Affiliated with such favored dining institutions as The Purple Pig, The Publican, and The Violet Hour, Mia Francesca’s is helmed by executive chef and owner Scott Harris (The 95th, Ambria). While the atmosphere is unpretentious enough to welcome you in all blue and red glory, the food is far from second rate. Batter up!
What to order: Rustic Italian-style pizzas, like the Schiacciata alla Toscana, are perfect for sharing with a group, and a special gluten-free menu allows restrictive diners to focus on their love of the game — try the vitello sassi, pan-roasted veal medallions, blended together with baby artichokes, mushrooms, and herbs in a brandy sauce.
Mia Francesca, 3311 North Clark Street (between Aldine Avenue and Buckingham Place); 773- 281-3310.
Photo: Courtesy of Mia Francesca