Neighborhood folks in the know have long flocked to this River West charmer, beloved for its seasonally driven lot of fresh, hand-formed pasta dishes and rustic secondi courses (hello, String Cut Black Spaghetti with Mussels, Clams, Shrimp, and Calamari). An impressive, Italian-centric wine list, served both by the glass and the bottle, act as the ideal symphonic accompaniment to the cuisine’s intoxicatingly melodic delivery.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.
One of Chicago’s most romantic restaurants is a must for any date night done right, with the intimate picture-perfect patio making the evening even more memorable. Hand-formed pasta classics like Four Cheese Ravioli complemented by rustic secondi from Braised Beef Short Ribs to Grilled Swordfish form the basis of any self-respecting evening celebrating or wining and dining. And, as such, there will also be wine—more than 400 selections, to be precise.
From homemade pastas and hand-tossed pizzas to a vast Italian wine selection some 400 bottles strong, this "little dream" on Halsted Street checks all the Mario- and Luigi-style mustachioed boxes. Try the signature Ravioli stuffed with four cheeses, drizzled in a Marsala glaze and butter, then finished with pine nuts and Parmesan curls for something straightforward yet satisfying. Or get your protein fix via the Rosticciana (braised beef short ribs with squash puree, red wine, and veggies). Also, the outdoor area is easily one of the most romantic patios in town.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out and delivery via online.