Pizzas, calzones, and sandwiches dominate the menu at Mama & Me Pizzeria, a community-oriented restaurant where local musicians and charities are able to shine. Bordered by a stuffed crust, heaped with alfredo, or stuffed full with greens, each pie is as unique as the patron designing it. In addition to pizzas, Mama & Me Pizzeria serves up homemade pastas such as ravioli and mostaccioli alongside a variety of salads. The eatery's signature combination of good vibes and hearty portions gives it a family-style atmosphere that helps it live up to its name.
Originally located in a converted house that could only seat 20 people, Sanfratello's Pizza has grown over the years to four locations in Illinois and Indiana. At each of these, family recipes for authentic Italian cuisine yield classic creations such as shrimp alfredo and meatball sandwiches. Petite pan pizzas host deep layers of sauce and cheese, and thin crusts, like the mouths of most competitive shouting champions, can stretch up to 17 inches wide.
Pizzas, pasta, and other Italian-American eats pair with live acoustic music at Ed & Joe’s Pizzeria, a family-friendly eatery in Tinley Park. Founded by Ed Clark in 1961 with nothing more than some dough and a dream, the neighborhood pizzeria has grown into a family enterprise. Today, chefs serve up an eclectic menu of gourmet pizzas—such as the cheeseburger topped with american cheese, seasoned ground beef, and chopped dill pickles—sandwiches, and seafood. A rollicking roster of live folk, blues, and rockabilly acts take the stage on Friday and Saturday, and open mic Thursdays lets amateurs step out in front of their peers and dissect a microphone. Gluten-free and kids’ menus ensures something for everyone.
After Italian-born founders Vince and Nina Santoro immigrated to Chicago in 1969, they first sought out jobs delivering Italian bread and waiting tables, but they decided to take a risk and open their first restaurant in 1988. Their gamble paid off, as locals flocked to their dining room to taste authentic Old World cuisine made from Vince and Nina's time-tested recipes. In the kitchen, the chef rolls his own ricotta gnocchi and enhances select entrees with servings of seasonal vegetables. The menu also features pollo parmiagiana pounded pizza-thin and a risotto that, like the expression on the face of a statue in the park, changes daily. The restaurant's rustic charm extends to the dining room, which features Venetian-plaster walls, paintings in gilded and dark wooden frames, and wrought-iron chandeliers.
Open for 25 years and celebrated by AM670 The Score, the Southland Star, and Patch.com, the items on the Durbin’s menu vary by location, but all of its kitchens prepare hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and barbecue. Wood embers infuse ribs and chicken with smoky flavors as USDA Black Angus steaks are plated alongside sautéed mushrooms and homemade coleslaw. Fresh donut holes are also made in-house and stacked on ice cream sundaes topped with a single red cherry that resembles the setting sun resting on a pillow of vanilla-flavored clouds.
Since its first pizza went into the oven in 1961, Palermo's has been crafting Italian favorites from scratch with recipes passed down through the generations. The restaurant's pizza makers blanket pies in the classic flavors of homemade italian sausage and pepperoni, or glean inspiration from other dishes in Chicago-style beef or barbecue-chicken pizzas. Meanwhile, other Italian staples—all of which are also available for takeout and catering—fill out the menu with such classics as chicken parmesan and penne primavera.