"An Italian Night Out"
RoSals Italian Cucina

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Earlier this week my wife and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary at RoSals Restaurant on Taylor Street. This ten table restaurant serves up some of the best Sicilian style cuisine in the neighborhood with a very extensive pasta list to choose from. Among the pastas are traditional dishes like Rigatoni Arrabbiata, Sweet Annolotti and Homemade Raviolis. The veal, fish, beef and chicken dishes are straight out of Sicily.

This restaurant was opened in 1990 by Salvatore and Rosanne Perry who lived in the Little Italy neighborhood for years before opening this nice little Italian restaurant. There is nothing better than a family owned restaurant.

When you first walk into the dining room it seems like your walking into some ones home. The restaurant has a very warm and inviting atmosphere with photos lining the walls. We had early reservations on an off night, like I normally like to eat because I figure nobody will be there, but the place was so full by 7:30 they had to open the upstairs dining room. Any restaurant in the city would kill for that kind of business.

We first ordered a bottle of Righetti Valpolicella 2004 to start off the evening. We drink much better when we’re out with the “Wine Guys”. For appetizers we ended up ordering the Stuffed Mushroom and the Stuffed Artichoke, needless to say we were stuffed before the entrees, but that didn’t stop us.

When it came to the entrées my wife broke my rule about ordering steak at an Italian restaurant but at least the sautéed spinach that it came with was made Sicilian style. So anyway she ordered the Filet Mignon with cracked black pepper but instead got the steak covered with crushed red pepper flakes which was rather disappointing though the steak was very good.

I ordered the Veal Steppanjohnno which is similar to the Breaded Veal recipe I recently posted. It’s an excellent dish that we enjoyed very much. There was a great flavor combination going on with the veal, vegetables, prosciutto and provolone that we enjoyed very much.

For dessert we had a Lemoncello Zabaglione that was so light and airy it complimented the dinner perfectly.

All in all, RoSals is a nice casual place with excellent Sicilian food. Bring the whole family to enjoy this little Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy.

Check out their menu at Rosal’s Italian Cucina located at 1154 West Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607. For much needed reservations call 312-243-2357.

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