Tivoli Ristorante

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You'd hardly expect an elegant Old-World Italian restaurant to pop up in this otherwise unglamorous corner of West Chicago, with an Aldi and Pizza Now nearby, but Tivoli Ristorante opened in fall of 2006 without fanfare and has since upped the area's sophistication quotient. The interior is supper club meets Italian art gallery, with a pressed copper ceiling, wide front windows and a long wooden bar. Menu highlights include beef carpaccio, handmade asiago-stuffed gnocchi and sirloin steak with rosemary-chianti sauce. Moderately portioned pasta dishes are served in sculptural white bowls that you'd expect to see on Iron Chef. When the kitchen's backed up, service can be quite slow. Weeknight dinner specials pair a traditional dish such as lasagna, ravioli or chicken parmigiana with a glass of wine for around $15. Live music and dancing is featured often.