About 3 years ago when I first moved to Chicago someone took me to a small Italian Restaurant in Bridgeport, or possibly just south of Bridgeport(?) that I am trying to find again. Unfortunately the 'someone' was a date that didn't work out so no chance of calling that person to ask. I have no idea what the name of the place was, but I do remember that the food was great, thus I figure the Chowhound crowd might have a chance at helping me. I know it is a long shot, but it has been bugging me for months. Does this description ring a bell with anyone out there?
It is a small Italian restaurant on a northwest corner of a small street in Bridgeport or maybe a little south of there. The building is a 2-3 story older building with the restaurant on the first floor. The neighbors seemed to be a large empty fenced-in paved lot and some garage-like buildings across the street. The street felt pretty deserted at night (definitely not in the Halstead area) and I think it was not too far from the Dan Ryan. I have vague recollections of getting off the exit near the Michael Reese Hospital, but I know that we got a little lost getting to the place so that memory may be misleading.
The restaurant itself is a one-room restaurant with a long wooden bar down 3/4 of the wall across from the door. I think there were 3-4 tables in the front near some large store-front like windows and another 6-8 tables down the wall across from the bar.
There was a claim and/or rumor that that Mayor Daley visited the place frequently growing up (which reinfoces the Bridgeport idea). The menu was small and some pasta(?) items were recommended to be ordered ahead and/or plan for a long wait b/c they were made-to-order fresh homemade pasta kinds of meals.
I know it isn't much to go on, but if anyone has some places that might narrow down my driving around let me know. Thanks.