Drove through downtown Park Ridge a noticed a couple of new places:
Al's No. 1 Italian Beef
33 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge
This is a franchise, supposedly with "the same product" as the Taylor Street and Ontario locations operated by the Pacelli brothers, but a wider menu including salads and wraps.
A couple of doors away, La Tasca Tapas, a second location of the Arlington Heights restaurant (25 W. Davis St., Arlington Heights, 847/398-2400) is preparing to open. No furnishings yet and a "now hiring" sign in the window.
My thoughts on the AH location are that it's noisy but OK. However, whenever I go there, I wish I'd gone into the city or Hillside instead. Last time I was there, lots of the "tapas" seemed more Italian than Spanish.