Tucked in Mount Prospect's Mount Prospect neighborhood, Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria is home to the familiar hot slice and relaxed pizza house atmosphere.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
At Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Cut out wait times and book a table ahead of time.
Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this pizzeria for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Whether you're heading to Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria.
The menu at Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
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Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Large groups will appreciate Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria for its ability to seat them quickly.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Throwing a big party? Count on Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
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Order a cheeseburger or just stick with a side of fries at go-to burger house Bar Louie.
Televisions are strewn throughout the bar, so fans can stay up to date on the latest sports happenings.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this bar — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Bar Louie caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Bar Louie's patio.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Bar Louie's busiest days.
No need to dress up for a trip to Bar Louie — the casual bar encourages laid-back attire.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this bar offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Can't get enough of Bar Louie's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
For easy dining, Bar Louie provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Bar Louie may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Bar Louie accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
The bar is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Your hunt for the perfect burger is over. Head on over to Bar Louie for delicious quality you just can't beat.
So let go of your long day and enjoy a relaxing meal, such as a burger, at Bar Louie.
Everyone in Mount Prospect knows the secret to a high quality burger is a trip to Bar Louie.
Over-the-top ratings make up the menu at Canta Napoli in Mount Prospect, and hopeless romantics call this intimate Italian spot one of the tastiest in town.
For healthy meals low in fat, check out Canta Napoli.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Dine out in the open during Canta Napoli's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Canta Napoli's complimentary wifi.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Canta Napoli.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Catering from Canta Napoli will take your party to the next level.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Canta Napoli offers safe bike parking outside.
A mid-priced establishment, Canta Napoli offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Canta Napoli.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
So come share a romantic meal at Canta Napoli, where every classic Italian dish is prepared with amor.
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Pop over to Rosati's Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Can't eat gluten? Avoiding fatty foods? Vegan? No problem — Rosati's Pizza offers plenty of options for you.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
The large dining space at Rosati's Pizza provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Rosati's Pizza's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
That's right! Rosati's Pizza will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the pizzeria's carryout and delivery options.
Heading to Rosati's Pizza for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Rosati's Pizza is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
An average meal at Rosati's Pizza will set you back about $30.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Rosati's Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
So bring your appetite to Rosati's Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Rosati's Pizza is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Rosati's Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Everything about Eggsperience Pancakes & Cafe is bright, warm, and sunny. Natural light floods the restaurant's eight locations, which sprinkle across Chicago and its suburbs like powdered sugar over a slice of french toast. Orange and yellow walls surround every dining room, and some locations have fireplaces, which make ideal places to sip Ghirardelli hot chocolate or espresso beverages. Even the food is colorful. Fresh fruits—either in solid or juice form—complement dishes such as the Mediterranean omelette, baked in the French style and filled with a vibrant medley of spinach, tomatoes, olives, and imported feta cheese.
Those omelettes, like what most of what comes from Eggsperience's kitchen, start with grade-AA, farm-fresh eggs. The chefs work magic with those eggs, whipping them into frittatas and poaching them for five different "Eggsquisite Benedicts." They also use them to create their signature pancake batter, but in this case, eggs are only the beginning. Strawberries, blueberries, and other fruits mix into the pancakes.
The creativity shown with those pancakes and egg dishes extends to dozens of other breakfast items, and diners could spend countless mornings at Eggsperience without boring their taste buds. The chefs don't stop at breakfast, either. They simply transition to lunch, when they grill Cajun avocado burgers and pair gourmet chicken-salad sandwiches with a soup of the day.
To many Chicagoans, the neighborhoods south of Roosevelt Road seem to be a culinary wasteland. To Jimalita Tillman, Chicago native and executive director of the Harold Washington Cultural Center and Performing Arts Theatre (4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.), fine-dining opportunities definitely exist on the South Side—if you give them a chance.
Because many of these restaurants depend on word of mouth, Tillman said, the advertising budgets of their more northern competitors often trump their oral marketing, and so she often spends “all day” giving South Side restaurant recommendations to area visitors and theater-goers.
“There are many great places [to eat] throughout these areas,” she said. “It really depends on what you’re in the mood for.”
And if you're in the mood for a little musical and cultural Chicago history to pair with your meal, you don't have to travel far from the landmark arts center. The Harold Washington Cultural Center, in the former location of the historical Regal Theater where the likes of Ella Fitzgerald once performed, is right in the heart of the Black Metropolis—a region marked by the culture and Southern-inspired music scene that developed during the Great Migration. Today, Bronzeville is still flavored with leftovers from its swinging past.
