Enoteca Roma is a small, quiet spot in Wicker Park that serves fantastic Italian pastas and bruschetta. Start out with a bruschetta flight (you can choose five different types for $12) and a polenta board for the table (our favorite is topped with a venison bolognese). Then round things out with a pasta, like the penne arrabiata or one of the handmade specials. If you can move after eating all of that, head next door to the Empty Bottle for a show.
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