GUIDE: Chicago

Super legit Italian

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    Bacchanalia

    2413 South Oakley Ave.

    Pilsen

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Cozy and intimate, neighborhood stalwart Bacchanalia offers a no-frills yet inviting and genuine Italian experience—generous portions, a delightfully engaging staff, and even the slightly kitschy décor transport you to Sunday dinner in an Italian grandmother’s home READ REVIEW

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    Club Lucky

    1824 W. Wabansia Ave.

    Bucktown

    Cuisine: Bar, Italian, Seafood

    $$

    Nearly 20 years ago, the Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel wrote, "Club Lucky isn't fancy, but it's solid and unpretentious and offers good value. That's reason enough to visit the place." It remains true today. READ REVIEW

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    Mama Milano Pizza Bar

    1421 N. Wells St.

    Old Town

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    Papa Milano, the man who introduced lasagne to Chicago, is back from Italy with a bag full of new recipes"—Chicago Daily Sun-Times READ REVIEW

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    Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana

    1443 W. Fullerton
 Ave.

    Lincoln Park

    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

    $$

    Chef Nella Grassano is largely responsible for kicking off the Neapolitan-style pizza in the home of deep dish. He masterfully elevates a simple pizza, like the Margherita, to new heights. READ REVIEW

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    Tocco

    1266 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Wicker Park

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    As soon as you step into Tocco’s sleek space, you get the sense that you’ve been transported straight to modern Italy. READ REVIEW


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