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Best Italian restaurants?

Looking for some great Italian restaurants in downtown Chicago. Any suggestions?

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  • La Scarola (restaurant)

    721 W Grand Ave Chgo IL 60654 (312) 243-1740

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  • Siena Tavern (restaurant)

    51 W Kinzie St Chicago IL 60654

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  • Volare (restaurant)

    201 E Grand Ave Chgo IL 60611 (312) 410-9900

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  • Joan McGee Qualls

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    1. The Florentine on Ashland just north of Diversey is a wonderful family-run restaurant with a nice outdoor area which is sealed and heated during colder months,

    2. Mia Figlia on Devon is another small family run restaurant with a constantly changing menu.

    3. Gioco in the South Loop is also consistently excellent although a bit pricier than the first two.

    4. Tuscany Taylor on Taylor Street is an old time favorite just on the outskirts of Little Italy. street Parking is tough but they have a reasonably priced.valet. If it's summer, save a tiny bit of room and leave your car with the valet. And take a 1.5 block stroll west (away from the expressway) to Mario's Italian Ice, a real Chicago institution.

    Buon appettito!

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    Riccardo Trattoria in Lincoln Park neighborhood is amazing.

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  • Nisah Cheatham

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    I don't usually go out for Italian, but I still think I can answer...

    When you say "downtown" do you mean literal, in the Loop? If so the one place that I hear a lot about is Trattoria No. 10. I personally haven't been, but have trusted sources that tell me its that its good. Plus there is this: http://checkplease.wttw.com/restaurants/trattoria-no-10

    If you want to go slightly further afield, then I can say more about a few other places...

    La Scarola and Piccolo Sogno are just off the Grand (Blue) "L" stop and are well known. One (La Scarola) for being this quaint little place that many people pass by and don't even know! The other (Piccolo Sogno) for having fabulous outdoor seating, though you'd never know based on curb appeal.

    If you are thinking River North, then Piccolo Sogno Due is a second location without the outdoor seating. Coco Pazzo is well rated, but I find them to be big food pushers, always trying to get a 5 course meal out of you. I like Osteria Via Stato. I think its often overlooked for Quartino right across the street, but I love what I've gotten there.

    Anything else I could recommend would be based on assumption and hype...

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  • Tim H

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    I like Volare a lot, and it easy to get to if you are staying downtown/Michigan Ave area. Rosebud is good, but a little too much like a chain now to me. Siena Tavern is fun and usually very busy. I haven't been to Trattoria 10 in a long time, but is was always excellent- only drawback is that it's in a basement and lacks windows. La Scarola is another really good call!

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    This depends on what you mean by "downtown," but if you're simply referring to the city instead of the suburbs, La Scarola just northwest of downtown near Ogden and Grand is incredible.

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    Hi Stephen,

    Some of my favorites are La Scarola (tiny space, giant portions, handwritten menu), Davanti Enoteca (the Little Italy location), Dolce Italian (great new addition to River North), Balena (great homemade pastas), and Siena Tavern and Nico Osteria for trendier options.

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    My favorite is Rosebud, there are several locations and the ones closest to downtown will be Rosebud on Rush or Rosebud Theater District. I prefer going to the original Rosebud in Little Italy but it takes some work to get there from downtown without a car. La Scarola is good but not technically downtown. I haven't been to Osteria Via Stato in years but it still gets good reviews. Quartino is popular for small plates.

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    Volare is very good as is Rosebud's ( I think it's on State Street)

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    As a native Chicagoan I can tell you Italian food is AWESOME in the windy city and its neighboring areas. I hope you love Pizza because its special there. Home Run Inn Pizza & Family Restaurant, comes to mind as one of the finest, Barones Pizza and probably dozens if not hundreds of others that can compete with the best in the world. I wish I was there to eat some with butter crust and lots of cheese and garlic. Lucky you!

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