8 Must-Taste Italian Restaurants in Chicago

Italian restaurants are opening up across Chicago, adding to the Windy City's culinary luster.

The following restaurant reviews appear on Zagat.com.

An Italian renaissance is under way in Chicago with new restaurants opening all over the city. Whether you want a multicourse pasta tasting or just a glass of wine and bruschetta, these eight hot spots are cheaper than a plane ticket to Europe.

While Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen Downtown, they’re much fewer and farther between in outlying neighborhoods like Avondale. Pisolino is a breath of fresh, fragrant air on the Northwest side, serving up rustic, casual Italian fare all day in a charming dining room.

Must-try: Made with dough that’s a tad thicker than typical thin-crust pies in Chicago, the pizzas at Pisolino are as delicious as they are unique, especially the Nipote with fennel sausage, wild mushrooms, mozzarella, giardiniera and tomato purée.

Good to know: The restaurant has a full bar emphasizing wines and Italian-inspired cocktails, but guests can also BYOB, with a $15 corkage fee per bottle.

Neighborhood: Avondale

See the full list at Zagat.com.


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