Best Italian Restaurants for Schaumburg Families

Go on a culinary adventure with these picks that your whole family will love.

While the Chicagoland area is known for new food concepts, there will always be a lane for old-school Italian restaurants, serving standards like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti and meatballs. If you’re in the Schaumburg area, make sure to grab a bite at one of our top picks for Italian food.

Riccardo’s Ristorante

A Schaumburg institution, Ricardo’s is owned by a couple who met working at the restaurant and ended up buying the place. This mom-and-pop bistro serves Italian classics such as baked clams, chicken vesuvio and cannelloni. Riccardo’s is well known for its thin crust pizza – ranging from Chicago beef (Italian beef, French fries, and hot giardiniera) to Mediterranean toppings (olive oil, chicken, feta cheese, red and green peppers). 

Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli crafts artisan wood-fired Neapolitan style pizzas in a deluxe oversized red pizza oven, which infuses pizzas with a smoky char. Taking inspiration from the kitchens of Naples, other menu standouts at this open kitchen concept include fresh rope muscles, prosciutto & fig bruschetta and brick chicken.

Napoli Per Tutti

Owner Chef Henry de Leon is part of the Association of Pizzamakers, so guests know the Neapolitan style pizza at Napoli Per Tutti is legit. In fact, when it comes out of the oven, the dough is so delicate that the pizza served whole and cut at the table to preserve the integrity of the crust as long as possible. Kids will especially enjoy individual pizzas shaped like Mickey Mouse, Nemo and other characters.

Di Benedetto Trattoria

Located just a short drive from Schaumburg in Hoffman estates, Di Benedetto Trattoria features classic Italian cuisine, ranging from chicken or veal francese, saltimbocca or marsala. If you’re looking for simplicity, create-your-own homemade pasta from more than 15 types, and sauce to go along with it. Craving something that was a previous special? The restaurant is also known to honor customer requests for off-menu dishes, provided the necessary ingredients are on hand.

Pasta Mia

A community staple in Bartlett for more than 35 years, Pasta Mia offers a relaxed, casual atmosphere and a stellar dining experience. Savor appetizers like the stuffed artichokes, baked clams, and calamari to whet your appetite for entrees like chicken marsala, veal parmigiano, and sausage giambotta. Pasta Mia also serves up extra thin, double dough, stuffed or pan pizzas with more than 30 toppings ranging from roast beef and shrimp to artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers.


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Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.

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