Italian Restaurants in Illinois

$14 for Two Specialty Pizzas at Bricks Wood Fired Pizza & Cafe (Up to $26 Value)

Bricks Wood Fired Pizza & Cafe

Multiple Locations

Wood-fired pizzas in specialty combinations that feature artichokes, barbecued chicken, italian sausage, or even eggs

$26 $14

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Takeout or Pizza, Pasta, and Focaccia Sandwiches for Two or Four at Chooch's Pizzeria (Up to 50% Off)

Chooch's Pizzeria

Downtown Elgin

Specialty pizzas and pasta anchor a menu of Italian favorites, including focaccia sandwiches and chicken parmesan

$20 $14

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$18 for a 16" Pizza with an Appetizer and Two Beers or Sodas at Lou's Pizza Factory ($32.45 Value)

Lou's Pizza Factory

Arlington Heights

Pizza topped with the topping of your choice such as green pepper or sausage; mozzarella sticks, breaded eggplant, and onion ring appetizers

$32.45 $18

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Rosati's Pizza

Rosati's Pizza

Schaumburg

Thin crust, double dough, and Chicago-style pizza pies topped with pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, grilled chicken, or Italian beef

$20 $12

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Italian Cuisine at Parmesans Station and Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Parmesans Station and Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza

Multiple Locations

Stuffed breads, pastas, and pizzas baked over wood in stone oven and paired with wine; new Tinley Park location also hosts parties up to 120

$20 $10

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Burgers, and Sandwiches at CravePizza

CravePizza

Mount Prospect

Wings dressed in five types of sauce ready appetites for thin-, pan-, or stuffed-crust pizzas, chicken caesar salad & bacon-topped burgers

$20 $11

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$16 for $30 Worth of Deep-Dish Pizza and Other Menu Items at Gino’s East

Gino’s East

Multiple Locations

Golden, flaky deep-dish pies filled with sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, served alongside pasta, salads, and sandwiches

$30 $16

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Pizza Meal for 2 or 4 or $25 Worth of Carryout at Jerseys Pizza & Grill in Hoffman Estates (Up to 56% Off)

Jerseys Pizza and Grill

Hoffman Estates

Ovens melt cheese on specialty pizzas as diners gaze at 6’x10’ screens and 35 high-def TVs in a sports-focused restaurant

$33.79 $15

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Fare at Skuddlebutts Pizza ($30 Total Value)

Skuddlebutts Pizza

Skuddlebutts

Open more than seven decades, restaurant features burgers, fried chicken, ribs, and wings

$10 $5

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$11 for $ Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Fratello's Family Restaurant and Pizzeria

Fratello's Pizzeria

Elmhurst

Thin-crust, pan, and stuffed-crust pizzas accompany classic Italian and American dishes such as lasagna and Italian-beef sandwiches

$20 $11

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Pasta for Dine-In or Takeout at Sir Nick's Pizza

Sir Nick's Pizza

Bartlett

Order specialty pizzas topped with sausage, onion, and bacon on a barbecue sauce base or family-size portions of ravioli for pick-up service

$20 $11

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Italian Dinner for Two or More at RoccoVino's Carol Stream (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

RoccoVino's

Carol Stream

Italian cuisine such as rigatoni vodka, stuffed eggplant, seafood risotto, and signature pizzas

$30 $15

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Pizza and Italian Food at Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wa-Pa-Ghetti's Pizza

Wheeling

Diverse menu with handcrafted pizzas, classic American dishes, and items inspired by Italian and Mexican cuisines

$10 $5

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Two-Hour Cooking Class with Wine for One or Two at Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge (Up to 55% Off)

Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge

Park Ridge

Groups of up to 20 guests make, then eat, Sicilian entrees such as ravioli and marinara sauce, all while sipping included wine

$55 $27

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$30 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Pizza, Salad, and Sandwiches at Blue & Gold Pizza ($60 Total Value)

Blue & Gold Pizza

Veedersburg

Taco salads, sausage sandwiches on 12" italian bread, and pizzas topped with housemade sauce and Grande Cheese Company cheese

$30 $15

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Pizza Meal for Two or Four with Appetizer Sampler and Soft Drinks at Rocky's Pizzeria (Up to 54% Off)

