On the surface, Siena Tavern has all the traits of a typical River North spot: it’s trendy, always crowded, and it has giant booths. But despite all this, it’s actually a really good Italian restaurant. You can order the pizzas here half and half (our favorite combo is the prosciutto and pear with the pepperoni), and you can’t go wrong with an order of the gnocchi, or the squid ink linguine with lobster.
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Solid ramen with Wu-Tang and old school H.O.V.A bumping in the background. Ramen-san is ideal for posting up solo with hot food and a cold beer.
Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf
Bavette’s is an intimate steakhouse that’s great for date night or dinner with a few friends.
Slurping Turtle is a respectable Japanese restaurant in River North. It's never going to be great, but you can count on it for certain situations in this part of town.
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Tortello is a pricey Italian counter-service spot in Wicker Park with perfectly fine pasta.
Nico Osteria is a seafood-focused Italian restaurant in the Gold Coast’s Thompson Hotel.
Coda Di Volpe
Coda Di Volpe is a family-friendly restaurant in Lakeview serving Italian food and wood-fired pizzas.
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Sunda is an Asian-fusion restaurant in River North that’s been around for a while, but still has great food.
Pizzeria Portofino is an upscale pizza place right on the Chicago River serving bad Italian food and mediocre pies.
Torchio Pasta Bar
Torchio is a casual Italian restaurant in River North with just-fine handmade pasta.
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