Where to Eat Italian Food in Chicago
If there’s one thing most people can agree on, it’s that a hearty dish of pasta is always a good choice. Steeped in Italian tradition, Chicago is home to some of the best red sauce restaurants in the country. From timeless classics, such as spaghetti, meatballs and chicken Vesuvio, to contemporary offerings featuring luxury ingredients like truffles, there’s plenty of variety to be had. Some spots have histories that span decades while others are relatively new. But the one thing they all have in common: a kitchen that will make Nonna proud. Latest additions to the list include Alla Vita, Boka Restaurant Group‘s Italian hotspot, Adalina, a chic Gold Coast destination, and Tortello, a pasta shop.
As of Jan. 3, the city has required those ages 5 and older to be fully immunized and masked in public places indoors when not actively eating or drinking. For up-to-date information on coronavirus cases, please visit the City of Chicago COVID-19 Dashboard. Health experts consider eating out to be a high risk activity for unvaccinated; it may still pose a risk to vaccinees, especially in areas with significant transmission of COVID. The latest CDC guidelines are here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.
To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.