Rocky's Pizzeria

Multiple Locations

Bite into your choice of three appetizers, such as chicken fingers, tater tots, and fried shrimp, plus handmade cheese pizzas

$21.72 $10

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Pizza and Italian Sandwiches at Enzo's Restaurant (Up to 48% Off)

Enzo's Restaurant

Chicago Heights

Casual cuisine including sausages adorned with peppers or gravy, juicy Italian beef sandwiches, and thin-crust and deep-dish pizzas

$26.75 $14

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$22 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Mandile's Italian Ristorante

Mandile's Italian Ristorante

Algonquin

Homemade pastas made daily, with gluten-free and whole-wheat options available; brick-oven pizzas paired with wine from Italy and California

$40 $22

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Italian Dinner for Two or Take-Out at Riggio's (Up to 46% Off)

Riggio's

Niles

Specialty sandwiches stuffed with meatballs or veal parmigiana; pasta entrees swimming in pesto or clam sauce; pizzas with 20+ ingredients

$25 $13.50

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Pizza at Dream's Pizzeria Bar and Banquet (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Dream's Pizzeria Bar and Banquet

Oak Forest

Expansive menu goes beyond just pizza, with pastas such as spaghetti with meatballs and hot sandwiches such as the sausage and beef combo

$25 $12

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Italian Food and Pizza for Dinner at Marzano's Wood Fired Italian (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Marzano's Wood Fired Italian

McHenry

Wood-fired oven cooks certified-authentic neapolitan pizzas; other dishes include baked ziti, gnocchi with vodka sauce, and seared scallops

$35 $19

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$18 for Pizza Meal with one 16” Pizza, One Appetizer & Four Drinks at North Island Pizza ($30 Value) 

North Island Pizza

Batavia

16 in. one-topping pizza crowned with a variety of topping choices, from italian beef or sausage to pineapple or giardiniera

$30 $18

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Italian Cuisine and Drinks for Two or Four at Danny's (Up to 50% Off)

Danny's

Melrose Park

Homestyle Italian cuisine including pasta, steak, and house-special neckbones

$25 $13

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$34.10 for $60 Worth of Generations-Old Italian Cuisine at Philly G’s

Philly G's

Vernon Hills

Owner draws on recipes from his grandmother and great-grandmother to build a menu of refined Italian cuisine

$60 $34.10

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Pizza and Pasta for Dine-In, Takeout, or Catering at Spizzico Pizza and Pasta (Up to 45% Off)

Spizzico Pizza and Pasta

Elmwood Park

Restaurant offers Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas alongside Italian favorites, such as ravioli, chicken-parmigiana sandwiches, and spaghetti

$20 $11

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$24 for 2 16" One-Topping Thin Crust Pizzas and One 2-Liter Soda for Takeout at Rosati's Pizza ($38.77 Value)

Rosati's Pizza

Multiple Locations

Thin crust pies topped with pepperoni, bell peppers, mushrooms, bacon, black olives, hot giardiniera, jalapenos, and more

$38.77 $24

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$18 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Vincitori

Vincitori

Westmont

Ritz-Carlton veteran chef Bob Airdo crafts upscale northern- and southern-style Italian dishes

$40 $18

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Take-Out Pizza from Donati's Pizza of Rolling Meadows (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Donati's Pizza of Rolling Meadows

Rolling Meadows

Signature thin or thick dough transforms into bacon-strewn Southside pie or supports custom arrangement of 20+ toppings

$20 $12

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$13 for a Pizza Meal at Passero's Pizza ($25.26 Value)

Passero's Pizza

Lisle

Pizzeria dishes out meals complete with an extra-large pizza, cheesy garlic bread, and a cup of red sauce

$25.26 $13

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Dinner Cuisine at La Notte Due in Darien

La Notte Due

Darien

Gnocchi with spicy arrabbiata sauce, spaghetti Bolognese, and other Italian entrees paired with a selection of international wines

$30 $15

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Sicilian Food at Corleone Sicilian Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Corleone Sicilian Restaurant

Linn

Mussels steamed in a white-wine and lemon sauce, fresh fettuccine tossed in a creamy garlic sauce with broccoli, and classic veal piccata

