California | Corte Madera | Italian | Melanzane | Pizza05 Jul 2006 11:59 am

Mario & Tony (the chef) Farahmand transplanted themselves from Iran to California,with a childhood (and growing up in the Italian restaurant business) in Italy before Corte Madera. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your journey to an area we visit often. I will again praise an eggplant dish prepared exactly to my liking – tender, not greasey, with a fresh marinara sauce consisting mainly of diced, flavorful tomatoes. Wow! Other dishes with my companions included a really thin crust pizza with prosciutto, and a pasta/chicken dish – both very good. The focaccia style bread was a hit with the fresh garlic/spices/olive oil.

Wine choices are extensive for such a small place – variety from many places, and some very decent Barbera and Dolcetta selections by the glass and bottle. Wine prices are fair.

Sharing a tiramasu was not a bad idea either. Coffee is good, and service very friendly (even with a 2.5 year old in tow). Friendly staff as well as elegant/casual surroundings.

18 Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415)927-2316
www.benissimos.com

Chicago | Illinois | Pizza14 Mar 2004 11:58 am

Antique lovers, come on over! The owner of this north side institution continues to offer an extremely wide variety of foods so everyone can have what they want. This is one of my favorite al fresco spots for thin-crust deep-dish sausage pizza; sitting among scores of architectural antiques on a warm evening offers one of the best opportunities to enjoy this one-of-a-kind place. Indoor seating is also quite impressive with hundreds of antique light fixtures and statuary.

Late night hours until 1 am Sunday – Thursday and 2 am Friday and Saturday.

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2727 West Howard Street
Chicago, IL 60645
(the farthest north part of Chicago, a little over a mile west of Lake Michigan)
(773) 338-2166

Galena | Illinois | Italian | Pizza09 Dec 2003 10:21 pm

October 2004 update: let’s give this place the credit it deserves. The cooking is good enough to warrant an upgraded rating, and the value is there as well. Sure it’s hard to resist the butter-laden garlic bread, and the family style salad presentation, and the pollo marsala dish which I think is one of the better ones, along with many other enticing entrees.

The owners are serious about maintaining high standards and consistency. This place is not for those who are overly impressed with the other Galena establishments – please do not evaluate this place on the quality of its meatball sandwich. Go to Freddy’s on Chicago’s south side for that work of art.

Cute place with adequate food and wine – not pretentious like many places in Galena.
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201 South Main Street
(815) 777-8100

Chicago | Illinois | Pizza09 Dec 2003 09:23 pm

This is not an imitation, it’s the real thing! They make their pizza from scratch.
This place should not be confused with the franchises all around the country!
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29 East Ohio Street
(312) 321-1000

Chicago | Illinois | Pizza09 Dec 2003 08:43 pm

Try Lou’s special (vegetarian) with the butter crust.
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Chicago | Fast Food | Illinois | Pizza30 Oct 2003 06:11 pm

You won’t believe the Italian Sausage sandwich (or combo).
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