d’aprile Locales – Passero – Arlington Heights

At d’aprile properties, we feel that the word ‘community’ means more than a subdivision or zip code. A community is defined by the character of its people – a combination of work ethic, pride, and spirit that brings everyone together, in a place they happily call home.  That’s why we’ve created ‘Locales’, a series that highlights vendors, businesses, and organizations who stand out in their respective communities through their passion and purpose.

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A dynamic blend of contemporary American cuisine with a healthy dose of Chicago-style Italian flair, Passero is looking to bring a traditional trattoria feel to downtown Arlington Heights. The impressive and ever-changing menu features handmade pasta and Italian small plates, partnered with classic cocktails and a robust wine list that is second to none.


Passero is the brainchild of Chef Matt Peota – most recently the sous chef for Rick Bayless’ Frontera Hospitality Group – and his wife Rikki. Chef Peota wanted to bring an urban feel to this northwestern suburb, with traditional Italian cuisine inspired by the recipes of his grandmothers. A smaller venue allows for a more intimate atmosphere, as the team at Passero were looking for a space that would catch the eye of curious walk-ins. This has allowed them to truly get to know the community, as their popularity has soared mostly through word-of-mouth.


The new summer menu is here, featuring a delectable market risotto with seared east coast sea scallops, blue pacific shrimp, shaved asparagus, preserved lemon, and fresh herbs. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the amazing maple brined 12 oz. duroc pork chop. Served on heirloom polenta and topped with cherry marmalata and roasted pistachios, this exceptional entree won’t be around for long!



Tuesday – Thursday:4:30 PM – 10 PM
Lunch Fri/Sat:11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Dinner Fri/Sat:4:30 PM – 11 PM
Sunday:4 PM – 9 PM



Seasonal Italian American Cuisine

5 W Campbell St

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

(224) 857-8900