Dave’s Italian Kitchen in Evanston, IL
As a foodie, I love exploring every area for new places to eat at. And sometimes, you forget about all the great places that are a block away from you. Case in point for Dave’s Italian Kitchen, a staple of Evanston for both college students and families for over 30 years. Interestingly enough, this is the one place serving Italian food doing it right, at least that I’ve found so far since returning from Italy. Simple, easy ingredients. Quality over quantity. Homey atmosphere. Everything that is essentially Italian, is at Dave’s without a doubt. As a kid, I used to come to Dave’s with my parents when we went to visit my grandmother on Sundays, and take her out to dinner. So it’s safe to say, Dave’s Italian Kitchen has been a staple for my family as well. I can recommend the Lasagna without a second thought, or the Spaghetti, two obvious Italian classics.
On tonight’s visit, I went with my dad. We ordered some garlic bread to start, and then we got to the good stuff! My dad ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese, which is no surprise at all, because he orders it every time.
Lucky for you guys, I’ve had the Spaghetti Bolognese and it is delicious! The sauce is satisfactorily meaty, and the flavor is rich and super tasty. Yes, this is a dish I recommend. You cannot go wrong with Spaghetti.
I ordered the Fettuccine Rosé, which is this perfect mix of Alfredo sauce and marinara, blended together and topped with Fettuccine. I added Spinach to mine, which made it even better, at least in my opinion. The best thing about a Rosé sauce is the balance of creaminess. As a foodie, it is seriously unfortunate that I’m lactose intolerant. It sucks the most when I go to an Italian restaurant and want to order my favorite, Fettuccine Alfredo. So, ordering the Rosé is a great compromise to me. Not to mention, my pasta was absolutely delectable. I have plenty of leftovers to eat for lunch tomorrow!
Finally, we had some dessert. Cannoli, anyone? Delicious but too much to eat in one sitting. I mean look at it. It’s pretty appetizing!