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For outstanding Italian cuisine, look no further than Palermo's 95th. This family run, award winning restaurant specializes in authentic veal, steak, pasta, and fresh seafood creations for lunch and dinner. Established in 1961 by Ben and Nina Calderone, the family tradition still continues thru their sons, Anthony and William. Sherman Kaplen of WBBM radio says, "Palermo's 95th is a true diamond among the southwest side Italian restaurants!" The grilled shrimp and calamari and the 8-finger cavetelli are outstanding. Plus check out their extensive wine and martini list. Featured on WTTW Check Please!

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Palermo's 95th Italian Cuisine

Palermo's 95th

Palermo's 95th Pizza & Restaurant

Palermos Restaurant

Palermo's Italian Cuisine

Pizza, Italian Restaurants, Caterers, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Take Out Restaurants, American Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Caterers, American, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Wi-Fi: Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Parking: Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Gerard L.



I tried Palermo's 95th location twice now and please take not the pizza at this location is not nearly as good as the 63rd and Hamlin location. They must use a different recipe with the amount of sugar in their sauce and their other ingredients just are not the same as the great pizza the the 63rd location. Don't get me wrong it is decent but a great disappointment when I thought I was going to be getting what I have received at the 63rd location for many, many years. Obviously, there is a difference.

I have ordered hundreds of piz...

I have ordered hundreds of pizzas from this place over the years. They would not honor a promotion for me and TWICE explained why I was wrong and they were right! They said the ad I had was a printing error that was out for just one hour? Instead of putting the customer first, they chose to put me dead last. I wrote a letter to the owners of the business and they did not even respond. I am the official RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTIONS Historian/ Biographer (creators of the TV Classics RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, etc.) and I will continue to spread the word about this place and their total disregard for the customer. I am reading some other reviews that mirror my experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Tiramisu in Chicagoland?

If you like pizza and a sweeter red sauce here is your ticket. The pizza here is my family's favorite. Once in a while if you dine in they might have bracioles. Wonderful rolled-up pounded- flat -beef- steak in a red sauce. We often order dinner for delivery and the chicken in white-wine sauce is excellent. Chicken scallopini is rich and loaded with noodles and mushrooms. Finally, the tiramisu is outstanding. Have some for dessert if and I mean if have room.




The $23.00 pizza was fine, but to charge $15.00 for a pitcher of Miller Lite was ridiculous. Our party of four ordered two pitchers and we were all shocked at bill total. They should list their beer prices in their menu or at least have the waitperson inform customers of the exorbitant price for a pitcher of domestic light beer when ordering.



Provided by Citysearch - 

chicago is obviously known for its amazing pizza with names like giordanos, lou malnatis, ginos east....but palermo's definitely holds its own! there sauce is absolutely delicious, one of a kind! they can be pricey but you have to pay for quality like this!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best pizza in Chicago!

Brought a pizza back to SoCal for the wife. The best pizza I've ever tasted.
My biggest complaint is they don't do mail order. Their thin and crispy is so good all my friends want to eat
a pizza that cannot be found around here!



Luv Luv it!

I love this joint! The food is second to none. Wether you get pizza or pasta dishes the food is alway hot and fresh. We visit as often as we can and when we can't get there we order in. We have never had less than perfect service from the waitress/waiter. Service there is on spot every time. Even when we come with 18-20 of freinds. Tipicaly we order wine when we dine but on rare accasion we have a pepsi with lunch and have never been charged for a refill. This is a great place. Infact we are heading there now!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Be Careful!!!

Food wasn't bad, pizza has been good in the past. However, I will never again eat here! Bottom line, watch your credit card statements here as I suspect shady business is going on.

Last Saturday went with a group, all paid with cash except me (I bought the wine). I asked them to put $50 on my card, which they did and I signed for. Later in the week I checked my credit card transactions and they had charged the ENTIRE bill to my card! I wasn't initially upset, I just called and left a message with a dining room staff person to have a manager call me back. The manager never called me. Finally, over 24 hours later a ""Tony"" calls me, purportedly one of the OWNERs, and is indignant from the start. He tells me his accountant would look into it early the NEXT WEEK and get back to me IF they would refund me. I still have not raised my voice once (get more bees with honey you know) and I replied this was not an acceptable solution. He started YELLING at me! ""Don't tell me how to do my f**king job"" and such and so forth. I was shocked, I have NEVER been treated as such by a business owner. I replied ""Tony, do not take such a tone with me. I am not accusing you of anything and simply suggesting you have somebody on your staff who is stealing from YOU. I could have just as easily called my credit card company and disputed the whole charge."" And then, I am not exaggerating one bit, he shouted ""F**K You"" so many times I couldn't count and hung up the phone on me.

I called my credit card company and reported them for fraud.

