Basil Leaf Café

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Lincoln Park

In a neighborhood of Italian joints, this tiny, one-room restaurant doesn’t stand out. But don’t discount the allure of a place where you can get good pasta and where the waitstaff treats everyone like a ten-year regular. Waiters offer to sprinkle fresh Parmesan over everything, from the calamari and mussels appetizer, to the Alfredo–sauce–laden cheese tortellini, to the chicken breast topped with asparagus. We pass on the extra formaggio, but when we’re asked if we want more of the thick, crusty bread, we say, “hell yes.”

Venue name: Basil Leaf Café
Address: 2460 N Clark St

Cross street: at Arlington Pl
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am-10:30pm
Transport: El stop: Red, Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Fullerton. Bus: 22, 74.
Price: Average main course: $14
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