Chicago offers great dining options for families, but for those
of us with a suburban address, the hassles of traffic and parking
for a night out with the kids can seem overwhelming. Consider Il
Poggiolo for great food, an urban vibe and all the convenience of a
IL POGGIOLO RISTORANTE
Executive Chef Jim Kilberg brings his experience at many of
Chicago's finest eateries to this new location, a former silent
movie theater. The restaurant's name translates into "The Balcony."
A red and white awning welcomes customers into the richly
upholstered interior with its gleaming bar and classy décor. My
sons were excited when we were seated in the namesake balcony area,
where large round tables easily accommodated many families on a
Kilberg prides himself on bringing a modern interpretation to
classic Italian dishes, so you'll find the menu filled with
house-made pastas and pizzas, plus a variety of meat and fish
There are daily risotto specials plus a well-stocked cocktail
and wine bar. The kids' menu is limited, with standard offerings of
chicken fingers, pizza, burger or spaghetti. All kids' meals
include a drink and ice cream or sorbet dessert-an excellent value
at under $10.
The menu has a good selection of wood-fired pizzas, which we
found to be an excellent blend of crispy crust and fresh sauce and
toppings. My 9-year-old would have happily eaten a couple of those
for dinner. Our entrees did not disappoint either. The handmade
pastas are quite special and delicious. My husband opted for the
fish special and again, found it fresh and well-seasoned. Entrees
are well-portioned and we went home with plenty of pasta
This is the kind of place where you want to take your time and
enjoy the flavors and the atmosphere. I have to say that even
though I'd describe Il Poggiolo as upscale dining, families were
welcomed enthusiastically and treated well by the friendly
Reservations are recommended, especially for weekends or larger
groups. You can call the restaurant or make reservations online
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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