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Rustic Italian Meets Hipster Chic at Reno Chicago

Friday January 4, 2013 by Ryan Fernandez

Reno Chicago's rustic, old-world Italian cuisine is framed in a very modern setting. It's a must-go for anyone passing through Chicago.

Reno Chicago 2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 697-4234

Reno Chicago

Reno Chicago sits smack dab in the middle of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood — right at the intersection of Milwaukee Ave and Logan Boulevard, and across the street from the CTA Blue Line stop, it's literally part of The Square. A bustling, hipster's kind of place, Reno is very clean, has nice decor, and makes good use of wood in the interior. Their service is fast and concise, and their food is excellent.

Reno Chicago Sign

For starters, one option is the frisee spinach salad. Consisting of almonds, shaved mushrooms, fried leeks, frisee, spinach and dressed with sherry vinegar, it had an oily, zesty flavor. It wasn't too light like many salads can be — this starter was both quite flavorful and substantial.

Frisee Spinach Salad

Moving on to Reno's delicious hand-made spaghetti is made with San Marzano tomatoes, which is fitting since they are known to be best for tomato paste. This dish was my favorite of the meal, but the portion could have been bigger.

Reno Chicago Spaghetti

The pizza we ordered utilized more than one type of cheese, and tasty peppers.

Reno Pizza

And the apple crisp w/ vanilla ice cream was a delightful cap for the evening.

Reno Apple Crisp

With its strategic placement right at the edge of Logan Square, Reno is far from middle-of-the-road. Drop by next time you're around Chicago's near Northwest side.

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