2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
We went back here after hearing it was under new management to use a gift certificate and we were very impressed by the expansive new menu-something like 15 pastas alone-as well as the nice wine list that had a little bit of everything, mostly Italian, at a wide range of prices. We were blown away by the simplicity of the dishes, the balance of the flavors and the nice vibe we felt while eating. Service was polished and professional, not pushy, more like ""sit back and relax and enjoy"". Our grilled seafood appetizer was beautifully plated with just a touch of balsamic reduction. We split a pasta (Bolognese) and it was really, truly a Bolognese, rich and hearts and just enough to coat the noodles. My grilled lamb was cooked perfect for my taste (med rare) and my partner said his salmon in white wine was ""divine"". Desserts are in a world of their own here. Obviously housemade but the pannacotta is really from heaven. And the molten chocolate cake oooozes with gooey fudge with a perfect smooth gelato on the side. Our server told us it was made by a friend of the new owners. I can't say enough good things about this little place.