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4618 N. Lincoln Ave. (Eastwood Ave.) Send to Phone
Authentic Italian restaurant where rustic dishes have demanded repeat visits for decades.

Lunch Fri.-Sun., Dinner nightly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Bocca della Verita, Chicago, IL

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Bocca della Verita Restaurant Review

: If you want to take a Roman holiday without leaving town, this friendly neighborhood spot is the ticket. Decorated with stills from the eponymous film and named “The Mouth of Truth” for an old stone sculpture (a replica of which hangs near the entrance), it feels (and usually tastes) totally authentic. Start with the cold antipasto plate, a caprese salad, carpaccio or diced celery and thinly-sliced Granny Smith apples with shaved Parmigiano cheese, lemon and olive oil. It's hard to go wrong with any pasta --- from spaghetti carbonara to fettuccine with porcinis --- but duck ravioli with tomato-cream sauce is the house specialty (with good reason). Roasted with garlic, rosemary, potatoes and white wine, pollo alla Romana is a winning main course, as is the moist sea bass baked in salt in accordance with an old Roman recipe. The Italian wine list harbors some red finds. Kiku, warm custard with berries and cinnamon-sautéed apples, and covilio, espresso ice cream with brandied cherries and biscotti, are as tasty as they are novel.
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