired Pizza and Italian Food at Pizzeria del Mercato (Up to 46% Off).

Pizzeria del Mercato

West Town

Inside the wood-fired oven, made-to-order pizzas crisp at high heat while you enjoy antipasti and conversation in the airy dining room

$27 $16

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18" Pizzas Meals at Big G's Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Big G's Pizza

University Village - Little Italy

Simple cheese or Specialty pizzas, with topping like steak and French fries, or simple cheese and pepperoni pies, come with garlic knots

$20 $10

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Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Tutto Italiano Ristorante (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Tutto Italiano Ristorante

The Loop

Chefs dish out Italian staples such as chicken marsala and three-cheese ravioli within wood-accented dining room made of converted train car

$20 $10

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Shared Appetizers, Entrees, and Drinks at Bar Forza (51% Off)

Bar Forza

DePaul

Guests feast on authentic Italian cuisine crafted by Chef Mentesana, who draws on his time in Florence kitchens to craft pastas and pizzas

$61 $30

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Up to 33% Off Pizza — Villa Palermo Pizza; Valid Monday - Thursday 3 PM - Midnight

Villa Palermo Pizza

West Rogers Park

Pizza chefs pepper thin-crust pies with fresh ingredients ranging from anchovy & bacon to spinach & zucchini

$12 $8

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One or Two Large Marie's Special Pizzas and Pitchers of Beer or Wine Flights at Marie's Pizza & Liquors (Up to 57% Off)

Marie's Pizza & Liquors

North Mayfair

Savory sausage and fresh green peppers, onions, and mushrooms crown Marie’s Special Pizzas, pairing with beer, wine, and sounds of live jazz

$30.25 $14

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Select Local Merchants

When Salvatore Ferrara first arrived to Chicago in 1900, he earned a living using the pastry- and candy-making skills he had acquired in his home country of Italy. Within a few years, Salvatore opened Original Ferrara Bakery, an Italian bakery that gained popularity during the formative years of Taylor Street's Little Italy neighborhood. The bakery became especially well-known for its candies, which eventually branched out into a second business, Ferrara Pan Candy Company, the manufacturer of perennial favorites such as Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs. In the meantime, Sal's wife Serafina nurtured the bakery, maintaining its reputation as she became known in the neighborhood as "the Angel of Halsted Street." And though the area has seen rampant transformation over the last century, Original Ferrara Bakery still stands, delighting patrons with its renowned candies and pastries.

Now in its third generation of Ferrara ownership, the Original Ferrara Bakery is run by Sal and Serafina's grandchildren who continue to adhere to their family's original practices. They use all-natural ingredients to create signature items such as cannoli cake--rum-soaked layers of fresh strawberries, Italian custard, and cannoli cream--as well as elaborately tiered wedding cakes, and bite-sized indulgences such as petit fours and Italian butter cookies. Over the years, a lunch menu has been added to the mix, offering options including Neapolitan-style pizza and chicken parmigiana.

2210 W Taylor St
Chicago,
IL
US

Daniel Zemans, a columnist for Serious Eats’ pizza blog, Slice, is an admitted sausage junkie, so it goes without saying that his standards for a sausage pie are pretty high. But La Madia chef and owner Jonathan Fox wasn't worried. The chef perfected his own recipes after eating dozens of styles of pizza across Europe and the U.S., adopting high standards for his cuisine that include making his fennel sausage in-house. Won over by sausage he described as “absolutely stunning—a perfect combination of flavor and texture", Zemens reaction helps explain why La Madia has earned notable press, including praise from Chicago Foodies writer Mandy Zaransky, who called La Madia's pepperoni pizza the best she'd ever had. Each day, La Madia’s chefs prepare dough and pasta from scratch using simplistic combinations of flour, salt, and water. Guests can sample their handiwork in dishes such as chicken-spinach ravioli or white pizza with taleggio and three-hour roasted grapes. To complement the fresh feast, patrons can explore an impressive wine list that offers hundreds of bottles and more than 75 international varietals available by the glass. Or, they can forgo tricky wine list navigating by consulting a magic 8-ball or by selecting one of the two wines featured each week as staff favorites.

