Hours: Dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till midnight, Monday-Thursday till 11
Oven-fired "neo-Neopolitan" pizzas and small plates for sharing; there's also an extensive selection of wines and beers.
Evanstonians are packing into this urbane restaurant from Campagnola owner Steve Schwartz, but though the room was filled on the Sunday night we visited, we had a surprisingly relaxing meal on one of the comfy couches in the window. Behind the bar is a large domed wood-burning oven used to turn out neo-Neopolitan pies, the traditional preparation tweaked with the addition of olive oil to the crust. A flatbread-like pizza with lamb sausage, eggplant, and Gaeta olives was damn near irresistible, but just as enticing were the small plates. We tried the roasted golden beets, chickpeas with rosemary and lemon, green beans with potato and mint, and a standout calamari salad with fennel, celery, lemon, and cilantro. Hot dishes include bacala, shrimp DeJonghe, and locally made sausage, and theres a daily entree special. The global wine list includes 50 bottles under $50, and theres an extensive beer list. Service is unharried despite the throngs and exceedingly friendlyour waitress sat down on the couch across from us to tell us about her favorite dishes (she recommends the potato-and-goat-cheese pizza with sage). The full menu is available up to an hour before closing.
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Evanston's hipster lounge is located in this restaurant along a commercial strip dominated by grocery stores. A mix of funky and sleek looks, it's got old moderne couches arranged along its all-glass streetside wall. The bartenders are amiable, smart, and apparently partial to unbuttoned lumberjack shirts. The beer menu has six categories, including FRUITY & HERBACIOUS. There's an intimate concert space, called SPACE, in the back. When conversation lags, you can watch the hot core of the domed pizza oven. I counted only one TV, and it was off. —Tony Adler