Chicago is an Italian cuisine lover’s paradise. There are so many places to get amazing Italian cuisine it could make your head spin just deciding which one to patronize on a given night. Allow us to help you out and narrow it down to five of the best Italian restaurants in the city.
From the mind of Chef/Partner Tony Montuano, the Italian cuisine at this fine dining establishment is some of the best in the city. The chefs at Spiaggia use the finest ingredients around to create world-class dishes. The owner got the idea from the restaurant from watching Italian families on the beach enjoying seaside restaurants and cafes. He was so inspired that he named the restaurant the Italian word for beach. The love of Italian food is evident in every expertly prepared plate. It’s not cheap at all, but it’s worth every penny. This is luxury for your taste buds.
2 Osteria Via Stato
The food at Osteria Via Stato is what I imagine an Italian grandmother would prepare for her family. It’s a casual restaurant with a very upscale feel. The most impressive part of Osteria Via Stato is the pizzeria it treats as a separate entity. Although they occupy the same space, the food is so good at Pizzeria Via Stato and Osteria Via Stato that they still have their own identities.
If you’re a huge fan of Italian restaurants then the 600 North State block is the place for you. Not only does it house Osteria Via Stato, it has Quartino with its distinctive Italian small plate menu. Their Neapolitan thin-crust pizza is amazing and I would definitely recommend any of their house-made pastas.
4 Trattoria No. 10
Since 1989 Trattoria No. 10 has been a favorite among Italian cuisine-loving Chicagoans. With homemade ravioli, fresh fish and a host of inventive pastas, it’s no wonder that it’s 2013 Michelin Rated. It’s also one of the first restaurants in Chicago to become “Guaranteed Green.”
5 Coco Pazzo
Opened by Jack Weiss opened in the River North neighborhood of Chicago in 1992, and was the restaurant in the city to focus solely on the Tuscan region of Italy. The pastas are freshly handmade everyday and the breads are baked fresh in-house. The food is fresh and incredible, what more can you ask for? Well, how about asking for a glass of wine off of their multiple award-winning wine list.