Armand's in Lombard pairs winning Italian cuisine with beer, wine

Sep 26, 2015 770

By Samantha Nelson

The owners of Armand's Pizzeria currently operate multiple sit-down restaurants and carryout- and delivery-focused locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs, but the very first was called Armand's Victory Tap when it opened in 1956. The chain's newest location, which launched in February, pays tribute to that legacy by serving traditional Italian fare in a retro-style bar.

Motif: Rather than go with a '50s or Rat Pack theme, motifs that owner Mark Cecola said he thought were overdone, Armand's Pizzeria Victory Tap aims to resemble the original space. Exposed bulbs in clear frames hang above wooden tables and chairs, including some long tables for big groups. Walls are lined with black and white photos of period celebrities, arranged by both real life and on-screen couples, with a picture of the owners' parents thrown into the mix as a sort of Easter egg for diners who might try to identify them all.

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