Dining review from our January 2011 issue

If two’s a coincidence and three’s a trend, then what’s happening on Taylor Street—between Morgan Street and Ashland Avenue—is a movement. Ambitious restaurants keep opening left and right, led by Three Aces, a slick gastropub with the heart of a rock star; Davanti Enoteca, an irresistible Italian spot with cheap wine and big flavors; and One Six One, a global lair with sustainable food. There’s a fast-casual Brazilian BYO (Sabor Express) and promises of a smokehouse (The Original Five BBQ). Heck, even Scafuri—the beloved old family bakery that closed in 2007 after nearly a century on the strip—is returning with a new look this summer. Add it all to the old-guard spots holding court on the street (Tuscany, Chez Joël, Al’s #1 Italian Beef, The Rosebud), and it’s safe to say Little Italy has become the destination we always wanted it to be. Launch the gallery to see some of our favorite restaurants on Taylor Street »


Photography: Anna Knott