Nuova Italia Ristorante

Have an elegant Italian dinner in an 1841 old church in St. Charles
Spaghetti pasta with tomato and basil on fork isolated on white

Antonio Lettieri

Antonio Lettieri was born in Rocca Di Neto, Calabria, Italy.  He began working in restaurants at the age of 14 in Munich, Germany.  While back in Italy, Antonio honed is craft in the kitchen by studying culinary arts.  His love of food also inspired his love of wine which led him to become a sommelier, making him a trained wine professional specializing in wine and food pairings.  In addition, Antonio is also a Maitre D’, making him knowledgeable in wait staff dining operations.  Upon turning 17 years old, Antonio opened the first of what would become a 17 restaurant franchise chain in Munich.  He would open and run restaurants in Germany from 1985 until the year 2000, upon which he sold his last restaurant and moved back to Italy.  Two months upon his arrival back to Italy, he opened a seasonal, summer restaurant that remained opened 7 days a week from April to September, but then only opened on Saturdays and Sundays from October until March. 

In 2003, Antonio came to the United States for vacation and remained here ever since.  He worked at restaurants in the Chicagoland area until 2007, when Antonio opened Nuova Italia Restaurant in Addison, Illinois and thereafter opened Nuova Italia Restaurant in St. Charles in 2011.  As of May 2015, Antonio is no longer affiliated with Nuova Italia Restaurant in Addison.  He still owns Nuova Italia Restaurant in St. Charles.  His vast knowledge and expertise in culinary, wine, and restaurant operations is exceptional.  He is thrilled to bring his 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry to Itasca.  Antonio urges everyone to come in and try true authentic Italian fine dining.  Whether you want to explore the dining room or bar area, have a corporate meeting or a party in one of the restaurant’s private rooms, Antonio will be there to make sure your experience is a memorable one. 

Selected Menu

Baked Lasagna


Polpo Alla Griglia

Marinated grilled octopus served in a bed of mixed greens

Penna Al Capone

Penne pasta with cubed filet mignon and onions in a spicy tomato sauce, covered in pizza dough and finished in the oven

Zuppa Di Pesce

Fish soup with mussels, clams, scallops, calamari, and shrimp in a light tomato sauce

Pizza Margherita

Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil

Newly Added Wines


Whispering Angel

Provence, France | Full crisp flavors and a light strawberry finish

Cabernet Sauvignon


Paso Robies, California | Generous espress and vanilla bouquet & tarte

Red Blend

Dona Paula Red Blend

Argentina| Blend: Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon; Full bodied soft & elegant, long fruity finish



Veneto, Italy | Silky smooth, with polished luxuries taste

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