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108 Barrington Commons Ct.
Barrington, IL 60010

Critic’s Notes

After breaking all the rules as a sous chef at Schwa, Gaetano Nardulli embraced traditional rustic Italian spot in the northwest suburbs. Skip the conservative appetizers and pace your pasta intake (rigatoni Bolognese is worth a stop) to get to the good stuff. Nardulli’s entrées knit together hearty proteins with semisweet veggies in delightful and surprising ways, such as walleyed pike set in a cannellini bean ragu and a lamb shank braised in a dark, smoky carrot purée. Brown butter cake is easily the best dessert, and the entire wine list sings.

Dishes We Liked

Walleye with cannellini beans ($27), braised lamb shank with grilled carrot purée ($28), chicken breast with roasted fingerling potatoes ($24), brown butter cake ($6)

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Dish: see "Better Near Than Never" December 2012

Additional Information:

Price: $20-$39
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Suburban Northwest
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Free dinner parking
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Tue-Sat.
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