BOOM! This is the lively Italian joint around the corner from the Old Town Ale House that Bruce Elliott loves, that Anthony Bourdain used to love, and that so many of us others currently love–it’s called Topo Gigio, and it ROCKS. . .let’s check it out, and see what’s what.
This place is lively…there is an open-air bar to the right of the restaurant…we pop in here, order some drinks, sip away, and take in the action. Everyone is in a good mood. . .summer is so much better than winter–people want to wear loose clothes, sip beverages, and feel a warm breeze on their faces…this is what we want, things should be like this ALWAYS.
We wisely made a reservation…the place is packed…we probably would not get in without a reservation…at least not quickly, and I am no fan of waiting two hours for a meal…so we are happy to have reserved ahead of time…you should do the same.
After our beverages, we approach the host desk, he sees our name on the list, and we are seated pronto. Once seated our waiter expertly tells us about the specials…leaves us for a moment so we can contemplate the menu…then returns for our order. During this visit we are gobbling calamari grilled in garlic and oil, a shrimp and lobster pasta, and a seafood pasta with all of the fruitti de mare to include mussels, clams, squid, scallops, and probably a fish of some sort. . .everything is washed down with a Pinot Grigio…niiiice!
All of the food here is tasty and hearty. . .this is not the best Italian food that we have ever had, but it is all serviceable and satisfying. The best part of dining at Topo Gigio is the vibe…again, this place is LIVELY…it’s loud…everyone is in a good mood…the staff are all switched-on and welcoming and helpful, and we are extremely happy to be here. It’s great yucking it up in the heart of Old Town here in Chicago. . .come on into Topo Gigio, sit down, have a drink, order some food, and have the time of your life–bellissimo!!
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It’s lovely out there.