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Ballaro

Highwood, IL 60040
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Critic’s Notes

Chef Mark Newman has a knack for brightening up Old World Italian classics with modern flair. Although his appetizer list disappoints by leaning on too many clichés—think minestrone, fried mozzarella, and balsamic-dressed greens—the heart of the menu shines. Try a crispy pizza topped with sweet pickled fennel and spicy sausage, a bowl of surprisingly light short-rib pappardelle, or a perfectly pan-seared salmon atop an artichoke and carrot pureé. Excellent service, a good wine list, and sharp desserts round out a charming suburban dining experience.

Dishes We Liked

Pizza with housemade sausage ($14), rainbow trout with caramelized apples and crispy cauliflower ($24), wild Alaska salmon with braised artichokes and fava beans ($26), pistachio millefoglie with pistachio custard and honey ice cream ($9)

Additional Information:

Rating:
Price: $40-$69
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Suburban North
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Free dinner parking
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Tue-Sun.
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