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Find Italian Romance at Angelina Ristorante

by Matt B on August 26th, 2008

Nothing says romance like fine Italian cuisine over candlelight and soft music. It should be no surprise then that many Chicagoans looking to impress their dates head up to Lakeview to Angelina Ristorante.

angelina ristoranteYou'll ease into a night of comfort as you enter the softly lit room, decorated with oil paintings and black-and-white photos. Show up early, or make a reservation: a line often forms before the doors even open for dinner. The window seats are tempting, but you might be sacrificing table space if you take them.

The menu changes seasonally, relying on the availability of fresh produce. Italian antipasti standards are available like steamed mussels and saut'ed calamari. Try a traditional Caesar salad or the insalata del bosco (mixed baby greens with pear, walnuts, and gorgonzola cheese). The menu brings together the traditional and the contemporary, as exemplified by the fettuccini primavera, fusilli with roasted chicken, salsiccia ethnica (spicy Italian sausage with pine nuts, golden raisins, and balsamic reduction), and pan-seared rib-eye with roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

angelina ristoranteIf your great dinner leads to an even better evening (hint hint), the two of you can actually return to Angelina in the morning. Sundays offer a champagne brunch where you can enjoy fresh fruits, eggs Benedict, and frittatas.

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) patrickparsons33, She Who Shall Not Be Named

Angelina Ristorante ($$): 3561 N Broadway St; 773-935-5933
Sun: 10:00 a.m. ' 3:00 p.m.
Sun ' Thurs: 5:30 p.m. ' 10:30 p.m.
Fri ' Sat: 5:30 p.m. ' 11:30 p.m.
Street parking; valet on weekends
Public trans: Bus # 8, 36, 152 or Red Line train (Addison)

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