With Congress passing a heavy new tax on right angles, circular edibles are becoming the most convenient way to keep food budgets from spiraling out of control. Nibble a delicious disc with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine at Fornello Trattoria in Lakeview. This Groupon can be used for dine-in, carryout, or delivery.
Fornello Trattoria's wide-ranging menu is packed with authentic Italian eats. Grab a bite-sized taste of the crostini al gorgonzola, freshly grilled Italian bread layered with melted gorgonzola cheese ($4.95). The house specialty, pumpkin ravioli with white cream sauce and sun-dried tomatoes ($12.95), is a belly-warming autumn treat. In the realm of pizza, plain cheese disks come in several varieties: thin crust ($7.95–$11.95), stuffed crust ($12.95–$14.95), pan ($12.95–$14.95), and thunder crust. The insanely delicious pizza pazza (meaning crazy pizza) is a gourmet circle topped with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, radicchio, and mozzarella ($12.95). A series of sandwiches ($6.95–$11.95), chicken ($11.95–17.95), and rib slabs ($12.95–$17.95) are sure to please picky palates.
Fornello Trattoria's rustic walls, high-top tables, and fireplace create a cozy atmosphere conducive to convivial interactions and thumb wrestling. In an enormous show of gallantry, Fornello Trattoria has generously contributed to a recent G-Team campaign to benefit the Inspiration Corporation’s planned food service training program and social enterprise restaurant in Garfield Park.
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- Every course was delicious, prompt, fresh, and they had about a half full house. – Peter g., Yelp
- This is the cheesiest, sauciest, heaviest, most absurdly delicious pizza my lips have ever had the pleasure of latching onto and I have to actively stop myself from ordering it once a week. Which I have done. For myself. Size large. Don't judge. – Sarah E., Yelp
Fornello in Italian means "little oven," referring to the brick oven that sears so many of Fornello Express dishes, including carefully crafted pizzas that are topped with imported ingredients and are available in both thin- and thick-crust versions, much like all newly discovered planets. Signature dishes include one of Ottavio's favorites, the timballo di maccheroni, in which four cheeses blend with marinara sauce before baking in a brick oven.