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Treat your taste buds: Explore Little Italy / University Village restaurants

Little Italy / University Village Restaurants

A photo of Tuscany on Taylor restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1747)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Little Italy / University Village

Tuscany on Taylor is the original Tuscany restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. A comfortable trattoria, Tuscany serves Northern Italian favorites including: homemade pastas, pizzas from our woodburning ovens, chicken Milanese, grilled veal and other authentic dishes. Private party space...

A photo of Chez Joel restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1676)
  • $$$$
  • French
  • Little Italy / University Village

In the midst of Little Italy, Chez Joel creates the tastes and aromas of France. Featuring traditional favorites, Chef Joel Kazouini offers his straightforward, expertly prepared Southern French cuisine. Chez Joel’s atmosphere is reminiscent of a true French bistro; its walls adorned with French...

A photo of The Rosebud restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(2781)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Little Italy / University Village

*Please call The Rosebud at 312-942-1117 for handicap accessible seating and accommodations can be made when available.Renowned for generous portions of hospitality and authentic Italian cuisine, The Rosebud sets the standard for fine Italian dining throughout the Chicago-land area. A long-standing...

A photo of Bacchanalia - Chicago restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(514)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Little Italy / University Village

Just minutes away from downtown Chicago, experience authentic Italian Cuisine. This family owned and operated restaurant has been in business for over 31 years;the Pieri Family from Pisa, Italy has brought all their delectable recipes here to Chicago from their hometown. This restaurant is well...

A photo of Francesca's on Taylor restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(1854)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Little Italy / University Village

The 4th member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group, Francesca's on Taylor features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Chicago Magazine notes, "It brings a new kind of "abbondanza" to an old Italian neighborhood." The restaurant functions under...

A photo of Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(1219)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Little Italy / University Village

With rustic exposed brick walls, re-purposed farm wood and communal tables, Davanti Enoteca takes its cues from the small villages of Italy. Diners enjoy authentic Italian dishes they would find in the Italian countryside, but with a contemporary, creative twist. To start, diners may choose from...

A photo of Il Vicinato Ristorante restaurant
4.2
Awesome(365)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Little Italy / University Village

IL Vicinato is immersed in the Heart of Chicago’s Little Italy Neighborhood. This authentic piece of Italy is a hidden gem that has passionately created dishes from old world recipes for 40 years. Appetizers are a great start with such favorites as twice Baked Clams, Red Roasted Peppers, and...

A photo of Pompei - Taylor restaurant
4.1
Excellent(6)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Little Italy / University Village

Pompei, on Taylor Street, is a fast casual “counter service” restaurant. It has a long-standing history throughout the Chicago area ever since it was first established in 1909. When first opened, Pompei served only baked bread and cheese pizzas. Over the years, the restaurant has expanded its menu...

Discover Little Italy

By 1927, Italians in Chicago owned more than 250 restaurants. Their innovations -- such as deep-dish pizza and mass-produced gyros -- still influence the Little Italy dining scene today. There are at least three theories about who invented the iconic Italian beef sandwich. Or course, you won't care who originated it when you’re sinking your teeth into one that’s dripping with hot gravy. Don’t even think of leaving town without savoring the intense flavor of a dry-aged rib eye. Order traditional Chicken Vesuvio for a pleasing pop of garlic, and if you’ve always wanted to cry, "Opa!" in a crowded restaurant, ask for saganaki cheese flambeed tableside. Do you still have room for dessert? Try a local brownie. The original was invented right here by Bertha Palmer, who whipped up the first batch for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

By 1927, Italians in Chicago owned more than 250 restaurants. Their innovations -- such as deep-dish pizza and mass-produced gyros -- still influence the Little Italy dining scene today. There are at least three theories about who invented the iconic Italian beef sandwich. Or course, you won't care who originated it when you’re sinking your teeth into one that’s dripping with hot gravy. Don’t even think of leaving town without savoring the intense flavor of a dry-aged rib eye. Order traditional Chicken Vesuvio for a pleasing pop of garlic, and if you’ve always wanted to cry, "Opa!" in a crowded restaurant, ask for saganaki cheese flambeed tableside. Do you still have room for dessert? Try a local brownie. The original was invented right here by Bertha Palmer, who whipped up the first batch for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

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