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La Scarola

Photograph: Erica Gannett
Cheese lasagna from La Scarola
Chicago

It’s okay to splash a little red sauce on the butcher-paper-topped tables in this raucous storefront. Old friends and big families admire the autographed celebrity photos and shots of the owner’s family tacked to the frescoed walls. Smiling waiters squeeze between tables juggling huge plates of eggplant parmigiana and bottles of decent Italian red. Order any of the appropriately garlicky pastas and a plate of escarole and beans for the table; the leftovers will warm up just fine tomorrow.

Venue name: La Scarola
Address: 721 W Grand Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Union Ave and Halsted St
Venue phone: 312-243-1740
Website: http://lascarola.com
Opening hours: Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinner
Transport: El stop: Blue to Grand. Bus: 8, 33, 56, 65, 132.
Price: Average main course: $20
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