Rosebud Italian Country House & Pizzeria
560 N. Waukegan Road, Deerfield, 847-914-0900
This addition to the Rosebud family specializes in homestyle Italian dishes that first gained the restaurant acclaim in Chicago's Little Italy. Enjoy classics like sausage and peppers, chicken Vesuvio, and handmade pappardelle pasta with marinara sauce. $$ Lunch and dinner daily.
706 Main St., Evanston, 847-475-1111
Wood-fired pizzas, topped with fresh mozzarella, vegetables and meats, are the specialty here. Other menu attractions include rack of lamb with light lemon cream sauce, lightly grilled salmon and tilapia, and chicken in a tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella. $$ Lunch and dinner daily
810 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847-266-8900
Southern Italian cooking Sicilian style finds a home here. Have a chilled Peroni beer and pair it with pastas such as rigatoni with vodka sauce. Other offerings include a beef filet with Barolo wine, basil and cream, and various fish selections such as the popular whitefish. $$ Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun.
1358 Shermer Road, Northbrook, 847-559-8785
This family-owned trattoria spotlights pizzas and dishes from central Italy. Uncover such dishes as salmon carpaccio on a bed of arugula with capers, rolled pasta with proscuitto in a tomato cream sauce, linguine with portobello, and veal piccata in a caper lemon sauce. $$ Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily
Trattoria Valle D'Itria
581 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-266-0600
This trattoria "transports" diners to a southern Italian countryside where they dine on steamed mussels in red or white wine sauce, personal brick oven pizzas and main dishes. Select manicotti stuffed with ricotta and spinach, gnocchi with a choice of sauces, chicken Marsala or whitefish puttanesca. $$ Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily