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Re: “El Nandu

We loved the empanadas, especially the spinach and the ground beef. The house wine was very good! The decor and music made it a very romantic night out.

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Posted by Rachel Benoit on 06/29/2008 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Buona Terra

The food was definitely worth the cost if you are feeling like an upscale dinner. All 4 of us were very satisfied with our choices: Delicious gnocchi, a great rigatoni with sun-dried tomato sauce and walnuts that was not too sun-dried tomato-y, some gorgeous butternut squash ravioli with butter and sage that was deliciously crispy, and a chicken breast dish with a bacon sauce -- yum! We did not have wine tho so it was $15 each not including beverages. The bread basket was delicious and came with an interesting spread that was almost like a marinara mustard. We'll return again!

Posted by Rachel Benoit on 11/22/2007 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Salonica

I've been visiting Salonica periodically for the past 15 years and always get the gyros. I've had a lot of gyros around Chicago and I would say theirs is average... meat a little too well-done but cut off the spit, not frozen strips. The sauce was a little thick but good flavor. Rather small amount of onions and had to ask for tomatoes. The pita was not grilled & crispy but just soft and not that warm... I skipped eating it.

As for the rest of the food, the portions are nice and large but the quality was not so great. My friend's soup was a giant bowl of cream of mushroom, and though he didn't eat the whole thing he was too full to finish his patty melt and fries. My salad was a bit watery iceberg with a cherry tomato, but the water helped cut the overly thick, salty ranch dressing that seemed to come from a bottle. Ok diner food, a nice option before the movie in Hyde Park, but nothing spectacular.

Posted by Rachel Benoit on 11/22/2007 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Anong Thai

I had green curry beef, and the beef had an unpleasant texture and taste. It seemed like it might have been cooked separately, and it was a little chunky like cube steak rather than regular stir fry beef. The curry was thin and not very spicy. I liked the Vietnamese spring rolls, but I've had better. Service was very quick, and a friend who had the cashew chicken said it was fine but dry.

Posted by Rachel Benoit on 11/03/2007 at 12:27 PM

Re: “La Bocca Della Verita

We splurged on 2 appetizers - the bruscetta "la bocca" with black olive cream being the star - and enjoyed 2 baskets of hot, fresh breads. As a special treat for Valentine's Day they brought us a pair of oysters on ice that were musky and delicious. Then came the entrees - I thought the Gnocchetti ai Formaggi was not as rich as one would expect from a mascarpone/blue cheese/Parmesan sauce, but my vegetarian fiance liked it. The snapper was ok, and the potatoes that came with it were actually amazing. Our entrees were actually reasonably priced (under $20) and our bill would have been half as much without the bottle of wine and a shared dessert. We'll visit again, as there are several untried menu items.

Posted by Rachel Benoit on 02/28/2007 at 10:23 AM

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