Maximiliano is Highland Park’s go-to neighborhood Italian restaurant. From a first look around the place, you get the sense that no one drove over 10 minutes to get here. Everybody knows everybody, and everybody is having a great time. Is this the best Italian food you’ve ever had? No. But it also doesn’t matter. The meatballs are solid, the Bianca pizza is a must-order, and you’re a little wine drunk on that back patio.
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