Always judge a restaurant by its bread. Especially Chicago’s Osteria Via Stato. This Italian restaurant primes your belly with crusty goodness so warm and soft on the inside that you’ll want to cuddle up in it, and it’s accompanied by roasted garlic marinated in balsamic. If those aren’t some of your favorite words in the Italian restaurant dictionary (we probably can’t be friends), perhaps the veal meatballs will be more up your alley. The inside of Osteria Via Stato is redolent of the Italian country home you think you’ll one day have; pale wooden tables are lined with clean white plates, and grand archways lead from one dining room to the next. Don’t forget to savor one of the 300 Italian labels on the wine list; that, my friends, is amore.