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The Pasta Bowl

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner
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APPETIZERS
6.5
Calamari Fritti
ligtly seasoned and fried golden brown, served with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges
5.5
Ravioli Tostati
six cheese filled fried ravioli, served with a warm, zesty marinara sauce
5.5
Tuffo Saporito
warm homemade marinara sauce and goat cheese, served with toasted french bread for dipping
5
Caprese Salad
fresh mozzarella slices, basil, kalamata olives, plum tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil
4
Bruschetta
toasted french bread topped with diced fresh plum tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, and olive oil
4
Garlic Cheese Bread
toasted french bread topped with garlic seasoned butter and melted smoked mozzarella cheese
SOUP AND SALADS
Cup 2.25
Bowl 4
Soup Of The Day
soup is served with bread and butter. our soup changes daily. please check our main page or call to find out today's soup
Small 5
L 7
Cranberry Gorgonzola
crisp baby spinach and mixed greens, with delicious dried cranberries, red onions, roasted almonds, and gorgonzola cheese crumbles, topped with a sweet reaspberry vinaigrette dressing
Small 5
Large 7
Mixed Greens
white beans, plum tomatoes, and kalamata olives served atop mixed greens with freshly made croutons and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Small 5
Large 7
Caesar
crisp ramaine lettuce served with fresh grated parmesan cheese, freshly made croutons, and creamy caesar dressing
Small 5
Large 7
Spinach
baby spinach, red onions, mushrooms, pancetta, tomatoes, goat cheese, and pine nuts served with a shallot vinaigrette dressing
BONA VITA "GOOD LIFE" PASTAS
9.5
B.v. Pollo
bowtie pasta with chicken, grilled green and red peppers, yellow squash, and green zucchini
PASTAS
14.25
Lobster Ravioli
five giant hand stuffed ravioli filed with lobster meat and served with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a white cream sauce
12
Gnocchi Aurora
gnocchi with grilled chicken, mushrooms, spinach, and a marinara cream sauce, smothered in melted smoked mozzarella cheese
12
Spaghetti Frutti Di Mare
shrimps, scallops, and mussels cooked to perfection in white wine served atop spaghetti with marinara
9.95
Farfalle Pollo
bowtie pasta and grilled chicken served with sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, cream, pecorino cheese, mushrooms, and basil
10.95
Add Shrimp 4
Add Chicken 3
Fettucine Alfredo
egg fettucine noodles served with a creamy alfredo sauce and cracked black pepper
9.95
Rigatoni Bolognese
rigatoni served with mushrooms, cream, basil, and heartty meat sauce
9.95
Conchiglie Gorgonzola
shells with tomato marinara, spinach, cream, and gorgonzola cheese
9
Penne Putanesca
tube pasta served with fresh tomato marinara, kalamata olives, capers, white wine, and oregano
8.75
Clams Capellini
angel hair pasta served with clams, white wine, olive oil, oregano, and red pepper flakes
9
Linguine Pesto
linguine served with a basil puree pesto sauce, pecorino cheese, pine nuts, and white wine
FRESH STUFFED PASTAS
sauce choices for stuffed pastas: marinara, bolognese, b.v. marinara, alfredo, rosemary gorgonzola, pesto, gorgonzola blush, "house" farfalle sauce
9.5
Gnocchi
potato dumplings served with your choise of sauce
9.5
Ravioli
filled with ricotta cheese and served with your choice of sauce
9.5
Tortellini
filled with ricotta cheese and served with your choice of sauce
PANINI SANDWICHES
9
Pollo
grilled chicken, tomato, and romaine lettuce, with a sun-dried tomato mayonnaise
9
Italiano
sliced prosciutto, salami, provolone, romaine lettuce, and tomato with mayonnaise
9
Italian Sausage
sliced italian sausage served on a fresh roll with sliced provolone, sweet green peppers, and marinara sauce on the side
9
Italian Meatball
three large, homemade meatballs served on a fresh roll with sliced provolone, sweet green peppers, and marinara sauce
About
Chicago's favorite neighborhood Italian kitchen, since 1996. Casual, upbeat, high-energy, fun! Generous portions of authentic Italian pasta dishes in a casual upbeat environment. We make everything from scratch. Open kitchen -- sit at the counter and watch us make your meal. Table and booth seating available too. Full bar. Daily drink specials.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $15
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

chicken Cesar salad...very bland and old lettuce. Have had before and very tasty but, very disappointing this time.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Kee W
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Went here before an event at Nature Museum. Good menu, good prices. Service not bad. Nice drink specials daily. Could use some GF options.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Go-GBP
Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

The food is relatively cheap, with the most expensive pasta being $18. Since I’m a vegetarian, they were able to take off meat and take off food with Parmesan, and clarifies so on the menu. 10/10 recommend.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Culture725855
Reviewed February 25, 2019

I ordered the lobster ravioli and loved it! Truly amazing. A lot of cream sauce and plenty of ravioli to share with the table.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Paula B
Reviewed February 17, 2019

Not fancy, and a little hard to find, but the food comes fast and is really very tasty. Surprisingly good for such a small place. Service is also quick and friendly.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank jeremyc600
Reviewed January 28, 2019

This is truly a hidden gem! My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to meet up with one of his friends that live in the city. They let us pick. I randomly found this place while searching for restaurants in Lincoln Park. I...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lisa S
Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

I was visiting my daughter in Chicago and took her, my son-in-law and their infant daughter to eat here. It did not disappoint! The food was fabulous, fresh with large servings that were reasonably priced. The servers were lovely and the manager was walking around...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 315wendyc
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Very good food, friendly staff. The restaurant was busy but food come so fast. Salads are big and I loved my nhoqui with white sauce.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank FABIO O
Reviewed May 12, 2018

Pick a seat in the middle of the counter and watch the coordination of four cooks tending all their fry pans. Warm service. Many delicious pasta dishes. Street parking. Free WiFi. Neighborhood bar attached next door. Open late.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank MarshBruce
Reviewed April 24, 2018

Our first choice was over an hour wait, so we walked two blocks up Clark to find this narrow hole in the wall. No wait, seating at the bar or table; we chose the bar to watch the chefs in action. The goat cheese and...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank DaveSov82
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