Progressive dinners are a great way to sample the offerings of several restaurants in one evening. These three restaurants are within minutes of each other, but they are a bit of a hike from the station so wear your comfy shoes. Be prepared to try something different than chain restaurant fare when you visit these unique Norwood Park establishments.
The first restaurant on our list is Tanzitaro. We suggest you try a fresh fruit margarita made with one of their eleven premium tequilas, or perhaps a Tuna Cactus Margarita (made with cactus fruit) along with an appetizer or two from the Guatemalteco Menu, like the Tostadas de Salpican, chips and marinated beef or Rellenitos, fried banana stuffed with black beans. There is a full bar featuring Latin beers and a menu with many American, Mexican and Guatemalan favorites.
To get to Tanzitaro from the Norwood Park Metra Station head northwest on North Avondale Avenue, right on Raven Street, then right on North Milwaukee Avenue. The restaurant is approximately 1 mile away and will take about 20 minutes to walk there..
The next stop on the list is Amitabul, a restaurant serving what they describe as “Healing Buddhist Vegan Cuisine.” The Vegan, Korean and Asian influenced menu includes a multitude of interesting options all made with fresh vegetables and other healthy ingredients. No alcohol here, so you may want to try one of their homemade juices, smoothies or a shake. They also have some interesting tea choices such as the Date Tea. Once you visit, let us know what you think.
To get to Amitabul from Tanzitaro head northwest on North Milwaukee. It is only about a 3 minute walk up the street.
Lastly head up the street to Pasta D Arte Trattoria Italiano. This will be a great place to end your evening. If the
weather is nice you may want to sit in their courtyard which has a retractable roof for the summer months. There is a full menu of Italian dishes including vegetarian and gluten free options. We suggest you try a homemade dessert such as Torta di Cioccolate a warm chocolate lava cake with pistachio gelato, or check out the seasonal dessert special. Pasta D Arte also has a full bar so you can end the evening with an after dinner drink or a cappuccino or espresso.