An Italian-American steakhouse, Bertucci's serves Mama Lena's classic recipes. Find everything from filets to chicken to veal and pastas. Some choices include veal Bertucci — sautéed with asparagus, artichokes, lemon and fontina cheese, porcini-dusted scallops over angel hair, and tortellacci pasta filled with spinach and three cheeses. $$ Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily; brunch Sun.

 

Biaggi's

The Shops at Deerfield Square

711 Deerfield Road, Deerfield, 847-607-2300

This Deerfield location joins six other Biaggi's in Illinois serving up plentiful portions of Italian entrees in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Diners choose from house made and imported pastas, pizzas, strombolis, steaks, pizzas, and seafood. Select dishes such as jumbo lump crab cakes, smoked hanger steak with tomato chutney, garlic shrimp oreganata, ziti pasta in a lobster cream sauce, and pan seared cod. $$ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Bravo! Cucina Italiana

1701 Maple Ave., Evanston, 847-733-0917

2600 Navy Blvd., Glenview, 847-724-8400

Come to this casual, white-tablecloth restaurant for classic Italian food such as lasagna Bolognese. View the open kitchen as it creates a show of preparing wood grilled steaks and chops, signature dishes such as chicken Parmesan Milanese. $$ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Café Lucci

609 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-729-2268

A Glenview fixture for more than 15 years, this intimate café and full-service bar draws people with regional Italian cuisine influenced by French, Mediterranean and American flavors. Sample prime filet mignon carpaccio, wild mushroom ravioli, pappardelle in a duck ragu and a duo of roasted chicken and Italian sausage in a garlic and white wine sauce. $$ Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily

 

Campagnola

815 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-475-6100

Italy's green farmland fields serve to inspire Campagnola as it presents rustic, full-bodied dishes. The menu includes bacon wrapped pheasant breast apple, braised short ribs with caramelized root vegetables, and linguine with grilled shrimp, tomato, black olive and lemon zest. $$ Dinner Tues.-Sun.