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This casual, relaxed Lincoln Park spot serves freshly-prepared Mediterranean fare such as fire-roasted pizzas, homemade pastas, toasted paninis and hand-tossed gourmet salads. But there's no waiter hovering over your table: Food is ordered directly from individual stations with chefs who prepare each dish right in front of you, with your tab tallied up on a chip-card system. This high-tech set-up also makes it easy to enjoy a before- or after-dinner drink in the adjacent lounge or bar. Red hues warm up the space, and decor is inspired by both fashion and function: Herb gardens are placed atop each of the communal tables, not only serving as decoration but helping to spice up the dishes as well. Aspiring chefs may geek out over the Pasta Manifattura station, where visitors can watch how pasta and dolci are prepared fresh daily.