Normally wine bars and kids don't mix. But parents can have the
best of both worlds at Quartino in downtown Chicago, where fresh
seafood, gourmet pizzas and homemade pasta dominate the extensive
While there is no official kids' menu, there are plenty of
options for kids, and the friendly waitstaff is happy to customize
orders to please finicky eaters. Hesitant at first to bring along
our 6-year-old twins, I was relieved to see two other tables with
little ones when we popped in for an early dinner.
If you are a fan of olives, definitely start with the assortment
appetizer, which includes samples of Gaeta, green pasola and
Sicilian oil cured olives. The thin-crust pizzas for which
Quartino's is known are divine. There are about 20 different
options, from classics like pepperoni and sausage to adventurous
flavors such as the Soprano (veal meatballs, basil and red chilis),
the Proscuitto d'Anitra (onion, duck proscuitto and wild arugula)
and the Melanzane, topped with grilled eggplant.
Traditional Italian desserts include hot Italian doughnuts
drizzled with honey or dark chocolate, biscotti and the tantalizing
namesake, the Gran Coppa Quartino: vanilla, chocolate and
strawberry gelato buried under mounds of berries, whipped cream,
biscotti and roasted hazelnuts. Kids will have fun with the
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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