HOME > Chowhound > Chicago Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice

best italian or american for groups?

veee Apr 15, 2008 10:21 PM

any recs for a good italian or american place that could accommodate a group of about 15?

<$15 per person would be great... thanks in advance!

  1. s
    SuzMiCo Apr 16, 2008 04:24 PM

    You can eat for $15 a person in Greektown. Plus, most of the restaurants in Greektown have free valet parking. We often used to pile into cars and head to Greektown from HP when I was in law school.

    I know you said you wanted Italian or American, but I can't think of any Italian or American places that are better at accommodating a big group for that price.

    2 Replies
    1. re: SuzMiCo
      missado Apr 16, 2008 07:23 PM

      It is a chain, but you might want to try Buca di beppo (Rush and Grand). I've never eaten there, so maybe other Chowhounds can offer their opinions on the food. I have, however, heard that it is great at accommodating groups since they offer family style dining. From the menu, it looks like the Large size entrees serve 4 people and range between $20-30, so it meets your price range.

      1. re: SuzMiCo
        masha Apr 17, 2008 08:32 AM

        I agree on Greektown but did not suggest it because the request focused on Italian or American food. Can also eat for $15/pp in Chinatown, which is where I typically headed when in HP as a student.

      2. nsxtasy Apr 16, 2008 06:41 AM

        Is there a particular location you're looking for (city neighborhood or suburban town)?

        6 Replies
        1. re: nsxtasy
          veee Apr 16, 2008 09:48 AM

          we will be starting from Hyde Park, but everyone will have access to a car so reasonable driving distance anywhere in the city, would be fine.

          1. re: veee
            nsxtasy Apr 16, 2008 10:37 AM

            The discussion on Hyde Park at www.chowhound.com/topics/119212 mentions an Italian place in Bridgeport called Franco's Ristorante that might work for you. Its Metromix listing is at http://chicago.metromix.com/restauran...

            Another option is a deep-dish pizza place; both Giordano's and Edwardo's have locations in Hyde Park (and the Medici is still there, of course).

            1. re: nsxtasy
              veee Apr 16, 2008 02:18 PM

              i'll look into Franco's. thanks!

              what about other options outside of HP?

              1. re: veee
                jbw Apr 16, 2008 02:49 PM

                At that price point (w/o drinks) two that come to mind on the southside are (street parking but tight):

                Bruna's Ristorante‎
                2424 S Oakley Ave
                (773) 254-5550

                and (valet parking):

                Tufano's Vernon Park Tap
                1073 W. Vernon Park Pl.

                1. re: jbw
                  veee Apr 16, 2008 02:58 PM

                  what about in the city?

                  1. re: veee
                    masha Apr 16, 2008 03:11 PM

                    Both Bruna's and Tufano's are in the City of Chicago, just not exactly downtown. Tufano's is in the Little Italy neighborhood near the Rush Medical Center/ UIC campus. Bruna's is in the "Heart of Italy" district. At $15/person, you are not going to find much downtown, except for perhaps pizza.

        Show Hidden Posts