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Alex's Washington Gardens
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Ranked #5 of 57 Restaurants in Highwood
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Metra North Line is two blocks away.
Description: Made from scratch, family recipe Italian cuisine in Highwood since 1932, and at it's current location since 1982. Serving a selection of Fresh Seafood delivered daily including our very popular Prince Edward Island Steamed Mussels. Also, we offer some of the best thin crisp crust pizza, which was the first pizza served on the North Shore at Scornavacco's since 1944. All the classics are here, homemade pastas, hand carved and pounded out chicken and veal parmigiana, limone, piccata, and of course lasagnas, meatballs, and of course homemade desserts.
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We started going back here after being away for years. The Italian food, especially the lasagna is some of the best we have had! We have had energetic fast service and we love the rustic "supper club" look. They like their customers. We will return this month!

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We have been patrons of this longtime Highwood favorite for more than 25 years. Alex was a wonderful host. Then it changed management and we missed the old personal greetings and goodbyes from Alex, but the ambiance remained the same, to us. But the last time we went there, shortly after yet another management change, we were not impressed. The wait staff had largely been replaced. Gone was the old bartender, replaced by staff that seemed more suited to a Hooters. Not appropriate for a historic Italian restaurant in a historic Italian suburb.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

This restaurant is the quintessential neighborhood Italian restaurant that everyone wishes was within walking distance of their home - you know, the one Billie Joel sings about in "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." The staff is friendly, the food is good, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. I ordered the chicken marsala, which comes with a salad and a side of pasta. Two people at my table ordered the Lasagna Verde. Fresh bread was served while we waited for our entrees. The food was good - salad was fresh, pasta was al dente, entrees were served hot. My chicken marsala was a bit overwhelmed by the sauce, but I happen to like sauces and the amount didn't bother me. The lasagne was flavorful, nicely plated, and tasted like down-home Italian fare. This is a popular place during the week and on weekends, so make reservations. TIP: Go Sunday night and order the pizza! This foodieinthesprings recommends Alex's Washington Gardens.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

Warm and inviting. Good food. Great service. The portions were large and suitable for sharing. Everything that we ate tasted fresh and flavorful. The cannoli was one of the best my daughter had ever tasted. The Chicken Marsala was plump and moist and the sauce was delicious. This is a great place for family celebrations or just to dine out anytime!

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

My wife and I love this place as a quick night out without the kids. Good Italian fare and is always excellent. Straw and Hay dish is outstanding. We always stick with pasta but have never been disappointed. The staff is awesome!

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