Go Roma for fresh, family-friendly Italian food in Chicago

You might assume Go Roma is just another of those places where you order at the counter and then wait for your pre-made sandwiches to arrive. But really the only thing Go Roma has in common with those other spots is the affordable price.

Every meal is made to order, from fresh salads and Paninis to delicate flatbread pizzas. As if fresh, made-to-order food weren’t enough, Go Roma also offers “Kids Eat Free” (with one paid adult entrée) every Sunday for lunch or dinner.

“Go for 2” options (all under $8) allow you to combine favorites by halving small pizzas to share a plate with salad, soup or even a Panini. Starters include Italian classics such as Minestrone, Bruschetta and Toasted Ravioli, all for under $4. My sons devoured the Garlic Cheese Bread in a matter of moments.

I went for a combo of Chopped Salad and their signature Oven-Roasted Vegetable Pizza, which substitutes a pesto sauce and goat cheese for regular pizza sauce. Really delicious. All pizzas can be made with either classic or wheat crust for no extra charge. My 8-year-old had a combo of soup and a Chicken Parmesan Panini, made to his liking. We all enjoyed sampling his thin-cut, well-seasoned fries.

My oldest son created his own pizza by choosing from the extensive ingredient list and was thrilled with the result. Provided you can get your children to agree on ingredients, a small plank pizza (eight pieces) can be shared by two kids. Otherwise, children under 12 can order from the Kids’ Menu, which offers pizza, chicken strips, pasta and mac& cheese. Kids’ meals come with a drink and cookie for $4.49.

We were too full to sample the restaurant’s desserts, but it does offer a host of Italian gelatos, plus Apple Crostada and Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake. Fast, friendly service, plus free Wi-Fi access, round out the experience.

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