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ladylake Jan 14, 2008 04:05 PM

I moved away from Chicago in 1984, but I'll always remember my one visit to Como Inn. It was back in the late 60's when I was a very impressionable young lady. We pulled up to the front of the restaurant and someone whisked away our car (valet parking was new to me!). The service was so impeccable...I dropped a fork on the floor and within seconds a waiter replaced it for me. I guess I'm still impressed! I've never received service like that again anywhere. Is it still a good restaurant? I miss Chicago food so-o-o-o much!! Chicago pizza, Italian beef...no matter what you have a taste for, there's a restaurant somewhere nearby that has what you want. Sigh....

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    jphilmlee Feb 13, 2010 03:15 PM

    Como Inn was a mainstay in my father's family. My grandfather was good friends with Joe's father, and this restaurant was our family's favorite. We had out last family party the last night Como Inn was open. it was bitter sweet. No other restaurant will match the Como Inn.

    Jill Scadron Philmlee

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      gomexico Jun 8, 2008 01:05 PM

      Como Inn was a favorite of mine, in the late-70s-early 80s - great memories! Good pizza can be had nearby at Coal Fire, on Grand Ave. just W. of Ogden Ave., on the S. side of he street. The sandwiches made at the butcher counter at Bari Foods on Grand Ave. remain some of the best of the kind in the city.

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        krandy21784 Jan 16, 2008 07:05 AM

        The first few trips for me to the Como Inn were fantastic but sadly in its last years the menu had been made average and the food quality had become average. Too bad. Another landmark that I loved is also gone...Schuliens which ws mor of a quality neighborhood restuarant with great food.

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          amoncada Jan 15, 2008 09:29 AM

          Yep, I have fond memories of the old school Como Inn (closed June/2001) and of course the incredible hospitality of ever present Mr. and Mrs. Joe Marchetti. My family has had two weddings at the Marchetti Family Estate in Darien and Galleria Marchetti...6 and 10 years ago. What a great experience!...my friends and family still talk about the glorious 3 tiered antipasto appetizer table, the beautiful serene environment with live Peacocks and Llama's, etc. etc.

          Galleria Marchetti (private functions / parties only)
          825 W. Erie St.
          Chicago, IL 60622 312-563-0495

          Joe Marchetti's (owned and operated by the Marchetti family)
          825 W. Erie St.
          Chicago, IL 60622 312-421-0022

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            stellamystar Jan 16, 2008 10:09 AM

            Is the Galleria the place that has the tent in the back of the building? If so, I went to a fundraiser there and I think the owner was there. WOW - what nice people. It was a really nice time. The stuffed mushrooms were homemade - not frozen and FANTASTIC.

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              amoncada Jan 16, 2008 10:49 AM

              Yep, that's the one. You can see the tent from the Kennedy. I had my wedding there 6 years ago and absolutely loved it!!!....even though I'm divorced now lol! Agreed, the staff and family/owners are sooo warm and accommodating...this is huge!

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              veee Jun 8, 2008 12:29 PM

              Is Joe Marchetti's good for dinner?

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              lina14 Jan 14, 2008 05:05 PM

              Sadly, it's been gone for about 10 years. I miss it.

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                imguido2000 Jan 15, 2008 07:56 AM

                A fantastic childhood memory. The family Sunday doubleheader. Da Bears, Como Inn and then Da Hawks at the old stadium. I'm tearing up.

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                  ladylake Jan 20, 2008 04:26 PM

                  What a shame...oh, well, another memory to treasure!

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