Nonna is a Highland Park destination, beloved by locals for its rotating, market-driven menu of hearty Italian fare like flatbread pizzas, wood-oven cooked ribeye with zucchini fries, and gnocchi bolognese. The refined yet minimalist interior lets the food do the talking, while candles on each table sets the mood for romantic dinners and special occasions over glasses of wine and heaping portions of pasta.
Julian Barsotti’s diminutive ode to regional Italian deliciousness has been slinging fresh pasta, salumi, and pizzas since 2006. The wood-burning oven is the focal point of the open kitchen—which, curiously, also houses a yakitori grill—and is responsible for firing steaks, chicken, and sausages. Ordering at least one plate from the rotating pasta menu is a must—it usually features about 10 options, including a few lesser-known variations like anolini, garganelli, and lumache.