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Trattoria Roma

View Map1535 N. Wells St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 664-7907
Fax: (312) 664-0992
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Editorial Review of Trattoria Roma

Thereís a distinctively classic flavor to Trattoria Roma, and itís no wonder why. The restaurant has made its home in Old Town since 1985 and is one of the cityís first trattorias. The rustic decor and terracotta wall fixtures reveal a traditional flair. Similarly, the food is of consistently high quality, but nothing especially innovative.

The menu selection features standards that are part of any Italian eatery worth its salt, including spaghetti in clam sauce ($12.95), veal marinara ($16.95), and Margherita (tomato and basil) pizza ($7.95), with an incredibly buttery thin crust.

Roma appears to attract a slightly well-heeled crowd, but if thatís not normally your speed, donít let appearances dissuade you. The environment is elegant but low-key; entrťe prices are reasonable (usually under $20) and the attentive and flirty wait staff will immediately make you feel at home.

On summer nights, thereís no better place to be than the patio; dine alfresco for a memorable evening of people watching or a casual first date. There are certainly trendier and more adventurous Italian restaurants in town, but Trattoria Roma gets points for its simple but satisfying fare.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Keidra Chaney

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