This BYOB gem features great Italian cooking with a Spanish influence.

Let’s start with their carbonara – al dente pasta with a light pancetta sauce which sticks beautifully to the bronze cut pasta. The fried calamari is lightly breaded – just as good as any I had in Cagliari (town in Sardinia). The lasagna was light with a rich tomato sauce (reminded us of the Cinque Terra lasagna). The broiled shrimp with side Caesar Salad was also a hit (get the double portion of shrimp for two to share). The $10 Caesar Salad is worth the visit.

Owner Vittorio is the chef and he knows what he is doing.

Don’t be fooled by this obscure spot near Lawrence and Western – in my opinion their quality meets even Spiagia standards at very affordable prices.

5019 North Western Avenue

Street parking – no valet

Chicago, IL 60626

773-561-8442

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