As the holidays draw near, hungry folks looking to gather around the table often turn to the hearty homestyle dishes that make the season bright. Donny G’s Ristorante and Bar, 7308 W. North Ave., brings fine dining fare with an Italian flair to Elmwood Park. Their refined menu of appetizers, pastas, and seafood shines during this merry time of year.

George Diamond is eager to welcome guests into the restaurant located on the threshold of Restaurant Row in Elmwood Park and personally promises to make “your time at Donny G’s the best” it can be. The mainstay restaurant has made a name for itself by serving simple Italian home-style fare and offering regular musical entertainment. They have grown to be known for serving up cocktails from two top shelf cocktail bars and offering space for both private events and intimate meals. And now they are poised to bring a festive feel to your holiday meals by offering on-site dining and catering.

George Diamond, general manager at Donny G’s takes pride in his staff, loyal customers and menu of traditional Italian dishes. | Melissa Elsmo/Food Editor

Diamond assures his friendly and accommodating staff will make any visit to Donny G’s feel like a special event and his trio of chefs are whipping up a diverse array of Italian American specialties based on old world family recipes.  He recommends starting your meal with an order of their best-selling artichoke hearts. They serve up the popular appetizers by the hundreds during the annual Taste of Elmwood Park and serve them six to an order in house. The olive oil packed hearts are stuffed with breadcrumbs and Parmesan and served in a lemon butter sauce. This is knife and fork fare worthy of a special occasion.

Pasta lovers can commune over a bowl of four corners pasta featuring rigatoni with mushrooms, peas and sausage in a light tomato cream sauce. The offering is among the most popular on a menu of favorites that includes mellow pasta blanca, spicy penne arrabbiata, and niche neck bone gravy.

Four corners pasta is an indulgent favorite at Donny G’s in Elmwood Park. | Melissa Elsmo/Food Editor

“All of our pastas are delicious,” said Diamond. “But if you want to try the one that Donny G’s is best known for, the four corners rigatoni is the one you want.”

Bonnie and Kim will be performing live at Donny G’s on Dec. 23 and the restaurant is open with limited hours on Christmas Eve. Call the restaurant for a reservation. In addition, Diamond was quick to point out how easy it is to host your own “Feast of the Seven Fishes” with support from Donny G’s. Their robust catering menu includes seabass, whitefish, clams, shrimp and lobster dishes suitable for making a Christmas Eve seafood celebration with ease.  

Baked artichokes are a top seller at Donny G’s in Elmwood Park. | Melissa Elsmo/Food Editor

“We easily have hundreds of catering orders for the holidays,” said Diamond. “We can still take more and look forward to helping people have a memorable meal.”

Known for great food, thoughtful service and a welcoming atmosphere, Donny G’s is a delight any time of year, but their festively decorated dining room offers a little something extra during the holiday season. If you’re looking for some Christmas cheer, you’ll find it at Donny G’s in Elmwood Park.

Happy holidays from George Diamond and the entire staff at Donny G’s!

The red and green caprese salad at Donny’s G’s celebrates the color palate of the season. | Melissa Elsmo/Food Editor