The best way to familiarize oneself with a different country's culture is to spend 10 to 15 years in one of its maximum-security prisons, but the second-best way is to taste its cuisine. Learn about Italy's culinary offerings with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $30 worth of casual Italian fare and drinks at Ciao Ristorante in Palos Hills.
The laid-back neighborhood eatery fetes familial units and pasta enthusiasts with myriad authentic Italian bites in its cozy, wood-accented confines. Midday munchers can dig into savory lunch dishes such as the insalata caprese ($6.95), as fresh as a minty wink from a stranger, or the house-specialty gnocchi ($6.95), and indecisive eaters may opt for the multichoice half-sandwich-and-soup combo ($6.25).
Sate dinner cravings with linguine, gamberi and broccoli forming a barbershop trio of sweetly serenading shrimp ($16.95) , or conduct a forked foray into the pollo maria, a hearty plateful of sautéed mushrooms, savory sauces, and chicken breast tossed in farfalle pasta ($16.95). Carnivorous guests sink canines into the filleto di manzo ($25.95), 10 ounces of succulent USDA choice meat topped with mozzarella and bathed in a veggie-infused red-wine sauce. Slice savorers may sample pizzas in margherita, pesto-alfredo, and salsiccia-spinach varieties, or play the edible artist and craft their own ($7.95).
Ciao's warm, welcoming atmosphere and accommodating staff make it the ideal destination for your upcoming wedding reception or stuffed-animal birthday party.
A series of red-and-black awnings leads passersby to Ciao Ristorante, where they step into a massive dining room designed to accommodate large groups and warmhearted family functions. But with its dark wood, French doors, and soft lighting, the space is equally suitable for more intimate evenings out. Over a bottle of wine or a few martinis, guests dig into impeccably Italian pastas, steaks, and seafood. The menu harbors such delicacies as filet mignon in artichoke-mushroom wine sauce, and racks of spring lamb seasoned with garlic and rosemary. Aside from more refined dishes, Ciao’s chefs also find their way into stomach’s hearts with comforting platters of pasta, including old-fashioned gnocchi and pillowy fresh ravioli.
10296 S 78th Ave.
Palos Hills, Illinois 60465Get Directions