The scenes-from-Italy paintings on the walls won’t trick you into thinking you’ve left Chicago, but that’s fine. A meal at Bella Notte in Wicker Park will still probably take your mind off the fact that you just sat right in a wet spot on the El. Go heavy on the pastas (like the cavatelli or the lobster fra diavolo), and get half-orders so you can try as many as possible - trust us, you’re going to want to do that. Then take a cab home.
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Small Cheval, from the makers of Au Cheval. Good news, the burgers here are also great.
Tortello is a pricey Italian counter-service spot in Wicker Park with perfectly fine pasta.
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Gibsons Italia, in River West, is the trendy Italian sister spot to Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.
Enoteca Roma Ristorante
Enoteca Roma is a small Italian restaurant in Wicker Park with great pastas and a huge back patio.
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Monteverde is an Italian restaurant in the West Loop. It sounds boring on paper, but there’s so much more to it than that. Excellent food all around.
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