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La Cucina di Donatella

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La Cucina di Donatella

jerry | Dec 19, 2004 12:02 PM

We ate last night at this store-front, neighborhood, Italian restaurant where Donatella, a lively transplant from Rome, cooks, manages, serves. It is BYOB (with a corkage charge) and with reasonable prices
and very good food is worth the trip to the border of Evanston.

We had a terrific minestra with organic farro and little nuggets of ground meat, topped with a layer of good olive oil. If you weren't hungry it's sufficiently rich to be a meal in itself. This was followed by a lasagna with first-class seafood (including thin slices of swordfish), vegetables and funghi. Then an osso buco with roast potatoes. It was made with beef, not veal, and I prefer veal. But the flavor was excellent, had been long and slow cooked so that the meat was falling off the bone.

All the ingredients are fresh; nothing is micro-waved;
the service was fine and friendly. Just what a neighborhood place should be. It is on Howard, just west of Ridge, on the south side of the street.

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