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A Tavola

View Map2148 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 276-7567
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Editorial Review of A Tavola

Looking for a classy, authentic Italian restaurant that offers more to a warm family evening than a plate of hot spaghetti in Ukrainian Village? You've found the right place.

The small restaurant might not look like much from the front, in fact it might look like your neighbor's front porch. But that's exactly what the owner and chef, Dan Bocik meant when he opened the kitchen more than a decade ago. Warm and inviting, with simple décor and only 12 small tables, the restaurant doesn’t look quite like your family living room, but the waiters sure treat you like you’ve entered theirs.

The small and selective menu, offers rotating entree dishes that range between $15-20 and everyday specials like the braised beef short rib over saffron risotto topped with raw horseradish, lemon, parley gremolata is available when in season. The chef keeps to a philosophy of seasonally ingredients, so you know everything you're eating will be fresh. Cozy up, come with your folks or your date for a night out in Bocik's kitchen. The quiet, inviting atmosphere will follow you like the delicious memory of Bocik's special gnocci topped with brown sage butter and a sprinkling of parmesan.

When you need a tip for your kitchen ventures, Bocik offers culinary classes on Mondays (when he's not cooking up a storm in Milan) so RSVP soon, bring your apron and an appetite, you get to enjoy your creation at the end of the session.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Beatrice Smigasiewicz

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5:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday

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