To look at the place, you’d think this is just another sports bar—that’s how little the interior has changed since it was the Spread. But once you’re seated at one of the high-top tables, it slowly becomes clear that this place has restaurant ambitions. The service is knowledgeable and friendly, and the menu of Italian staples is perfectly fine (we especially like the meatballs). But Forza should work on its pizza: The crust is a bit hard. That fact might be overlooked in a bar; here, it stands out.
2476 N Lincoln Ave
|Cross street:||between Fullerton Ave and Altgeld St|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus: 8, 11, 74.|
|Price:||Average main course: $9|