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Salerno's on Grand

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Salerno's on Grand

Vital Information | Aug 19, 2003 11:23 AM

It's not Teevy Challenge material, but aside from several mentions in passing, I do not think this place has ever really been covered on the board. With the recent discontent towards Tufano's--which I did not experience with some takeout several months ago--I thought I'd put up a Salerno's post, influenced obviously, by eating there last night.

Atomicman sums up the place well, "Salernos Pizza is an old school, checkered tablecloth, large portions Italian American place, one of my favorites for eggplant parmesan. I also very enjoy the fine collection of "celebrity" 8x10's near the entrance, most of them fall into the "who the hell is that?" category." Salerno's seems like its been here since 1932, but my understanding is that it dates back only to the 90's. It was a fav when we lived in Logan Square, especially for takeout, and is a fav now of my parents who live close by. It's that cheesy, red sauced Italian food that is still great regardless of fashion. Nearly everything on their menu appeals to me and it's hard to pick a dish. I am especially fond of the chicken salerno, a vesuvio type dish, with the addition of some fine sausage. It always made the trip to Logan Square unscathed. As did their pizza, a cheesy, thicker variety, and for New Yawkers, even sliced pie style.

The Condiment Queen goes nearly every time for a variation of pasta with seafood. Last night she got linguini with squid, done spicy. In fact she blames too much spicy pasta from Salerno's for the zippy disposition of daughter #2. Takeout Salerno's was a frequent pregnacy food.

Last night, I got another one of my favorites, the escarole, sausage and potatoes. None of the ingredients are best in class, but together, it still makes a great meal. We also had that standard bearer, fried calamari, and Salerno's last night was especially good and crisp. The pizza continues to be good.

The escarole soup my wife had looked like a pile of greens with a touch of chicken soup; those expecting fancy will be disappointed with the house salad, but sometimes iceberg swimming, and I mean swimming, in dressing can be good. Leftover garlic bread turned into croutons really helped the salad.

My dad praises their steaks but I have never tried. Two other dishes that I have not tried that I want to, one day, are the bacala with mushrooms, onions and sliced potatoes and the tripe in red sauce.

Salerno's Restaurant
1201 W. Grand
Chicago, IL
312-666-3444

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