$30 $15

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Pizzeria Cuisine for Dine-In, Pickup, or Both at Mama & Me Pizzeria (Up to 50% Off)

Mama & Me Pizzeria

Homewood

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

$20 $11

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Pizzeria Food at Nino's Pizza (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Nino's Pizza

Alsip

Dig into a thin-crust, stuffed-crust, or deep-dish pizza, plus meatball and italian beef sandwiches, pasta, and chicken dinners

$20 $11

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Two $10 Groupons for Pizza, Sandwiches, and Beef at Nick’s Pizza & Beef or $50 Worth of Catering (50% Off)

Nick's Pizza & Beef

Bellwood

Italian-beef sandwiches, burgers, gyros, and pizzas layered with toppings

$10 $5

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$12 for Large One-Topping Pizza and 2-Liter Soda at Rosati's Pizza ($20.48 Value)

Rosati's Pizza

Mokena

Thin-crust, double-dough, and Chicago-style pizzas topped with pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, grilled chicken, or Italian beef

$20.48 $12

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Gianni's Ristorante & Pizzeria (Up to 54% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Gianni's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Franklin Park

Chefs prepare pizza bread, bruschetta, and rustic Italian pastas such as stuffed shells, lasagna, and linguine with scallops in vodka sauce

$48.85 $23

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian and American Cuisine at Romanesco’s

Romanesco’s

Cary

Eatery dishes out cheesy beef pizza, baked manicotti, meatball sandwiches, baby back ribs, popcorn shrimp, BLTs, and Chicago-style hot dogs

$20 $12

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner or Lunch for Two or More at Ciao Ristorante (53% Off)

Ciao Ristoranté

Palos Hills

Traditional Italian seafood pastas, veal piccata, lasagna, and chicken parmesan served in a serene, low-lit dining room

$20 $9.50

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner at Agostino's Italian Restaurant (40% Off)

Agostino's Italian Restaurant

Fairview Heights

Second-generation chef curates a menu of Italian classics as well as a seafood-pasta specialty of his father’s own invention

$50 $30

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner on Friday–Saturday or Sunday–Thursday at Zaza's (Up to 50% Off)

Zaza's

Westmont

Entrees of housemade gnocchi, thin-crust pizzas, seafood, and veal decorate tables between sun-colored walls

$40 $25

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$14 for Two Wood-Fired Pizzas at Fireside Wood Fired Pizza & Cafe ($24 Value)

Fireside Wood Fired Pizza & Cafe

La Grange

Wood-fired brick oven cooks 13 specialty pizzas with toppings such as housemade tomato sauce and marinated artichoke hearts

$24 $14

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$10 for $20 Worth of Pizza at Kenootz Pizzeria

Kenootz Pizza

Midlothian

Chefs choose from more than a dozen toppings to stuff deep-dish pizzas and prepare Italian classics such as meat ravioli and stromboli

$20 $10

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$12 for One Two-Topping Pizza at The Godmother's Chicago Pizza & Catering ($22 Value)

The Godmother's Chicago Pizza & Catering

Channahon

Deep-dish, thin crust, and specialty pizzas with freshly tossed crusts and toppings like buffalo chicken and alfredo sauce

$22 $12

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Pizza and Subs at Angry Slice and Sub Shop (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Angry Slice and Sub Shop

Summit

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

$20 $11

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$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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$16 for $25 Worth of Pizza, Homemade Lasagna, and Sides at Wayne's Pizza

Wayne's Pizza

Arlington Heights

Since 1964, Wayne's has used secret family recipes and fresh ingredients to craft high-quality pizzas, pasta, and classic Italian dishes

$25 $16

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Pub Food at Stella's Pizza and Pub (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Stella's Pizza and Pub

Wheaton

Situated inside Fox Bowl, the restaurant serves thin-crust pizza, giardiniera-topped italian beef, and other pub-style eats

$20 $10

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Pizza at Nancy's Pizza (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Nancy's Pizza

Park Ridge

Enjoy stuffed or thin-crust pizzas topped with a range of ingredients for dine-in, take-out, or delivery

$25 $15

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$12 for $20 Worth of Calzones and Macaroni at Calzone & Macaroni Co.

Calzone & Macaroni Co.

