There are three things that can make a restaurant shine. Great food, excellent service and a good vibe. Although many restaurants may have those characteristics, there are very few that truly exhibit an instant homey feel. The neighborhood spot Rosal’s is all about food and family. Walking into this family-owned restaurant instantly makes customers want to stay for a while.
Rosal’s, located in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood is named after the dream of Roseanne and Salvatore Perry, hence Rosal’s. The 19 year old Italian restaurant is about wonderful Sicilian food served in abundant portions. The menu is extensive and is sectioned by Antipasti, Pasta & House Favorites, Vitello, Pesce, Pollo, and Carne dishes. All of the dishes that came out of the kitchen looked absolutely scrumptious, but there are few favorites that may help to narrow the selection process. The “Grilled Calamari” is a must start with dish. The “Eggplant Parmigiano” and “Shrimp Alla Anival” are pasta entrees that are very popular among regulars. Meat dishes such as the “Veal Steppanjohnno”, ”Chicken Scallopini with Prosciutto” and “Grilled Pork Chops” will satisfy any hearty appetite. The bread on the table is warm when you sit down and the olive oil sprinkled with parmesan dipping sauce is perfecto! The waitstaff will encourage substituting sauces or adding meatballs that will help make the perfect meal. Don’t expect a prententious environment, but an intimate, cozy and family atmosphere that saw many tables chatting with one another.
The desserts are tradtional with “Tiramasu” and ”Cannoli” on the menu, but the “Peanut Butter Pie” could do the trick as well. The prices are very reasonable and bottles of wine are very affordable. Rosal’s is located at 1154 W. Taylor Street. For more information log onto www.rosals.com. For more dining options and an inside look into Chicago’s newest and hottest restaurants log onto www.efete.net and watch Fete Select TV.