Balagio is the Spot to Check Out for Authentic Italian Cuisine
By Carrie Steinweg published November 28, 2022
If you’re in the mood for an authentic Italian meal, Balagio Ristorante and Banquets is the place to be. I loved visiting the Homewood location, which has a bit of an old-school vibe with an elegant feel. Fresh ingredients, classic pasta dishes, a nice wine list - t’s all you could want in an Italian ristorante.
Open for lunch or dinner, you can start off with appetizers such as broiled calamari, panko-crusted shrimp, mussels, bruschetta, baked goat cheese, sausage and peppers or an atinipasto platter or mortadella, prosciutto, salami, fontinella, roasted peppers, olives and more.
I love starting out the meal with Italian bread, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan while I perused the menu. Entrees include some traditional pasta, chicken, seafood and beef dishes. My very favorite chicken dish is chicken piccata and I loved their version - the chicken was thin and tender and the sauce was amazing. There’s also a nice selection of specials to choose from. My husband tried a Trout con Granchio on our visit from the specials menu, which was stuffed with crab and finished with a lemon garlic saffron sauce.
If you’re looking for a good Italian meal in the south suburbs, definitely give Balagio a try.