Before you have the espresso of your dreams, treat yourself from this expansive menu.
This is good, old-fashioned Italian – need we say more? Try the Linguine Luci Johnson. Mangia!
Start with the Barbabietola salad of beets, farro, and goat cheese; heirloom tomato caprese; or perfectly delightful arugula-and-prosciutto pizza, and move on to stand-outs such as the hearty cioppino, chock-full of mussels, shrimp, and fish, in a rich, aromatic broth, and the Bistecca, which is a toothsome 10-ounce ribeye. The latter is paired with cauliflower and topped with gorgonzola, a vegetable side dish idea worth stealing.
Varied Italian regional cuisines and an extensive wine list keep this Hyde Park neighborhood stalwart hopping. The pizza and seafood dishes are terrific, but we always gravitate to the risotto.
This is your basic family-style Italian restaurant, where the portions are large, the prices are ridiculously low, and the quality is fine.
It may be described as Chicago-style Italian, but this popular spot offers some sophisticated fare as well. One special, the clams with sweet vermouth and roasted peppers over pappardelle pasta, had our critic swooning.
This restaurant serves some of the best homestyle thin-crust pizzas (including plenty of gluten-free options) and has Italian lunch specials that can be enjoyed alfresco.
This isn't just some of the best pizza in town; there's a full menu of gluten-free options complementing the traditional, filling pasta dishes, all with a personal touch.
This national chain serves "immigrant Southern Italian" cuisine. Dishes are served family-style or personalized for two with smaller portions.
The menu here draws inspiration from around the Mediterranean, offering up dishes from Italy, the Middle East, even the south of France. Fans of Fox's other restaurants will be pleased to see some dishes from Fino, and there are house-made pastas and small, crisp-crust pizzas reminiscent of Asti.
This restaurant offers an upscale Italian and Continental menu in a beautifully restored Downtown railroad hotel. Catch live accordion music five nights a week.
Order from the pasta bar, sample one of the wood-fired pizzas, or choose a grilled specialty. The menu also includes the requisite lasagna and spaghetti options.