Hey Easy, where did you take your niece?
Helen - how nice of you to ask about our celebration. After receiving some good suggestions with "Aqui mi Tierra", "Bucco di Beppo" and your "Mashed Potato Club" we ended up going to the "Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co." at 2121 N. Clark. I think pizza was on my niece's mind! Its a great little institution that was founded by a local lawyer and is known for its upside down pizza pies. The restaurant is actually across from where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place. If you haven't been there, its a great place to try. The buidling had burned down a while back, however, they recontructed it with similar old timbers. Its a tight little cozy space with booths along the side and tables in the back portion. The place is always very busy, mostly packed with locals. In the summer time, those patrons that can't get a spot at the bar wait outside on the sidewalk and stoops of local apartment buildings with their pints and coctails in hand. Some even head across the street to the Clark Bar, which by the way, has a large blown up picture of the aftermath of the massacre hanging on the back wall. As for dinner, we order some 1/2 pound pies -- vegitarian and the tradional sausage with whole mushrooms. We started off with some flat bread, which is a 'must', and the french salad with ricotta cheese. The salads are huge and served family style. They bring you three dressings to choose from, some they suggest you mix. The poppy seed dressing is solid. After dinner, our wait staff served us a pile high of rum ice cream with a candle in it. (Its the only thing on the dessert menu.) They even sang Happy Birthday. My niece had a fun time! Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.