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1966 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
773-248-1400
  • Mo-Th 11:30a-9:30p
  • Fri & Sa 11:30a-10:30p
  • Sun 11:30a-8:30p

Photos by Tom Maday
© 2012 Pasta Palazzo

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Our entire menu available
for carry-out. Catering available

Appetizers

  • Bruschetta 4 tomatoes, red onions, balsamic vinegar and basil on grilled bread
  • Grilled Calamari 7 with lemon-herb vinaigrette
  • Grilled Portabella Mushroom 4 with garlic toast
    add gorgonzola(+1)
  • Grilled Asparagus 4 with lemon-herb vinaigrette
  • Baked Goat Cheese 8 with tomato-basil sauce and garlic toast
  • Polenta 8 with pomodoro sauce and melted fontinella cheese
  • Garlic Bread 3 toasted with garlic butter
    add a bowl of marinara for dipping(+2.5)

Salads small/large

  • Mixed Greens 4/6 with tomatoes and red onions (balsamic vinaigrette or creamy bleu cheese dressing)
    add gorgonzola (+1)
  • Caesar Salad 4/6 with parmesan and homemade croutons
    add grilled chicken (+2)
    add shrimp (+3)
  • Cucumber Salad 5 cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese and red wine vinaigrette
  • Vegetariano Salad 9 grilled zucchini, eggplant, red and green peppers on mixed greens
  • Caprese Salad 8 tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil

Soup

  • Soup of the day 4.5please see today's selections above
    or call us

Pasta

  • Spaghetti Marinara 8spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce
  • Capellini Pomodoro 8angel hair with a sauce of chunky fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil
  • Farfalle Alfredo 9bowties with alfredo sauce and black pepper
  • Linguine Pesto-Cream 9long, flat strands with puree of basil, pine nuts, parmesan and olive oil with a splash of cream
  • Conchiglie Gorgonzola 9shells with spinach, gorgonzola, cream and fresh tomatoes
  • Penne Alle Melanzane 9penne with tomatoes, eggplant, fresh mozzarella and basil (lightly spicy)
  • Farfalle Pomodoro Formaggio 9bowties with fresh tomatoes, basil, goat cheese and pine nuts
  • Penne Funghi 9penne with porcini, portabella and white mushrooms in a light marsala sauce
  • Mac & Cheese 9corkscrew noodles with a rich, creamy cheese sauce
  • Cavatappi Pollo 10corkscrews with chicken, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and cream
  • Penne Bolognese 10penne with meat sauce, mushrooms, herbs and parmesan
  • Conchiglie Classico 10shells with italian sausage, red bell peppers and marinara topped with ricotta
  • Penne con Salsiccie 10penne with italian sausage, portabella mushrooms and marinara topped with melted fontinella cheese
  • Spaghetti Frutti di Mare 11spaghetti with calamari, scallops, shrimp and tomato-white wine sauce
  • Handmade Pasta

    • Jalapeno Gnocchi 11jalapeno and ricotta stuffed dumplings with roasted red pepper sauce
    • Gnocchi 11ricotta filled potato dumplings with your choice of sauce
    • Tortellini 11ricotta filled ring-shaped pasta with your choice of sauce
    • Ravioli 11ricotta and spinach filled pasta squares with your choice of sauce

    • Choice of Sauces marinara, pomodoro, bolognese, alfredo, gorgonzola, pesto cream, tomato cream, spicy vodka tomato cream, sundried tomato cream

    Healthy Pasta

    prepared with no butter or cheese

    • Healthy Chicken 10penne with chicken, zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes in a tomato white wine sauce
    • Healthy Primavera 9spaghetti with grilled eggplant, peppers, zucchini, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and basil in a tomato white wine sauce
    • Healthy Scallops 11 linguine with bay scallops in a lightly spicy tomato and basil white wine sauce

    Sandwiches

    served with a side salad of mixed green

    • Grilled Chicken 9with grilled red bell peppers, fontinella cheese and pesto-mayo
    • Meatball 9with marinara sauce and melted fontinella cheese
    • Caprese 9tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil
    • Vegetariano 9grilled peppers, zucchini, eggplant, goat cheese and pesto-mayo
    • Grilled Portabella 9with pesto-mayo, fresh tomato and fontinella cheese on tomato focaccia

    Extras

    • 1 ADD A VEGETABLE
    • 2 ADD CHICKEN, SAUSAGE, BEEF OR MEATBALLS
    • 3 ADD SHRIMP, SCALLOPS OR CALAMARI
    • 1 ADD GOAT CHEESE, FORTINELLA OR MOZZARELLA
    • 2 ADD SUNDRIED TOMATO
    • 2 ADD PINE NUTS
    • 2.5 SIDE OF MARINARA
    • 5 SIDE OF MEATBALLS WITH MARINARA
    • 5 SIDE OF ANY OTHER SAUCE
    • 3 SIDE OF BROCCOLI OR SPINACH
    • 1 SUBSTITUTE WHOLE WHEAT PASTA IN ANY DISH
    • 2 SUBSTITUTE GLUTEN FREE PENNE IN ANY DISH
    • 5 PLAIN PASTA PREPARED WITH BUTTER OR OLIVE OIL

    Beverages

    • From the Bar We offer a selection of wine, beer and sangria. Please ask to see our drink list.
    • Soft Drinks 2.5 - Free RefillsCoke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Ginger Ale, Lemonade, Iced Tea
    • San Pellegrino 3
    • Coffee2.5 - Bottomless Cup
    • Espresso 3
    • Hot Tea 2.5
    • Milk 2.5

    About

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    • Every Neighborhood has one:
      The Cool Neighbor

    It’s the house with the funny mom who doesn’t take any crap from anyone and loves everyone like her own.

