La Luce

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This restaurant, located five blocks from the United Center, is a romantic Italian bistro that caters to pre-show crowds and neighborhood folks alike. Northern Italian cuisine features modern twists. Pre-event diners should note that the kitchen can get jammed with walk-ins -- so plan accordingly. The vegetable lasagna with generous ladles of marinara sauce is a big hit, as are the plump cavatelli with vodka cream sauce. Daily seafood and pasta specials and prime steaks are also available. For lunch, the chicken pesto sandwich and Waldorf salad remain consistent favorites with neighborhood corporate types. For dessert, the "bananas Luce"--bananas carmelized in brown sugar and amaretto, served with vanilla ice cream--is recommended by the house.