, the authentic Italian food joint in Roscoe Village
, must be good because Chef Theo Gilbert opened another location in Lincoln Park
for overflow seating.
There are no signs on the door and no valet parkers out front, so memorize the address before you leave home. All dishes feature organic, sustainable and local ingredients, and the pasta is made by hand every day. So local, in fact, that you might see a farmer walk right past your table, en route to the kitchen with his bounty. Gilbert changes the menu every month ... no matter how much you love the bolognesa (he's only serving that in the winter).
Terragusto means "savor the earth" in Italian, and here you'll taste the true flavor of the meat and fish — no special sauces on top, just a drizzle of olive oil. You'll also find unique dishes from the homeland that are unavailable almost anywhere else in the New World (except maybe New York City), such as the "sformato," a warm vegetable custard topping.
Start with an antipasta salad for $9.50. If you're into veggies, try the crostini, baked polenta or antipasta misti for $12. If there's a frigid wind blowing off the lake, treat yourself to the stuffed pastas, including ravioli or gnocchi for $17. Terragusto features organic, free-range chicken from Gunthorp Farms and all-natural beef. Having trouble deciding what to eat? Everyone at your table can order the traditional four-course Italian meal for $37.50 per head. Wash it all down with great, yet affordable, wine for $4 a glass or a host of bottles for $30.
Average cost: $21-$30