One of the most famous Chicago character actors is Joe Mantegna. Creator of
the famous Chicago icon, “Bleacher Bums,” back in the early 70′s, Mantegna
teamed up with the Organic Theatre Company to write the original ensemble

Mantegna and wife, Arlene, are residents of Tolucan, Califorina and Arlene
had a dream to create a restaurant featuring the best of Chicago. That
restaurant is “Taste Chicago” in Burbank which is described in the article
below. We are honored that Chicago’s best includes Eli’s Cheesecake and that
Taste Chicago has brought smiles to many former Chicagoans and has introduced
Eli’s and other Chicago treats to many residents and stars who frequent Taste

Tolucan Times

It’s the Real Deal! Authentic Chicago Style Food.

By Rachel


If you haven’t heard about Taste Chicago, the local studio crowd’s favorite
new quick-service dining, take-out and catering place, chances are you’ve been
sitting at your desk too long. Owned by Toluca Lake’s most popular couple, actor
Joe Mantegna and his wife Arlene, Taste Chicago has quickly become the place to
go for Chicago’s favorite foods. Be it a quick lunch, dinner on the porch (or to
take home) or platters of foods for 5 to 500, you’ll find everything authentic
and delicious. Managed by their long-time friend, Jo Williams, this delightful
new establishment brings you Italian Beef, Pizza, Ribs, Homemade Meatballs and
Marinara Sauce, Frozen Custard, Eli’s Cheesecakes and recently named by Valley
Magazine, the “Best Chicago Dog in the Valley.” Not bad for a place that’s only
been around since October.

Taste Chicago is located in Burbank at 603 N. Hollywood Way on the corner of
Hollywood Way and Verdugo between Warner Bros. studios and the Burbank Airport.
Open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and ‘til 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The
phone number is (818) 563-2800.