Top 3 Italian Spots in Chicago

Hi everyone! Chicago is famously known for it’s rich Italian history and culture and Italian happens to be my favorite cuisine. I’ve tried many spots in the city and these are my top three!

1. Quartino Ristorante

Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, Quartino Ristorante is a gem renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine and convivial atmosphere. What sets Quartino apart is its innovative small plates concept, offering a diverse array of delectable dishes perfect for sharing among friends and family. From traditional antipasti to homemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas, each bite at Quartino is a symphony of flavors that transports diners to the bustling streets of Italy. Oh, and their Torta al Cioccolato (warm chocolate cake with ice cream) is to die for!

Pizza at Quartino Ristorante

2. Nonnina’s

Tucked away in the charming River North neighborhood, Nonnina’s captures the essence of Italian hospitality with its warm ambiance and soulful fare. Inspired by the culinary traditions of Southern Italy, Nonnina’s menu celebrates the freshest ingredients and time-honored recipes passed down through generations. Whether indulging in Nonnina’s signature meatballs or savoring a classic plate of spaghetti alla carbonara, diners are treated to an authentic taste of la dolce vita with every bite. The staff is very welcoming and the whole place is just so cozy!

Nonnina interior.   Pizza and pasta at Nonnina's

3. Sapori Trattoria

A hidden gem in the vibrant Lincoln Park neighborhood, Sapori Trattoria is a beloved neighborhood spot beloved for its rustic charm and exceptional cuisine. With a focus on seasonal ingredients and artisanal flavors, Sapori’s menu showcases the rich diversity of Italian regional cooking, from hearty risottos to succulent seafood dishes. What truly sets Sapori apart is its warm and welcoming atmosphere, where every guest is treated like family, making each visit a memorable culinary journey.

Pasta and strawberry mocktail at Sapori Trattoria

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