Vernon Hills

Design your own calzone or macaroni dish or pick a signature option such as lobster mac; gluten-free options available

$20 $12

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$17 for a Large One-Topping Pizza with a Two-Liter of Soda for Take-Out from Rosati’s Pizza ($24.55 Value)

Rosati's Pizza

Darien

Take home a pizza made with a choice of topping, paired with a two-liter of soda

$24.55 $17

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$21 for Two Medium One-Topping Pizzas, Breadsticks, and Soda at Firehouse Pizza & Grill ($36.46 Value)

Firehouse Pizza & Grill

Geneva

Meat and veggie toppings bedeck pizzas that pair with breadsticks and soda

$36.46 $21

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Southern Italian Cuisine or Catering for Up to 20 from Via Bella (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Via Bella

Countryside

Wine accents southern Italian feasts of lobster ravioli, ribs, and specialty pizzas, and catering brings the feast to customers’ parties

$40 $20

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Specialty Pastas, Steaks, and Seafood at Bella Mia (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Bella Mia Ristorante

Midlothian

Chefs prepare classic Italian dishes like linguine alfredo, grilled octopus, chicken vesuvio, and prime cuts of filet mignon

$50 $25

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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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Pizzeria Cuisine at Armand's Pizzeria (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Armand's Pizzeria

Wheaton

Pizzeria cuisine includes thin-crust, pan, and very thin, olive-oil-based pizzas, mostaccioli, italian beef, and caprese salads

$20 $12

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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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$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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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 52% 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 $16

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$17 for $30 Worth of Pizza and Drinks at Mama Luna's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Mama Luna's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Cragin

Four styles of pizza topped with more than 25 different ingredients

$30 $17

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Italian Meal for Two or Four on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Caponies Trattoria (Up to 62% Off)

Caponies Trattoria

Belmont Heights

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

$89 $34

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Italian Dinner and Wine for Two or Four at Mart Anthony's (Up to 57% Off)

Mart Anthony's

West Town

Neighborhood Italian eatery has a menu based on four generations of family recipes

$99 $45

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$15 for $30 Worth of Pizzeria Fare at Bojono's Pizzeria

Bojono's Pizzeria

Uptown

Made-from-scratch dough and sauces collide for specialty pizzas, pastas, and other Italian fare

$30 $15

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Pizza with Garlic Knots at Big G's Pizza (Up to 57% Off). Four Options Available.

Big G's Pizza

Lakeview

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

$22 $9.50

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It’s a wonder the staffers at Protein Bar have time to do anything but smile for the camera amid the maelstrom of media attention the eatery has received in recent years. The man at the center of the storm is founder Matt Matros, dubbed one of Crain’s Chicago Business’s most successful 40 Under 40 in 2012. Matros spend his youth struggling with his weight, and lost his father to a heart attack before his 22nd birthday. The shock sparked a renewed hunger for life in the young executive, who went on to shed 50 pounds through exercise and healthy eating. Along the way, Matt noticed a gaping hole in the world of fast food—where were the healthy options? He decided to throw his corporate career to the wind and pour his entire life savings into opening the first Protein Bar, a welcoming haven for the health-conscious eater. Matros’ business soon flourished into eight Chicago locations, with three more in D.C. His aim was to cut out the junk that pervades fast-food chains—refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, empty calories, and unsettling cartoon characters—and replace it with lean protein, heart-healthy fiber, and satisfying flavor. The menu accomplishes just that. At breakfast, bowls are filled with oatmeal deemed some of the finest in the city by CBS Chicago. As the hours wear on, a special mix of six types of veggies builds each salad into a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Bar-ritos swap out calorie-heavy rice for quinoa and flour tortillas for hearty whole-wheat wraps. Signature blended drinks omit sugary additives for protein mixes and fruit, each named for a Chicago neighborhood, and bowls of warm, organic quinoa come topped with protein and fresh produce.

