That Pasta Place is a homey Italian restaurant in Grayslake, Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of Chicago. The Italian eatery is located in what used to be a house on Highway 83 in Lake County. That Pasta Place serves home made Northern Italian cuisine.
That Pasta Place is located in a building that was a house until about nine years ago. The restaurant has a layout that reflects its heritage as a house. There are three relatively small dining rooms. The floor is a little uneven and tired.
We dined at That Pasta Place recently for an early evening dinner. The entry is like a narrow foyer, or former hallway. We were greeted by a hostess who escorted us to a table in the front room, warning us to watch our step over the uneven spots on the floor.
The front room was well lit by the windows along the front of the room. The tables were covered with vinyl clothes. We were provided with menus.
The servers brought us a small bread basket, containing a few slices of two types of bread. The bread came with butter. There was pitcher of olive oil and shaker of Parmesan cheese on the table, which I used as a dipping sauce for the bread.
That Pasta Place serves wine and beer, but not cocktails. We each ordered a glass of Chianti from the wine menu. Wines ranged from $5.50 to $8.00.
The menu at That Pasta Place features pasta dishes. Most of the entrees ranged from $10 to $14. Entrees include a cup of soup or salad. The restaurant was featuring what they called a half price for half portion special. The smaller portions were served ala carte, so they did not come with the soup or salad. The specials were between $7 to $9.
I ordered a lasagna entree. My friend ordered a dish with chicken breast filled with a filling of crumbs and cheese. The chicken breast was rolled and sliced into pinwheels. My friend was offered a choice of pasta or vegetables with her chicken and she chose the vegetables.
We attacked the bread basket and sipped wine while waiting for our entrees. The server did offer us a fresh bread basket when we emptied the small basket that we started with.
We had each ordered a salad to precede our meal. The salads consisted of lettuce, tomatoes and some cucumber slices, drizzled with dressing.
Hot entrees were served and placed before each of us. The lasagna portion was generous and served with a slice of garlic bread. The chicken dish was served in slices alongside cooked vegetables.
The lasagna consisted of wide noodles layered with meat and cheeses and covered with sauce. Many restaurant lasagnas rely on thick layers of ricotta cheese, but this lasagna was filled with mozzarella cheese and some other melted cheeses. The menu said there were five cheeses, but I could not identify them. The lasagna was meaty and covered with a generous portion of tomato sauce. This style of lasagna happens to be just the way I prefer it.
My friend’s chicken dish was seasoned with Italian spices in a cheese-crumb filling. There were three or four slices of the chicken, which was rich and filling.
Both of our entrees tasted good. The dishes were rich and filling, so neither one of us could eat the entire dish. That Pasta Place serves homemade food in generous portions.
We did not save room for dessert after our rich meals. I have heard that their desserts are very good, but cannot vouch for that.
Meals at That Pasta Place average in the $11 to $13 range. Drinks average from $6 to $8. Our total bill for two people with one dinner and one drink each was just under $50, including tax and tip.
That Pasta Place is a casual Italian eatery which is suitable for a small family gathering or dinner with friends. I recommend That Pasta Place for a casual dinner featuring filling Italian pasta dishes.
That Pasta Place is located at 641 Barron Boulevard, Grayslake, Ilinois 60030. 1-847-543-9201. The restaurant is on Highway 83, north of Route 120. Grayslake is in Lake County, about 30 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois.
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