Category: Italian

August 13th, 2010 by admin

Ciao Amore
1134 W. 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Baby, it’s in the sauce…

This unpretentious Italian eatery in the heart of Pilsen boasts some of the best Italian sauces I’ve ever tasted on this side of the world.  As a frequent flyer (that’s for you Gus) at Ciao Amore, I’ve had some outstanding homemade Ravioli in all different shades – cheese, mushroom, pumpkin, and my new found love, lobster.  If I could only bask in the warmth and creaminess of the lobster sauce, but I settled for spooning it up.  My typical 5 hour dinner usually ends up in repeating the menu after-hours with the kitchen staff (thanks for the sauce Eric).  Great food, even better service, and just down right saucy, the chef leaves me speechless and coming back for more – Chef Cesar, I’ll never say good bye to you!

If you’re in the mood for a culinary orgasm, you’ll find it here and don’t forget to BYOB.

After Dessert Ciao AmoreMushroom Sauce - Ciao Amore

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August 7th, 2009 by admin

ANTICA PIZZERIAantica-pizza-ad

5663 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 944-1492

If you’re into authentic Italian brick oven pizza along with a fun ambiance, Antica is the place to be at in Andersonville.  The very thin crust pizza is without a doubt authentic, fun, and deeeelicious!

The menu has tailored specials and you can find your typical fried calamari, but I’m there for the personal size pizzas that are straight out of the brick oven.  My personal favorite is the Margarita.

Service is outstanding and truly hospitable.  Don’t be surprised if Mario (owner) steps out of the kitchen to meet and greet you.

BYOB Wine Recommendation: Villa Pillo Cingalino Igt (2006) – about $9.99.

Delicate wine from Tuscany made from a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  You’ll find red cherry flavors and a bit of herbal hints on a medium-bodied silky smooth finish.

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