On the surface, Siena Tavern has all the traits of a typical River North spot: it’s trendy, always crowded, and it has giant booths. But despite all this, it’s actually a really good Italian restaurant. You can order the pizzas here half and half (our favorite combo is the prosciutto and pear with the pepperoni), and you can’t go wrong with an order of the gnocchi, or the squid ink linguine with lobster.
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Solid ramen with Wu-Tang and old school H.O.V.A bumping in the background. Ramen-san is ideal for posting up solo with hot food and a cold beer.
Ēma is a small plates Mediterranean restaurant in River North, and it’s good for a lot of occasions.
Slurping Turtle is a respectable Japanese restaurant in River North. It's never going to be great, but you can count on it for certain situations in this part of town.
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Coda Di Volpe
Coda Di Volpe is a family-friendly restaurant in Lakeview serving Italian food and wood-fired pizzas.
Pasta Palazzo is a casual Italian restaurant in Lincoln Park good for an easy and cheap meal.
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