Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday-Monday. Prices: Main courses $12-$35. 1001 N. California Ave., 773-9047660. — P.V.
Ceres’ Table This accomplished restaurant is respectful of Italian regional cuisine without being tradition-bound. The all-Italian wine list is budget-sensitive when it needs to be; that and the under-$9 cocktails make this an attractive place to imbibe.
Open: Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Prices: Entrees $15-$32. 3124 N. Broadway, 773-922-4020. — P.V.
Ella Elli This restaurant is a sexy space filled with curvy pendant lamps and handsome couches, but it’s not all looks: Chef Nolan Narut is putting out some destination-worthy plates, including ricotta gnocchi, sourdough slathered with avocado and everything seasoning, and baby carrots drizzled with harissa-spiked lemon vinaigrette.
Open: Dinner daily. Prices: Main dishes $14-$27. 1349 W. Cornelia Ave., 773-935-3552. — Michael Nagrant
Tied House Chef Debbie Gold is back in Chicago and running Tied House, a splendid new space that was built from the rubble of Harmony Grill, the dining sidekick to Schubas Tavern next door. The