plates of chicken, vegetables, and potatoes
Chicken Vesuvio from La Villa Restaurant & Banquets Credit: Courtesy Jordan Hollander and Helaine Krysik

Comfortable, decades-old, family-owned restaurants—the kind in which everyone knows each other, going back generations—are becoming rarer in Chicago. Such places are gems, harkening back to a different, more working-class Chicago, when the moniker “City of Broad Shoulders” was more fitting and neighborhoods were defined by their parishes. 

La Villa Restaurant & Banquets is one of these gems: it’s a northwest-side, homey, family-style Italian restaurant and banquet hall in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. Founded in the 1970s, La Villa is busier than ever due to the outstanding work of owner Christine Petrancosta and staff. Whether you’re dining out with a group, your family, or a date, this is a fun, comfortable lunch or dinner destination to consider.

The extensive menu features generous portions, including standout dishes such as minestrone soup, eggplant parmesan, and chicken Vesuvio. If you’re in the mood for fried chicken or wings, La Villa’s rivals the best in the city despite its Italian focus. Wine enthusiasts will be happy with the varied wine list. Finish off your meal with a rich, fluffy tiramisu for dessert. 

If you’re looking for a suitable space for your next event, La Villa’s banquet rooms are very active, especially on the weekends. They accommodate weddings, showers, graduation parties, and life events of all kinds. 

La Villa kept their price points affordable throughout the pandemic, continuing to do so despite inflation, a true sign ownership cares about their customers. 

La Villa Restaurant & Banquets
3638 N. Pulaski

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