Cugino's Cafe

Italian Restaurant
1881 East Oakton Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018 1881 East Oakton Street, Des Plaines Directions
+18477950009
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86% of 417 customers recommended
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Report | 11 months ago
All the chicken dishes are great. Chicken is lightly breaded and cooked perfectly.
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Report | a year ago
BYOB
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Report | a year ago
Arancini is amazing as is the meatball sandwich as is the grilled romaine and sausage as is the giant rigatoni with crumbled sausage as is the...you see where this is going. Haven't found a thing I don't like yet in all my visits. Such a warm and friendly atmopsphere too!
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Report | a year ago
Neck bones !!!
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Report | a year ago
Great food!
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Report | a year ago
Amazing Italian food and great service!
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Report | 2 years ago
Would recommend it to everyone.
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Report | 2 years ago
Love the food and the friendly atmosphere. One of our favorite restaurants!
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Report | 2 years ago
Could be open later
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Report | 2 years ago
good experience .. good service ... good food ... large portions ... reasonable prices ... large selection of menu items ... neighborhood ambiance that we expected
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From Our Editors

Danny’s Cafe warmly serves what co-owner Carl Dote described as “Italian peasant food” on Danny’s Check, Please! feature. Their cooking aims to comfort, from generously stuffed artichokes to their signature fried-meatball sub. The hefty sandwich, highlighted on WGN, comes to fruition after staff members hand-form fresh meatball mix into patties and pile on fried peppers. Co-owner and chef Paula Dote told ABC’s “Hungry Hound” that when she and her husband bought the restaurant, she wanted to make exactly what she made at home, and indeed, she uses recipes from her mother and mother-in-law in all of her cooking and homemade volcano experiments. She ladles vodka sauce and crumbled sausage over homemade rigatoni, and layers provolone, parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta in the four-cheese lasagna. Pork neck bones, one of Danny's more unique dishes, are served twice a week and praised by Hungry Hound for the tender meatiness resulting from hours spent simmering in spiced tomatoes. The eatery has also spawned relatives—appropriately named “Cuzzin’s Cafe”—that serve similar dishes in Des Plaines and Orland Park.

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