Bus: 9, 76(773) 248-4433 lagondolachicago.com41.934769 -87.668569 2914 N Ashland Ave (at Wellington Ave) Lakeview, Chicago
DinnerAverage main course: $10
You most likely haven’t been here because it looks like just another anonymous pizza joint in a strip mall. But venture inside and you’ll find a dim, homey, five-table restaurant that is one of the tiniest—and most charming—Italian spots in town. Crispy thin-crust pizza is what the place is known for (we like the puttanesca version with the addition of briny anchovies), but pasta fans should go for the housemade agnelotti mezzaluna stuffed with spinach and ricotta. Is everything a hit? No. The bologna on our antipasto platter had to be Oscar Mayer, but we’re not the type to pick on the little guys.