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Merlo’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating its fifth year in business in Highland Park. Its signature dish, Nanna’s Gravy ($18), has slow-roasted pot roast, red wine and crushed tomatoes with rigatoni. PHOTOS BY XAVIER WARD/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
The 12-inch double pepperoni pizza ($14) is one of the five pies that Merlo’s offers.
The veal Milanese ($25) is lightly breaded and sauteed with peppers. It also comes in chicken and eggplant and with an arugula salad.
Megan Bernard, Contributing Editor
3:33 pm CDT October 9, 2017

Consistency is key at Merlo’s Italian Restaurant.

For the past five years, the Highland Park joint has been serving up the same dishes from its original menu — and, there’s nothing wrong with that, owner John Merlo said.

“Our core menu has stayed almost 100 percent the same,” said Merlo, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Laura, and lives in nearby Glencoe. “We have developed our good staples, Chicago-style Italian food, so [customers] know what they are getting when they come.”