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Mar 25, 2011 08:56 AM

Italian grocery

I will be cooking dinner for some friends on a trip to Chicago in a couple of weeks. I plan on doing my shopping in the city and then head out to my friend's place in the far north burbs. Any suggestions on a good Italian grocery that may have fresh pasta as well as a nice deli would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Panozzo's in the South Loop -

    Bari on Grand -

    If you go to Bari, pick up great Italian breads at D'Amato's Bakery next door.

    If you need anything when you're already in the far northern burbs, check out Caputo's Cheese Market in Lake Forest ( ).

      1. My suggestion is Caputo's on the northwest corner of Harlem and Grand. It's really in Elmwood Park (I think), and has everything, including a very nice comprehensive fresh produce selection in the Italian green grocer tradition. It is a complete grocery with products from east and south asian to Mexican and Polish, but its cuore is Italian. I have found every Italian thing I could think of there, including fresh Sardinian, Apulian, and Sicilian baked goods. The deli and prepared foods section is very good. They have a whole isle with paste ("pastas" is bad Italian) on one side and olive oils on most of the other. It is the one Italian grocery where I can talk Italian, not Spanish (English bores me) and be answered in dialect, asking where I'm from. [I don't have the heart to say "Detroit", so I lie.] Free parking too. I swear by the Caputos on Harlem and Grand. And no, I don't work for them or their ad people, and don't expect a discount the next time I go.

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        1. re: chicagodoc

          Well, Melrose Park isn't exactly on the way from the city to Lake Forest, LOL! But if you're going to Melrose Park anyway, note that there are two different markets named Caputo there. In addition to the Caputo market at Harlem and Grand, Melrose Park is also the main location of Caputo Cheese Market and it's much bigger than the smaller one they recently opened in Lake Forest. They have a HUGE assortment of Italian foods as well as cheeses from all over the world. It's not easy to find; it's right off North Avenue behind a Walgreen's. It's really phenomenal (and no, I don't work for them, either!).

        2. Thank you all for the suggestions. They all sound like good ones and I will have to see where my day takes me before I decide which one to go to. :)

          1. Check out Tony's Deli in the Edison park neighborhood: