Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria in Hoffman Estates is not a small establishment, at 10,000 square feet it accommodates up to 350 people in the three separate dining rooms, a high energy bar area, with room for another 300 people outdoors. It doesn't feel cavernous though, but rather comfortable, with room between tables if you want privacy. The decorations lack cohesiveness, in my opinion, with old signs, restaurant flyers, sports memorabilia and more throughout the restaurant, giving the eyes no time to rest. There are also a few too many televisions, but I understand that a lot of people like to have them around. The outdoors area was not quite ready yet, but will be a fantastic place to sit when it is finished, with plenty of room and a view of the pond behind the restaurant.
If you're eating at Moretti's, you should drink a Moretti, no? Some big name beers on the menu, along with some closer to home, and the wine list is adequate for a restaurant not focused on that. Coconut onion rings are an absolute must to start with (and they were good the next day reheated), especially if the bread that comes to the table is not fully cooked, like ours was. A minor issue. The Little Worker made his own pizza (a great kids/ menu item), while Laima and I enjoyed the rings and a salad. The pizza came back absolutely perfectly cooked and tasty to boot. My Jack Daniel's Burger (BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese and onion strings) was cooked just right, though the accompanying fries were not crisp enough for my taste. Laima ordered the Homemade Short Rib Ravioli, with a surprisingly good sauce (though too much of it) and a welcome contrast in the lemon arugula that they use as a topping. Everything tasted freshly made and done to order.
If you have room for it, the desserts are beyond decadent - the three of us couldn't even finish one of the options (glad we didn't order more than one!).
This is a great new option for this area, as it really caters to a wide range of restaurant-goers, from casual family lunches to dedicated sports fans who want to watch the game. Moretti's has a kids' menu, a gluten-free section (including pizza), and plenty of options for the pickiest of eaters. Plenty of seating means you probably won't have to wait to be seated, while the carry-out option makes quick work of bringing this home.
This meal was provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.
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