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dc_girly_girl Aug 10, 2011 07:10 AM


I will be in town for the Monster Dash 1/2 marathon late October. I've been googling italian restaurants (gotta carb up!) but nothing stands out. Can anyone recommend a good place? I will be staying in the Grant Park area, but will be headed up to the Lincoln Park area as well. So I'd prefer around those areas.

Thank you!

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    jbontario Aug 12, 2011 02:41 PM

    We had a great dinner last night at Viaggio in the West Loop on W Madison. About a 5 minute cab ride West of the Loop, could walk from center of Loop in about 20-25 minutes. There's also the MAdison bus which stops almost in front and there is plenty of parking.

    Really enjoyed the Veal West Loop (spinach and ricotta over a pan fried cutlet). Brother in law really liked the rigotoni with sunday gravy and the fish looked great. Caprese was very nice too.

    Our server was phenomenal and the entire restaurant staff was great, attentive but not intrusive. I would think they would provide a great pre marathon dinner.


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    1. re: jbontario
      nsxtasy Aug 13, 2011 10:23 AM

      Thanks for the report, and your other two posts.

      You hadn't posted in a while, and I've missed your contributions. Welcome back!

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      mountsac Aug 10, 2011 08:16 AM

      What's your preferred budget range and dining atmosphere?

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      1. re: mountsac
        dc_girly_girl Aug 10, 2011 09:52 AM

        Nothing where I have to get really dressed up or take out a 2nd mortgage. I prefer mom & pop, homey type places, but I will budget up to $75 for the meal, including no more than 2 glasses of wine.

        1. re: dc_girly_girl
          nsxtasy Aug 10, 2011 12:31 PM

          Near Grant Park:
          The Florentine - www.the-florentine.net
          Cibo Matto - www.eatcibomatto.com
          Vivere - www.vivere-chicago.com
          Trattoria No. 10 - www.trattoria10.com
          Gioco - www.gioco-chicago.com

          Lincoln Park:
          Riccardo Trattoria - www.riccardotrattoria.com
          Merlo La Salumeria - www.merlochicago.com

          Riccardo Trattoria
          2119 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

          1312 S Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605

          Merlo La Salumeria
          2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

          71 W Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

          Trattoria No. 10
          10 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602

          Cibo Matto
          201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

          The Florentine
          151 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60601

          1. re: dc_girly_girl
            mountsac Aug 10, 2011 07:38 PM

            My recs are not near Grant Park or in Lincoln Park, but they are not hard to get to on public transit.

            For pasta: Florentine, Volare, Coco Pazzo Cafe
            Comprehensive Italian meal: Piccolo Sogno, Davanti Enoteca

            1. re: mountsac
              nsxtasy Aug 10, 2011 08:49 PM

              They're not all that far away, either. All but Davanti Enoteca are no more than a mile from Grant Park.

              I ate at Piccolo Sogno a few months ago and I thought it was absolutely terrific!

              Piccolo Sogno
              464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

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