Coming up with Chicago’s Top 10 Italian restaurants is almost setting yourself up for failure because it’s one of those lists that will inevitably make someone angry because you didn’t include their favorite. There are so many really good Italian restaurants in the city, from fine dining to affordable and family-friendly. Consider this list as your starting point.
Spiaggia is a place to see and be seen along the Magnificent Mile and one of the city's top restaurants. If Spiaggia is the super-luxe of Italian in Chicago, then RoSal’s in Little Italy is its heart and soul. A cozy interior, welcoming owner who is almost always there to greet his guests and traditional menu that never disappoints make this one of the city’s hidden gems.
Francesca’s on Taylor and Tuscany are other great Little Italy standbys.
Coco Pazzo’s chefs cover everything from traditional, authentic Italian to regional cuisine to modern fine dining. Even the simplest dishes here are made with such fresh flavors that make them some of the richest meals on the menu. Piccolo Sogno offers more contemporary takes on Italian cuisine, such as Fontina-stuffed squash blossoms and succulent suckling pig roasted to perfection.
Heading north, check out Caro Mio and bring your own bottle of wine. Angelina’s serves up southern Italian delicacies and a great place for brunch on the weekends. RoseAngelis in Lincoln Park offers numerous weekly specials that are worthy of a trip. And for an old-school spot, no restaurant beats Sabatino’s.
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