Restaurants , Italian Loop
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Photograph: Anjali M. PInto

It’s 6pm Saturday, we’re going to a play that starts at 8pm and we’re in the middle of an assholes-to-elbows crowd at this theater-district restaurant. A 90-minute wait for a table? Hell, no—we’ll sit at the bright, window-filled bar, where we can order from the full menu and ask the busy bartenders to keep the sidecars coming. We’ll skip right to the main course: The steak au poivre, a 12-ounce New York strip, is ridiculously tender and even better topped with caramelized onions. With service this fast, we have plenty of time to linger over one of the baked-in-house desserts and still catch the show.

Venue name: Petterino’s
Address: 150 N Dearborn St
Cross street: at Randolph St
Opening hours: Lunch (closed Sun), dinner
Transport: El stop: Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Clark/Lake; Red to Lake.
Price: Average main course: $20
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Tim L

This is the definition of a Chicago classic. Located in the theatre district, Petterino's walls are covered in caricatures of celebrities, movie stars, and broadway stars. A great wine list is accompanied by an old school cocktail menu and a fairly decent draft beer list. The service is exceptional....these waiters are focused on making sure you are having the best possible experience. As crazy as it sounds, the bread basket is to die for and you need to make sure you save some room for your actual meal. Unfortunately, the bread basket was probably my favorite thing that night. We started with the shrimp cocktail and the calamari, nothing special. For entrees I went with the spinach gnocchi with chicken sausage and a red sauce. Everything was muddled together and the gnoochi were huge, making them a little too doughy. I also tried the scallops with the sweet corn risotto, which outside the scallops being a little overcooked, the dish was great. The best thing one the menu is probably the 3 course special which is really designed for the theatre crowd who is worried about being done with dinner one time.