The Rosebud holds its own among the brass of University Village’s Italian thoroughfare. The original location of what is now an extended family of restaurants throughout Chicagoland, it’s nothing if not classic with its red neon sign, dark carved wood and cool but accommodating waitstaff.
Italian wedding soup brings comfort with tiny, moist meatballs, escarole and acini di pepe simmered in broth; while sweet sausage chunks, caramelized onions and a garlicky white wine sauce make chicken giambotta a satisfying choice. Loyal patrons crowd around white tablecloths for platters of their favorite chicken parmesan or linguine topped with a mountain of clams. Dessert is not to be missed either: a single slice of carrot cake will gratify the whole table.