Bus: 49 Western, 50 Damen, 66 Chicago(773) 772-0889 briciolachicago.com41.898621 -87.677103 937 N Damen Ave (between Walton St and Augusta Blvd) East Village, Chicago
DinnerAverage main course: $24
The crowds are steady at this cute Italian spot, but are they coming for the expansive patio, the kind service or the food? It could be all three, but most likely it's the first two. The food here—straightforward pastas and salads, mostly—is so inoffensive and unremarkable that it becomes an afterthought. It doesn't disappoint, nor does it titillate (though the housemade pappardelle comes close)—it's just there, sustenance to help you get through a few bottles of wine and a good conversation.