Danny's Cafe

Melrose Park

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Hearty Italian favorites ranging from giambotta to rich plates of fettuccine in casual setting

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Promotional value expires Jul 4, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid on the first Friday of each month. Not valid on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Easter Sunday. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. 20% tip automatically included on full bill amount. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Though delicious when stuffed with cheese, pasta shells were originally made in an attempt to solve Italy’s epidemic of orphaned hermit crabs. Devour delicious domiciles with today’s Groupon to Danny’s Cafe in Melrose Park. Choose between the following options:

  • For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare for tables of two or more.
  • For $30, you get $60 worth of Italian fare for tables of four or more.<p>

The chefs at Danny’s, which was featured on Check, Please!, comfort tongues with a familiar menu of favorite Italian dishes. Kitchen artisans tug a snug sweater of batter around the chicken-breast milanese ($13.95) before layering on tomatoes and seasoned romaine lettuce. Sausage, chicken, and pork gambol in the giambotta’s savory white-wine-and-tomato sauce ($13.95), and wide, cheese-coated egg noodles lasso prawns for easy eating in the shrimp fettuccine alfredo ($19.95). Ciabatta bread hugs sandwich interpretations of Italian master dishes, such as the Vesuvio new york strip steak ($9.95) or the chicken caprese ($6.95). Diners sit back-to-back in a bustling, intimate dining room decorated with wall-mounted chalkboard menus sharing daily specials or bribing delinquent students to erase them.

Danny’s Cafe

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.

Customer Reviews

Food was great
Dorothy M. · August 11, 2012
Great food!
Janet N. · August 1, 2012
Keep the good food coming!!
Paul S N. · August 1, 2012
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    Melrose Park

    1419 N 15th Ave.

    Melrose Park, Illinois 60160

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