In the age of abundant grocery stores with dry goods on every shelf, the ability to make pasta has become a relic of the Old World. However, the chefs at Trattoria Demi remind diners of what they’ve been missing by handcrafting all their pasta and stuffing the fresh, light dough with meats and cheeses. They slather the resulting dishes with both hearty and light Italian sauces, ranging from a rich tomato concoction to the stripped-down blend of citrus and olive oil. When it’s not shaped into pasta dishes, dough forms the foundation of Italian-style thin-crust pizzas, topped with everything from clams and white sauce to prosciutto and marinara.
The cuisine is served in a warm, blond wood–accented dining room situated in the beating commercial heart of downtown Evanston. The trattoria's minimalistic decor features a row of colorful still-life paintings hung above the bar, where guests can sip wines from all over the world without taking a 24,906-mile trip.