Take a trip to Chicago's Little Italy with the Great 8! Check out the invitation, decorations, menu and all the fun of an Italian dinner party you too can have at home!
Tim and I visited Chicago last year and needed to make a stop in Little Italy on Taylor Street for some authentic and delicious Italian-American food.
We couldn’t agree where we wanted to eat because we wanted it all! “Let’s get pizza! How about Al’s Beef? The Chicken Vesuvio at Rosebud is amazing! Let’s go there!”
We finally agreed on a place and over dinner we discussed how fun it would be to create the cuisine of Chicago’s Little Italy for our next theme dinner!
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Taste of Chicago's Little Italy Invitation
Included with the invitation was a real pizza cutter!
Instead of leaving the invitation by each couple's front door (which is typically the tradition), Tim delivered it in person dressed as a pizza delivery guy. He wore a red polo shirt and red visor with the logos of Mama Streit’s Pizzeria.
Italian Dinner Party Decorations and Table Setting
Our good friend Lisa, from Entertaining Events, lent us an assortment of wonderful items that we used for the accent tables and the centerpieces.
Lighted grape and ivy garland draped the buffet while small string lights hung over the dining table.
Placed in between were jars filled with breadsticks, artichokes, and 6” potted rosemary plants.
The place cards were almond nougat candies wrapped in a decorative translucent bag with the guest name written on top.
Italian Dinner Party Menu
I cut the Italian beef into small sandwiches and we enjoyed them before we sat down to dinner.
Anna assembled a beautiful and flavorful Italian Chopped Salad!
Oooh, that unforgettable aroma of Chicken Vesuvio filled our kitchen!
Occasionally, we love to wear something befitting the theme, so Joel and Kyle arrived in the true Chicago spirit by wearing their Chicago Cubs gear!
Hope you enjoyed this visit to Chicago’s Little Italy as much as we did! We’d love to hear from our Gr8 friends!
Other Italian Recipes
Try some of our other delicious Italian recipes. We love Italian food here at Great 8 Friends!