After more than a decade spent working in acclaimed restaurants throughout Italy, chef James De Marte returned to Chicago to open his own kitchen in Avondale with the help of event planner Rachel De Marte. Prepare to have your tastebuds transported to Venice and Verona as you dig into hearty dishes that exemplify the simple-yet-robust flavors of traditional Italian cooking. Yes, Pisolino is Italian for “nap,” but you definitely shouldn’t sleep on any of chef De Marte’s handmade pastas.
Chicago is home to one of the largest populations of Italian-Americans in the country, which helps explain why we're spoiled rotten with amazing Italian restaurants in Chicago. Our top picks range from iconic old-school haunts to splashy new restaurants in Chicago, but they all have a few things in common: stellar wine lists, plenty of pasta and some of the friendliest servers in town. As an added bonus, these Italian eateries double as some of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago, thanks to shareable plates and candlelit tables. Order a glass of chianti, pick a pasta course and enjoy the best Italian restaurants in Chicago.
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