Walking up to Club Lago you can't help but notice the neon Bud Light sign in the window, which characterized the atmosphere... a casual local bar meets old school Italian eatery. The boar head on the wall behind the bar (which takes up 1/4 of the restaurant) is wearing a Cub's cap, and the vinyl, red&white checkered table cloths give this place a unique, rustic decor... there is also an attempt at a nautical theme which adds to the kitch. Suffice it to say, this is more of a family and casual dining spot than a romantic dinner for two location.
Service: The waitress was very friendly and the manager was greeting people as if they were family. I made a reservation, but didn't mention it when we sat down. When it came time to pay the bill, he remembered my name from when i called... I consider that to be attentive customer service and something you just don't find at many restaurants these days.
Food: Our appetizer (pizza bread) came out burned, but was quickly remedied by the friendly waitress. The pizza bread was clearly made with fresh tomato sauce and plenty of garlic, was nothing more than french bread pizza cut up in slices (yummy none the less). The eggplant parm was some of the best I've ever had, but my wife's dish (green noodles with tomato & mushroom sauce), though recommended by the waitress, was kind of bland, overcooked, and used canned mushrooms. Adding to the ""homestyle"" feel of this place, olive oil comes in a heinz 57 glass ketchup bottle. Definitely reasonably priced.. our bill, with a 1/2 carafe of house wine, came to $50 w/tip & tax.
Overall, we had a fair dining experience and would go back for the service and good prices than the quality of the food and atmosphere. It seems like a great place for lunch, or after work meet-up spot. You could easily bring a large group as there is plenty of room and (more importantly) ability to be loud!
Try Trattoria Roma for FRESH food & good prices (see my review)!