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2144-2146 W Division St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062241.903259 -87.681626
Neighborhoods: Wicker Park, West Side
Used to be good - Now starring really bad service – We gave Enoteca Roma one last chance last night. After 3 bad service related experiences in a row, we
Fave restaurant now has awful service! – Enoteca's my fave rest'rant. We're there once every 2 months and I love introducing people to t/ place. Had it been our first evening there, tho, we wouldn't have come back. 1.) Arrived. No hostess. Told by busboy that he'd get someone. She never came. We seated ourselves at the bar. 2. No bartender behind the bar. Surreal. For ten min's. 3. When he finally did show up, he gave us our menus w/out Enoteca's normal "Have you been here b/4? Let me explain t/ menu. These are our specials." Disappeared for another 10mins. My boyfriend wanted to leave, but y should i get punished b/c of a bad bartender? Finally came back, slowly washed some dishes, hangin'out... (Notice after 20 mins, we still have no drink in our hands nor any means of getting one.) Whole staff was sluggish (except busboys). Ordered drinks/app's. He's gone again. We watched. He does tons of chatting w/t/ female waitstaff. There were many moments where there was no waitstaff in sight for over 5 mins, sometimes ten. (I totally could have robbed t/ place and they wouldn't have noticed.) No bread offered. It's always just "appeared" b/4. Bartender chatted up t/ladies during our dinner; never checked on us, and we needed a couple things but couldn't get his attention b/c back turned to us.T/ place had one large party and maybe 6 other tables, but was by no means "busy". Esp for Fri nite in W.P. One guy wanted to pay & it took 10 mins for him to even see t/ 'tender. A couple given t/ dessert menu & 20 min's later, t/ 'tender came back to take the order. @ end of meal, I asked y we got didn't get bread; he grudgingly brought bread. Then I ordered the dessert (hadn't touched t/ bread) and he said "So now you don't want the bread?" & was going to take it away! (Yes. I wanted t/ bread @ beginning of meal!) At 1 pt during his "disappearance", my b-friend walked to t/ bakery to see if it was busy there & that was why he was gone. It was empty. Finally, we paid up and I tried to tell him y we'd had a bad nite (gives him a chance to get a better tip/not get a bad review) and he argued every pt w/ me! "took 10 mins" "well, it was 2 mins"; "no bread", "we only give bread if it's offered, don't we?" (asking t/ waitresses) We've ALWAYS gotten bread right away); i didn't get halfway thru my list b/4 he cut me off and walked away! Seriously!? Won't go on wknds again. Then, saw low yelp reviews lately. Guess I'm not t/ only one.
Simply Great!! – The best way to desribe it...This place is Great!!
Hard to locate but Great Italian Restaurant – The only tricky thing here is that there is no sign outside. its next to Letizias bakery. We are bi weekly Italian food eaters, and we find ourselves coming here twice a week. Great Pastas, great fish, great appettizers. Simple, yet incredible italian food. Also quite laid-back service while still knowlesdgeable about the wine.
We had a bithday dinner party for 15 friends and we did their family style dinner which was incredible reasonable (Maybe $35 bucks per person) and we left the place happily full!
Highly reccomended, if you can find it!!!!
Best pasta in Wicker Park! – So I hadn't been in this place in a long time, probably 2 years and I could not belive my taste buds! Not that that last time was bad, but the food was just the same old "wine-bar" food. I am pleasantly surprised to report that their menu is now awesome! great Bruchetta Flights (combination of 4), and their polenta too. It was served soft (creamy style) on a piece of granite and had a venison sauce served on top. It was delicious and like nothing else I've ever had. What really amazed me was the pastas. yes, plain old pasta whose flavors and textures were reenergized by the use of very simple yet well put together ingredients. We had spaghetti con le vongole which was a thick hollow noodel with little neck clams ina spicy carlic and olive oil sauce. It was burstig with flavor! My boyfriend had gnocchi (i thjink it was whole wheat gnocchi) in a cherrytomato, mozzarella sauce and he loved it. Ona second visit I had Bucatini Cecilia(SP?) it was a hollow lomg pasta noodle tossed inbutter parmesan sauce with Prosciutto. That dish unexpectedly blew us away and will guarantee our return!
Another plus was the server which reccomended the wine pairing. I appreciated not only the pairing, but the fact that he did not try to pair with the most expensive wines. All in all, a great experience!
strawberry bruschetta is heaven! – the strawberry bruschetta is amazzzing. it's sweet and savory, the perf blend of flavors. i could eat it everyday =)
the pizza is not as good ... but i like their style & focus on wine - tons of selection!
Editorial Review – Attached to Letizia's Natural Bakery, this Wicker Park wine bar focuses on light Italian fare and wines from all over the world.
Overpriced, unimaginative – I'd been to Enoteca Roma once before, but my latest (and last!) experience was a definite disappointment. Wine list seemed to be interesting, but left me wanting to find a place with better selections. What you have to pay for these is unacceptable -- absolutely no quality!
And don't get me started on the food... while the ingredients were certainly fresh, the prices were way too high for simple pizza or bruschetta. Come on, guys... this is a slab of bread with some stuff on top!
Romantic? Sure. Nice setting? Unarguably. But not worth the price for substandard food and wine.
User review by ashoe628 – Atrocious service. Decent food and nice concept, but lack of execution ruins the experience. Expect to leave annoyed, frustrated, and late.
Great Dinner! – I don't know why I had such a great time here. It could have been our dinner, everything was so fresh, simple and outstanding! (Very refreshing not to have the ususal winebar fare only) It Could be that my husband loved the wine list and that we enjoyed a bottle of this Pahlmeyer wine, which is in fairly short supply. Our waitress was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the wine but not overbearing. I definitely will be back, it's a great place for a date but I think it would also be fun with a large group, given that all menu items are made to share it could make for a fun evening of conversation and wine sipping on a cold winter night!
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