This place is super casual but still has a nice ambiance. We were seated in a curved "settee" plus two chairs which gave us a bit of privacy from the open and loud dining room. Service was great, friendly and courteous. The Prosecco we ordered was enjoyed so much we ordered another bottle. The prices were pretty moderate and the menu quite small which is usually a good sign. The night before we had dined at Quartino which menu included dozens and dozens or choices.
We decided to try the "must have" pizza fondue. The presentation was fun, and at first the dish was well received, but after it cooled a bit and we had more bites, it morphed into something quite mundane. The special of the evening was a pasta with crab. Being from Maryland, I stay away from crab dishes unless I'm preparing one with crabs I just caught off my dock. One daring dining partner ordered the special, and the rest of us went with other pasta dishes off their regular menu.
The pappardelle with chicken ragu was a nice hearty dish, but nothing I would order again. I tasted a bite of the chicken, spinach and ricotta ravioli in brown butter sauce and it was good, but not great. Lastly, we all dug in to try the "crab" special of the evening and it suffered a bit from a common dilemma when you reheat the meat like that - fishiness.
We definitely enjoyed ourselves, but I'm not sure I would return. Chicago just has way too many restaurants to explore, so this one is checked off our list.
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