By: Aisha Ali (Loyola Junior)
From providing classic Italian dishes with a modern style right here in Rogers Park, to the warm and reasonably priced eatery, Antos will save you the time it would take to get to Little Italy to satiate your pizza and pasta cravings.
This restaurant serves traditional Italian-American fare like spaghetti carbonara and Margherita pizza in addition to more unique and daring dishes like pistachio ravioli, fried olives, and roasted potato pizza.
I have tried their Roman-style several times, which is their most famous pizza and has a thin outer edge, allowing an even spread of toppings. They also serve their thin crust, called Neapolitan-style, which has a larger edge but retains the fluffy texture.
With a range of dishes, Anto excels at being a diet-friendly restaurant. They provide cheeseless pizza, vegan spaghetti, and gluten-free pizza. The arancini, which are fried risotto balls normally filled with meat but can also be ordered with cheese and peas, is one vegetarian option that is offered.
Their new dish “seafood pasta in a pizza bowl” has locals going crazy. They also sell their popular pasta cones. Additionally, they provide pop-up and limited-time menu items including fried lasagna with famed vodka sauce, chicken parmesan with spaghetti, and sea urchin dishes. They also provide a range of deserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
With a 4.6/5 star rating on Google they are claimed to be the most hospitable and caring individuals for their customers.
Here are some comments made by Rogers Park locals insisting that this is the best pasta in the area.
Jenny Marie (26) who is a full time nanny said, “The Anto’s family are amazing hosts. I’m so happy I found this gem while taking the kids for a walk. They provide great service, food, and vibes. We tried pizza and apps, which were all worth it.”
Loyola Sophomore Allen Ciel agrees that this is the best pasta in Rogers Park.
Allen said, “It is a very small pasta shop. But I definitely recommend getting your pasta in a cone. It is very fun that way. Plus they are super accommodating with dietary restrictions as well, and it all tasted amazing, even the vegan spaghetti.”
Social media “has completely changed the owner’s life to the point where he might expand his business to other states,” according to a tik tok post by “erica eats everything.”
“It has been great!” the owner exclaimed in an interview. “There have been instances when we have had to shut down for a few hours due to the demand.” However, after hearing from customers that they have traveled eight hours to eat their meal, they let them enter.
Overall, most individuals adore Anto and everything they have to offer, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Anto Pizza & Pasta is open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.