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The Original Papa Joe's Restaurant

10745 South Cicero
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 636-5030
Five Stars
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The Original Papa Joe's Restaurant is an Italian restaurant located in the Chicago suburbs. They offer plenty of attractive deals to entice you to visit including a 2 for 1 Tuesday Pasta Night, live music outside on the patio, and special events.


The menu at Papa Joe's includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers, seafood and chicken dishes, sandwiches, and thin and stuffed pizza. The highlight is the create-your-own pasta selection. Choose your pasta and type of sauce (amongst 9 options - the mushroom marinara is excellent). This deal includes fresh bread and butter and you can add on a soup or salad for just a few extra bucks.

The nice thing about Papa Joe's is that all entrees come with 3 different salads, soup, and bread. We visited the restaurant on Tuesday night which was a 2 for 1 special promotion night.

I ordered the Spaghetti Al Verdi which was a combination of spinach, garlic, and Italian spices. It was a big serving, although the food was just average. I enjoyed the salads, soups, and breads more than the dinner. Or maybe the included sides just filled me up to much too enjoy the dinner!


This was my second time visiting this restaurant. The service was just as good as the first time around (especially for a large party of 8).


The atmosphere was nice, but not the best that I have experienced in an Italian restaurant. It was not as fancy as I would have expected, but more casual and family friendly. It is more about the food and service at Papa Joe's, rather than the decor. If you are seeking a casual Italian place to take the family, Papa Joe's is a great choice.

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Final Remarks

The Original Papa Joe's in Oak Lawn is a decent Italian restaurant to try out on a Tuesday night. If you are impressed with the food and service, you can always come back another night and pay full price, as well as choose an entrée from the extensive menu.

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