Rating Volo's outdoor eating space
2008 W Roscoe Ave (773-348-4600)
Stephen Dunne, chef/partner of this Roscoe Village wine bar, was serving roasted marrow bones when Volo opened in 2005, beating the current trend by about five years. Those bones (and Dunne’s sweet-pea flatbread with caramelly cippolinis) are neck-and-neck in popularity with the sexy back patio. The Restoration Hardware couples arrive early for the pillow-lined cedar cabanas, threatening to make good use of those gauzy curtains midway into their second wine flight. Try not to ogle and focus on the roaring fire pit or occasional movies splayed across the peeling white slats of the yard’s charming century-old barn.
FOOD 8 Simple small plates ideal for leisurely patio dining
DRINKS 8 Admirable wine selection, respectable cocktails and sangria, okay beer list
CROWD 7 Thirtysomething wine-glass–clutching gals
VIEW 6 People-watching or staring at the wine in your glass
SPACE 8 Nice cabanas, fire pit and a fountain, but could use a bit more green