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I'm looking for some recommendations in Oak Park, preferably near Lake/Oak Park. We've tried Khyber Pass, Grape Leaves, and Gianotti's. We have no more than 1-hour for the dining experience.

Appreciate any rec's, please no chains.

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  1. You don't say whether you are looking for lunch or dinner. There are a number of passable - but not chow-worthy - places near Lake/OP Ave, many of which have been reviewed on this board, and some of which may be able to get you out in an hour.

    Of the three spots near that intersection that eke it into the chow-worthy category, I suggest you try Cucina Paradiso, on North Blvd (not North Ave), one block south of Lake and 1/2 block west of Oak Park Ave. The other two (Cafe Le Coq, Hemmingway's) won't turn you around quickly enough.

    Sadly, some of the best Oak Park Chow is in Forest Park.

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    1. re: Another Oak Parker

      We are looking for dinner fare. Perhaps we'll check out Cucina Paradiso next week.

      Thanks for the info.

      1. re: Basia

        I've been to about a dozen restaurants in Oak Park and Cucina Paradiso was by far the best - expecially when followed up by a visit to Oberweis around the corner.

        I've had better Italina, but its quite good. No dish sticks out in my mind, but the food and service always satisfy. I'd go back any day. I've probalby been there 3-4 times, the last being a year ago.

    2. I have enjoyed Hemmingway's and believe it or not, the Italian Pasta Shoppe has a restaurant behind the deli which was good, too!

      1. I would second the Pasta Shoppe.

        1. I've been living in Oak Park for the last 15 years and I've never heard of Gianotti's. Where is that?

          As far as good restaurants around Lake / Oak Park Avenue, there's a new Japanese place (just east of the Caribou Coffee on Lake St.) that I've heard is pretty good. Haven't tried it yet....

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          1. re: cipsi

            Sorry, I think it's actually called Gepetto's - it's on Oak Park, north of the tracks.

            Thanks for the Japanese rec.

            1. re: Basia

              Let me know how the Japanese place is. I'm curious....the only other Japanese place I know of is Fuji Grill. It's in a strip mall on Harlem, just north of Madison (Forest Park). I've eaten there a couple times. It's o.k., not great.

              Geppetto's (sp?) is really, really mediocre.

              1. re: cipsi

                The Japanese place is probably Sagano Sushi. It's pretty decent sushi for the area.

                Agreed that Geppetto's is just not good.

            2. re: cipsi

              There used to be a Gianotti's on Roosevelt Road. I think it was in Forest Park. It relocated to Oak Brook on 22nd St., and I hear it has relocated again.

            3. Ditto on Gepetto's being mediocre, at best. We've found that Cucina Paradiso has the best Italian in the area, although we've been told that La Bella Pasteria is quite good since it moved & reopened. Has anyone tried it?