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“Best Italian food in Chicago!”
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Ranked #874 of 9,899 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Summerdale & Berwyn
Transit: 22 Clark bus at Berwyn Ave or Red line at Berwyn, a ten minute walk west.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

True Italian dishes, perfect portion sizes, attentive staff. The restaurant is very small so on a weekend evening reservations are a must. We tried to get in several times before with no luck. So glad we were able to get in tonight even if we did have to sit at the bar. We will be back again soon!

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We had a wonderful experience at Anteprima last night. My only complaints are minor. You have to find parking on the street, usually, and the cafe is very noisy unless weather is warm and you sit on the patio out back.

I enjoyed a wonderful light dinner. The salad with heirloom tomatoes, thin slices of watermelon, and diced cucumber, dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, and mint, was delicious, the perfect choice on a muggy August evening. A small order of farfalle with prosciutto ragu was also wonderful, such a rich dish that a small portion was satisfying. The sauce was so good, I cleaned the plate with pieces of bread while nobody was looking.
Our waiter was courteous and helpful, offering insightful recommendations when asked. The lady's stuffed calamari was an unfamiliar dish, but in a good way, entirely different from the usual boring rendition of breaded and fried squid with a dollop of cocktail sauce.

Anteprima is a storefront, and does not offer a great deal of elbow room, that's unfortunate, but every aspect of the experience was somewhere between very satisfactory, and excellent. This was our fourth or fifth visit, all were nice, none were problematic.

Arriving without a reservation would be unwise, and the experience would probably be more enjoyable on an evening when they're not jammed, but that said, it's a festive, welcoming cafe with interesting people-watching, good food, and welcoming service.

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Thank Gregory G
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Get there early, especially on the weekends, because this quaint restaurant fills up fast. However, if you haven't made a reservation and the tables are booked sit at the lovely bar where service is great and the food arrives faster. My wife and I visited on a Friday at 6:00 pm and were unable to be seated, so we reluctantly took a seat at the bar. No mistake. Good choice. It was the best seat in the house and we were able to converse with the staff and get a good look at all the delectable dishes coming from the kitchen. First, if you like octopus, you’ve got to order the octopus appetizer. We've never had better. It was melt-in-your-mouth good, served with potatoes, red onion, chilies, parsley, lemon, olive oil. Simply exquisite. We also ordered the appetizer special where we received a combination of the first six starters on the menu. They were all wonderfully prepared and went especially well with the nice bottle of chilled pinot grigio we ordered. The only downside was the roasted sardines, which were a special. We wished we had ordered a second octopus instead. All in all, this is a terrific neighborhood restaurant that will not disappoint.

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Thank WritersChoice
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

It feels like eating in a neighbor's backyard at Anteprima in Andersonville. The patio is intimate and the food is wonderful! Can get crowded, so suggest a Sunday evening reservation for a more relaxed dining experience.

It's probably great inside, too, during the winter -- but we haven't tried it yet!

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Thank chicagocowgirl
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Have dined at Anteprime several times. So, not surprisingly, we think the food is good. The wait staff is usually good and we had an excellent waiter on this most recent visit.

It's not the place to go for a business dinner or a romantic evening when you need or want to hear every word. The acoustics are bad even though the tables are really not that close together.

Thank JJH1764
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