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Flo Opens In Lakeview; Ballaro Italian Debuts on North Shore; More

Plus, the second Naansense opens in the Loop, the ramen boom comes to Evanston, a new pizza spot with "pizzaristas," and more still.

Flo Lakeview
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WEST LAKEVIEW—West Town favorite Flo has officially landed in Lakeview, opening last weekend with its Mexican-inspired brunch in the former Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana space on Ashland. Dinner service begins tonight. Status: Certified open, 2901 N. Ashland Ave.

HIGHWOOD—Ballaro, the new suburban Italian restaurant from childhood friends Mark Newman and Josh Kaplan, opens for the first time for dinner tonight. Check out the full menu here. Status: Opening tonight, 214 Green Bay Road, Highwood.

THE LOOP—Popular fast-casual Indian spot Naansense has unveiled its second location, giving businessfolk and downtown residents a good food option until 9 p.m. daily. Status: Certified open, 113 S. Clinton St.

Naansense Clinton Street

Naansense Clinton Street [Photo: Facebook]

EVANSTON—The ramen boom has landed in Evanston, as a new spot, Table to Stix Ramenopened in late October. There's tonkatsu, veggie miso and shoyu varieties, plus small plates and appetizers on the menu. Status: Certified open, 1007 Davis St., Evanston.

Table to Stix Ramen

[Photo: Table to Stix Ramen/Dan De Los Monteros]

LINCOLN PARK—Clybourn Avenue now has a new pizza spot with a "water bar," something called a "drizzle bar" (for sauces) and something else called "pizzaristas." Zoom Pizza Factory, from a former Wolfgang Puck staffer, uses a stone conveyor oven to cook square pizzas and also pizza salads. Status: Certified open, 2156 N. Clybourn Ave.

MORGAN PARK—There's a new spot for fast and fried Miami-style seafood on the far south side with Snappers Seafood & Chicken, which replaced Nicky's Drive-ThruDNAinfo reports. Look for fried whole snapper, conch, shrimp, catfish, and other goodies. Status: Certified open, 11500 S. Western Ave.

Fannie's Montrose

Fannie's Montrose [Photo: Facebook]

PORTAGE PARK—Suburban bakery and cafe favorite Fannie Schmoe's has landed in the city limits, soft opening a location on the far northwest side. Look for sweet and savory baked goods, coffee and other drinks, and comfortable couches. Status: Soft open, 5020 W. Montrose Ave.

PILSEN—Deep dish fans in Pilsen now have their very own Giordano's, which opened yesterday with a ribbon cutting on 18th Street. Status: Certified open, 1401 W. 18th Street.

Table to Stix Ramen

1007 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 859-6847

Giordano's Pilsen

1401 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 265-0243

Zoom Pizza Factory

2156 N Clybourn, Chicago, IL

Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana

2901 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 244-3026 Visit Website

Nicky's Drive-Thru

11500 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643 (773) 238-2855

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