Pensiero Ristorante - Evanston

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Pensiero Ristorante is not a new restaurant but rather the latest incarnation of the highly reviewed Va Pensiero, started in 1989, and brought to fame by Chef-Owner Peggy Ryan. This Evanston institution has been a Chicagoland mainstay for innovative Italian cuisine. Reaping praise from critics and diners alike, this renowned eatery has stood the test of time as the best on the North Shore.

No longer frozen in amber, under its sentimental proprietor Michael W. Pure, owner of the Margarita European Inn, where Pensiero resides, Pensiero Ristorante strives to continue its reputation for food made from the finest ingredients from around the globe paired with locally sourced products prepared thoughtfully and innovatively, yet simply and honestly coupled with warm, hospitable service. While Foodies are interested in our unique offerings, this charming gem continues to be a sought after local destination for those seeking a memorable dining experience.

We have maintained the same cooks who have cooked the cuisine for twenty years.

So why the slight change in names? Interestingly enough, Va Pensiero means "goodbye to care or thought." I wanted to focus on care and thought. But the practical reason is the amount of calls we receive from customers having difficulty pronouncing the name. Pensiero Ristorante literally translates to a "restorative thought". Who in these busy times doesn't need a place to come, sit and restore?
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Venue Details
Price Point         
Location Type        Bed & Breakfast
Event Types        Wedding Reception, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Banquet / Dinner, Private Party, Corporate Event, PR / Marketing Event, Meeting, Stage Performance
Location Character        Elegant, Historic, Relaxed, Romantic
Catering        Provided
Catering Details       
Kitchen Facilities        Fully Equipped
Wedding Amenities       
Outdoor Amenities       
Equipment/Services        Internet (Wireless), Projection Screen, Projector
Smoking        Not allowed
Tables & Chairs        Provided
Linens, Silver, etc.        Provided
Parking        Free Onsite Lot, Street Parking, Valet (Can Be Arranged)
Amplified Music       
Alcohol        Provided
Cleanup        Provided
Insurance        Not Required
Staffing Requirements       
Other Details       
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  Pensiero Ristorante
1566 Oak Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

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Michelle Davies
(847) 475-7779 tel
(847) 869-2353 fax
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Event Types
Wedding Reception
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
Banquet / Dinner
Private Party
Corporate Event
PR / Marketing Event
Stage Performance


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