Best Italian Food

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Best Italian Food nwitimes.com
May 19, 2013 12:00 am

Lucrezia

428 S. Calumet

Chesterton, Ind.

219.926.LUCY

302 S. Main St.

Crown Point, Ind.

219.661.LUCY

lucreziacafe.com

When it comes to the best Italian food in the region, Nada and Michael Karas, owners of Lucrezia have set the table on the topic. Michael Karas says, “We’re an independently owned restaurant. There is no corporate headquarters where things are prepared and shipped out in bulk. Things are truly made from scratch, from fresh ingredients. We don’t have a deep fryer or microwave. It’s cooked to order using olive oil and garlic. Our food is very consistent, so no matter who cooks the chicken vesuvio, it will taste the same.”

Nada Karas adds, “We try to shop local from farmers markets. Our menu has been the same core menu for almost 15 years with some tweaks. We change things up with the season, and we offer many specials. There aren’t one or two specials—there are many to choose from. Also, service is critical to any restaurant. Even if the food is exceptional, if the service is bad, you won’t come back, so we really focus on our service and our employees have longevity with us. Chef Alfredo has been the chef in Chesterton since day one, and Chef Patrick in Crown Point has been with us for eight years.”

SECOND PLACE

Ciao Bella

1514 US 41

Schererville, Ind.

ciaobellaonline.com

THIRD PLACE

Giovannis

603 Ridge Rd.

Munster, Ind.

219.836.6220

giosmunster.com

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