Let the charming chef-owner, Bruno Abate, guide your taste buds to precise, authentic Italian flavors amid the fashionable decor of his little hideaway. Whether serving airy gnocco fritto with a salumi assortment or a blister-crusted pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, nduja, and arugula, his kitchen is the real deal—dishing up numerous preps more commonly found in Italy than in Chicago. Listen for specials such as squid ink pasta alla chitarra with clams and bottarga or some of the best Burrata available, served caprese-style. While he’s at it, Abate nails classic spaghetti alla carbonara and panna cotta. Smart, concise Italian wine list and helpful service.