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33157 N US Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030

About Us


Starting with sandwiches and two entrees, Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna, Lauretta’s now serves over 30 entrees and woodfire pizza along with a full pastry case of delicious desserts.


Our Story

Our History…

Lori Jozwiak never thought she’d want her own restaurant. But, when the restaurant business is ingrained in one’s family – her dad Gino Pollari, who owned Two Guys From Italy in Highwood – its tough to avoid eventually winding up in the industry. Lori knew the countless hours her dad spent making Two Guys a success, yet she was still drawn to the life

After raising her own children, Lori opened Lauretta’s Italian Bake Shop & Café in Mundelein. Lauretta’s started out small, catering corporate lunches and providing a small lunch menu in a small space in downtown Mundelein.

After only a year, business was brisk and it became apparent she needed to expand the menu and space. Lauretta’s moved to a bigger location, 709 S. Lake St, and introduced a full menu, which featured seafood and pasta in addition to the original gourmet sandwiches. Lauretta’s also expanded her catering.

In 2021, Lauretta’s moved to its current location in Grayslake and added pizza to it menu of pasta, sandwiches, cookies and pastries.


In the Spotlight

Awards & Recognition

Years of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2016-2019)

Ranking of mundelein restaurants - tripadvisor

Amazing Chef


What We Offer

Daily Fresh Menus

Locally Sourced Ingredients

Authentic Cuisine

Patio Dining

Tasty Treats

Fresh Roasted Coffee


What People are Saying

  • star rating  Swung by based on reviews to grab some dessert. We have the tirimisu and cannolis. Both were fantastic! Next time we are in the area we will be stopping in!!

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    October 2, 2019

    star rating  Food was delicious! We had Mediterranean salad, chicken piccata and tortellini with prosciutto, mushroom cream sauce. Tiramisu was amazing! Lucy our server was wonderful. We will be back! Highly recommend!!

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    August 12, 2019

    star rating  Nice portion size.taste is incredible. Got a large Mediterranean salad. Chicken piccatta is delicious on a bed of homemade pasta. The cookies are so tasty. Great variety of cookies.

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    July 22, 2019
  • star rating  Our family loves the Chicken Piccatta. Very generious portion. You can get orders to go which is great if family doesn't want to face house. Choice of soup or salad... read more

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    January 12, 2020

    star rating  Great variety of italian food. In this crazy time they have a great menu of food. Our favorites are: Lemon chicken, sicilian meat lasagna, sausage with peppers. Tasty panini sandwiches:... read more

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    March 18, 2020

    star rating  They have fantastic food and very friendly family environment. Employees are attentive to customers and fast. Portions are big. I liked their butternut ravioli and homemade pasta. Very tasty baked... read more

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    October 1, 2019
  • star rating  Love,love,love it when a restaurant beats my expectations! I must also add, that when a restaurant is rated as highly as Lauretta’s, those expectations are rarely beat. Service was friendly... read more

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    January 11, 2020

    star rating  Girls Birthday Luncheon was had here. I had eggplant parmeson and it was perfect. Small seating ares. You can see the chefs prepping meals with fresh ingredients. Took out some... read more

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    January 26, 2020

    star rating  Two of us visited this cafe for the first time. It is small and intimate, seats about 25 inside (with brick patio open in warm weather). Server Lucy was very... read more

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    February 9, 2020
  • star rating  This perfect little restaurant is tucked away in the corner of strip mall. It is hard to find a restaurant that cooks authentic Italian food without it being too greasy,... read more

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    November 3, 2019