Bongiorno's

River North

Solo diners in business suits make up the lunch clientele at this run-of-the-mill deli and pizzeria, where the "deli" is a few bowls of marinated vegetables in a refrigerated case. Better to focus on the pizzas: The crusts are perfectly puffy (which makes the lackluster prosciutto on top easier to forgive). A caprese salad wins for using superb mozzarella; a meatball sandwich loses for being supremely dry. But trudge through to dessert anyway and take a Nutella gelato to the river for a potential Derrick Rose sighting (his front door is only a stone's throw away at Trump Tower.)

Venue name: Bongiorno's
Contact:
Address: 405 N Wabash Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Kinzie and Hubbard Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10am-10pm; Sun noon-9pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to State/Lake; Red to Grand. Bus : 29, 65, 120, 121.
Price: Average main course: $9
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