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October 6, 2009
June 12, 2009
by Chicago Diner
March 28, 2008
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
March 23, 2006
From journal Suburban Girl's Take on Chicago
December 19, 2001
From journal The non-trite Chicago Guide
January 27, 2001
The Capitanini brothers will meet you at the door with that devilsih twinkle in their brown eyes! To this day I am mesmerized by the illuminated star ceiling and the recreation of a Tuscan Piazza that is strung with festive white lights. The stucco walls are a rich senna and rose hiding the private rooms of the convent and the mill. These side rooms used to have long curtains that closed so you couldn't see who was eating with whom! Guess the escapades behind the curtains got out of hand, so they have now been removed. (So Behave yourselves!)
I almost always order the special grilled Swordfish sauteed in wine with pinenuts, garlic, and fresh tomatoes. It isn't always available, so my second choice is the Petto Di Pollo Con Fontina- chicken with fresh spinach, garlic, and cheese.($15.75 or $ 17.75)
My husband orders the Tuscan fish stew--"Cacciucco" ($17.95) or the Wonderful Linguine Con Fruitta Di Mare which is scallops, fish, squid, shrimp over a spicy tomato sauce and noodles. ($ 17.50 or $ 19.50).
For those of you who like veal, there are 6 classic dishes to mull over!
The Decoration on the main floor restaurant is very Chic Milan-style. I love the inlaid floor at the entrance shaped in a spiral pattern that reminds me of the Florentine art form called " Pietre Dure".
Downstairs is the " Enoteca" or wine room. The Italian Village has a wine list of over 1000 choices....too overwhelming for me...so just ask your Cameriere (Waiter) for a suggestion.
This is a great place for pre or post theater/concert dining, and arrangements can often be made here for you to leave your car parked by the valet, so you don't get dinged for parking fees twice!
From journal Classic Chicago Restaurants: From Dives to Diva's