October 17 is National Pasta Day! There’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in Chicago, so we’ve rounded up some of the best to help you decide where to celebrate. Whether you like rotini or ravioli, you’re sure to find your perfect place for pasta.
With Chef Sarah Grueneberg at the helm, you can’t go wrong at this West Loop gem. Dive into Fall with the Tortelloni di Zucca, pumpkin-filled with mostarda, sage, sage, parmesan, pepitas, and apple balsamico. 1020 W Madison St, 312-888-3041
No Italian restaurant-roundup is complete without a mention of Spiaggia. The Michelin-starred Jean Banchet Award-winning Magnificent Mile spot is a standard by which Italian fine dining is measured. 980 N Michigan Ave, 312-280-2750
You just might meet Riccardo himself when you dine at this Bib Gourmand recipient. The family-owned restaurant offers an intimate and elegant dining experience with delicious items like orecchiette with wild boar sausage ragout and garlic rapini and pappardelle with fresh Alpine Porcini in garlic and white truffle cream sauce. Can’t eat gluten? Lucky you – almost any dish can be made gluten-free. 2119 N Clark St, 773-549-0038
Pappardelle from Piccolo Sogno
This restaurant is literally a dream come true for owners Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo. See what dreams are made of with their menu of regional Italian dishes. You can join them for both lunch and dinner. 464 N Halsted Ave, 312-421-0077
Owners Aldo Zaninotto and Cameron Grant have created an homage to the cuisine of the Piemonte region with such skill that it quickly became one of the best-loved restaurants in Chicago. The dishes are rich and hearty. Since it’s National Pasta Day, try the Costoletta di Maiale, a dish of house made noodles, pulled baby back ribs, sweet corn, basil, chili flakes, and fennel bread crumbs. 2824 W Armitage, 773-661-1582
Coco Pazzo Tordelli Lucchesi
This place is so good I know someone who chose his condo based on its proximity to the restaurant. Seriously. No wonder, with items like wood roasted octopus, puttanesca sauce, and scarola, and potato gnochetti with buffalo ricotta. 300 W Hubbard St, 312-836-0900
Coming soon: Gibsons Italia
While it’s too new to say definitively, we’re confident that the new concept from renowned Gibsons will set the same impeccable standards with Italian cuisine for which it’s become known for steak. 233 N Canal St, 312-414-1100
Need more pasta? Check out our interactive map and directory of Italian restuarants in Chicago.