Are you in the mood for the rich, hearty flavors of authentic Italian fare? If you’re craving a delicious slice of pizza or hearty plate of pasta, try these local favorites for a decadent bite.
1. Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub
1033 Kilbery Ln, North Aurora
Just three minutes from our Springs at Orchard Road community, this family-owned restaurant is a hometown favorite with a cozy, welcoming feel. Enjoy handmade pasta, fresh pizza dough and pasta sauce that comes from the family’s own collection of personal recipes. Every dish is made to order with you in mind. Try one of the signature pizzas, like the El Sombrero with refried beans, ground beef and sausage, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, tortilla chips and sour cream. You can order online or stop in for pizza and beer in the restaurant.
2. Maciano’s Pizza & Pastaria
2460 S Eola Rd, Aurora
Maciano’s brings a traditional old-world feel to its fresh Italian offerings. With delivery, carry-out and dine-in options, there are seemingly endless ways to enjoy dining at this restaurant. The menu includes an assortment of pizzas, calzones and pastas and the daily specials make your meal even more affordable. Try the Chicken Parmigiana on Monday, the Chicken Marsala Tuesday, Wednesday’s Baked Lasagna, or the Chicken Vesuvio on Thursday.
3. Michael’s Pizza
422 N Weber Rd, Romeoville
For fast pizza near our Springs at Weber Road community, head to Michael’s. It takes just two minutes in the car and less than 15 minutes by foot to reach this delicious eatery. The diverse menu includes starters that range from cheesy breadsticks to poblano pepper bites, breaded mushrooms or popcorn shrimp. Fill out your entrée with wings, sandwiches, pizza or pasta. If you can’t decide, check out the daily special. Monday is pizza pockets, Tuesdays are for thin crust pizzas, Wednesday’s special is the baked mostaccioli, and Thursday serves up an affordable Italian sausage or meatball sandwich.
4. Fat Ricky’s
646 Independence Blvd N, Romeoville
Fat Ricky’s offers up “The Original Old World Pizza” so you can dive into a slice that makes you feel like you’re lost on a small street in Italy. This local staple has kept customers happy since 1963. Try one of the restaurant’s deep-dish or stuffed pizzas for a change from the ordinary pie. If you’re in the mood for pasta, try Papa Rich’s country casserole with chicken, sausage and mushrooms in a pink cream sauce. Sandwiches and salads fill out the rich Italian menu.
5. Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria
1480 N Orchard Rd, Suite 108, Aurora
The rich Italian specialties here include salads, sandwiches, wings, pizza and more. For an original flavor on your pizza pie, try the B.O.S.S. with bacon, onion, and sausage on a barbecue sauce. Saverio’s Empire Pizza features bacon, pepperoni, sausage, beef, and Canadian bacon along with mushroom, onion, green pepper, olives, and tomato.
Do you have a local favorite that’s not on the list? Share your top picks for Italian in Chicagoland in the comments below.