Italian Restaurants in Highland

Up to 50% Off at Mama & Me Pizzeria

Homewood

$20 $11

Thin-crust, stuffed, or pan pizzas covered in customizable toppings alongside homemade pasta, baked sandwiches, and salads

Up to 52% Off Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza or Parmesans Station

Multiple Locations

$29 $14

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Chef Papandrea crafts gourmet pizzas baked over wood in stone oven, stuffed breads & signature pastas complemented by well-rounded wine list

Up to 52% Off at Italio

Orland Park

$21.86 $12

Build-your-own pasta bowls, salad bowls, and Italian wraps or choose three catering platters

49% Off Italian Cuisine at Connie's Pizza Gold Coast

Gold Coast

$75.95 $39

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Hearty meal includes wood-fired pizza appetizer, soups or salads, classic Italian entrees, and dessert, served with wine

45% Off Casual American and Italian Food at Lina's

Lakeview

$20 $11

Crowd-pleasing Italian and American dishes such as burgers topped with mushrooms and swiss, five-cheese lasagna, and chicken alfredo pizza

Up to 53% Off at Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano

North Park

$30 $15

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Chef lauded by ABC 7’s Hungry Hound crafts seafood and pasta dishes from Old-World recipes

Up to 52% Off at Gulliver's Pizza & Pub

West Rogers Park

$31.45 $15

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Iconic pizza institution serves up classic Chicago-style pies with rich crusts wrapped around cheese, spicy sauce, and fresh ingredients

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Filippo’s

DePaul

$77.80 $39

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

Up to 54% Off Italian Cuisine and Wine at Trattoria Trullo

Ravenswood

$81 $39

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

Angelina Ristorante – 38% Off Italian Cuisine

Lakeview

$40 $25

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Freshly harvested ingredients add seasonal flair to rustic Italian dishes such as ricotta gnocchi and penne with peas and pancetta

$7 for Pizza Meal for Two at NYC Slices

Multiple Locations

$12.78 $7

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

Half Off "Zagat"-Rated Italian Cuisine at Sapori Trattoria

Lincoln Park

$80 $40

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

50% Off Italian Cuisine at Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets

North Park

$30 $15

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

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Ranalli's of Andersonville

Edgewater

$20 $10

Chefs whip up a huge range of Italian classics, including gluten-free pastas and pizzas

Up to 52% Off at Al's Pizza Chicago

Portage Park

$25 $12

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BYOB eatery features entree specialties such as the taco pizza—loaded with ground beef, jalapeños, veggies, and american cheese

Up to Half Off Gourmet Pizza and Garlic Knots at Big G's Pizza

Lakeview

$31 $16

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Choose from classic pepperoni or cheese pizza, or enjoy a gourmet pizza filled with ingredients such as bacon, pulled pork, and red peppers

50% Off Italian Cuisine at Via Carducci/Via Carducci La Sorella

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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

Up to 52% Off at The Godfather's Famous Pizza

Uptown

$25 $12

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Throw a party with pizzas, sodas, and broasted chicken courtesy of a time-tested Chicago eatery

Half Off Italian Food at Tutto Italiano Ristorante

The Loop

$20 $10

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

Up to 33% Off Villa Palermo Pizza

West Rogers Park

$12 $8

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

47% Off Italian Fare at Gio's Cafe and Deli

Bridgeport

$30 $16

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BYOB café & deli serves traditional Italian & Sicilian dishes, allowing diners to personalize their entrees by adding select ingredients

Up to 62% Off an Italian Meal at Caponies Trattoria

Belmont Heights

$89 $34

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Old-World recipes anchor a menu laden with customizable pastas and pizzas fired in a wood-burning brick oven praised by Chicago magazine

50% Off Pizza with Beer or Wine at Gino's East River North

River North

$50 $25

Each diner sips a flight of six beers or two glasses of wine while munching on a gooey deep-dish or crispy thin-crust pizza

Up to 58% Off Four-Course Dinner at Bella Bacinos

The Loop

$82.70 $35

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Feast on a four-course meal with a starter, salad, entree, and dessert

Up to 50% Off Pizza at Angry Slice and Sub Shop

Summit

$20 $11

Pizzas topped with jerk chicken or italian beef and classic subs on D'Amato bread; all orders include complimentary ice cream

Select Local Merchants

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.”

