Bus: 68, Pace 209(773) 594-115542.003127 -87.816886 6718 N Northwest Hwy (between Oshkosh and Oliphant Aves) Edison Park, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $9
This cavernous space’s ambience is a bit spartan, but it’s comfortable, family-friendly, and the staff is always welcoming. Expect a fairly quiet office crowd midday, but at night the joint is packed with loud, young professionals at the bar up front, while families who want to hear themselves talk sit at tables in the back. Notables from the cross-section of satisfying, if standard, pasta dishes and entrées include pasta with besciamelle sauce and chicken breast encrusted with pistachios. Numerous daily specials—garbage-style salads, “catch of the day” seafood dishes, red-sauce pastas—are posted on boards for those who get bored with the regular menu.