Formento's grab-and-go adjacent counterpart serves casual Italian-American dishes like a hearty signature meatball sub. The made-to-order sandwich features gargantuan, house-made meatballs covered in marinara, mozzarella, and giardiniera nestled inside a crusty baguette.
Nonna’s is the smaller, more casual offshoot of the modern Italian spot Formento’s, and if there’s one sandwich to get here, it’s the Chicken Parmesan Sub: a heaping dose of thin, crispy chicken laced with gooey mozzarella and molten marinara, cradled between two hunks of Italian bread. Don’t forget to fancy up your meal with a slathering of Nonna’s housemade giardiniera for an extra buck—it’s well worth it.
How to order: Stop by for counter service.
Nothing beats letting your inhibitions go and making a mess of things with an overstuffed sandwich in hand, and Chicago is full of some of the best sandwich shops out there. Among the choicest of choice picks is Nonna’s Pizza & Sandwiches, which, as the name suggests, holds dear the traditional recipes of an Italian grandmother. Highlights include Nonna’s Meatball Sub, slathered with marinara, mozzarella, giardiniera, as well as the Sausage Sandwich crammed full of succulent Italian sausage, sweet peppers, Provolone, arugula, pickled red onions, and giardiniera aioli. With limited seating, this is more of a pick-up rather than dine-in kind of place. But, truth be told, these sandwiches require no ambiance—they're just that good.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Tock.