Can't say enough good things about this place
My husband and I walk by this place all the time since it's a block from out house. I was always intrigued -- it's off the beaten path but always full of people. So, we tried and tried for reservations -- always last minute and never able to get in. We finally planned ahead and success! Stepping in, the space was personal and inviting -- authentic Italian cafe style. But I must say it's really about the food. They are a BYOB restaurant and serve your wine in small cylindrical glasses which were informal but suitable. Unfortunately, I can't say much about everything on the menu, because I was only able to try a few things during my first visit, but I will be back to eat my way through after the meal we had there. We learned that the chef trained in the Bologna region of Italy. The homemade polenta with mushrooms, cannelloni beans, and housemade sausage was a symphony in my mouth -- each bite offering new discoveries -- rosemary, a cheesey crust, parsley, cornmeal, etc.. The mezzaluna filled with rainbow trout in a white wine sauce was so surprisingly full of flavor that I never wanted each bite to end. The bolognese -- behind words. Rated best bolognese in the city of Chicago and I can see why. It was truly one of those meals you never wanted to end. Savoring each bite was not enough. Lastly, we had a whole fish similar to sea bass that was paired with caramelized brussel sprounts and potatoes. Very rustic but extremely flavorful and moist. I have been to a lot of exciting restaurants in the city, but this one has won me over. I can't wait to sample what the chef has to offer in the changing seasons to come. I better start making my reservations!