Joe Carlucci, Carlucci Restaurant, Chicago, IL

With its moderately priced provincial Italian cuisine served in a sophisticated café-like interior, Joe Carlucci, in less than 2 years, has changed the nature of neighborhood dining. His restaurant also helped change the neighborhood, drawing suburbanites and out-of-towners to its doors, in addition to local Lincoln Park residents. The restaurant, whose handsome interior belies its former incarnation as an auto-parts store, is considered a cornerstone of what has since become known as Chic

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