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Pasta Paradiso

Merló is a splendid place for navel grazing. Along with Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto di Parma, and balsamic vinegar, tortellini, those little filled pasta nuggets, are a crown jewel of Emilia-Romagna cuisine. At Merló the handmade tortellini and tortelloni (same thing, larger scale) are divine, delicate packets filled with varying cheeses and meats. Among the five kinds … Read more

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Features The Best of ChicagoOur annual roundup of the outstanding people, places, and things in the city and suburbs-plus top media picks, a tour of the city’s hippest shopping strip (hint: it’s in Bucktown), and the favorite dining hangouts of four local culinary stars. Bruise Brothersby Robert KursonBears linebacker Brian Urlacher grew up battling with … Read more