I really appreciate the posts on this site. I have gained some knowledge about restaurants and food. The downside is that not everyone shares the same taste and for me service counts along with quality for my posts.
Anyways, I have found the best way to enjoy a dining experience along with the food is to just roam around until I am hungry. That is exactly what my girlfriend and I did this past Saturday. We happened to stumble upon Tarantinos in Lincoln Park. It is on Armitage road.
The atmosphere was typical fine/casual. The style of food was Italian/American. The restaurant was small, but seating was adequate and as we entered we were greeted by both a manager and hostess. We did not have reservations, but made some for a half an hour later. This worked out perfect. We looked over the menu and saw that the food items were priced between $15 and $30.
My girlfriend had the Tilapia and I had the Brocolini Sausage Ravioli in a garlic olive oil with a side of rosemary whipped potatoes.
The ravioli was excellent and the sausage had a spicy kick to it. The brocolini was steamed and easy to chew. I thought the sauce was a perfect alternative to the white whine/ alfreado cream sauces that I usually get. The potatoes were filling, but came across as light an fluffy. They were very tasty as well.
The service was excellent. Our waitress was timely and friendly. The food was not rushed, but timed just perfectly. Nothing worse than having your entree dropped right on top of your appetizer. I had a New Castle (Fail safe beer). My girlfriend had a mangotini.
I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal with fair prices and a short wait time. Hope this was helpful.