The ancient Romans were the first civilization to construct aqueducts to facilitate a steady flow of marinara into city centers. Savor their appetizing architectural innovations with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Salerno Pincente Ristorante in Hodgkins.
Salerno Picente Ristorante owners Andrew Salerno and Frank Picente furnish tables with a menu of homemade Italian classics. Pepper palates with familiar Old World flavors with the fresh basil and mozzarella of the bruschetta caprese ($8.95), or haul in a fresh catch of grilled or fried calamari to warm up taste sensors with a spirited game of ring toss($12.95). Homemade cheese ravioli smuggles luscious ricotta cheese into unsuspecting mouths inside fresh noodle pouches ($13.95) as forks slide morsels of veal scaloppini away from unsuspecting strangers' plates ($22.95). Appetites enamored of disk-shaped fare can also pursue stuffed ($9–$22) or thin-crust pizzas ($5.75–$16) topped with flavorful confetti of add-on ingredients including sausage, mushrooms, garlic, fresh basil, and hot giardiniera ($0.50–$2).
Tall, arched windows bathe Salerno Pincente’s high-ceilinged dining rooms in natural light. Outdoor patios realize al fresco fantasies at both restaurants, and the Hodgkins location is also connected to an off-track wagering facility papered with 60 high-definition TVs to cover every second of high-stakes pizza-making contests.
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Salerno Pincente Ristorante - Hodgkins
Salerno Pincente's owners, Andrew Salerno and Frank Pincente, bask in the happy clatter of pots and pans as chefs forge a menu of Italian cuisine. Under the dining room's hanging lights, chicken, steak, veal, and seafood fuel chatter and toasts, and long pasta strands cling to a variety of sauces, setting forks twirling. On sunny days, glasses clink merrily on an outdoor patio, and Trackside OTB provides equine entertainment more enjoyable than a slideshow of Mr. Ed's vacation.