Typically, we’d tell the server to save the speech, but here, it’s somehow still charming when the bubbly girl “from da neighborhood” explains how the namesake owners Roseanne and Salvatore came to open their Little Italy spot. Cozy cuteness aside, the food’s among the best on the Taylor Street strip. Start with the lightly charred but tender grilled calamari; get a pasta course of big, fat garlicky shrimp tossed with shells and broccoli; and go for the veal saltimbocca with a side of spinach for the main event.
1154 W Taylor St
|Cross street:||between May St and Racine Ave|
|Opening hours:||Dinner (closed Sun)|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Racine. Bus: 7, 12, 60, 157.|
|Price:||Average main course: $18|