Trattoria Caterina, 616 S. Dearborn Map It | No Official Web Site
Trattoria Caterina feels more like a living room than a restaurant. Walking in the door, you are greeted with a warm, cozy L-shaped room with black and white family pictures on the wall. Dimly lit and boasting only 13 tables, the restaurant is very intimate. Italian opera music plays in the background as you settle into your table and are offered bread, cheese and oil.
Penny, the accented waitress, is friendly and maternal; her recommendations regarding the menu are to be taken very seriously.
The menu itself is full of delicious items; there are several appetizers from which to choose, and the eggplant rolls are one of the best. These rolls, which are simply eggplants stuffed with cheese and covered in marinara sauce, are a must-try at Trattoria Caterina. Complement your appetizer with a Caesar salad; the salads are made in true Italian style, with dark leafy greens and a light, airy Caesar dressing.
If you are in the mood for veal, you will find at least ten veal dishes on the menu; each dish is served with your choice of soup or salad, and we suggest the minestrone soup. This soup is overflowing with fresh vegetables and beans; it is clearly a homemade recipe. If you are not in the mood for veal, the pasta dishes are plentiful and almost any type is available. Each serving is incredibly generous.
For dessert, you can choose from a variety of decadent options. The menu includes pumpkin or chocolate chip cheesecake, canoli, tiramisu, Italian ice in lemonade or watermelon and a huge fudge brownie.
At Trattoria Caterina, the atmosphere lives up to that of the neighborhood; dining here is like being invited to someone’s home for dinner.
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