Chicago has some great neighborhoods with excellent restaurants, especially when it comes to ethnic cuisine.
Angelina Ristorante is a standout among many great eateries in Lakeview. It has an intimate vibe with a small authentic Italian restaurant feel.
What's most surprising about the restaurant is their small kitchen. The tight space allows former Gioco and Room 21 chef, Fred Ramos, to create tasty dishes from a fall menu that will leave you salivating.
Ramos prepared a tasting that started with "Antipasti Freddo" -- a selection of assorted cured meats, pates and cheese, and "Ripieno di Funghi", consisting of jumbo mushroom caps stuffed with baby spinach and crabmeat.
The fabulous Insalte choices included "Carpaccio di Barbaietole" and "Caprese Autunno." You also can't go wrong with the pasta entree "Garganelli con Piselli & Pancetta" -- a hand-rolled penne, crispy pancetta, peas and parmesan cream sauce.
You'd think that would be more than enough food, but the signature dish, "Brasati di Carne", braised short ribs on creamy polenta, proved irresistible.
Angelina's wine list is extensive and the tiramasu is a treat. The house made limoncello is a guest favorite and a must try.
Ristorante Angelina offers a $20 champagne brunch and a few special dinner specials during the week, including:
- Monday: Half of Bottle of Wine Night
- Tuesday: Prixe Fixe (any three courses for $27)
- Wednesday: Neighborhood Night (20% off for Lakeview residents)