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.
Osteria La Madia
Keeping up with the Joneses is dangerous, which is why you shouldn't be swayed by La Madia's fancy new dishes. Stick to the pizza.
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Bill and Giuliana Rancic force us to like them with excellent Italian food in a trendy setting.
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