Trattoria Pizzeria I Monelli Menu

Hours: Lunch: Sunday, Thursday-Saturday
Dinner: Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Saturday
Open Late: Friday-Saturday till 11
Closed: Tuesday

Price: $$

Roman-style pizza rustica and Italian from veterans of Pizzeria D.O.C. and Pizza Metro.

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I watched a doddering elderly couple shuffle out of this Lincoln Square trattoria when they were told the pizza comes out of a conventional oven. At this stage in our evolution, with Chicagoans accustomed to a wood-burning oven within walking distance of every bus stop, you have to wonder how smart it was to open a pizzeria without one. Here the pizzas are served Roman style, pizza rustica, shaped into rectangles, and square cut, with a thickish, breadlike, aerated crust fired at an intensity that doesn’t do much to distinguish it. On my visit, though, half of ours was cut, unbidden, into extrasmall pieces out of respect for a toddler in the group. It’s that sort of thoughtfulness, and an easygoing tenor, that might win over the neighborhood. Water and soft drinks are served without ice--just like in Italy!--and the operators, with ties to Pizzeria D.O.C. and Pizza Metro, can be observed bustling about the place, chattering with each other in uncensored Italiano and flirting with the stroller moms (careful boys--some of them might know what vafanculo means). Unremarkable but ample antipasti, pasta plates, and salads round out the menu.

Mike Sula

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Price: $$

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