After getting to know the duo of Executive Chef/Owners Alessandro Forti and his wife, Lisa, nothing has been short of amazement in their passion for their ingredients and equally important, their customers. Alessandro, hailing from Roma, Italy, has spent and dedicated over 20 years in fortifying his cuisine and utilizing only the freshest ingredients to concoct such amazing dishes.
While Executive Chef, Alessandro, trudges through hectic, yet masterfully executed dinner rushes, his wife ceremoniously greets and converses with every customer sitting in the quaint, perfectly intimate forty-five seating Italian restaurant.
Via Roma is exceptional in so many ways, it's hard to keep track. From the homemade, fresh Fettucine Bolognse (only $9.50 for lunch), to the infamous Zuppa Di Pesce (seafood stew served with fresh crostinis), Via Roma never fails to satisfy our taste for the taste of Italy.
It's perfect for so many different occasions, like dates for two, a girl's night out, wedding proposals (it's happened!), and for whatever fits your fancy, come BYOB with no cork fee, and enjoy a (nice & big) dinner for a great price. Alessandro and family love their customers, their food, and feeding others, so stop in (bring the wine) and make yourself at home. - Kelvin Tanjuakio
"Mangia bene, mangia sano, mangia solo Italiano!"
(eat good, eat well, eat all Italian!)
"FAVORITE MEALS MADE TO PERFECTION"
In Via Roma's deep, narrow space in downtown Des Plaines, chef Alessandro Forti (formerly of La Strada and La Donna) and his wife Lisa Leslie have achieved something that's ostensibly uncomplicated, yet rarely achieved simple, delicious Italian food.....
"ITALIAN AT IT'S BEST"
Mangia Bene, Mangia Sono, Mangia Solo, Italiano! Best Bite: Zuppa de Pesce, Vodka Sauce Shrimp Risotto