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Club Lago

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Photograph: Guido Nardini
Best Italian restaurants: Club Lago
Near North Side
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Once, a chimney crashed through the ceiling and obliterated the kitchen of this red-sauce stalwart. But Club Lago persevered, just as it has for more than 60 years. Despite a fairly recent renovation, the place looks exactly the same as always, and is even staffed by many of the same servers who have been there for decades. So follow suit and regress to old habits: massive portions of lasagna, soft roast beef on white bread, carafes of watery Chianti and—this is crucial—some pasta with Lago’s meat sauce.

Venue name: Club Lago
Address: 331 W Superior St
Chicago

Cross street: at Orleans St
Venue phone: 312-951-2849
Website: http://clublago.com
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus: 11, 33, 66, 156.
Price: Average main course: $15
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