If you live anywhere in Illinois near Bloomington-Normal you are probably familiar with Avanti's Italian Restaurant. (There are also locations in Peoria, IL) It is always crowded, a favorite of the college kids and their parents! They have a large dining room with plenty of seating. They also have a walk-in area, where you can order and carry out many of the menu options. The menu is fairly extensive with a variety of Italian dishes and pizza. I have actually dined in a few times and never been disappointed. The prices are very affordable and the food is always good...not gourmet...but good.
Most people I know are mainly interested in the bread! They make a simple sandwich they call a Gondola. It is ham, salami, cheese and lettuce on sweet, fresh Italian bread. You can also just buy a whole loaf of the bread with butter for $2.25. We used to stop when driving through the area for bread and butter and just eat it all the way home!