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Trattoria D.O.C. (pizza and Italian) in Evanston


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Trattoria D.O.C. (pizza and Italian) in Evanston

Jesster | Sep 20, 2006 12:37 AM

This location and variation of Pizzaria DOC has been open 4-5 months now and the verdict is still out. It is conveniently located a block from the Main Street "L".

We never been to the original location so can't compare, but the pizza we tried here was pretty good: "Silvio e Gabriele" (tomato, mozzerella, arugula, prosciutto and Parmesan.) Less good (especially for sharing) the Quattro Stagioni since each ingredient came in it's own "section" (slice or two.) Crusts were crispy and cracker-like (at least upon arrival.)

However we (and it appears, many other diners)have focussed on the other(Italian offerings)which can be hit or miss. I happen to LOVE the divine Risotto al Frutti di Mare - but the Risotto al Porcini Freschi (while tasty) was too boring for a main dish (it would work better as a side dish) and only cost about $1.75 less than the seafood laden version (note: both are quite rich and served a la carte - salads are extra - a lot $$ extra (the least expensive is $6.25.) Avoid the very uninteresting Pappardelle (with duck in a red-wine herb sauce.)

We enjoyed the (enough for 2) Calamari served either fried or grilled with some greens. If you ask your waiter for a wine recommendation - be sure to ask about the the price too - we were significantly "upgraded" price-wise when we inquired about a certain wine.

Service has improved since it first opened (about 3+ months ago) when it was uniformly awful. It can still be haphazard - and the large room quite noisy. Still it's worth a try and hopefully the kinks in service and food will be worked out. Diners at neighboring tables have recommended Petto di Pollo alla Sarda (Chix breats rolled w/ asparagus, scarmoza and pancetta in port wine sauce.) They also serve a few veal and fish dishes (salmon and Tilapia.) But pizzas dominate the menu.

Lunch menu is basically the same as dinner (price-wise too) except that they offer a handful of Panini/sandwiches - all in the $8- $11 range.

They are located at 706 Main Street (Evanston) 847/475-1111 or visit - open 7 days from noon to 10:30pm. We'll go back - it's worth a try if you are in the area.

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