In 1966, taxi drivers Sam Levine and Fred Bartoli finally became fed up with their stop-and-go lives full of honking horns and rush-hour traffic. So they shut off their engines, handed in their keys, and took root. Along with pal George Loverde, they invested in property just off the bustling Magnificent Mile, but then didn?t know what to do with it. According to a 2004 profile in the Chicago Tribune, they got their direction when someone finally said, ?Put pizza in it.?
Today, Gino?s still stands at its original spot on Michigan and Superior but has also stretched to 10 other city and suburban locations. Whether dining downtown or in St. Charles, customers find Alice Mae?s signature crust piled with mounds of cheese, sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, and plenty of fresh toppings?from sausage and pepperoni to jalape?os and ground beef. Hot from the oven, pizzas arrive at tables snuggled inside seasoned deep-dish pans, ready to welcome a fork and knife. Thin-crust varieties are also available for those who don?t know how to work silverware, as is a bounty of sandwiches.
After years working as a sous chef and executive chef, Sean Kelley decided to found his own restaurant, where the rich colors and textures of tapas-style dishes are matched with vibrant decor. In the dining room, guests bite into lamb pops and sip hoppy craft beers from the beer list at booths underneath unearthly artwork. Wine bottles stand half-empty on the bright-red bar nearby as guests savor sharp whites and speak in arch tones about the declining quality of the Aquaman monthly series.
Samuel Mancino's Italianate empire extends throughout the Midwest, with each outpost flaunting a full menu of fresh-baked grinders and pizzas loaded with hearty ingredients. A trifecta of ham, hard salami, and spicy sausage powers the signature italian grinder ($6.49 for an 8"), spurred on to its task of filling bellies by green pepper, onion, and melted mozzarella. Samuel Mancino's chefs toss dough by hand to give it a fluffy texture before it meets its fate as a foundation for pizzas laden with fresh, gourmet topping combinations such as chicken and garlic or ham, bacon, and pineapple ($15.99+). Piping-hot breadsticks return in sugary eveningwear as sweet Cinna-Stix ($5.99), perfect for dessert or as lick-and-stick nest-building materials. Prices may vary by location, though the owner, who recently took over the Erskine Plaza location, is absolutely identical.
After owning the Granger Tap and Grill for nearly 30 years, the culinary-minded Reynolds family opened Jimmy's Pizza and Ribs to indulge their appetites for pies baked with homemade sauces and freshly cut ingredients, in addition to their already established barbecue ribs. The pizza menu lures diners with the Supreme, a pie as classic as Shakespeare’s award-winning lemon chiffon, which comes festooned with sausage, mushroom, pepperoni, and green peppers. A large meat lovers pizza transports hearty bitefuls of sausage, ham, pepperoni, and bacon atop Jimmy's original pizza sauce, and a hawaiian pizza whisks taste buds to tropical climes with a mélange of ham and bacon sweetened with pineapple. Large pizzas measure a whopping 18-inches across and can feed hungry families or dieting narwhals when supplemented with a savory side of breadsticks or cheesy garlic bread.
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Granger offers a wide selection of prime steak choices, including sirloin and filet mignon.
Health nuts will love Ruth's Chris Steak House for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from Ruth's Chris Steak House's delightful drink menu.
Take the kids along too — Ruth's Chris Steak House is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Having a lot of friends can be complicated, but Ruth's Chris Steak House makes it easy to please everyone.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Ruth's Chris Steak House provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Ruth's Chris Steak House will ensure that it is delicious.
Ruth's Chris Steak House's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Ruth's Chris Steak House can be pricey, so plan accordingly.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Kick back with your friends and enjoy an American meal at Stacy's Food and Spirits.
If slimming down is on the agenda, note that the food here is anything but low in fat.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Stacy's Food and Spirits has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
At Stacy's Food and Spirits, kids of all ages are welcome.
Stacy's Food and Spirits is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
The dress code at Stacy's Food and Spirits is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Can't get enough of Stacy's Food and Spirits' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Stacy's Food and Spirits is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Stacy's Food and Spirits.
Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Stacy's Food and Spirits, too — meals there usually cost less than $15.