Their pizza is good, I admit. I used to have it all the time when I lived around there. But WATCH YOUR CARD STATEMENTS if you charge something there and keep your receipts until you verify them! I encourage anyone with a similar experience to report them as well.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not good Italian Food

Do not go to Palermos is you want anything remotely resembling Italian food. Their pasta is obviously the dried variety from a box. They do not have any concept of chicken parmesan. Was basically a previously frozen chicken breast with a slice of cheese on it (not provolone) on top of awful spaghetti noodles and very watery sauce. Eggplant parmesan is not fresh. It resembled round slices of paper, and any idiot could tell they took it out of a box found in the freezer. I suppose this is more our fault for thinking you get ever get good Italian food on the south side. Barracos a little further east on 95th street has really come around to more authentic Italian food. Atleast, Barracos uses FRESH ingredients. I will never order anything but pizza from Palermos. That is really all they have going for them. And when we crave fresh pasta with fresh ingredients we will glady take the dirve a little north to Rosebud, Pompei, Cafe Biondi, or Firorentines which are all outstanding for anything you order.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I was at Palermo?s Monday night and it was terrible!!!!!

By mistake I made my business flight arrangements from Midway rather than O?Hare, when I flew back I remembered from Check Please few years back that there is good Italian restaurant that specializes in pizzas, vesuvio dishes so I made my trip further south. I have learned now?..
I sat down at the bar, first I was asked if I will eat there when I said yes, it was a surprise answer on my behalf?I was ?assigned? a server. Not sure why bartender is not capable of taking care of his guests?but OK.
When server came up I already set for few minutes, I ordered Palermo Special with fresh garlic as extra ingredient. So I waited and waited?after 15-20 min server comes up and says that the more ingredients the more wait time it requires?.so I waited little longer then I asked hostess to check on my check in a computer to see what time it was placed. She by the way, was so busy eating herself that didn?t have time to check on her surroundings and maybe check on customers to see if they are satisfied with a service, what a novel idea?! It turns out that it was entered at 8.07 pm (please note it took some time to place this order) and clock next to the service bar area was showing 8.55pm!!!!!!!!
I got so frustrated at the fact that for a place that specializes in pizzas it takes 50 min plus to deliver the food to the table. I mean pizzas can be ordered as appetizers as well, who heard in the city of Chicago for an appetizer to arrive 50 minutes after order? I was frustrated and upset about this incident for the rest of the evening/night. There are too many good Italian places in Chicago so there is no reason why I should go back.



Great night out

I took my boyfriend here for the first time and he was very impressed. We had the largest and freshest tasting mussels than any where else. The soup was great and so were our entrees. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. We also shared a Tiramisu that my boyfriend was extremely impressed with. Completely great night. Not sure when the other reviewers came by, but our Saturday night date was great.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible Food and Service!

I don't know what was worse - the service or the food. I took my mother for dinner on her birthday and had the worst dining experience ever. After waiting 1 hr and 30 mins, we finally were served our appetizers. Another 25 mins later we were served our soup...still waiting for our main entree. To top it off, I had to ASK a bus boy to clear our table after four of them looked at the stacked plates and bowls and walked away. The food was so rubbery we thought they were serving chew toys instead of veal and chicken. I've never been so embarrassed and insulted in my life. One bad experience is all it takes - I will never return or recommend this place to anyone.




I always loved Palermo's pizza, but the last few times I've had it the sausage was extremely salty. I'm staying away from Palermo's for now. Hopefully they will fix the problem with their supplier.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The pizza must be awesome here because the pasta is the PITS!!!

The restaurant itself looks very nice, clean and inviting, but the valet service was chaotic.
I had the cavatappi with pesto & chicken. It was the most ORDINARY pasta I've ever eaten.
The restauraunt claims to make all of its pasta fresh, NO WAY. This was boxed pasta!!!
Noodles & Co. and Olive Garden both have better pasta dishes than this place, and that isn't saying much.
Avoid at all cost. Go Downtown or to Lincoln Park. In Chicago it's easy to find great pasta and this ain't it.



The worst service in the world!!

Today as of 8/02/2007, when me and my grandma went there for the first time, my grandma had to ask the waitress 3 times for a refill on coffee, and finally when she did, it was cold. The first time the waitress fill up, she only fill up half way. And when I ask for a refill on coke, the waitress got insulted and told us "You have to pay for it, no free refills." And she said it in a ignorant way. My grandma told her "that's fine, we'll pay for it." The only one that treated us right was the bus boy. This waitress treated us like we were begging for free food. We would never go back there!!



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Best Thin Crust Pizza

The best thin crust pizza in Chicago! I got a pizza with shrimp,spinach and garlic and it was awesome! The tomato sauce at Palermos is sweet and delicious. I will be back!



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Best pizza on Southside, hands down

Palermo's has been a favorite of both my father and I for years. Whether you are dining in or picking up the pizza is always phenomenal. I mean for those who love the sweet sauce. The inside is more of a family atmosphere but a bit nicer. I have always had nothing but great servie here when eating in. Whether is be Friday night or Monday afternoon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not that great

We waited forever. The bartender seemed new and alone. Sever was nice but slow. This is a pizza place not fine dinning. A great place to take the kids if you have the money. There are other places that sell pizza at a better price and just as good. I don't smoke and asked for non, I was setted next to the smoking bar. I hardly had my water refilled and the waitress was too busy to notice. The bussers.. no where to be seen. Seemed like the waitress had no help. I was told to come here because my friend loves it. I guess? I have had better and will not be returning.



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best darn baked calms I have ever had

great baked clams and really the best pizza in the world. I had it shipped to me for a special treat when i lived in San Diego.....and it consistently has the best pizza to this day