USA Today 10 Best : Deep Dish, Where Chicago Chefs Like to Eat

When these pros get a craving for Italian fare, this is where they go.
By Dawn Reiss on February 5, 2016 for USA Today’s 10 Best

Where Chicago Chefs Get Their Italian Fix

When it comes to Italian food, there’s no shortage of choices in Chicago and trying to narrow the scope is always difficult.

We polled some of Chicago’s most famous chefs and a variety of foodies to find out where they like to go for their Italian favorites. From high-end Italian restaurants to “old-school red sauce joints,” this selection runs the gamut and there’s something for everyone.


Gene & Georgetti

There are ton of Italian steakhouses in Chicago, but Gene & Georgetti is a favorite of Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon App├ętit magazine. “I really appreciate an old school restaurant,” says Rapoport. “And I like a real encrusted steak. So I get a ribeye, nice and charred on the outside with a lot of salt and pepper and a lot of vegetable sides, like broccoli.”

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Chicago Reservations


500 N. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(Complimentary Valet)

Mon-Thur: 11am-11pm
Fri & Sat: 11am-12 midnight
Closed on Sunday except for private events and large conventions.


Rosemont Reservations


9421 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
(Complimentary Valet)

Mon-Thur: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-11pm
Saturday: 4pm-11pm
Closed on Sunday except for private events and large conventions.

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