127 W. Main St., Glenwood, 707-758-5500

High terracotta, red and green-colored walls and roomy booths invite guests to dine on familiar Italian dishes. Look for portobello ravioli, cheese tortellini, sausage stromboli sandwich, thin and pan crust pizzas, barbecue ribs, soups and salads. $ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. and Sun.

 

Scrementi's Restaurant

3760 Chicago Road, Steger, 708-755-7200

Soft lighting, warm colors and white tablecloths set the stage for a variety of Italian dishes, including authentic hard to find specialties. La trippa, is tripe cooked in red gravy until just tender. Chippino is its version of a seafood stew with shrimp, mussels, cod, clams and calamari in red sauce over linguine or try the steak served over tender Italian greens. You can start your day here, too, with a breakfast frittata. $$ Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun; lunch and dinner Mon.

 

Sicilian Joe's

195 S. State St., Manhattan, 815-478-0000

4830 Court St., Monee, 708-534-0000

Sicilian Joe's started out with pizza using family recipes inherited from "Sicilian" Joe's Palermo, Italy, ancestors. The eatery soon added pastas, appetizers, and sandwiches. The Tower of Pizza combines two staples: pizza and pasta with sliced meatballs and cheese. $ Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sat; dinner Sun.

 

Traverso's Restaurant

15601 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park, 708-532-2220

The culinary influence of the late "Mama T" (Lena Traverso) infuse this restaurant as it presents her original recipes every evening. Come for a casual dinner of thin-crust pizza and a salad or fried chicken with sides. Pasta entrees include chicken angel hair, gnocchi with a rich meat sauce and baked penne. Join in on karaoke fun on Wednesday and Saturday nights. $ Dinner daily; lunch Sun.

 

Mexican/Tex Mex

Buenas Nachos

21016 South St., La Grange Road, Frankfort, 815-469-8353

If you're in the mood for a burrito as big as your head, head here. These large and inexpensively priced burritos come stuffed with a variety of things like chili relleno or steak and mashed potatoes. Check out the namesake nachos served with chorizo or steak. $ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.