We’re allowing Trattoria 225 in Oak Park a little time to hit its stride before giving it a full review, but co-owner Craig Charlton says that since it opened about two weeks ago there's been a line out the door. Having driven by the place several times in the past few days, I can confirm that it's quite busy.
Charlton suggests that this could be in part because the restaurant had been in the process of opening for several months and eager Oak Parkers--always starved for a promising new food venue--had a lot of pent-up enthusiasm.
Trattoria 225 offers “rustic Italian dining” that draws heavily upon regional, seasonal produce and features an oak-fired pizza oven, still a rarity in this part of Chicagoland. Prices seem reasonable, the wine list looks good, and I'm as eager as any Oak Parker to give the place a shot.