Italian

Sarto's

New to the Jefferson Park neighborhood, this authentic Italian restaurant serves house-made pastas, soups, and more. Be sure to grab a seat at chef Brian Laird's cicchetti bar for small plates and snacks that changes on a daily basis. Stop into Sarto's Pantry—the adjacent market—for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.

Café Mercato

The menu at this Lowry restaurant is based on southern Italian with house-made pastas and sausages. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and family-style dinners along with a glass of wine from an extensive list. Drop in on Sunday for brunch. 

Sforno Trattoria Romana

Like its sisters Bacco Trattoria and Parma Trattoria, Sforno serves hearty, family-style Roman fare. Try the house-made paperdalle bolognese or the bison ossobuco alla Romana, served with house-made gnocchi.

Gozo

A rustic Mediterranean menu of wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and Spanish-style tapas make up this wine-focused eatery. 

Angelo's Taverna

This remodeled neighborhood nook—formerly known as Angelo's Pizza—runs the gamut food-wise. Find a serious raw oyster-selection on the menu, along with traditional Italian cuisine. Try the mushroom gnocchi salad (the gnocchi is fried).

Ristorante L

The menu boasts Italian classics like salsiccia pizza with house-made fennel sausage, sea scallop risotto, or veal parmigiana.

 

Barolo Grill

Italian cuisine with unparalleld service, Barolo Grill's waitstaff takes an annual trip to Italy to learn about the cuisine. That dedication translates to the food and wine menus, too. If you're overwhelmed by the extensive wine list, focus on the owner's and sommelier's page of favorites.

Attivo Pizzeria & Bar

Casual Italian dining that offers much more than pizza. The comprehensive menu also features subs, pasta, calzones and salads. House-made breads, sauces, and meatballs are a source of pride for this family-run establishment. TVs and craft brews make the bar game-day friendly.

DiFranco's

This Italian eatery specializes in fresh, local ingredients and seasonal dishes. Try the meatball sub or the prosciutto vodka sauce.

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