Family Dining at Frasca!

| November 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Elizabeth Shapiro

November 18, 2008 – It was another cold, dark November evening. I had lost all motivation to cook, my family was hungry and tired of the same old take-out-and-delivery options. Luckily, we wandered into Frasca. The angel choirs should have started singing when we walked into this little brick oven pizzeria, nestled in the intersection of Paulina and Roscoe– my family had found the perfect place to indulge for dinner.

Everything about this place impressed me, as a mother and as a diner. The hostesses were warm and friendly, immediately chatting with my son and placing us all at ease. A glance around the cozy, dimly lit restaurant found, on this particular Sunday evening, that families with small children sat at most of the tables– indicating to me that not only was this place a kid-friendly find, but I’d also potentially catch some understanding looks if my two year old decided to melt down. Our waitress was also one of the best we’ve had; she kept up a banter with our kid, patiently waited to allow him to recite his own order, and kept his plate filled with bread as we waited for our dinners.

We didn’t have to wait long for our tasty dishes (another plus!). We started with a sampling of artisanal bruschetta (who knew you could make the dish without a single tomato?): truffle oil drizzled over mushrooms and goat cheese, asparagus and prosciutto. Sitting in the warm glow of their brick pizza oven inspired us to try their pies. Unlike the heavy, cheese-laden Chicago mainstays we were so bored with, these thin, Neapolitan-inspired delights tempted the senses with ingredients like homemade mozzarella, wood-roasted onions or arugula and crusts that were the right balance of crispness and soft dough. Their on-tap beer selection ranged from comforting (Guinness) to eclectic (Rogue ), and their wine list was extensive. Although the restaurant was date-worthy, their attention to detail when it came to the kid’s menu was impressive. Where else does your kid’s food come prior to yours, at a temperature low enough that your toddler can eat it immediately… and love it?

It was details like these (and the sinful desserts: a skillet-warm chocolate chip cookie for us, and a scoop of ice cream that rounded out the kid’s menu) that made Frasca a wonderful surprise on a chilly Chicago night: a family-friendly restaurant with a relaxing, cozy atmosphere, a top-notch staff and a high quality menu.

Neighborhood: Lakeview
3358 N Paulina St
(between Henderson St & Lincoln Ave)
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-5222

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Elizabeth Shapiro loves exploring her adoptive city with her two-year-old in tow when she isn’t organizing the Chicago Stay at Home Moms meetup group or cheering on her beloved Bears.

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