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Reviews of new places-- Robey, Calliope, La Mora

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Reviews of new places-- Robey, Calliope, La Mora

Mike G | Jul 1, 2002 09:27 PM

My 'hood, hot Roscoe Village, has sprouted a number of new places, so that seems a reasonable place to start answering VI's request for reviews. This may not be on a par with discovering a great Belizean place located in the back of a scary-looking grocery, but hey, it's what I got.

ROBEY PIZZA CO.-- I mentioned this in my brick oven pizza thing a couple of weeks ago; it's attached to the new Riverview bar thing at Roscoe & Damen. I don' t know that I would recommend a major jaunt to visit it, though you needn't live as close as me (about 50 feet) to find it worth the trip. But I will at least say this for it, it's improved since it opened-- the crust, which was rather bread-like (defeating the purpose of a brick oven for pizza if you ask me), is now more appropriately crispy. Pizza choices are like the more conservative end of the Pizza Capri or California Pizza Kitchen list (in other words, BBQ chicken but not Thai or something like that). The spicy tomatoes on a pizza I had tonight were a nice touch, tastier than the usual slices of tomahto you get.

CALLIOPE CAFE-- I guess this isn't Roscoe Village, it's on Lincoln almost at Diversey. A really nice sandwich shop in the Potbelly's/Costello's mold; a steak sandwich (ordered a bit rashly, considering the tough horseflesh you'd normally expect) was really tasty, and an Italian chicken wrap was also very flavorful and fresh. If the quality stays up this should be very popular.

LA MORA-- A coffeehouse turned small-scale sandwich/pizza shop has morphed again into a nicer Italian place, about a block west of the better-known Piazza Bella on Roscoe just west of Damen. This is a little more fusiony/trendy seeming, my wife got brie-stuffed ravioli or something like that which does not exactly seem authentic to Italy but was reasonably tasty. Have to make another visit before I could really offer a verdict, but nice to have in the neighborhood since our other Italin choice, Sipario, died to make way for Riverview mentioned above.

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