Chicago Relocation

Luxury dining on a shoestring – In Little Italy and 23rd & Oakley

April 17, 2010

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While Chicago has its share of luxury Italian dining (think Spiaggia , or  Pane Caldo in Chicago’s Mag Mile ) grab a cab sometime to a few”out of the way” Italian places for top notch homemade Italian dining that’s worth twice the price. Or more!  I recently dined at two of my favorite Italian “joints” -  RoSal’s  on Taylor in Little Italy and  Il Vicinato on Western Avenue near the “23rd and Oakley” neighborhood. RoSal’s is a classic Italian restaurant, an old two-flat converted for dining, with a TINY kitchen producing some of the best veal and pasta you’ve ever tasted. It’s the type of place where they’ll come and top off your wine glass or bring you a little anisette after dinner just to be nice. Il Vicinato is even more off the beaten track, and is definitely an “old school” place. But both these places are my secret weapons to impress out of towners and locals alike. Especially on a weeknight when there are no crowds to speak of.

They’ll think you know all the secrets of Italian dining in Chicago. Which, of course, I do.


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