Best Italian Restaurants in Chicago

Sometimes you're just looking for an old-fashioned, traditional Italian restaurant in Chicago. Whether you want al dente pasta, the perfect pizza or mouth-watering tiramisu, there's a top Chicago Italian restaurant that will serve it to you. So skip the unbearable flight to Italy and chow down at one of Chicago's best Italian restaurants. (Photo: La Madia)

Updated: September 03, 2010

Italian Restaurants in Chicago


Piccolo Sogno

464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60622

Naples-style pizza and an amazing antipasti bar makes Piccolo Sogno a top choice for traditional Italian fare in an adorable atmosphere. Extra props go to the vine-covered, fenced-in patio that makes the restaurant feel like it's in the middle of a Tuscan vineyard.


La Madia A Contemporary Pizzeria

59 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

The contemporary atmosphere, affordable menu and extensive wine list makes La Madia a great spot for wood-burning pizzas, pastas and a night out with friends.


Mia Francesca

3311 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Known as one of the best date spots in the city, Lakeview's Mia Francesca won't disappoint with its traditional pastas and dimly-lit, romantic space.


The Rosebud

1500 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Hearty Italian specialties such as homemade lasagna make this Little Italy haven a must-stop when you're looking to get as close to the real thing as possible.


La Scarola

721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

River West's La Scarola is lovely and simple, with its low-key location, no-frills interior and absolutely delicious pastas and desserts.