There's just something about Chicago and Italian food. Authentic Italian food.
This doesn't mean the glitzy places with $60 entrees.
Sometimes you find the best Italian in the most unassuming spots. Like Tuscano's in Schiller Park. You probably wouldn't stop in the small restaurant tucked in the strip mall off North River Road. But, if you know any locals, they will tell you Tuscano's serves up the real deal.
We took my mother-in-law to this restaurant on a recent Friday night.
A pianist crooned old-school Italian tunes and a handful of waiters and bus boys tended to our every need. Water glasses were never empty and the bread basket was refilled immediately. Dipping the warm, crusty bread in olive oil and parmesan was pure bliss.
The fettuccine with clams and mussels in wine butter sauce was amazing, as well as the linguine with shrimp and red sauce.
The owner brought the kids bowls of ice cream for free.
We all left happy.