The Bruno family tradition goes on…….
Albert Bruno along with his sister Corrine have worked endlessly all their lives…. prompted by their parents who opened a restaurant in 1944 at Belmont and Central called Bruno’s Pizza. They were a mainstay in the Chicago community for 40 years.
They made pizza for 12 years and learned how to cook their mother’s recipes.
Basilico Ristorante originally operated under the name Back Stage and there were some name changes along the way. Al reacquired the restaurant in 1997 to continue the family’s long history in the restaurant business.
The restaurant’s fascinating ceiling is covered with individual oil paintings on stretched canvases. The paintings were originally purchased for another business in the family, Bruno Appliance and Furniture. Al along with his sister Corrine contracted young unknown artists from Italy for their original purpose, which was to give them away with the purchase of furniture and appliances. One day Al was reminiscing about a recent trip to his homeland when he remembered the cafes in Italy all had murals on the ceiling. He then would take it one step further and add light fixtures above to give the restaurant the cozy and romantic feeling everyone compliments on.
The Taste of Italy!
The atmosphere of real Italy rules the mood at our restaurant. We offer you not only the best recipes of typical Italian dishes but also the mood of many things: interior, music, waitresses and just Italian air! We put our hearts and souls into every dish we cook to help you feel the vibes of Italy and to transport you to the picturesque scenes of ancient times, outstanding aura and mood. Choose any dish from the menu which can help you to experience the real taste of Italy.
Original Italian food
Our highly trained and experienced cooks are the experts in the production, preparation and presentation of our Italian dishes.
Original Italian food.
|Mon - Thurs.||11:00 AM - 10:00 PM|
|Fri.||11:00 AM - 11:00 PM|
|Sat.||3:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Sun||3:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|For Saturday and Sunday||Will Open Early for Private Events|
4701 N. Cumberland Ave