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Help identifying an Italian restaurant?

Tom P Oct 3, 2007 07:38 AM

A few years ago I had my first trip to Chicago (just wonderful) and one of the places I dined was a terrific Italian place. I can’t remember the name. It had a ‘Godfather’ type feel, though it was upscale. It had black and white tile on the floor, the waiters were older and wore black and white, it had large windows that looked out over the street. Even though a little more upscale than the norm, it had a neighborhood feel. That is scant info, I know, but if anyone has any ideas, please throw out some names. Thanks so much.

  1. Tom P Oct 5, 2007 09:02 AM

    Thanks everyone. I am pretty sure it was La Scarola...I also think I romanticized it a bit in my mind! But the pics on the website are very familiar.

    Is the food as good as I remember or is that a romantic notion as well?

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      amoncada Oct 5, 2007 11:13 AM

      La Scarola serves very good Italian...maybe not the best, but it will surely satisfy most people.

    2. YoYoPedro Oct 3, 2007 08:12 PM

      I'd say La Scarola or Bella Notte, both on W. Grand Ave. Club Lucky doesn't have too many "older waitstaff in B&W". Maybe in all black, but...

      1. Vinny Barbaresco Oct 3, 2007 11:24 AM

        Tratorria Roma and Bice have windows overlooking the street.....

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          amoncada Oct 3, 2007 09:26 AM

          Yeah, 'godfather feel', reminds me of La Scarole at Halsted and Grand. You feel like you're dining with 'La Familia'. Rosebud and Club Lucky (on a residential non-commerical corner in Bucktown) have an old school feel as well.

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            wak Oct 3, 2007 08:59 AM

            Maybe Rosebud, Carmines, or La Scarola? Although I don't recall any blackand white tile floor off hand. Do you remember in what part of town it was?

            1. jpschust Oct 3, 2007 08:27 AM

              Sounds a touch like Club Lucky in Wicker Park/Bucktown, but I'm not sure.

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