220 W Washington St
Chicago,
IL
US

In the four decades since the first Papa Saverio’s opened its doors, the pizzeria has expanded to more than 20 locations but stayed true to the family recipes its founders brought from Italy. As a tribute to their long paddle across the Atlantic, a Venetian gondola wraps around the pizzeria’s logo; though the boat’s five-pronged prow has become its signature of sorts, it’s Saverio’s oven-baked pies that continue to earn the eatery new fans. Guests can choose from a menu of specialty pizzas or create their own from more than 25 toppings and five crusts, including a double-stuffed crust that nearly bursts with melted cheese. Chefs also churn out Italian classics, such as calzones, family-size pasta dishes, house-specialty ribs, and fried chicken. Lest anyone question the Italian origins of the latter two items, the pizzeria serves each with a buttery garlic breadstick.

1480 N Orchard Rd
Aurora,
IL
US

A row of personalized pewter mugs hangs above the lively neighborhood joint Cappy's bar—one for each of the regulars who have joined the bar's Left Handed Club, which encourages its members to only drink with their left hand as they toast to the establishment's hearty American and Italian pub fare. Salmon Creek wine, draft beer, and chocolate martinis top the tables in cushy booths, illuminated by the glow of the numerous flat-screen televisions that checker the bright yellow-striped walls. The bar's interior designer eschewed oil paintings of centaurs, choosing instead to decorate the walls with a stuffed deer head and full-size motorcycle.

The pub offers an ever-metamorphosing list of specials throughout the week, including unlimited ribs on Thursday nights and bottomless fish fries on Friday. On Sunday, a bloody mary bar allows guests to customize their own brunch cocktails with sauces, olives, meats, and vegetables.

809 Cannel Puri Dr
Winnebago,
IL
US

The cooks at Jody’s Hot Dogs dishes out their menu of casual American eats inside a charming ‘50s-style restaurant furnished with gumball machines and a white-and-red checkered floor. The open kitchen allows patrons to watch as cooks grill all-beef hot dogs and burgers, prepare homemade french fries, and roast gyro meat on a revolving spit instead of a jewelry box that constantly plays "Rock-A-Bye Baby". Along with the famous Chicago-style dogs served on poppy-seed buns, Jody's staff can whip up chili-cheese nachos, philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and shrimp dinners, all made to order.

326 Republic Ave
Joliet,
IL
US

When childhood pals Michael Caringella and Armand Christopher bought Elmwood Park's Victory Tap in 1956, one of their first orders of business was determining whom their new establishment would be named after. In the end Michael won the deciding coin toss and, to dodge any complaints that might arise, slyly chose to dub their eatery Armand’s Victory Tap. With Armand’s original artwork gracing the walls and Michael’s decadent thin-crust pizza flying from the oven, the restaurant received far more compliments than criticisms; and although Armand sold his portion to Mike in the 1960s, the eatery—since renamed Armand's Pizzeria—still thrives today.

City dwellers and suburbanites alike can taste a slice of the original thin-crust pie at any of Armand's 10 locations. Though menus differ slightly at each eatery, all contain thin- or pan-crust pizzas crowned with an array of fresh toppings, ranging from ham, bacon, and pineapple to feta and kalamata olives to italian beef and spicy giardiniera. Beyond pizza, the chefs pull fresh-baked mozzarella mostaccioli from the oven, glaze baby back ribs with tangy barbecue sauce, and assemble hearty sandwiches from italian beef, italian sausage, and genuine italian leather.

2555 75th Street
Woodridge,
IL
US

The Winery at Shale Lake sprawls over 212 acres of verdant terrain, with a 10-acre vineyard producing a menu of eight original wines for enjoyment in an array of charming settings. Spin around the 24-acre lake during a 30-minute bike ride aboard any of the Surrey cycles available for rent, or hike the scenic trail to slowly experience nature and the soothing melodies of Bigfoot quartets. Sip on up to five complimentary varieties of wine in the tasting room, built into the barn for a fine equine view through the picture window, and chow on gastronome goodies, including baked brie with raspberry sauce ($6), or white garlic and sausage pizza ($9). Kick back in the winter loft during colder months, playing pool and swirling sippers such as the Fifth Dimension, a sweet red foch wine, and the Beginners Luck, a semisweet chambourcin (all $4.50 by the glass). Live performers burst into song roughly twice a month, so thirst quenchers can enjoy sweet sounds while tickling their taste buds and their friends' bellies on Saturday evenings.

1499 Washington Ave
Staunton,
IL
US

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