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Re: “Coco Pazzo

Really noisy, food not bad but way overpriced.

Posted by giamila fantuzzi on 10/25/2007 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Trattoria Trullo

I had heard really good things about the Evanston location but I was quite disappointed by the new Trullo on Lincoln. Food is not bad, but nothing stands up as particularly good. Tables are very small and the noise quite bothersome. There are better Italian restaurants, although there are many worse ones too.

Posted by giamila fantuzzi on 07/14/2007 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Ristorante Agostino

A really good Italian restaurant, family-owned and operated. Agostino is from Calabria and Anna is from Napoli. Their kids also occasionally work in the restaurant when they are home from college.
Seafood is so fresh and well prepared that it is hard to think you may want to eat it somewhere else. Agostino has his own direct line of fish delivey and only uses the freshest ingredients. The grilled seafood platter is huge (one portion feeds almost three people) and really delicious. Wonderful and huge were also the "pepata di cozze", mussels prepared in the simplest possible way, and the mixed fried seafood. Wine choice is good and very well priced. Tiramisu' is very good and so is the complimentary mixed fruit platter that is served at every table after dinner. This is not a fancy-trendy-sleeky place, but a solid, "normal" restaurant where everybody can enjoy excellent food and service.

Posted by giamila fantuzzi on 02/10/2007 at 10:26 AM

Why would anybody who is not Italian want to open an Italian restaurant is a big mistery to me. There is plenty of good cuisines out there, so please stick to what you know. Food at this place is not bad, but certainly not Italian, despite what most people say (I am Italian, so I think I know what I am talking about). If a plate holding two thin slices of veal covered with tasteless mushrooms and pine nuts and submerged in a sour sauce, served together with two steamed broccoli and four roasted potatoes qualifies for an Italian dish, so maybe I was born in the wrong country. The place is also very small and loud. And please, if you really need to write your menu in Italian, do a spell check. There isn't a single word spelled correctly in the whole menu. But better would be to change and cook whatever cuisine you know even a little more about.

Posted by giamila fantuzzi on 12/04/2006 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Quartino

I was enthusiastic about Quartino when it first opened. But things seem to have gone downhill quite a bit. First, the noise. Unless the dining room and bar are almost empty, it is absolutely impossible to hold any type of conversation and even difficult to talk to the waiter. And I loved their pasta dishes at the beginning. Now the orecchiette were still OK, but bigoli and cavatelli were horribly overcooked and submerged by liters of sauce. I really hope they will go back to their original concept and do something about the noise.

Posted by giamila fantuzzi on 12/04/2006 at 8:15 AM

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Re: “Quartino

This is a great new places. Prices are very resonable, especially for the carafe wine (quartino, mezzo, and litro), of which there is a wide choice, but also for food. Each of the plates we tasted was increadibly good, well done and presented. The room is really nice, although a bit too loud for my taste. Although the place is great for dinner, it is also a wonderful place for an aperitif or a late snack, since it is open until 2 AM.

Two things I did not like are the wide-screen TVs, which were showing good black-and-white Italian movies but were distorting the face of my beloved Marcello Mastroianni, and the old lady sitting in the women's washroom waiting to get a tip for providing liquid soap and towels.

Posted by giamila fantuzzi on 01/11/2006 at 1:48 PM

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