Coda di Volpe, the southern Italian restaurant and Neapolitan pizzeria, is opening at 5 p.m. today in Lakeview. Ryan O'Donnell (Gemini Bistro) and Billy Lawless (The Gage, Beacon Tavern, The Dawson) have teamed up with California import chef Chris Thompson to give the Southport Corridor a tasty, new option.
Thompson's pizzas star on the menu, and though there's no carry out right now —an earnest attempt to stay true to Neapolitan pizza VPN rules— depending on neighborhood demand, it's something ownership would consider in the future. For now, patrons will just have make due sitting inside a charming dining room or grab a glass of wine at the beautiful bar.
Lawless, whose restaurants focus on downtown, is determined to give the North Side better alternatives. It's somewhat of a return for him, as he owned The Grafton in Lincoln Square before selling the Irish pub. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Thursday on Southport.
Coda di Volpe, 3335 N. Southport Ave., (773) 687-8568, open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.