Though the rest is history, it wasn’t quite easy. Bartoli and Loverde came from Italian and Sicilian backgrounds, but neither knew the key to a good pizza. It wasn’t until they hired Alice Mae Redmond, the woman responsible for the dough at Pizzeria Uno, that the Gino's East Chicagoans know and love was truly born. Although Alice Mae retired back in 1989, the recipe for her flaky, golden deep-dish pizza crust lives on.

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 jalapeños 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.

10343 Indianapolis Blvd
Highland,
IN
US

Antonio and Rosa DeRosa came from a long line of merchants who sold Italian staples such as pasta, olive oil, and wine in Montedecoro, Italy. The family was well known around Naples for these provisions, and when Antonio and Rosa immigrated to America in 1926, they stocked their business, DeRosa Imports, with these same Old World staples.

Today, grandson Anthony DeRosa runs the shop, where he upholds tradition by importing extra-virgin Sicilian olive oil, Italian espresso, and pastas ranging from rigatoni to gnocchi. Over time, the family has expanded their selection to include products from countries such as Croatia and Serbia. Artisanal pickles, sauces, and jams infused with rose hips or sour cherries line the shelves, along with bottles of wine to pair with dinner or pour on thirsty houseplants.

118 N Broad St
Griffith,
IN
US

For more than 50 years, the staff at Arnie's Dog House has steamed classic Vienna beef hot dogs, Polishes, Italian beef, and other sandwiches and their focus on what's on top of the bun is just as important as what's inside of it. Toppings crown any meal choice, and include ladles full of chili cheese or the Chicago-style treatment for a hot dog, with sport peppers, dill pickle spears, and tomatoes on top. Arnie's toppings are so popular, they even come as a standard part of many menu items: cheese fries get more interesting with a sprinkling of bacon, and tamales come with gooey chili. Side items including fried pickles, cheese sticks, and funnel-cake fries help round out the menu. The team cooks up these favorites in addition to other items such as loose hamburgers, corn dogs, Italian sausages, and pizza puffs for meals to be eaten in house or delivered to your door still sizzling, cooking meals quicker than even the competitors of the Lunch Lady World Championship Games.

8125 Calumet Ave
Munster,
IN
US

Family owned for over 35 years! The tradition began when Angelo opened the doors in 1976, his sons Larry & Peter took over a few years later. From there they have expanded to 9 family owned locations and 9 franchises. All of the franchise owners continue the tradition of family owned and operated restaurants.

3524 Ridge Rd
Lansing,
IL
US

Giuseppe "Joe" Scalzo had to turn down his first opportunity to manage a restaurant, a small trattoria in Calabria he'd been working in as he attended school. He had spent his entire professional career working in Tuscan eateries and wanted the job, but his educational path led him to Chicago's Loyola University in pursuit of a business degree. It didn't take him long to realize that the thing he missed most about home was working in a restaurant. With his newly acquired business acumen, he began his foray into opening Italian restaurants: first Piazza Bella, then Via Carducci, and finally his most recent labor of love, Ciao Bella Ristorante.

The kitchen is nestled behind a black-and-white photographic mural, which hints at the sunshine that sparkles along the Mediterranean coastline. Greenery flanks the piece, providing contrast along with the warm, saturated red walls painted with real marinara sauce. As guests revel under dim lighting amid the elegant atmosphere, plates of carefully crafted Italian cuisine arrive at tables alongside traditional thin-crust pizza. The restaurant recently expanded its bar and lounge areas and added a new banquet area for private parties that can seat up to 70. Joe's personal favorite pie is the quattro stagioni, for its savory blend of prosciutto, artichokes, and black olives.

1514 US Highway 41
Schererville,
IN
US

The burger artisans at Smashmouth Burgers & Pizza fire a fresh array of American fare from their fully stocked menu and carefully craft a selection of recipes each week. Celebrate the right to bear burgers with a plethora of 2-ounce Smash burgers, each bolstering a bouquet of caramelized onions, pickles, and bistro sauce ($0.99), or with a Monster Smash cheeseburger meal, which balances lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, pickles, and bistro sauce on a precarious half-pound patty of seasoned ground beef ($8.99). In addition to harvesting fresh burgers from its private orchard each morning, Smashmouth’s staff also designs submarine sandwiches and signature pizzas. Patrons can sink incisors into the chorizo-and-jalapeño-laden South of the Border pizza ($14.99–$17.99), or the Alfredo pie, which orchestrates a meeting of the minds among spinach, mushroom, and alfredo ($14.99–$17.99), wherein the ingredients discuss creating an edible replica of Michelangelo's Last Judgment.

764 E US Highway 30
Schererville,
IN
US