Yes, Chicago's oldest Italian restaurant is actually in Chinatown. Tucked away on a quiet residential street, Bertucci's Corner has been around since 1935 and is the true definition of a "hole in the wall" establishment. Owner/waitress/bartender Maria will most likely be the one to greet and serve you large portions of chicken vesuvio and fettuccine alfredo, two of the homemade house specialties.
Bertucci's Corner, 300 West 24th Street (between Calumet and Cottage Grove Avenue); 312-225-2848.
Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Schiappa