Chicago is chalked full of good Italian restaurants, and RoseAngelis is one with particular charm. A longtime favorite of our friend Amy, it’s a true neighborhood place nestled in a residential block of west Wrightwood, and it’s been a fixture there for decades.
I enjoyed dinner on the patio there last Thursday with Amy and Jane. The patio is a spot where you should absolutely grab a seat and stay awhile before the leaves turn. Thursday is also a good night to go because there’s a dinner special for two, which includes a shared appetizer, two salads, two entrees and a shared dessert for $49. It’s a good deal even if your party is larger because the shared plates offer plenty for everyone to nosh on.
The favorite starters at our table were the melanzane miniature alla parmigiana — slices of baby eggplant baked with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella — and the calamiri, which was fresh and prepared well. The Tortellone con salsa di noce was the standout entree with gorgonzola filled tortellone tossed with grapes in a walnut pesto cream sauce. The tortellone is essentially a more sophisticated version of mac and cheese, and the walnuts and grapes add texture that works surprisingly well.
I tried the staff favorite, a special that’s apparently offered now and then. It’s a portobello mushroom ravioli served in a mushroom pesto cream sauce and topped with pico de gallo and tortilla strips. I couldn’t resist ordering this unusual combo when I heard about it, and it certainly wins points for creativity, but it misses the mark. The the sauce is too heavy, and the spice didn’t complement it very well.
For dessert, we had a pear tart that was tasty but not at all what we expected. Where we thought there would be thin layers of filo dough there was sponge cake.
RoseAngelies typically does not accept reservations except for large parties, and is located an easy distance from the Fullerton Brown line stop.
1314 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614