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Italian? Rose Bud?

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I've got a question for you locals.

Any comments on Italian at Rose Bud?
My brother ate there last year and said it was some of the best Italian food he's ever eaten.

In your opinion who's got the best italian food? Especially stuffed pasts, like Lasagne, Shells, Canneloni, etc.

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  1. Rosebud is generally good old-school red-sauce Italian.

    There are several locations at this point, and I've been to a couple of them. I've had some problems with service at the downtown (loop) location and the Highland Park location. On one occasion (in HP) we waited an hour after our reservation time to be seated, fifteen minutes for our drinks once we were, and our food came out cold. I've never had anything that bad happen downtown. Also, the restaurant tends to be lively, but very loud. I have had some excellent pasta there, though.

    I prefer Coco Pazzo or Cafe Spiaggia for Italian, but they aren't really red-sauce places. For old-school, I usually go to La Scarola. In the burbs I used to go to Gusto Italiano, but I've heard it's not as good as it used to be. I haven't been in years.

    1. Rosebud on Taylor is a great old-school experience. It's in Little Italy and as SuzMiCo says, it's a great red sauce place. Totally agree that Coco Pazzo and Spiaggia are much better and they both draw on Northern Italian ideas. Spiaggia is expensive and they request you wear a jacket. Coco Pazzo is more casual in a cool old loft space.