Subway: Red to Grand(312) 664-1474 www.chicago.bicegroup.com41.893620 -87.623376 158 E Ontario St (between Michigan Ave and St. Clair St) Gold Coast, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $20
You don’t hear much about this big, bilevel restaurant in Streeterville. But there’s something to be said about an Italian spot that’s outlasted countless restaurants in the nearly two decades it’s been open. We think its secret is keeping things simple: The warm and inviting dining room and curvaceous bar entice diners, and the food doesn’t disappoint. There’s the impeccably fresh buffalo mozzarella; hearty bowls of cheesy, housemade gnocchi; and a wine list that—like everything else—is nothing if not dependable.