Subway: Blue, Red to Monroe; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams(312) 332-4040 www.italianvillage-chicago.com41.880585 -87.630175 71 W Monroe St (between Clark and Dearborn Sts) Loop, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinner (closed Sun)Average main course: $20
The best of the three restaurants that make up the multi-level Italian Village, Vivere boasts a menu as contemporary as its decor. That’s quite a feat when your dining room looks like an Italian baroque version of Alice’s Wonderland. The regional menu is a balance of classics and interesting twists to housemade pastas, fragrant seafood stews and grilled game. The best part about the kitchen offering half-orders of pasta is that you can get two. This way, you can try the sage-scented, pheasant-filled agnolottini and the rigatoni alla bolognese.