Merlo on Maple

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Merlo on Maple
Photograph: Tyler Mallory
Merlo Restaurant in Lincoln Park.In this image: Executive chef Luisa Silvia plating and presenting the torta della nonna dessert.

Of Luisa Silvia's well-respected Italian restaurants, this is the most formal (and expensive). As always with Silvia, the pastas are made in-house.

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Venue name: Merlo on Maple
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Address: 16 W Maple St
Chicago
60610
Cross street: between State St and Dearborn Pkwy
Opening hours: Dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 22, 36, 70.
Price: Average main course: $30
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The first time I went to Merlo on Maple I was actually just visiting Chicago for a wedding and the concierge at my hotel recommended it to me. Flash forward to 4 years later when I moved to Chicago. I had forgotten its name but was constantly on the look out for it because the meal I had was so amazing and the atmosphere was wonderful. I finally found it and it has become a go to for when my parents are in town. The restaurant is definitely not trendy if that’s what you’re looking for. But it’s a great place to go with your parents to have a nice relaxing meal.