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Sal’s Trattoria Wants to Be Your Neighborhood Italian Eatery

Allen Sternweiler will serve up casual Italian food in Lake View.

Grilled calamari with capers, tomatoes, lemon, and olive oil   Courtesy of Sal’s Trattoria

Here’s the scoop on Sal’s Trattoria, a new venture helmed by Allen Sternweiler (Butcher & the Burger):

What: Casual neighborhood Italian. Expect soups, salads, pasta, and a few entrées—but no pizza. Sauces and Italian sausage for ravioli will be made in house. And, “I would be an idiot to not have soft-shells and chanterelles when they are in season,” Sternweiler says.

When: Opening the second week of June

Where: 2834 N. Southport Ave., in Lake View

Size: Sixty-two seats inside, with 48 more on the patio later this summer.

Booze: Sal’s will offer a small wine list, about 15 bottles (mostly by the glass), with a small reserve list for people who want to splurge, and classic cocktails.

Prices: Affordable for the neighborhood. Beef tenderloin is the only dish that breaks $20.

Why: Sternweiler explains, “There are strollers and kids everywhere, and we heard [a family-friendly space is] what the neighborhood wanted.”

Good to know: One small TV will be tucked in a corner, and the kitchen is in the basement, so “no one will hear me screaming,” he jokes.

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