The restaurant itself is not too large, but felt warm and inviting upon arrival. However, when we showed up, the hostess was M.I.A. and when she did surface, she didn't have our reservation. Luckily, there was still an available table but we were seated quite close to our surrounding diners.
Since we weren't too hungry, we planned to split a salad and entree and call it a night. The salad we chose was what I can only refer to as "The Hungry Man's Salad". Mario's Salad was gigantically portioned and included romaine, huge pieces of provolone and fontinella cheese, salami, pepperoncini, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and roasted red peppers. It was basically a meal in itself and I really appreciated the generous portion of meat and cheese. The balsamic dressing was barely noticeable but it was OK since there were so many flavors in the salad ingredients.
|Baked Cavatelli with Sausage|
21 W. Goethe, Chicago, IL 60610