Dave's Italian Kitchen

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Homemade Italian dishes in generous portions at affordable prices draw locals to Dave's Italian Kitchen. An Evanston dining tradition since 1972, Dave's boasts a diverse and lively clientele, drawing customers from the Evanston area and nearby Northwestern University. The sunny yellow walls, red-and-white check vinyl tablecloths and occasional potted plant keep things bright in the current lower-level location, the third address for Dave's in Evanston. Open only for dinner, specialties include the spaghetti carbonara and the lasagna "con amore" layered with spinach, pesto and tomato sauce. Lining the top of the wood-paneled wainscoting are hundreds of wine bottles inscribed with comments, jokes and love notes from Dave's customers.