If you go in for that Chicago invention the salad bar, the one at Geppetto's should please: the abundant options include beets, ambrosia, and shredded carrots with raisins along with soup and bread. The pizza, available in thin crust, pan, or stuffed versions, is also decent, with good cheese and more than 30 toppings to choose from. Service can be spotty: our waitress did a complete Jekyll and Hyde during our visit, going from warm and nice to cold and sullen in the space of 90 minutes. During her warm and nice phase, however, she recommended the baked ziti, which turned out to be tasty and priced reasonably at $9.95. Geppettos version of pasta with vodka-tomato cream sauce was also quite acceptable, served with fresh peas, slivers of pepper, and prosciutto. On the other hand a hamburger, requested medium rare, came gray, dry, and seasoned with so much Worcestershire that eating it was difficult. Eggplant parmigiana took the form it does at all too many places: overly breaded, heavy slices of eggplant cooked soggy with oil. At Geppetto's, though, at least you don't feel like you're paying too much for such middling fare.
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