Although pizza and pasta were originally legal tender in small Italian towns, they were replaced after the invention of tomato sauce turned savings accounts into delicious dinner buffets. Gild your gullet with edible gold with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine Italian cuisine at Philly G’s in Vernon Hills. Family owned and operated, Philly G’s serves up warming, classic eats in a casually chic atmosphere. Amuse your bouche with a selection from the lunch or dinner menus, such as a starter of asiago cheese expertly flamed table-side with a touch of brandy and lemon ($9), an 8 oz. filet mignon with roasted garlic butter ($29), or one of the restaurant’s plentiful pasta dishes. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights prevents bored ears from knitting spaghetti sweaters, and a bar menu provides a variety of light snacks ready for pairing with selections from the extensive wine list.
Eight Yelpers give Philly G's an average of four stars:
Phil Gilardi, Jr. carries on his family’s legacy as the fourth generation to embrace the classic flavors and culinary techniques of the Old World. Joined by his uncle, Dan Sullivan, Phil packs his menu with the timeless recipes honed by his great-grandmother, Sophie, and his grandmother, Angie, as well as a few ideas of his own. Executive Chef Fabrizio Patano balances this blend of traditional and contemporary influences, crafting a lineup of Italian comfort foods with elevated touches.
Chef Patano and his team demonstrate their commitment to the menu’s Old World roots by importing prosciutto and parmigiano cheese for their entrees. At the same time, they highlight the inherent simplicity of Italian home cooking by hand-rolling their pastas and making fresh sauces in-house. This fusion of imported ingredients and homespun touches is readily apparent throughout the kitchen’s refined dishes, such as breaded veal cutlets with asparagus, lobster, and rich hollandaise sauce.
The casually elevated charm of the menu also influences the décor of Philly G’s, which sprawls across the floor plan and covered porch of a stately home. Textured walls lit by glowing sconces surround the tables draped with seafoam-green and white linens and flanked by high-backed chairs. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the lounge area hosts live entertainment for diners, regaling them with musical performances as opposed to staged readings of last week’s winning lottery numbers.
1252 E US Hwy. 45
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061-4166Get Directions