Too doughy to model for Christian Dior and too cheesy to perform on Broadway, pizza still manages to maintain its A-list status among the hungry populous. Grab a slice of this notorious dish with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Riggio's Restaurant in Niles.
For more than 50 years, the seasoned chefs at Riggio's Restaurant have been dishing up authentic Italian fare augmented by a well-stocked beverage bar. Launch edible expeditions with an appetizer of a half-dozen baked clams ($9.50) or the garlicky tomato-and-basil bruschetta ($6.50). Noodle-cravers can chomp an entree of rigatoni Michele ($15.50), italian sausage and sautéed mushrooms debating temperance policies in a vodka-tomato-cream sauce, and meat-loving palates are satisfied by a plate of veal marsala ($13.25). Keep meals deliciously Frisbee-like with a thin-crust pesto pizza ($13+)—smeared with the titular sauce and capped parmigiana cheese and mozzarella and spurning the affections of heartbroken plum tomatoes—or dive into a sicilian-style deep-dish pie topped with cheeses, olive oil, herbs, and spices ($13.50, $2 per ingredient). Classic Italian desserts such as the ladyfinger-laden tiramisu and creamy Homer's spumoni dust taste buds with nectarous crystalline particles.
Patrons can self-nourish in the Italian eatery's cozy dining room or rub elbows with other elbows in the cocktail lounge. Riggio's Restaurant offers free parking in a parking lot devoid of murderous lawnmowers and poltergeist-possessed big-rig trucks.
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After opening Riggio's with her husband, Pasquale, Adreana Riggio became well known to the residents of Chicago's North Center neighborhood, who called her Mama. The year was 1952, and the scent of pizza was still unfamiliar in the city. Though the restaurant has since moved to Niles, customers are still treated like family. Diners can dig into savory Italian classics such as veal parmigiana and American dishes such as chopped steak with housemade mushroom gravy. The pizza menu brims with three sizes of thin-crust pies as well as deep-dish pan pizzas, which can be customized with ingredients such as pepperoni, spinach, or pineapple.
7530 W Oakton St.
Niles, Illinois 60714Get Directions