ITALIAN VILLAGE – 71 W Monroe St., Chicago, (312) 332-7005,

Q-Tips say: The Q’s have not been to Italian Village in a while and it was ok. Huge portions of Italian Food, good drinks and a large take home container. Mrs. Q not being a real pasta person, was overwhelmed by the amount of pasta that came with her meal – Pappardelle con Veal Shank Ragu, slow roasted veal in a Bolognese style ragu sauce with hand cut wide pasta and a cup of chicken soup. The Chicken Soup was a tad salty for me. The Mr. had Broiled Italian Sausage, Green peppers, onions and mushrooms in a tomato sauce, mostaccioli and a cup of Clam Chowder. Nice quiet relaxing dinner after the play.

Should we find ourselves in the Italian Village again it will be Prime Beef Carpaccio, Thinly sliced Prime raw beef, arugula, Parmesan-Reggiano, extra virgin olive oil for Mrs. Q. They have three different restaurants. This visit was in the La Cantina restaurant. The other two, The Village and Vivere, I was told, are more upscale and, after looking, higher priced.

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