Eating pizza, much like grasping string theory, requires an understanding of both gravity and the unpredictable nature of mozzarella cheese. Master plate-to-mouth physics with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of carry-out pizza and Italian fare from Palermo's, with locations in Downers Grove and Tinley Park.
Palermo's infuses Italian cuisine with the virtuosity that comes with 50 years of experience on a menu of pastas, entrees, and pizzas with crusts ranging from paper-thin to deep dish. Patrons write meal prologues with cheese sticks ($6.50) before raising bites of a 17-inch thin-crust ($18.95) or large stuffed ($19.20) pizza to patiently waiting lips. A small gluten-free pizza ($12.95) caters to diners with dietary restrictions or a fear of elastic. Pizza artists dapple pie canvases with meaty morsels of sausage or canadian bacon or concoct an herbivore-friendly still life with green peppers, black olives, or giardiniera. Pasta whirlpools of spaghetti ($6) or chicken fettucine alfredo ($9.95) engulf hapless forks, and the chicken al limone with potatoes ($10) weds taste buds with citrus more elegantly than a justice of the peace operating a lemonade stand.
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.