If there’s one thing most people can seemingly agree on, it’s that a hearty bowl of pasta is always good choice. Heavy with Italian tradition, Chicago is home to some of the country’s best red sauce restaurants. From timeless classics, such as spaghetti and meatballs and chicken Vesuvio, to contemporary plates featuring luxe ingredients like truffles, there’s a lot of variety to be had. Many places have histories that span decades while others are relative newcomers. But the one thing they all have in common: Cooking that would make nonna proud. New additions to the list include stylish Gibsons Italia, Hogsalt Hospitality’s Ciccio Mio, and South Side darling Franco’s Ristorante.
As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More