Itasca >Food & Dining > Sergio's Cucina Italiana
280 N Rohlwing Rd, Itasca, IL | Directions 6014341.972288 -88.031898
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 11pm
Congratulations on the Award – CHICAGO) -- Americans have long had a love affair with Italy and Italian cuisine. And eighteen Chicago-area restaurants soon will be honored with the "Ospitalita Italiana Seal - Italian Retaurants in the World" for their culinary contributions to Italian culture from a branch of the Italian government.
Eighteen Chicago-area restaurants now will receive the "Ospitalita Italiana Seal -- Italian Retaurants in the World," an honor recognizing their authenticity and culinary contributions to Italian culture, at a dinner event on Thursday, March 17--the day marking the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.
The Italian American Chamber of Commerce-Midwest (IACC) will award certificates to these 18 restaurants and their chefs at an evening event held at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 W. Taylor St., in Little Italy.
Just as events are being staged across the Italian peninsula to celebrate the Risorgimento (the movement that resulted in the establishment of the Italian nation), the IACC will celebrate both this historic day and the awarding of the Ospitalita Italiana seal during one of its regular Networking Events. With specifications determined by Italy's Istituto Nazionale Ricerche Turistiche (National Institute of Tourist Research), the seal was created in 1997 to develop a high quality of consumer service among restaurants, hotels and agriturismi, or "holiday farmhouses," across Italy. In order for restaurants worldwide to earn this distinction--one that is voluntary and which requires that the restaurant apply--each had to meet 10 stringent criteria and submit proof of their authenticity.
Among the criteria: each restaurant selected must employ at least one staff member who can speak to guests in Italian; the menus must be written in proper Italian; at least 20 percent of wines offered must be DOP-certified (Denominazione di Origine Protetta, or "Protected Denomination of Origin"); and the head chef must meet requirements of experience and proficiency in Italian cooking. Each restaurant also had to submit descriptions of at least five Italian-tradition recipes, including the Italian region that inspired the ingredients and dishes. The 18 Chicago-area restaurants that will be honored on March 17th are:
* Sergio's Cucina Italiana, 280 N. Rohlwing Rd., Itasca (Chef Sergio Abate)
"Our goal for this event is to celebrate the Italian nation's wonderful 150-year history, but also to celebrate some of Chicago's most outstanding Italian restaurants," said Fulvio Calcinardi, executive director of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce-Midwest. "These restaurants take tremendous pride in the ingredients used in their dishes, the wine served--and in sharing authentic Italian culture. Our guests will get to enjoy all this, and more. "
The "Ospitalita Italiana Seal - Italian Restaurants in the World" certification process is ongoing, with Italian restaurants around the world invited to apply or resubmit applications once they meet all 10 of ISNART's requirements. The 10 most recent restaurant additions to the list were just certified this month.
"For generations, Americans have had a love affair with Italy and with Italian cuisine," said Robert Allegrini, president of the IACC-Midwest. "We are very proud to play a role in helping to identify some of Chicagoland's most authentic Italian restaurants. We are honored that the esteemed chefs from these restaurants will be preparing and serving some of their signature dishes at this 150th birthday event."
"To taste our food is to taste our history," says Paula Waters, Chair of the Chicago Sister Cities International Milan Committee. "All of the influences, invaders and blessings of nature that made up the Italian nation a mere 150 years ago are present in our cuisine."
Average food - Rude Staff - Stay Away! – This was my third time dining at Sergio's and it will be my last. I really wanted to make this place my local Italian restaurant. It's very close to where I live, the prices are decent, and the food is a 6/10. I just can't do it. The staff is EXTREMELY rude and uppity (which they have no reason to be, the Olive Garden is much more upscale than this place), prepare to feel like you are not wanted as soon as you walk through the door. The lady greeter who sat us on all occasions should be fired, I can't believe anyone would hire her for that position.
The last time we ate here we made reservations for 7:30 on Valentines Day, when we walked in we were told it would be 10-15 mins, after an hour I asked if they could please update us on how long it would take. The lady greeter very rudely told me 10-15 mins again. After another 30 mins we got the same rude answer. We got up and left after waiting for two hours, went to the store, and made our own dinner. I'm a very patient person, this was the first time I walked out of a restaurant for this reason (and this is the first ever negative review I have written, it was that bad). The thing that made it worse is that they were sitting people, from which I could tell where friends with the greeter, like 15 mins after they walked in.
Only eat here if you are a friend of the family, for everyone else, don't waste your money here when you could be having a good time at one of the many other restaurants in the area who care about providing a good experience for their customers. I hope this review saves at least one person from a ruined evening.
WARMS YOUR HEART – Recently I had the pleasure of dining at Sergios Cucina Italiana. I was excited because of their fantastic menu and my mind was set on linguine and vongole.
Since I was waiting for a table I went into the bar and a charming young man came to me with such sweetness and offered me to try his new pizza. Sure why not was my answer.
Well in a matter of moments he returned all excited with a pizza that was so incredibly light, crispy and very tasty just as if it came from a wood-burning oven in Italy.
Since then I have had several meet and greets after work with pizza and appetizers at the bar.
Good job! I take my hat off to young ingenuity.
Mangia! – This is the all time best Italian restaurant ever! The gnocchi with vodka sauce is unbelieveable! Start off with the caprese salad and finish with a cannoli or two or three... The staff was very polite and quick. I highly recommend this restaurant!
Sergio's Cucina Italiana – The best Italian restaurant in DuPage County!!!!! Go for the food and stay for the entertainment. Live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Great place to have a party or meet some friends. The pork chop with rosemary is awesome and their Spaghetti Bolognese is out of this world!
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