From pizza, to pasta, to canolis, Chicago is known for fantastic Italian cuisine. More than 600 concierges named these six spots as their favorites for Chicago’s best Italian food.
A staple for Chicago’s best Italian cuisine for more than 20 years, Volare boasts an all-encompassing traditional Italian experience, from the beautiful dining space to the menu. Serving up traditional dishes with a contemporary twist, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, like the Lasagna al Forno or the Filetto di Manzo.
Rosebud on Rush
With an atmosphere and perfectly curated menu as unique as that of Rosebud on Rush, it’s no wonder they are named a Concierge Favorite! This renovated brownstone offers a cozy ambience to enjoy a steak, seafood, or traditional pasta dish – make sure to order the 8 Finger Cavatelli Arrabiata or a steak in one of ten delectable preparations. Eden Bernal, concierge at W Hotels, loves Rosebud for their consistently excellent service and high quality food.
Coda di Volpe
Looking for a full Italian experience? Head to Coda di Volpe in the Southport Corridor for a delicious woodfire pizza (served with authentic Italian pizza shears!), housemade pasta, or a variety of small plates from seafood to cured meats and everything in between. Try the Pork & Prosciutto Meatballs and the Diavola pizza!
Whether you’re looking for snacks, lunch, or a full dinner, Acanto has you covered! Salumi and formaggi, house made pasta, and stone oven pizza are just a few of the choices to whet your whistle, but make sure you treat yourself to Acanto’s Chicken Marsala or Roasted Duck Breast too!
This bustling River North restaurant is the perfect setting for a fun and delicious night! A massive wine list complements chic Italian fare like hearty pastas, tender meats, and shareable antipasti. Il Porcellino’s Barolo-Braised Short Rib and Cacio e Pepe are two must-try dishes!
Group dinners just got better with Quartino’s vast menu of small and large shared plates. With more than a dozen pizzas, both house made and imported pastas, and a variety of veggies and salads, there is something for everyone at Quartino. Make sure to try the house wines and save room for dessert!
Local salumis and artisan cheeses are just the beginning at Siena Tavern, and you’ll want to save room for the rest! Make sure to try the Pan-Seared Scallops and the Butternut Squash Tortellacci, and pair your meal with one of ten specially crafted cocktails.
You simply cannot have a list of Chicago’s best Italian cuisine and not include Gibson’s Italia! “Gibson’s” is synonymous with great steak, so you know that their Italian food will be incredible as well. Chicago concierge love Gibson’s Italia for their 7-Year Aged Acquerello Risotto, array of house made pastas, and of course, their can’t-miss steaks.