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Dave's Italian Kitchen

1635 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
847-864-6000
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Ranked #14 of 228 restaurants in Evanston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Most recent review
- Jun 27, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Orangeburg, NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

2nd worst meatball sub of my life. Basically it is two 4" diameter meatballs on some bread. Due to the size of the meatballs: -difficult to eat, and I'm an adult male with a pretty good biting capacity -sauce doesn't permeate so it's pretty bland -meatball centers stay scalding hot for 20 minutes Otherwise this place seemed okay.

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Wichita, Kansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I've been coming here for over 20 years (gulp!). I love how they have made the not so new current place have the same vibe as the original building. I have never had a bad meal here. My favorite is the spaghetti carbonara which is not super authentic, but super good. Love the fresh bread and italian salad with house... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our family ordered a large salad (Italian I think) to share and two pizzas also to share in order to accommodate everyone's tastes. The salad was more than enough for the four of use. The pizza was incredible, very flavorful and plentiful. Certainly would go back whenever we're in town again.

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Evanston, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pizza the best thin crust pizza in evanston and quite frankly the entire northern suburbs... enjoy.... we have been coming to dave's for many many years.... truly delicious pizza salads are always good here as well ..... gets very busy on weekend nights really great staff as well

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Chicago
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Don't miss the spinach fettuccini with garlic butter and the ricotta romano sauce. Dave's is also BYO.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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77 reviews 77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Near Northwestern Univ. campus down stairs and worth it. Prices are really good, drawing in college students. Nice wines and fabulous Italian offerings; spaghetti Carbonnara or ravioli the size of your wallet. Atmosphere casual, warm and inviting. Service just right. Take the family your can afford this place.

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Evanston, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Dave's is a popular, old Evanston restaurant with moderately priced, consistently good, Southern Italian food. It is located in the basement, adding to the noise and casual atmosphere, but making it difficult to hold a conversation unless in a booth. Have been there many times and there is always a crowd, but people keep coming back! The noise might be... More

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Evanston, IL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Dave's is a nothing fancy joint. Booth and table seating is abundant. It can get extremely loud at times. Good casual Family dining. I had the sausage, tomato calzone. My wife had the Fettuccini Alfredo. Both were excellent. The house red wine is usually a nice affordable choice. It's not unusual to wait 30-45 minutes during Friday/Saturday dinner times. The... More

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Chicago, IL
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Venerable. Big menu. Relatively inexpensive. Been here nine or ten times. You can *not* go wrong in choosing it. There's a city parking garage just around the corner (on Church, just east of Chicago Ave).

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Queretaro, Mexico
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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This place has a very homey feel to it. Definitely a family ambiance, though I'm not crazy about the basement setting- it's a little dark and can feel claustrophobic at times. Friday and Saturday nights can get pretty busy so come with time to spare or come early. You can always have wine while you wait, which is a plus.... More

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