The scents of homemade pan pizzas, pastas, grilled focaccia sandwiches, fresh salads, and desserts fill the air at Father & Son Italian Kitchen. Working with recipes perfected over years of experimentation at Father & Son Italian Kitchen and Marcello's locations, chefs craft every item on the Italian-focused menu item in-house. The selections, which were developed with one of the founders of Potbelly Sandwich Shop to be prepared as quickly as possible, range from pastas to four-corner flatbread pizzas. Abbe's gluten-free menu is also available.
For more than four decades, the Salerno family has been catering to peckish Chicagoans' cravings for fresh, homemade Italian cuisine. Michael Salerno's Pizzeria in Glenview continues the family tradition, specializing in Southern Italian comfort fare, as well as customizable thin- and thick-crust pizzas. The menu showcases a lip-smacking litany of authentic dishes and saucy specialties, including the seafaring linguine with mussels ($13.95) and the sautéed veal scallopini, replete with garlic, mushrooms, and onions ($16.95). Ricotta-and-mozzarella-stuffed shells with marinara or meat sauce ($10.95) provide a cheesy counterpoint to baccala, baked fillets of codfish with black olives, capers, onions, and sliced potatoes ($13.95). Meat-free diners can feast on vegetarian paninis ($7.50), and meat-loving diners can stuff maws with meatball sandwiches ($6.50). Salerno's offers dough-disk aficionados a completely personalized pizza experience, allowing diners to choose between thin and thick crust, as well as a hodgepodge of fresh toppings. Create an aromatic and amorous atmosphere with a large cheese pizza ($16.50) piled with fresh garlic, hot giardiniera, anchovies, and onions ($0.75 per topping), and conclude your meal with a sweet bite of a homemade cannoli ($2.50 each) or gelato ($3.95 for a small) before carving your initials into your significant other’s smartphone.
Pizza purveyors will devour Edwardo's all-natural pies, made with 100% pure aged cheese, crisp crust, and a sweet n' secret tomato sauce. Those perusing the menu will swiftly find Edwardo's signature stuffed cheese and spinach pizza, a two-inch-tall tasty treat packed with enough hand-selected spinach to finally let Popeye defeat Emperor Palpatine ($17.25 for 9"). Edwardo's thin-crust pizzas are just as delectable, with the Hawaiian Luau pie hosting generous chunks of pineapple, savory Canadian bacon, monterey jack cheese, and sweet n' sour sauce ($12.25 for 10"). Gobble up the Chicken Pesto Passion calzone, brimming with tender grilled meat, mozzarella cheese, and homemade pesto ($7.29), or pick up two chunky meatballs, smothered in marinara sauce and roasted red peppers ($4.79), for a kicking kickoff or a supportive side dish to your meal.
At CiCi’s Pizza, patrons wander along a buffet brimming with fresh-baked pizzas, hearty pasta, crisp salads, and warm desserts. Dough spinners whip up pizza crusts from scratch every day, slathering them with vine-ripened tomato sauce or zesty white sauce before sprinkling on a coat of whole-milk mozzarella—the perfect trap for unsuspecting toppings such as ham, pineapple, Italian sausage, spinach alfredo, and macaroni and cheese. All of CiCi's offerings are free of trans fat and sad flour, including sweets such as brownies, apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls. Although pricing varies by location, many franchises offer the buffet for less than $6 per person, while inviting guests ages 2 or younger nosh for free. The pizzeria spices up its edible good works by launching community-oriented programs that range from fundraiser nights to lunch-and-learn field trips for students.
Since serving the inaugural slice from its original Chicago location in 1970, Nancy's Pizza has carefully crafted an expansive menu of thick- and thin-crusted disks and Italian dishes laden with sauces and cheeses. Customize a signature stuffed- pie ($12–$18.50) by choosing from more than 20 filling options ($2/ingredient), or sample one of the pizza shop's tried-and-true deep-dish combinations such as the chicken and bacon with barbeque sauce ($15.50–$23.25). Thin-crust pizza ($11.75–$14.75, plus $1.75/topping) comes in enticing varieties such as Uncle Carlo’s Favorite, which is coated with chicken breast, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers ($15–$19.50), or the four manggio—a quartet of mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, and romano ($15–$19.50)—brought together in melty harmony by the unifying powers of Nancy's pizza oven.
For more than three decades, Mario's has been a neighborhood staple, serving a unique menu brimming with affordable, Chicago-centric fare. Sink incisors into italian beef sandwiches, made with meat Mario's roasts in-house ($5.90), or pinch pearly whites into a juicy polish sausage ($3.65). Patriotic palates can puncture Old Glory deep into the meaty center of a grilled jumbo hot dog with fries ($4.55). Appease heartier appetites with equally affordable entrees, such as spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread ($5.35), or a 21-shrimp basket with fries ($5.95). Mario's specializes in pizza made from fresh dough and stretched into four different styles: thin crust, pan crust, Sicilian style, and stuffed. Choose a slice ($3.20+), an individual 8-inch pie ($4.60+), or customize a massive 20-inch behemoth ($17.25+) that doubles as a tasty tarp to cover Skidoos.