THIS RESTAURANT IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
Praise is continually heaped this former Lincoln Park "fresh Italian" restaurant, often mentioned in the same Chicago-best sentences as Lou Malnati's
, for its spin on pan, stuffed and thin pies. Now the 25-year-old staple deals strictly in take-out and delivery orders in a new corner locale in Lincoln Square.
The food is exactly the same as once cooked in LP, as the owners, Lynn and John Casale, salvaged all the previous restaurant's equipment, with the one obvious exception being the wine list. That said, it's a shame the prices are trimmed a bit – $16.50 for fettuccini alfredo is kind of steep without table service, even if it is tossed with chunks of chicken.
Pasta's overpriced everywhere, though. And where O'Fame shines is indeed within the pie realm, specifically pan and thin crust specialties "ricotta & tomato" and "fresh garlic, oil & tomato;" two meatless delicacies with mass amounts of simple, garden flavor ($13.75-$18.50) – though both come with a choice of 3-4 toppings. Build-your-own thin, pan and stuffed choices all come equipped with a base of Wisconsin mozzarella and aged Parmesan cheese, starting at $10.25 for a 12-inch, and hitting as high as $16 for a 16-incher.
Elsewhere, pay mind to a full line of sandwiches, from steak to meatball, and capicolla-spruced subs, stocked with fries and potato salad, at $8 on average. And a handful of classic entrees are off-the-beaten path O'Fame specialties, as with the full slab of "Italian ribs," pressure boiled to seal in juices and then baked in zesty BBQ sauce (with a side of fries or baked potato for $17).
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul