The scenes-from-Italy paintings on the walls won’t trick you into thinking you’ve left Chicago, but that’s fine. A meal at Bella Notte in Wicker Park will still probably take your mind off the fact that you just sat right in a wet spot on the El. Go heavy on the pastas (like the cavatelli or the lobster fra diavolo), and get half-orders so you can try as many as possible - trust us, you’re going to want to do that. Then take a cab home.
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Mott Street, a restaurant on Ashland near Wicker Park, serves interesting, delicious Asian-influenced food.
Pub Royale is an Anglo-Indian pub serving excellent cocktails and Indian inspired food. It’s a unique, delicious, and fun time.
Antique Taco is a homey spot for any casual meal in Wicker Park. Definitely eat tacos and maybe even buy yourself some antique furniture.
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Bill and Giuliana Rancic force us to like them with excellent Italian food in a trendy setting.
The patio and BYOB policy alone are worth repeat trips, but the simple Italian food isn't a guarantee hit.
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Monteverde is an Italian restaurant in the West Loop. It sounds boring on paper, but there’s so much more to it than that. Excellent food all around.
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