    It’s the house that always has the crowd and that is full of laughter and the good-natured ribbing that only happens between people who really know each other.

    It’s probably the house where you had your first beer, but you had it with jalepeño gnocchi that was deserving of your first beer.

    It always smells amazing, and there is always something delicious coming off the stove. The kids love it because the food is good and the dessert is better. The adults love it because the food is good, the wine is good, and it feels like home.

    For 15 years, we've been that cool neighbor on Halsted Street.

    Two blocks from Steppenwolf Theatre and just steps from the Armitage Avenue shopping district, Pasta Palazzo serves authentic Italian cuisine that is both innovative and traditional.

    The culinary focus is on the freshest ingredients with simple preparations. The real focus is you, the customer, feeling like you can kick back and relax into the food, wine, and warmth around you.

    In the UK, they call it “ your local.” Here, we just call it Pasta Palazzo.

    • Reservations: No
    • Smoking: Don't Even Think About It
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    • Catering

    Are you kidding? Can we cook for a crowd? It's what we do, people. Give us a call.

    Reviews

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    Lincoln Park locals “love” this “cozy” Italian with “attentive service” and “reasonable prices” for “pasta and more pasta” (try the jalapeño gnocchi), “great salads” and “excellent apps”; the “casual” spot can be “loud”, but most say it’s an “enjoyable stop for a neighborhood” meal; P.S. no reservations, but they now accept credit cards.

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    Rachael takes us across the U.S. to her picks for the best Italian food at the best value. She's out to prove that you don't need to cross the Atlantic to sail into some fine eateries.

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    "— there’s a neighborhood place in [Lincoln Park] called Pasta Palazzo, and I think my wife and I eat at that place every other week."

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    Bright decor, a lively atmosphere, and quick and tasty food at reasonable prices make this friendly Lincoln Park eatery very popular. Neighborhood residents go regularly, and one Rater thinks it's great for a "cheap date." The menu sticks to simple pasta dishes while offering enough variety to satisfy a range of tastes. It's certainly bargain dining -- most entrees are under $10.

    -Laura Levy Shatkin

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    Hmm. A narrow storefront with barstool-style chairs at high bare tables. Bar seating near an open kitchen. I thought I had walked into a pub until the small menu set me straight. It begins with smoky grilled calamari in a lemon herb vinaigrette and baked goat cheese with tomato-basil sauce and garlic toast. Conchiglie shells with Italian sausage and red bell peppers in marinara topped with melting ricotta ($9) are every bit as savory as the penne with porcini, portobello, and white mushrooms in Marsala sauce. Moist espresso cake is the perfect nightcap: coffee and cake rolled into one.

    –Dennis Ray Wheaton

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    Cheap Eats – 4 forks

    Diner al’Italiana – Pasta Palazzo calls itself a “gourmet pasta diner,” three words rarely strung together on a menu. But it fits here.

    The designer-diner approach can be found in the ambience too. The requisite open kitchen is set against a wall that’s ablaze with bright-colored tiles forming a jazzy mosaic. High-backed wooden barstools of various colors adorn tall tables. Pasta Palazzo stays loyal to the diner ethic by making soloists comfortable with ample seating along a counter that runs nearly the length of the room.

    The food underscores the idea here with a menu that lists a page full of Italian fare, each followed by prices usually seen following “BLT Club” and “Diet Plate.”

    Fresh crusty Italian bread arrived shortly after we sat down (and was efficiently replenished later in the meal). We chose Grilled Calamari for an appetizer, which was substantial enough to share. Generous pieces of tender fresh squid, grilled in lemon, garlic and herbs present a fresh take on the more familiar breaded and fried version.

    The mixed green salad delivers an abundance of colorful lettuces – and we ordered the smaller version. The Italian dressing, easy on the salt and a perfect pairing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar renders a refreshing light accent.

    Farfalle Pomodoro Formaggio starts with bow tie pasta cooked perfectly al dente. Among the flavors heaped onto this foundation: crunchy pine nuts, creamy and mellow goat cheese, plenty of basil and fresh tomatoes.

    Will there be room for dessert? Yes, if you take half your entrée home. The flourless chocolate cake is worth the sacrifice. The rich, dense flavor of chocolate dusted by confectioners sugar can’t be beat. Tiramisu and cheesecake are also offered.

    Wines by the glass and bottle are offered, as are several bottled beers and soft drinks.

    The staff is friendly and efficient which adds to the comfort level. All of the items are available for take-out, which may be a wiser option when the spot gets crowded.

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