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Rosebud: "Little Italy-great Italian food" Top 5 Page for this destination Rosebud Tip by Dabs

Rosebud, Chicago: 12 reviews and 8 photos

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  • Calamari - Chicago
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Last visit-May 2014-still my favorite Italian in Chicago

This is the original Rosebud in Chicago, located in Little Italy, the Italian neighborhood of Chicago that was settled mostly by southern Italians. Rosebud serves up huge portions of Italian classics, served promptly, even on busy weekend nights. The decor is warm, with dimmed lighting but crowds on weekends can be noisy. Be sure to get a reservation if you are going on the weekends or before a Bulls or Hawks game at the United Center as it's one of the closer dining options to the United Center.

Our last visit was on a Saturday night in May 2014, the restaurant was busy, most of the tables filled. Our waiter was friendly and the meal was served at a nice pace.

If you are driving, most of the parking is metered. On Taylor St. itself, there are boxes that you get a ticket you need to display in your window. There is a valet option as well. If not driving, you might consider one of their other locations in the central tourist areas-Carmine's, Rosebud on Rush or Rosebud Theater District.

Other places I've heard are good in Little Italy:

RoSal's 1154 W. Taylor
Francesca's 1400 W. Taylor

Someday I may even go try them!

Favorite Dish: Warm bread with olive oil and parmesean cheese served before dinner is yummy, you don't want to eat too much or you won't have room for dinner.

We almost always order the same two things, the fried calamari is a must, it is always cooked just right, not rubbery, light breading, not greasy. Portion size is big enough for an entrée but it's listed as an appetizer. Chicken Parmigiana is moist with the right balance of cheese and sauce. Portion size is huge, enough to feed two, comes with a side of pasta.

One other thing we tried and really liked was the veal bracciola and this time since we were dining with friends and got the calamari as an appetizer, he ordered the pasta carbonara which had a nice flavor but was populated with peas (yuck!) so it wouldn't be something I'd order since it's a pain to pull out peas.

If you are visiting Chicago and don't want to take home leftovers, have a look at the portion size as it's coming out of the kitchen, not one of the four of us was even close to finishing our meals. For the two of us, one appetizer with a shared entrée is enough.

Address: 1500 West Taylor Street
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Little Italy, about a block from Ashland Avenue

Other locations in Chicago: Rosebud on Rush, 720N. Rush (N. Michigan Avenue shopping area) or Rosebud Theater District, 70 W. Madison (loop), Other locations in the suburbs: Naperville and Highland Park

Phone: (312) 942-1117
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 4, 2014
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