Italian Food and Drinks at Gruppo di Amici (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Rogers Park

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Fine-dining establishment with a carefully curated menu of Roman-style dishes, such as housemade meatballs and wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas

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Expires Feb 20th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gifts. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Not valid for happy hour specials. Must purchase 1 food item. Not valid on Valentines Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $20 for $40 worth of Italian food and drinks
  • $40 for $80 worth of Italian food and drinks for parties of four or more

The menu showcases a grilled filet mignon topped with blue-cheese sauce and served with roasted potatoes ($24), Roman-style, wood-fired pizzas ($12.50–$14.50), and classics such as chicken parmesan with fresh buffalo mozzarella over fettuccine ($15).

Gruppo di Amici

Rogers Park residents Lori Alderete and Phaedra Divras wanted to create an eatery where people could come together, socialize, and enjoy Roman-style Italian food. In 2006, they opened Gruppo di Amici, appropriately selecting a name that loosely translates to "circle of friends." From the fresh buffalo mozzarella found within the seared risotto cakes to the menu's thoughtfully suggested wine pairings, the duo—along with chef Hilario Irineo—has taken the utmost care with every detail. And their enthusiasm has caught the attention of major news media, including the New York Times. When Jeff Ruby added the eatery to Chicago magazine's list of the 25 Best Pizzas in Chicago in 2010, he described the thin-crust funghi e formaggi pizza—which, like all the restaurant's pies, is baked in a wood-fired oven—as "a crackery disk swarmed with wispy sautéed mushrooms and goat cheese as soft and supple as the crust was brittle."

Alderete and Divras also designed the dining space to be welcoming and communal. Swathes of fabric overhead recall the ambiance of an elegant Roman banquet, and an outdoor patio invites friends to gather, sip wine, and build ladyfinger replicas of the Colosseum.

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