To savor alongside your meal, we paired each of Tillman’s restaurant recommendations with a few musical, historical, and cultural tidbits.
4655 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Chicago, IL 60653
It’s the quick and personable service that makes this gourmet hot-dog eatery a standout, Tillman said. Of course, Chef Cliff Rome serves the usual Chicago-style hot dog, but it’s the varied wiener and burger options he creates that color H-Dogs’ menu with the fine-dining flair he perfected while studying in Paris. The Healthy Hound—a grilled veggie dog with sprouts, roasted peppers, red onions, and cucumbers—sits alongside salmon burgers, turducken sausages, and portobello-mushroom sandwiches without the least bit of tattletaling or fighting over who had the mustard first. Sweet-potato or truffle fries complete the gourmet-on-the-go experience.
Bite of History: The gourmet hot-dog diner sits in a historical building that was once known as 47th Street Marketplace. Before a 2010 fire destroyed the building, it was considered a symbol of the revitalization of Bronzeville and housed Tillman’s Spoken Word Cafe—one of the original hosts of HBO’s Def Poetry series hosted by hip-hop artist and actor Mos Def.
2. Pearl’s Place
3901 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60653
“I’m a breakfast head,” said Tillman—as are many in the crowd of diners waiting to get inside for brunch on any given Sunday. The kitchen cooks up a mix of Southern and soul food—yes, there’s a difference—but Pearl’s Place sprinkles it with the right amount of creole flavor. After sampling Pearl’s juicy yet crispy fried chicken, sautéed salmon croquettes, or all-day breakfasts of vegetable omelets or homestyle pancakes, it seems only right to finish with a bite or two of peach cobbler or sweet-potato pie.
Bite of History: The interior decor, with album jackets and vinyl records lining the walls, features a photo story of the neighborhood’s jazz and blues history with jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Lena Horne—all of whom graced the stage at the Regal Theater during Bronzeville’s musical heyday.
3. Norman’s Bistro
1001 E. 43rd St., Chicago, IL, 60653
The bistro’s entrees—including vegetable confetti ravioli, smoked cranberry salmon, and the Great Duck burger—offer an upscale taste-bud experience at “South Side prices,” Tillman said. From the food to the decor, presentation is an art in this sleek and classy spot featuring creole-inspired American food with a Brazilian flair. In the exposed-brick, art-filled wine bar, sommeliers pour from an extensive list of wines. Separate from the dining room, the intimate setting of the bar creates an ideal spot for the happy-hour crowd.
Bite of Culture: On Sundays at 9 p.m., the bistro hosts a live jazz jam session. Or make an appointment and walk over to Gallery Guichard—housed in a turn-of-the-20th-century Italiante row house—to peruse its African-diaspora art and blown glass, sculptures, and photography by local as well as international artists.
Photography by Andrew Nawrocki.
Clockwise from top: Birria in action—rich, briny consommé and tender goat meat, stewed for hours with bay leaves, cinnamon, and other spices. // Ceramic bowls absorb the birria's heat, keeping the broth warm throughout meals. // When Rick Bayless recommended Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan to "Esquire" magazine, he described the eatery’s birria as "full of flavor, incredibly homey and satisfying."
In Ocotlán in Jalisco, Mexico, the temperature rarely dips below 40 degrees. That's mild by Chicago standards; however, when the Reyes family immigrated 2,000 miles from Ocotlán to Chicago, they brought with them a recipe that would prove thoroughly compatible with the colder weather. That recipe is birria—a savory stew made by simmering goat meat for hours with herbs and spices. On a cold day in mid-March, I made a trek across town to the family's Pilsen restaurant, Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan, to taste it myself.
As soon as I entered the eatery, I smelled the warm, rich aroma of simmering goat meat. Goats were also present in the decor: miniature replicas decorated shelves and cupboards, and a mounted goat head kept watch over the booths, a toothpick dangling humorously from its lips.
After I ordered birria at the counter, a server presented me with three dishes. The smallest held pickled onions and lime wedges, which are traditional birria condiments, and an oblong basket cradled warm, fresh tortillas. The largest bowl brimmed with rich, briny consommé, chopped onions and cilantro, and hunks of tender goat meat.
The first spoonful of broth tasted bright and smoky with hints of ancho peppers and cinnamon. I separated a piece of goat meat with light pressure from my spoon. Leaner than beef, the meat still had pieces of bone inside, which infused the meat with the flavor of their marrow. The crisp onions and fragrant cilantro stood out against the birria's savory elements to create a harmony of flavors that was especially comforting on a cold day.