Fan Favorites: Local Italian Restaurants

When thinking about a night out, either with the family–or a prized date night, Italian is always a hit. Kids typically love it, the pasta options are endless, and who doesn’t love a combination of marinara, bread, and cheese? We polled our readers for their favorite Italian haunts. It turns out Lake County has an abundance of locally owned, incredibly authentic Italian food. Read on, but don’t blame me if you start craving garlic!

best italian restaurants in lake countyBest Italian Restaurants in Lake County

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano 
20560 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park | (847) 438-1850

Cafe Pomigliano 
160 E. Cook Ave., Libertyville | (847) 247-2208

Photo Credit: Cafe Pomigliano Facebook
Photo Source Cafe Pomigliano on Facebook

Di Piero’s Ristoriante 
17 E. Main St., Lake Zurich | (847) 438-3252

Just Like Italy
1810 N. Delany Rd., Gurnee | (847) 336-1200

All homemade (even the sausage) and run by a couple from Italy. Total hole in the wall, but soooo good (and inexpensive)!”–Garnett A.

Lauretta’s Italian Bake Shop and Café
709 S. Lake St., Mundelein | (847) 566-0883

“Lauretta’s Italian Bake Shop and Cafe in Mundelein, hands down. We’ve been eating there for years. The food is fresh and delicious; the chicken piccata is divine! Tasty paninis, scrumptious cookies…my mouth is watering.” –Jen P.

Louie’s Restaurant 
1009 North Ave., Waukegan | (847) 244-0101

Mambo Italiano 
748 Butterfield Rd., Mundelein | (847) 281-9100

“Mambo Italiano in Mundelein on Butterfield is great !! The food, the service and the atmosphere make a winning combination!” –K.H.

Photo Credit:Ristorante Bottaio Facebook
Photo Source Ristorante Bottaio Facebook

Ristorante Bottaio
946 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | (847) 573-1800

“Absolutely delicious!”–Dee H.

Tina’s Italian Bake Shop 
5101 Washington St., #14-A, Gurnee | (847) 244-9001

Photo Credit: Tina's Italian Bake Shop Facebook
Photo Source Tina’s Italian Bake Shop on Facebook

Za Za’s Tavola Italiana
5047 Shoreline Rd., Barrington Township | (847) 381-1333

“Za Za’s Tavola Italiana in Barrington. After living in Naples Italy for three years, I am very picky about Italian food…this is awesome!” –Megan D.

Worth the (short) trip, just over the border in McHenry…

Photo Credit: Bimbo's Italian Kitchen Facebook
Photo Source Bimbo’s Italian Kitchen on Facebook

Bimbo’s Ristorante 
1318 Riverside Dr., McHenry | (815) 385-1444

What is your favorite Italian fare in Lake County?

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Jessica is a mom of 3 girls from Spring Grove, IL. Next to her relationship with the Lord, her other passions include cooking, playing the violin, photography, and helping other moms to realize their true potential.

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