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Restaurants & Bars

Il Fiasco, Andersonville

echoch | Jul 27, 200704:06 PM     1

With out of town guests this week, I opened up timeout Chicago and came upon an interesting review of a newly opened restaurant, Il Fiasco, way up Clark at Carmen St. (5100 Clark). This was a lucky find and I highly recommend it...

This is an Italian restaurant with a twist - they don't just settle for the tried and true. Instead there are some interesting items throughout the menu, wonderfully executed.

Case in point - appetizers - a Gargonzola souffle - that melted in my mouth. Bacon wrapped dates - that turned a date-hater around, with a magnificent sweetness and a unique consistency that said, "eat me, taste me, feel me."

Main courses - well with 4 of us at the table, we had two thin crust14' pizzas - generous sizes, good taste, perhaps too crackery a crust for this New Yorker, Mine had fresh basil, excellent tomato sauce, cheeze and I can't remember what else... excellent.... The other one - had an egg on it with ham, tomato sauce and cheese. (I don't really go for eggs, ham or pineapple for that matter, on pizzas - being from NYC, I stick to cheese, sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers and mushrooms in various combinations.)

We also had linguine with seafood - very tasty and fresh scallops, grilled calamari, shrimp, atop good linguine. The fourth dish was a pasta with funghi - and was not shared by its owner, but there were many umms and ahhs, going with a clean plate, suggesting another good dish.

We shared one desert - a steamed chocolate pudding on the menu, which was something like a chocolate souffle, oozing hot chocolate all over. Wonderful and delicious.

The ambience was good- we sat in the front room - which included a bar, with a few regulars already, some booths, and some tables by the Clark Street window, which was where we were. Pleasant. I loved the jazz videos on the hd televisions. Great sound system and the music, though not the traditional Italian restauarant Sinatra standards, was great and fit.

The wine list looked well thought out - we had our favorite cheap Italian red - a Nero D'Avola ' which was on the list at $22. While I prefer buying NDA at Sam's for between $6-9 a bottle, this was acceptable, and the Cusumano Nero D'Avola went down well with the meal.

All in all, we were thrilled that we had wandered into a new restaurant, and found someplace we would be happy to travel back to soon.

Anyone else been there yet?

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