Quaker Oats. Cracker Jacks. The hamburger. Chicago's 1893 World's Fair certainly left a storied culinary
But ask yourself this: what has it done for you lately?
Starting this evening, it gives you Ristorante Al Teatro
, a Chicago World's Fair–themed
trattoria making its long-awaited bow tonight in Pilsen.
Think of Al Teatro as the restaurant version of The Devil in the White City
. Taking over 18th
Street's historic Thalia Hall, the landmark 1892 opera house that Chicago's Czech immigrants built with
their bare hands, Teatro offers you your own gilded age—stepping inside, your eyes will feast on brass
cash registers, golden railings, hand-painted murals (racy ones at that) and an Antique Roadshow
worth of 1893 World's Fair posters.
Meanwhile, you and your date will feast on house-made pasta, gnocchi, lasagna and glasses of Chianti. Or
better yet, grab a seat at perhaps Chicago's most beautiful pizza bar (it's a trompe l'oeil of the original
Thalia stage) and marvel as a pizzaiolo stretches the dough of your wood-fired, goat-cheese-and-pesto-topped
Pizza Al Galletto
(one of 20 authentic pies offered).
Finish things off with a house-roasted espresso, or maybe some spumoni cheesecake. The owners are the same
ones behind Wicker Park's Caffe Gelato, so they know their way around a chocolate-dipped cannoli.
Which is always a good thing.
Ristorante Al Teatro
1227 W. 18th St
(E. of Allport)
Chicago, IL 60608