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Remember Fricano's?

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scardoso Feb 6, 2004 09:51 PM

Does anyone remember a place called Fricano's in the city? I loved the charcoal-grilled calamari.
Does anyone have any recommendations for great charcoal-grilled calamari?

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    bryan Feb 6, 2004 10:02 PM

    I sure do. On Halsted and Altgeld. Great place and I miss it so.

    Good Grilled Calamari can be found at Cafe Ba-ba Reeba. And Santorini in Greek Town.

    Santorini
    800 W. Adams
    312-829-8820

    Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
    2024 N. Halsted
    773-935-5000

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      scardoso Feb 6, 2004 10:12 PM

      Yes! That was the address!
      Thanks and I will try your picks!

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        scardoso Feb 6, 2004 10:12 PM

        Yes! That was the address!
        Thanks and I will try your picks!

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          scardoso Feb 6, 2004 10:12 PM

          Yes! That was the address!
          Thanks and I will try your picks!

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          G Wiv Feb 8, 2004 06:47 AM

          Scardoso,

          Fricano's, boy does that bring back memories, all pleasant. Fricano's and Yan-a-se on State street were 'our' places when my wife and I dated.

          For expertly grilled squid and/or octopus I would recommend, as did Bryan, Santorini. Santorini uses lump (pure wood) charcoal and their grilled items, including lamb chops, are very good.

          Yan-a-se also had a charcoal grill and one of their weekly specials was grilled baby octopus, which was a favorite. Katsu, who was the head chef at Yan-ne-se, owns Katsu on Peterson, which is one of, if not the, best Japanese restaurants in Chicago. I'll link to a post by Mike G on Kastu, if anything Mike is restrained in his praise.

          Enjoy,
          Gary

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            Foodie_Phil Aug 11, 2010 11:08 PM

            This was a great place for italian seafood dishes. It was a very romantic restaurant. However, I do remember two guys who were playing instruments and singing shaking me down for some bucks in front of my date. It was a first date and I was trying to impress this girl. Now it just seems funny. This place must have closed in the late 80s. Too bad.

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