Joe Marchetti's | River West | Italian | Restaurant

Joe Marchetti's

Hours: Lunch: Tuesday-Friday; Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday, Monday

Price: $$$

Casual trattoria from the owners of the Como Inn.

Restaurant Details

Mary Jane and J.P. Marchetti, widow and son of longtime Como Inn owner Joe Marchetti, have ditched the breakfast service and refined the menu at the former Piazza M and renamed it after the paterfamilias. The spacious outdoor patio is still appealing, enclosed by a colorful and overflowing garden. The interior hasn't changed either--it's decorated to look like a piazza, with stone floors and cafe tables--and the food's never been better. Slender rings of grilled calamari get a boost of flavor from the accompanying tomato-basil relish. A special of insalata con gamberi, which came in a huge wooden bowl brimming with jumbo shrimp, sliced fennel, fresh mozzarella, and greens in a sweet balsamic vinaigrette, was easily enough for two. Entrees are uncomplicated and come together nicely. Meaty New Zealand lamb chops, though slightly overcooked, have incredible flavor; a generous serving of squid ink pasta is piled high with perfectly cooked shrimp and scallops; veal cutlets are freshened up with a lemon juice and white wine sauce, then served with a medley of fresh steamed vegetables. The wine list, however, is uninspired and limited to mostly American and Australian options; it's probably best to fall back on chianti. Lunch is served until three, making it easy to linger (or start late); at dinner the menu gets more ambitious. Service can be slow but is accommodating and friendly.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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Price: $$$

Payment Type: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


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