Restaurants , Italian Loop
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The best of the three restaurants that make up the multi-level Italian Village, Vivere boasts a menu as contemporary as its decor. That’s quite a feat when your dining room looks like an Italian baroque version of Alice’s Wonderland. The regional menu is a balance of classics and interesting twists to housemade pastas, fragrant seafood stews and grilled game. The best part about the kitchen offering half-orders of pasta is that you can get two. This way, you can try the sage-scented, pheasant-filled agnolottini and the rigatoni alla bolognese.

Venue name: Vivere
Address: 71 W Monroe St
Cross street: between Clark and Dearborn Sts
Opening hours: Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinner (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Blue, Red to Monroe; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams. Bus: 1, 7, X28, 126, 151.
Price: Average main course: $20
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