Wanting a pre-Christmas market meal, we decided to try Italian Village -the one upstairs. We previously had drinks there (downstairs) and as mentioned here on the board, they do make a great martini. We had a 20 minute wait so we had a drink at the upstairs bar, which also has a cozy atmosphere and very friendly bartender who kindly opened a bottle of pellegrino for me and charged for a soda and kept refilling my glass. Hubby had the house chianti, which started tasting fine, but then oddly turned a bit sour.
We split the fried calamari, which was tasty- not greasy, not rubbery, maybe a bit underseasoned, but good with lemon squeezed on it. Hubby had the lasagne, which had a nice bechemel,and tomato sauce. The pasta was al dente, and overall well prepared. I had the linguine with red clam sauce. I didn't really like it -pasta was a bit overcooked and the sauce had an odd taste - it wasn't very tomatoey, and the clams were the pre chopped type without any real flavor. I prefer the linguine with red clam sauce at Jim and Petes in Elmwood park - pasta was cooked al dente and the sauce also had the pre chopped clams, but they tasted fresher and the sauce had a nice tomato/garlic flavor. I really enjoyed the atmosphere though at Italian village, and just wish I had enjoyed my entree more. With so many other Italian options, I am not sure I would go back for dinner, though I would go for drinks.