Subway: Pink to Western(773) 254-5550 brunasristorante.com41.847616 -87.683186 2424 S Oakley Ave (at 24th Pl) Heart of Italy, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $18
This old-school favorite opened its doors in the Heart of Italy neighborhood in 1933, which almost explains the faded travel posters and weary saloon decor. But the kitchen is far from tired, going beyond typical pastas and parmigianas to specialize in rustic dishes from Siena. Listed between the chicken Vesuvio and the stuffed shells are a rich ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms and a spirited rendition of penne alla puttanesca. Stop at the bar for a digestif with the locals on your way out.