From cozy neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges, these are the best Italian restaurants in Chicago
Chicago’s Italian food scene is wonderfully diverse—from old-school joints that still serve grandma’s secret Sunday sauce to swanky newcomers that are putting modern twists on classic dishes. If you’re craving gnocchi, arancini, meatballs and tiramisu, you’ve come to the right place: We scoured Chicago to find the top Italian restaurants around. In honor of a city that’s just as proud of its delicate house-made pastas as its huge, family-style bowls of noodles, we present our guide to carbo-loading like an Italian in Chicago. Psst: You can round out your meal at one of Chicago’s top Italian ice shops.