59 West Grand Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

After visiting Panino?s Lakeview location, ABC 7's Steve Dolinsky was so impressed by the pie?s ?wonderful, wonderful? dough that he created a list for the ?Top 5 Neapolitan Pizzas In Chicago? that very same week. Not surprisingly, Dolinsky, known around town as the Hungry Hound, put Panino?s at the top of that list, proclaiming that the dough?s ?char and chew captured [his] attention from the start.? The secret behind Panino's crust has nothing to do with the oven, and everything to do with its flour and yeast imported from Naples. Known as Molina San Felice Farnia Tipo ?oo,? the flour?s name may be a mouthful to say, but, all customers need to know is that it is the ?queen? of all flours officially certified for producing real Neapolitan pizzas. Once transformed into dough, the yeast?a mother-strand used since the 1800s?comes into play to provide that signature flavor and chew. This then becomes the canvas for 14 different Neapolitan-style pies, ranging from a simple margherita topped with fresh mozzarella and basil to more complicated creations, including the Verona piled with spinach, bacon, chicken, and parmesan cheese. Although Panino?s Neapolitan-style pies are clearly its claim to fame, the eatery doesn't turn away from other favorites. Chefs also pull Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas from the oven, and sate appetites with Italian staples such as eggplant parmigiana and chicken marsala.

3702 North Broadway
Chicago,
IL
US

Not a lot of ideas dreamed up on a first date come to fruition. But for Daniela and Brad, their first date in a Sao Paulo pizzeria grew into more than just a romance. With every successive date, their wouldn't-it-be-nice dream of opening a Brazilian-style pizzeria grew too shape. Not too long after, they decided to use the recipes handed down from their Italian ancestors to create their pizzeria, Fogo 2 Go.

In their cozy store-front?taken up by a main counter and an enormous brick oven?they bake crispy, Italian pizzas paired with unique Brazilian influences. Their pies come layered with everything from classic Italian sausages to more unique brie margherita and shrimp scampi toppings. True to the idea's Brazilian roots, they also cook up treats such as coxinha?an empanada filled with seasoned chicken and mashed potatoes?as well as desserts such as flan and Nutella & Banana pizza.

Aside from the Brazilian-Italian comestibles, Fogo's crown jewel is the brick-fired, charbroiled whole, half, or quarter chicken. Thanks to the intensity of the oven's heat and the incantations of the bistro's house shaman, the chicken quick-cooks, leaving a bacon-crisp skin and sealing in juices. What they never decided in their dream was the type of beverages to serve, so the pair let customers make that choice themselves with their BYOB policy. Fogo 2 Go even satisfies late-night hungers by staying open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

926 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago,
IL
US

Ask an out-of-towner what they want to do when they visit Chicago, and they'll probably tell you they want to chow down on some deep-dish pizza. Chicago Pizza Tours owner and pizza aficionado Jonathan Porter leads parties on treks to some of the Windy City's most celebrated pizzerias with three different pie-themed tours. Guests sample Chicago's signature style with the deep-dish only holiday walking tour, enjoy slices with sides of adult beverages during pizza and cocktails outings, or visit the kitchens of four different restaurants during the original tour. Each outing takes visitors to local favorites across a wide range of styles and cuisines, from the caramelized thick crusts of Pequod's, the stuffed pies of Bacino's, or the Neapolitan-style creations of Spacca Napoli.

Recently, Jonathan Porter has teamed up with local writer and tour guide Jonathan Knotek to launch Chicago Prohibition Tours, a romp through some of Chicago's most famous speakeasies still in existence. During the 3.5-hour bus trip through the roaring '20s and beyond, guests can visit the old one-time haunts of gangsters and crooked pols, such as the Green Door Tavern or the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub, all while sipping popular cocktails from almost 100 years ago and communicating only through silent-film title cards.

61 E Madison St
Chicago,
IL
US

For the restauranteurs behind Rocco Ranalli's Cafe and Pizzeria, keeping Chicago well fed is a family affair. Run by the Ranalli clan since the 1970s, this neighborhood joint at the heart of Lincoln Park still serves the pizza, sandwiches, and brews that made it a Lincoln Avenue insitution to begin with. In the kitchen, chefs wrangle the ingredients necessary to master their own huge menu, which includes everything from barbecue pork sandwiches to chicken parmesan and beer-battered fish ?n? chips. Their pizzas pair standby flavors such as the Meat Lover's italian sausage, pepperoni, and bacon with unorthodox favorites such as the Mexicano's taco-style ground beef, salsa, and refried beans. A menu of eight Ranalli specialty sandwiches also honors the neighborhood itself, with names like The Redline, The Lincoln Park, and The Blue Demon working in conjunction with gourmet ingredients including fried eggs, sauteed mushrooms, smoked gouda, and balsamic glaze. At the bar, barkeeps serve brews from the restaurant's extensive craft beer list, which includes more than 50 labels. In the warmer months, mealtime revelries also unfold on Rocco Ranalli's gargantuan patio, where diners can soak up mid-meal sun amid Lincoln Park's bustling din and rustling leaves.

1925 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

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