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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Gilt Bar is the rare River North spot that’s easy to get into, and also has great food. Prepare for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.
Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery
Centennial is a laid-back restaurant in River North serving craft beer and pub food with an Indian twist.
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Pasta Palazzo is a casual Italian restaurant in Lincoln Park good for an easy and cheap meal.
Davanti is actually a bit of chain restaurant, but we don't hold that against them.
Charlatan feels like a designer hunting lodge. Come for the beers and pastas, stay for the pig head.
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