Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick(312) 202-0302 dinotto.com41.910912 -87.635351 215 W North Ave (at Wells St) Old Town, Chicago
Lunch (closed Sun), dinnerAverage main course: $18
Comfy digs and an accommodating waitstaff draw a casually dressed crowd from the nearby Piper’s Alley and Second City theaters to this family-owned Italian restaurant. Starters include fresh clams and mussels in white wine–garlic sauce and a signature salad of mesclun lettuce, Gorgonzola cheese, pine nuts and tomatoes topped with warm balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Besides the requisite selection of pasta, chicken and veal, the restaurant features fresh fish entrées and a grilled duck breast tossed with portobello, field mushrooms and fettuccine.