But the best thing on the menu is owner Johnny Tarrantino.
JT was one of the first friends I made here when I moved to the Windy City in 1993.
At that time he owned Jim and Johnny’s. Today his small Italian Eatery on Armitage attracts many loyal patrons because they know the meals are good and the price is right. Johnny caters to his customers and whenever I ask for a change on the menu I get it. It’s become a regular routine for me and my family. Johnny remembers the wine we like, the food we like, and always joins us for great conversation. Johnny has given me great advice over the years and his love for friends and family is inspiring. I remember meeting Johnny’s mother for the first time and hearing about the family recipes that had become part of the menu. Johnny is all about tradition and his Italian Roots. I have a deep affection for Italy and it’s yummy cuisine after living in Florence my sophmore year of College. I’ve been back several times and always enjoyed the people and their culture. Every time I go to Tarrantino’s it’s a pleasant reminder. My favorite dishes, the hearts of palm salad, the fish special with spinach sauted in olive oil, and well all the deserts even though they are not on the diet plan.