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csj18 Dec 17, 2011 11:27 AM

for dinner or lunch Sunday. No asian, no molecular gastronomy, no steakhouse, no hot dog/hamburger/pizza.

I had wanted to go to The Girl and the Goat, but didn't plan ahead. I do love the purple Pig, but wanted to try something new.

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  1. nsxtasy RE: csj18 Dec 17, 2011 01:07 PM

    See this discussion for brunch recommendations: www.chow.com/topics/364403

    For dinner, gosh there are so many great places, but here are some of my top picks: Piccolo Sogno for Italian, Sable for contemporary American small plates, Deleece on Southport for contemporary American, Mexique or Mundial Cocina Mestiza for provincial Mexican.

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      csj18 RE: nsxtasy Dec 17, 2011 03:46 PM

      How is Piccolo Sogno compare to Quartino?

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        nsxtasy RE: csj18 Dec 17, 2011 11:24 PM

        Even though they're both Italian, they're rather different in spirit. Piccolo Sogno is a more of an upscale bistro - still a casual place, but it's where people go when they want to have a nice dinner out, sort of a "casual finer dining" type of place. Quartino is much more casual, and is more oriented towards drinking as well as eating. The menu at Piccolo Sogno is quite contemporary in the sense of using modern techniques and ingredients, but traditional in the sense of offering appetizers, entrees, pastas, etc so you can have the typical 2-4 course dinner there (although they also offer individual pizzas and other lighter fare). The menu at Quartino is more of a "small plates" type place, with individual size pizzas and other Italian small plates. (You can view both menus on their websites.) If I wanted to have a nice sit-down dinner that would impress the most demanding foodie, I'd go to Piccolo Sogno. If I wanted to hang out with friends for drinks and light appetizers, I'd go to Quartino. Piccolo Sogno has the best modern Italian food in the city, in a lively upscale bistro setting. Quartino has a fun, lively, ultra-casual vibe for anything from just drinks to a meal. Hope that makes sense.

        From a practical standpoint, Piccolo Sogno fills up its reservations well in advance (make your reservations as soon as you can); Quartino doesn't. Piccolo Sogno is in the River West area just north of Greek Town, right next to an el stop on the CTA Blue Line; Quartino is in River North near an el stop on the CTA Red Line. Both are open for lunch and dinner; Quartino stays open quite late.

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          csj18 RE: nsxtasy Dec 18, 2011 05:16 AM

          Thank you!

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            chicgail RE: nsxtasy Dec 18, 2011 09:28 AM

            Good job distinguishing the two restaurants. For me it's simpler. I can easily get into Quartino. Piccola Sogno, not so much. Although the food is ultimately better at PS.

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