The scenes-from-Italy paintings on the walls won’t trick you into thinking you’ve left Chicago, but that’s fine. A meal at Bella Notte in Wicker Park will still probably take your mind off the fact that you just sat right in a wet spot on the El. Go heavy on the pastas (like the cavatelli or the lobster fra diavolo), and get half-orders so you can try as many as possible - trust us, you’re going to want to do that. Then take a cab home.
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En Hakkore is a quick, casual, and fresh twist on Korean food. The healthier bibimbap or sashimi-bap might make you a regular, but the paratha tacos will tempt you all the time.
Cafe Instanbul is a Mediterranean restaurant in Wicker Park with great grilled meats and housemade bread.
Schwa, the restaurant equivalent of the most interesting man in the world. Better start working on the reservation now.
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Piccolo Sogno is a classic Italian restaurant complete with candlelight, white table clothes, and pure romance.
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Piece Brewery and Pizzeria
Piece Pizzeria is serving New Haven Style pizzas, and it’s the ideal spot to hang out over pizza and beer with your friends.
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