I love great, fried calamari...in your experiences, where has the best been for you? Unusually so, I really like Ranalli's on Clark! I hated it at Hugo's though.
The absolute best calamari I have ever had in my life was *grilled* calamari, perfectly cooked and absolutely tender and moist, at
Bella Bacino of LaGrange
36 S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange IL 60525
It's Bacin's (Bacino's) upscale Italian restaurant (not just pizza) and it's worth the drive out there from the city. All the food is excellent but especially the wonderful calamari.
This may sound kind of lame b/c they are a chain, but Maggiano's dishes up some great fried calamari.
Every time I've had the fried calamari at McCormick & Scmick's it's been perfectly cooked (not a chewy bite in the whole dish) and they serve it with three different sauces, all are really good. There's a traditional cocktail sauce, a modified tartar sauce, and some kind of mayo which was the best of the three, but the flavoring escapes me.
Thanks so much, I will be sure to try them, may even convince my fiance to head out to the burbs! Thanks for the recommendations!